Archive for July, 2000

What's Your Password?

July 31, 2000

In this age of computers and advanced technology, we need a password (or a PIN) for just about everything. Just the other day my husband was getting quite frustrated because he couldn't remember the password he had used for his … (read more)

Survivor

July 30, 2000

"Survivor", the recent television success story, is enjoying greater popularity than "Who wants to be a millionaire?" "Survivor" is based on a contest between two teams called "tribes" living on an island. After weekly competitions of skill between the tribes, … (read more)

Our Friendly Ghost

July 29, 2000

As a child growing up, I must have missed a Sunday or two when the topic or sermon was presented on the Holy Ghost, as the Holy Spirit was called back then. Anyway, I went through life with my mind … (read more)

Walking Us Through Our Troubles

July 28, 2000

Anyone with a computer, especially a beginner, knows the importance and value of their server and support staff. I'm not what one would call computer-literate, and although I can figure out some things on my own, it is easier when … (read more)

A Very Present Help

July 27, 2000

Some time ago, when visiting the Holy Land, we travelled the road thought by some scholars to be the route the ancient Israelites would have taken when they first entered the land after their long time spent in the desert. … (read more)

Centurion Faith

July 26, 2000

I marvelled at the centurion's faith. Did he even know Jesus, or just know of Him? I wondered. And I wonder still. I asked God about it. He answered in my heart in that still, small way of His. Right … (read more)

Keeping The Faith

July 25, 2000

Recently my husband and I went through a few extremely financially-lean years. In 1996 my husband was laid off from his job. We had to live on my salary and his unemployment insurance for a year. My salary at that … (read more)

To Work Or Not To Work: That Is The Question

July 24, 2000

"To work or not to work?" This question has been an ongoing mental battle for my daughter, Christine and son-in-law, Ron, for the last two months. It has been the dominating topic ever since Christine's maternity leave was approaching at … (read more)

The Reflection

July 23, 2000

As I walked my dogs along the road beside our lake, I was impressed by the scenic beauty reflected in the still waters. So perfect was the reflection, if I had photographed the moment it would have been difficult to … (read more)

The Gardens

July 22, 2000

The other day I set out to go through the garden, plucking out the weeds and plants that had spread too far. The season thus far had been rainy and wet. The weeds were easily removed but at the same … (read more)

I Hope So

July 21, 2000

One thing my physical condition allows me to do is to predict the weather. In the wintertime, I can tell you even before my eyes are open if a weather front has come in and the barometer has dropped. In … (read more)

PMS – Blessing Or Curse?

July 20, 2000

Women endure the experience of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) in the daily struggle with being female. It may be an irritation causing her to want to verbally kick someone through the nearest door, or the cravings for that chocolate ice cream … (read more)

Amazing Grace

July 19, 2000

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind but now I see. For approximately two months, as a Pastoral Visitor, I have been visiting someone who … (read more)

Families Torn

July 18, 2000

While reading the prayer requests, I often see a distraught family member asking for prayer for a loved one with an addiction. I would like to share with them one of the most painful times I remember. As I write, … (read more)

Picket Line Pets

July 17, 2000

An interesting thing happened on the first day my little dog and I had to pass by a picket line on our daily walk. From half a block away I could see a cat sitting on its haunches, and as … (read more)

The Little Flour And Oil

July 16, 2000

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, warm greetings! The most challenging demand in charity is to share what you do not have enough of. But then, who does not know the adage that the most precious possession is available in … (read more)

Don't Miss It

July 15, 2000

We got caught. Friday is our garbage pickup day. Usually the waste is placed at curbside the evening before. But since the truck for pickup usually comes later in the day, and since we were especially tired, we put it … (read more)

Harry Potter and Mary Jones

July 14, 2000

The biggest literary event in the year 2000 will undoubtedly be the release of 5.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on July 8th in Canada, the United States, and Britain. This 700-page book is available … (read more)

Enthusastic Recommendation

July 13, 2000

Several months ago, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Before we left home, many of our friends gave us long lists of the various shows that were available — and told us … (read more)

Recycling

July 12, 2000

We hear a great deal about recycling these days, and are constantly being urged to handle our household waste in such a manner that it can be reprocessed into something new, rather than simply be dumped into a landfill. As … (read more)

Weapons Training

July 11, 2000

In the style of karate I was taking, one was able to learn weapons training — but only after one reached the rank of Green Belt, which could take two to three years. The reason for this line of thinking … (read more)

God In All Things

July 10, 2000

A gang of guys from church were doing a yard clean-up for an elderly lady in our congregation. In her front yard were some of those massive oak trees seen in the deep south — those that spread their branches … (read more)

Are We There Yet?

July 9, 2000

A cartoon was comprised of four frames, three of which depicted a car bumping along the road, two adults in front and a child in the back, with the caption, "Are we there yet?" The last frame showed the father … (read more)

Waiting Patiently

July 8, 2000

One afternoon, I was standing in a rather long line-up at the checkout. Ahead of me was a young mother with her toddler. The toddler was getting quite impatient, and kept trying to push the cart ahead. Isn't this exactly … (read more)

The Three-Second Rule

July 7, 2000

I live only several kilometres from "the 401", a multi-lane super-highway that spans southern Ontario. Recently, the police have held several aggressive driver blitzes, hoping to reduce the number of accidents on the road before they happen. The last time … (read more)

Mystery Guest

July 6, 2000

A few weeks ago, the teacher of our teenaged Sunday School class asked me if I would come to their class that morning — just after they had taken the attendance. The whole thing sounded a little strange, but she … (read more)

Delivered By Mistake

July 5, 2000

The postal system, like us, is not perfect. Just the other day I received a magazine in our mailbox, which was delivered to us by mistake — maybe! I looked at the front cover: it was all tomatoes. I didn't … (read more)

Let's Go In

July 4, 2000

One morning last week on the way to work a song came on the radio that recounted this very story from the book of Numbers. The title of it was, appropriately, "Let's Go In". The song really got me thinking … (read more)

Jump! I'll Catch You

July 3, 2000

I remember when, as I child growing up, I was learning how to swim. I did not enjoy this time because, to tell the truth, I was quite afraid of the water. The thing that stands out in my mind … (read more)

Grackles

July 2, 2000

I watched a family of grackles in my yard this morning. There was a mother, a father and four babies. The fledglings were almost full-grown, being the same size as the parents, but lacking the iridescent colouring of the adults. … (read more)

"And Never Take Home For Granted"

July 1, 2000

Upon entering a little bead shop in Maui, a most beautiful song coming over the sound system seemed to soar right through to my soul. I asked the clerk to tell me who was singing. As she handed me the … (read more)

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