Archive for April, 2011

The Royal Wedding

April 30, 2011

Were you one of the two billion people estimated to have watched the royal wedding in London, England, yesterday? Perhaps you know someone who was among the million people lining the parade routes. Three generations have been raised on Disney … (read more)

Introducing God To The Next Generation

April 29, 2011

If God is real, how can I know? What is my purpose for existing? Our youth are asking questions like these, and we often feel ill-equipped to answer them. The Bible can guide us. In Scripture, human purpose is bound … (read more)

Restless Souls

April 28, 2011

Written by Katharina von Schlegel in 1752 and translated by Jane Borthwick in 1855, Be Still, My Soul is a sombre song containing encouragement for restless souls. Grief and pain can be borne when God is near. The future is … (read more)

The Precious Things Of Life

April 27, 2011

The other day, I took time to finish reading a book that had lain on the coffee table for some time. As I did so, something else caught my attention. In the china cabinet, I saw a candy jar that … (read more)

With What Kind Of Body Will They Come?

April 26, 2011

After reading this portion of Scripture at the beginning of my Human Physiology class at Redeemer University College, I asked my students what they thought Paul was saying. The response was intriguing. Some students said that Paul was telling us … (read more)

Glimpses Of Truth

April 25, 2011

The foundation of the Christian message is the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord conquered death as He had promised. He was seen by a number of people on several occasions following His resurrection. One such occasion, was on … (read more)

The Bermuda Easter Lily

April 24, 2011

I have always loved the beautiful lily flower for it reminds me of Easter in Bermuda. As a child, I usually had the job of dunking the lily stems in boiling hot water to stop them from wilting. Yes, that … (read more)

Holy Spirit

April 23, 2011

Some people think that the work of the Holy Spirit is just to infuse everyone with dynamic energy so that worship services, ministries, and missions can be made more effective, positive, and amazing. Far too often, we have this idea … (read more)

Behold Him

April 22, 2011

In a few previous devotionals, I've testified to the Lord's merciful and various healings in my life, for which I gratefully praise His ever-gracious name. Indeed, every merciful healing from our Lord Jesus of every kind in our lives is … (read more)

Glowing Embers

April 21, 2011

While reading through the second chapter of the book, I Dared To Call Him Father, an autobiography by Bilquis Sheikh, I was struck by her expression, glowing embers — the words she used to describe the effect of God's Word … (read more)

Alone In The Garden

April 20, 2011

Late one night following my husband's surgery, I made the decision to go home, which is just a few city blocks from the hospital, rather than spending the night by his bedside. Leaving the bright lights of the parking lot, … (read more)

Disaster

April 19, 2011

Those of us who have suffered a serious illness, disaster, accident, or loss (or have a loved one who has suffered), know how unexpectedly our world can shrink and change overnight. During springtime, we reflect upon the enormity of our … (read more)

Three Insights

April 18, 2011

The highlight of the Daily Devotional tour of central Europe last summer was, of course, the Oberammergau Passion Play. This five-hour presentation of the last week of Jesus' life, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, has been performed every ten … (read more)

Donkey Business

April 17, 2011

In the small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where I grew up, the county ordinance prohibited any kind of livestock on our properties. However, that ordinance did not stop one family from keeping a donkey in their backyard. I … (read more)

A Garden Shelter

April 16, 2011

One sizzling morning in Israel, I disembarked with other tourists from an air-conditioned bus, to trudge my way up the clay-baked hillside to Gethsemane. My eyes travelled through the aged trees which were fenced for protection. My gaze wandered along … (read more)

Passwords

April 15, 2011

These days, it seems that we need passwords to access so many things. Online shopping requires one. Our bank machines require one. In fact, so many things require passwords that keeping track of them all nearly drives me nuts. Passwords … (read more)

Be Strong

April 14, 2011

I have a cat that lives in my house. Sassy is half Siamese, so she doesn't shed as much as those that don't have Siamese in them. I have noticed that when I take her to the veterinarian, take her … (read more)

The Darkest Hour

April 13, 2011

The Gospel of Mark describes the darkest hour the world had ever known: When I reviewed a lesson plan for Sunday school, the discussion questions included the statement that all the criticisms we make are another form of autobiography. Contemplating … (read more)

Dealing With Anger

April 12, 2011

After Jesus learned that His cousin John had been beheaded, He showed us a strategy for dealing with anger or disappointment. First, He went to a solitary place. Can we assume that He communed with His Father while in private? … (read more)

New Life

April 11, 2011

"Remember to turn your clocks forward on Sunday" was a phrase many of us heard repeatedly during the lead-up to Daylight Saving Time. With that notice, we knew in our hearts that spring was just around the corner. For me, … (read more)

The Blue And Yellow Spray Can

April 10, 2011

The directions on the blue and yellow spray can promise us that it: – Lubricates (helps things to run more smoothly) – Cleans (removes dirt, adhesives, and much more) – Protects (against rust and corrosion) – Penetrates (infiltrates) – Displaces … (read more)

Potential

April 9, 2011

In our area, homes are being built on any open parcel of land in the city. A recent drive took us just to the outskirts of the city. As we were driving along, I noticed three homes together. On one … (read more)

Who Am I?

April 8, 2011

During the mid 1950s, when I was in my teens, we had no television set. They were out of our "price range". We did, however, have a very good radio which provided many hours of excellent entertainment for the entire … (read more)

The Costly Exchange

April 7, 2011

Lent is the season for exchanging old habits with new ones. That could also include habits of thinking. For example, the meaning of being "Christian" may have become so hazy in our minds that it needs to be replaced. Scripturally, … (read more)

The Blanket

April 6, 2011

Our two-storey log home does not have heat registers upstairs. We depend upon the heat from the main floor's woodstove to meander its way up the staircase. Although this works well most of the time, during the year's coldest months, … (read more)

Beyond The Curtain

April 5, 2011

Several months ago, I had the opportunity to see a spectacular live presentation of the biblical play, "Joseph", at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. When I arrived at the theatre, it was announced that the … (read more)

Designer Bag

April 4, 2011

While we were on a recent trip to Florida, a friend back home contacted me and requested, if we were near any flea markets, that I look at the designer bags (purses) for sale, and if possible, to pick up … (read more)

We Gave Our Mother Violets

April 3, 2011

In 1978, my sister and I returned to England, the land of our birth, on vacation, and visited the church where our parents were married and where we had attended as little children. The church was not damaged during the … (read more)

Lint Or Lent

April 2, 2011

In thinking about a children's sermon I was to do for Lent, the question kept arising in my mind about how to talk to little children about Lent. Finally, I decided to use homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, … (read more)

The Roof Lesson

April 1, 2011

A fair bit of snow had fallen during this winter. My husband, who had recently acquired an antique car, had put it in an old shed so that it would have shelter for the winter. Knowing that work on the … (read more)

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