Weekly Inspiration

Aurora Colony Vineyards’ Owner John Moore shares inspirational messages about life!
Pride and Humility

Pride and Humility

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Have you ever noticed that life is something about avoiding extremes?  The pendulum swings between self-loving and self-loathing.  The social sciences are of limited help in understanding ourselves.   The Scriptures affirm the need to judge ourselves, but it also is clear about cautioning…

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Finishing the Race

Finishing the Race

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:  Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things in life are move valuable than experience.  Admittedly, it is wearing on the soul at times.  The elder saint who said, ‘The hard thing about life is that it is so daily’.  But, in the words of Mark Twain, ‘Do not…

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Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Unlikely players in the Biblical narrative – the unlikely but real Heroes of the Faith.  Rahab, a prostitute, a Gentile outside the Jewish protections and community, stepped up and demonstrated her living faith by her works. James 2:25-26 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the…

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Faith, Works & Maturity

Faith, Works & Maturity

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James We are in a very contemporary discussion – frankly a dispute – about history in our country.  The foolish actions of some to tear down statues and monuments, without regard for the historical contribution to the issues of racism in our country, has been disheartening.  As…

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Counterfeit Belief Systems

Counterfeit Belief Systems

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Two of the greatest theological errors in America are the following: I am a Christian because (1) I was born in America, or I was born to a Christian family; or (2) I believe in God, therefore I am a Christian.  Wrong.  Very wrong. God has…

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Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Mercy Over Judgment (Part 2) In even the most simple analysis, we are born and grow, we increase in size and stature – hopefully with wisdom – and we (and our parents) have as an end goal for us a responsible and independent-living adult making contributions…

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Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James I am amazed at the blend of self-righteousness and self-deception.  This is a combination that, like oil and water, never mixes, and only results in lethal consequences.  Both human maladies are summarized in Biblical warnings against pride.  Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.…

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The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

As is often in life for those of us committed to living like Jesus, the price tags are all wrong!  Least is most, last is first, and here, the poor are wealthy! James 2:5-7 5Listen, my dear brothers and sisters:  Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be…

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Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James One bedrock principle of the Church is that the ground at the base of the cross is level.  All are sinners.  All are in need of salvation.  Grace is a free gift of God, not earned. Personal standing or merit has no basis. In that regard, all men…

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True Measure of Living

True Measure of Living

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James On this holiday weekend, many are less fortunate.  We do not have the luxury of living separate and apart from the needs and challenges of our community.  To be engaged in the Kingdom of God requires involvement in the world we live, with compassion and commitment.…

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Cultivating a Consistent Life

Cultivating a Consistent Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things frustrate me more, personally, or professionally, than the need to repeat myself, or remind myself, of what I or others have known, been requested or reminded of, and forget, ignore, let go, overlook, whatever.  Now, to be sure, we all forget things from time…

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More Listening Less Talking

More Listening Less Talking

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James To date, we have drawn out six lessons from James 1.  This is strategic and important because it both defines how to live successfully and how to navigate through the crucible of hard times which populate all of our lives. These six lessons to date can…

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The Ups and Downs of Life

The Ups and Downs of Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 6 of 12 In our pilgrimage through the New Testament, defining skillful living and wisdom and success, we have seen the following: For God’s people, He tailor makes tests in life designed to grow us up.  These trials are to be received with joy and with perseverance, without challenging…

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 5 of 12 So far in this series, we are working on understanding living successfully with wisdom.  So long as we have the gift of life and health, the challenge remains in front of us. In summary, our first four lessons for skillful living during hard times, from James 1, are…

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Four Eternal Truths

Four Eternal Truths

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 4 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice. Maybe it would be easier if life came with a buyer’s…

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Learning From Life Circumstances

Learning From Life Circumstances

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 3 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice. It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life…

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When I Am Confused about What to Do

When I Am Confused about What to Do

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 2 of 12 Advocating skillful living is all well and good – even kind of lofty – but what happens if I am confused about what to do, I come up short on options, or I am afraid of making the wrong decision?  My ‘wisdom ship’ has sprung a…

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Life Lessons from Hard Times

Life Lessons from Hard Times

Part 1 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Part Two of Two Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Part One of Two Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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Wealth vs Real Happiness

Wealth vs Real Happiness

Money and Financial Gain & Greed – Part Three of Three Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your…

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Money and Financial Gain & Greed

Money and Financial Gain & Greed

Part Two of Three Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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The Gremlin of Greed

The Gremlin of Greed

Money and Financial Gain – The Gremlin of Greed That Surrounds Us – Part One of Three To date, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life…

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Making Good Life Judgments

Making Good Life Judgments

Wisdom & Successful Living Quality and Span of our Lives.  It seems life gets increasingly complex as we modernize and move into the 21st century.  Take medical alternatives for example.  Now we know we have options not considered beforehand.  Mortality is still inevitable – one out of one people die – but we can forestall the…

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Importance of Self-Assessment

Importance of Self-Assessment

Wisdom & Skillful Living Building off of our previous narratives, where we concluded that in the pace and rush of our lives, we need to slow down and consider wise living – living skillfully in the circumstances in which we find ourselves.  In the words of the New Testament, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is…

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Surround Yourself with Good Influences

Surround Yourself with Good Influences

Wisdom & Successful Living Apart from the news of Kobe Bryant’s death and reflections on the shortness, surprises and vicissitudes of life,  we have been working to establish successful and wise living.  To date, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with…

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Wisdom as a Life Skill

Wisdom as a Life Skill

Another of my favorite series of TV ads right now features Pinocchio.  In the story of Pinocchio, a little puppet gets his wish: He loses the strings that had been used to control his life and gets the opportunity to be a real, independent boy.  But what Pinocchio didn’t realize was that this also meant coping…

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Pursuing Wisdom & Successful Living

Pursuing Wisdom & Successful Living

With 20/20 Vision With the start of this new year, I want to not only keep you apprised of what is happening at Aurora Colony Vineyards but also weave in some life lessons that I hope will contribute to you as a whole person this year.  Good thinking, great food and estate wine, and a time…

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Virtual Tasting Recipes

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/12/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/12/20

2019 Sauvignon Blanc or 2019 White Pinot with Grilled Fish with Cherry Salsa and Stir-Fried Shrimp and Zucchini

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/5/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/5/20

2017 Reserve Chardonnay with Creamy Chicken Dijon Fettuccine and 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/29/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/29/20

2018 White Blend with Orange-Glazed Shrimp and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir with Mushroom Orzo Risotto

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/22/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/22/20

2016 White Blend with Street Tacos and 2014 White Port with Baby Arugula Salad with Pears, Hazelnuts and Port Dressing

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/15/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/15/20

2017 Estate Viognier with Butternut Squash Soup with Curry and Ginger and 2014 Tempranillo with Fig Crostini with Pepper Jack Cheese

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/8/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/8/20

2009 Bordeaux Blend with Cocoa-Spiced Rubbed Pork and 2014 Sauvignon Blanc with Champagne Jelly

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/1/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/1/20

2017 Estate Pinot Noir with Salami Pizza Quesadilla and 2017 Estate Chardonnay with Sweet Potato Fries

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