Archive for January, 1997

Some Of You Will Have To Get Out!

January 31, 1997

Recently I was watching Guarding Tess, starring Shirley Maclean and Nicholas Gage, and, chuckling at a particular scene, it struck me that often we think of ourselves more highly than we should. We've all done it at one time or … (read more)

Matters Of The Law

January 30, 1997

Jesus is teaching here that it's important to practice the latter which is "law — justice, mercy and faithfulness" without neglecting the former, which is tithing, or giving a tenth. Jesus Himself, in the New Testament, is telling us to … (read more)

Damaged On The Journey

January 29, 1997

Down in desert country there is a bush that produces seeds which must be damaged before they will grow. The shells of the seeds are hard, and coated with wax to keep out water. These seeds may lie dormant on … (read more)

Letters To 7 Churches: (1) Ephesus

January 28, 1997

Why indeed? Have you counted how many times you've asked that question along the way of your journey? I can't say for certain what the event was that triggered this message in Revelation to the church at Ephesus. But I … (read more)

Being With Jesus

January 27, 1997

A senior executive of one of the largest bank in New York City told the story of how he rose to his prominent and influential position. At first he served as an office boy. Then one day the president of … (read more)

What! No Burning Bush?

January 26, 1997

I hear people saying things like God told me to do this, or I had a vision, or I had a dream. These people have been given a specific job to do by God. I often feel like I must … (read more)

The God Of Nature

January 25, 1997

One of the great missionaries from Scotland, Daniel Crawford, was asked to speak in Boston in 1913. After he had delivered an inspiring message about the need of preaching the gospel to everyone, a fashionable lady came up to him … (read more)

Lean On Him

January 24, 1997

He took His cross as best he could (cross-bearing was so new to him) How could He tell the torturous load of rough hewn wood on that rutted road where He was led, would saw His shoulder till it bled; … (read more)

Remembering: What God Requires Of Us

January 23, 1997

How good is your memory? Mine is not as good as it might be. In fact, I'd be completely lost without my pocket diary. I write in it everything I'm supposed to do, and constantly check it in order to … (read more)

Remembering: What We Owe To Christ

January 22, 1997

How good is your memory? Mine is not as good as it might be. Most people have, in various places around the house, framed photographs of parents or family members or friends. Hopefully we don't forget these people, but the … (read more)

Remembering: What We Owe To Others

January 21, 1997

How good is your memory? Mine is not as good as it might be. My mother used to say I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on. Of course, you know that professors are traditionally supposed to be absent-minded. … (read more)

Remembering: What We Owe To God Our Redeemer

January 20, 1997

How good is your memory? Mine is not as good as it might be. My wife could tell you how forgetful I am. I drove to work one day. It was a very busy day, and I did have a … (read more)

Remembering: What We Owe To God As Creator And Provider

January 19, 1997

How good is your memory ? Mine is not as good as it might be. People used to say that if you wanted to remember something you should tie a knot in your handkerchief (it wouldn't work so well today … (read more)

Specializing In God

January 18, 1997

Don Posterski said in a lecture series I attended that in our churches we need to specialize in God. This is what he has to say: "We go to grocery stores for food, to banks in order to deal with … (read more)

You Know The Answer

January 17, 1997

Sometimes we are asked questions and we know that there is no adequate reply to be made because the questioner already has all the required information to intuitively have the answer. My wife asks me, "Do you love me?" My … (read more)

Angeline

January 16, 1997

I recently completed a run of Nunsense II as Sr. Robert Anne. In Act 2, Robert has a solo called Angeline. It is the story of a young girl who fell in love with the image of being a nun. … (read more)

Untitled

January 15, 1997

Please check the appropriate title: Miss     Ms.     Mrs.     Mr. Names on the office complex directory: D. Anderson, M.D. H. Arthur, Attorney at Law O. Deere, Dental Surgeon E. Theoret, Ph.D. M.O.M., Domestic Engineer John … (read more)

A Time For Witnesses

January 14, 1997

I never have been very good at face to face witnessing for our Lord. I find myself shy and tongue-tied when an opportunity for witness on a personal basis presents itself. Even with this, there are very few who know … (read more)

Ambiguities

January 13, 1997

Most cities are built on rivers and Edmonton was no exception. Trouble was that the river was hundreds of metres below the plain on which Edmonton was built and railways coming from the south side had to negotiate the river … (read more)

What Blessings?

January 12, 1997

When I feel low because of life situations, or the coffee cup is empty, or the grandchildren are such children, and the pension cheque doesn't stretch to meet all my wants… and when my memory recalls words like, Blessed are … (read more)

A Really Simple Message

January 11, 1997

What is the truth? According to one dictionary, the word truth is defined as "the quality or state of being true." But what does that mean? A woman was brought before Jesus. The teachers of the law knew about her. … (read more)

Persecution On The Job

January 10, 1997

My co-workers are good people but they are a closed group who do not readily accept newcomers. Enter a newcomer, namely, me. Since I took the job, two years ago, I have been watched, judged, lied about, threatened. It is … (read more)

Don't Let The Children Suffer

January 9, 1997

I opened my newspaper one day and read an article on a mother from Newfoundland who was pleading with the father of her children to bring her four children back. As I read, I added these boys to my prayers … (read more)

The Rest Of God

January 8, 1997

We need to learn when to be awake and when to rest. Jesus was awake in the Garden of Gethsemane and yet He slept on the boat during the furious storm. On the other hand, the disciples slept in the … (read more)

Superficial Customs

January 7, 1997

It wasn't all that long ago that my parents, my sister and I went to church more or less regularly in a hamlet near our farm in east central Alberta. There were two churches in the hamlet – one, Catholic … (read more)

Be Still And Know

January 6, 1997

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy sledding the net (Surfing isn't an appropriate term where I live), but have you noticed how noisy it is? The net seems to me visually loud in the extreme. Bright colours, big bold letters, … (read more)

A Smart Money Manager

January 5, 1997

Have you had a chance yet this year to look at your bank and credit card statements, scratch your head, and wonder where it all went? If you haven't, you soon will! None of us has the ability to change … (read more)

Beauty Below The Skin

January 4, 1997

I've used the video "Beauty and the Beast" on a number of occasions, and I must use it again, for it is an illustration of divine love where Beauty does not love the Beast because he is beautiful, but makes … (read more)

Recycled, Renewed, And Rejoicing

January 3, 1997

My story is like many others. As a teen I had heard God's call to the ministry, but didn't follow. So I tried other things — things which ultimately led me far away from Christ straight into the bottom of … (read more)

Whose Image?

January 2, 1997

Glittering peacock-coloured images flashing and dancing surround sound bombarding the senses, Invisible current surging through microchips making visible a commercial promise of vitality. Announced pleasure combines with beauty portrayed. "You, too can be such a one" if only you will … (read more)

Risky Faith

January 1, 1997

A few years ago, our family went on a vacation to Pennsylvania. We stopped in a motel located on the Allegheny where we could swim along the beach at the river bank. The river was low at the time. Even … (read more)

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