Archive for March, 1997

Academic Or Personal?

March 31, 1997

More than 100 years ago, Charles Blondin walked a tight rope strung across the Niagara Gorge, doing many different stunts over a period of several months. One day, as thousands of spectators watched in suspense, the man arrived back safely … (read more)

He Lives!

March 30, 1997

Just a few verses, stating very simply the foundation of our Christian hope. The risen Christ makes himself known to his disciples. They were never the same again. They couldn't stop talking about it. We have a woman in our … (read more)

He Couldn't Save Her

March 29, 1997

Recently I came across the tragic story of William and Mary Tanner who were crossing a railroad track, when Mary's foot slipped and became wedged between the rail and the wooden crosswalk. Frantically they both tried to get her foot … (read more)

The Tomb

March 28, 1997

We were in Jerusalem a couple of years ago and on Good Friday we visited the Garden of the Tomb just outside the Damascus gate of the walled city. There was an empty tomb located on one side of a … (read more)

Forgiveness

March 27, 1997

In the August 1996 issue of Chatelaine there was an article on forgiveness. The article suggested that in order to forgive, you need to approach the person who hurt you and ask him/her to acknowledge the pain that they caused. … (read more)

Out Of Gas

March 26, 1997

Once, some men were pushing a car along the street. You couldn't see anything wrong with the car – it was all polished and shining. But the engine wouldn't work — it was out of gas. It lacked power. In … (read more)

Change Of Heart And Mind

March 25, 1997

My experience with war occurred in the Second World War. I was a pilot and when I got my wings I was so proud and anxious to get overseas to do my part. After hearing of all the devastation being … (read more)

Lost And Found

March 24, 1997

A chapel, built on an island on the coast of Georgia during the nineteenth century, finally fell into disuse as a place of worship, and was closed. Recently it was restored and services were begun again. While the building was … (read more)

Who Is This?

March 23, 1997

I remember vividly my glimpse of her majesty and the famous hand wave, directed, I am certain, right at me. I recall my excitement, especially as her car slowed down and she gazed at the enormous trees on our front … (read more)

Promises, Promises

March 22, 1997

It was over 40 C (104 F) when I arrived late at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a Promise Keepers meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hot, tired and frustrated after a mile-long walk from my parking spot, I was unable … (read more)

What Are You Worth?

March 21, 1997

When I was young, I remember reading about a chemist who calculated what a human being was worth. In terms of the market value of the various salts and minerals involved, it was about $2.00-$3.00. With inflation it might be … (read more)

Sunrise Or Sunset?

March 20, 1997

The family was on their summer holiday, making an early start to get the most out of the day. The sunrise, reflected in the calm lake, and framed by the surrounding mountains, made a perfect picture. Returning at the end … (read more)

Our Attitudes Towards Others

March 19, 1997

Some years ago, on a bitterly cold winter's night, a police officer walking his city "beat" came upon a homeless vagrant, unconscious in an alley. "Homeless vagrant" is a more charitable term than "wino" or "skid-row bum." There were no … (read more)

Noble Purposes And Common Uses

March 18, 1997

These are hard words for some of us who are used to questioning the ways of God in our lives. Why do some get used mightily in God's service, and other just sit on the shelf? Surely we are worthy … (read more)

To Destroy A Nation

March 17, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, his people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Into The Kiln

March 16, 1997

The image of being refined in the furnace of suffering is common in the Bible, but the image of firing pottery in the kiln occurs very seldom, perhaps once: Still, firing pottery in the kiln is a beautiful analogy of … (read more)

On The Shelf

March 15, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Cut Off

March 14, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Another Pot

March 13, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Marred In His Hands

March 12, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Working At The Wheel

March 11, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Down To The Potter's House

March 10, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

The Miry Clay

March 9, 1997

The work of a potter moulding the clay at his wheel is well understood as a Biblical analogy of the relationship between God and us, His people, because the basics of the potter's craft have changed very little over the … (read more)

Consider The Questions

March 8, 1997

Church membership is not just some sort of ritual to pass through to get to the next stage in your life. Think of the questions you were asked. This was the moment you made your own personal confession of faith … (read more)

Our Membership And Our Discipleship

March 7, 1997

What was asked of you and what did you commit yourself to when you said 'yes' to confirmation or membership in your church? Can you even remember the service or what was said? Let me refresh you memory by going … (read more)

Counting The Cost

March 6, 1997

Does it mean anything any more to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ? Do we count the cost, if in fact we think of it at all? Does a promise contain anything more than empty air? I … (read more)

Let Us Worship God

March 5, 1997

In one of those delightful home visits that make being a minister so worthwhile, I had a couple with glowing faces tell how much it meant to them to get out of bed on Sunday morning and never say those … (read more)

Why I Still Go To Church

March 4, 1997

Did you ever see the cartoon of the guy who wants to sleep in on Sunday, only to be told he can't stay home? – "Why?" His wife answers, "You're 40 and you're the minister." People go to church for … (read more)

Mount

March 3, 1997

One day we were standing on the hill (mount) of the sermon-on-the-mount account. Below us was Peter's boat out fishing on the Sea of Galilee. To our left, to the east, was the region known as the Golan Heights. A … (read more)

Stoned

March 2, 1997

I have a T-shirt that declares that I was stoned – at a variety of places to be checked off, for example, Jerusalem, Jericho, Hebron, Nazareth and so on. I checked off Jericho and Jerusalem for events of a couple … (read more)

Go To The Ant

March 1, 1997

When it comes to our personal finances, we are like the ant, in that we have no commander, overseer or ruler to tell us to store up for the winter, and because of that, unlike the ant, most of us … (read more)

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