Archive for November, 2014

In Search Of Christmas

November 30, 2014

I was looking for a Bible that I had bought from the Robert Simpson Company many, many years ago. Although I didn't find my Bible, which I had likely put in a secure place, in my search, I came upon a book with the title, *In search of …( read more )

Unknown Evangelists

November 29, 2014

It is quite often said that Paul of Tarsus, often referred to as "St. Paul", was the greatest evangelist of all time. We first hear about him as he is persecuting the "People of the Way", as the new believers in Jesus were called. After …( read more )

The Cross

November 28, 2014

I was on my way to church one Sunday, when I couldn't help but notice the man walking on the side of the highway. Not only was it raining, but he was walking uphill, dragging a huge cross on his shoulder. As I passed this stranger, I was …( read more )

A Thankful Heart

November 27, 2014

Although Americans set aside one day each year in November as a day to give thanks, the Thanksgiving holiday celebration is slowly becoming less significant in the minds of millions of Americans. For some, Thanksgiving is merely a day to …( read more )

Faith, Focus, Follow

November 26, 2014

Joshua and Caleb have profoundly influenced my life with their faith and optimism. As two of the twelve spies sent forth to give an account of the promised land, they alone returned with a positive report, in stark contrast to the …( read more )

The Winds Of Change

November 25, 2014

Sparky and I have not been to The Trail for a couple of weeks, so as we enter through the narrow opening in the tall grasses, I am astounded at the changes that meet my eyes. We are instantly engulfed in a maelstrom of whirling leaves, …( read more )

Optimism And Pessimism

November 24, 2014

The day came to seek consultation for a lingering health issue that is not of the life-and-death category, but is nevertheless disabling and life-changing, causing limitations. Arthritis is well known to many who silently suffer in its …( read more )

Honour Your Father And Mother

November 23, 2014

On October 10th, the first anniversary of his death, we buried my late husband's ashes at the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ernie was buried on top of his mother's grave, with the gravestone marker noting "Beloved Son …( read more )

Barcodes Of Blessing

November 22, 2014

When we met on a sunny fall morning recently, my friend, Nina, offered me a wonderful idea as food for thought. Nina pointed out that because most of the leaves were off the trees that day, when roadside trees cast shadows on the country …( read more )

Right Is Never Wrong

November 21, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right." During the 1960s, what was considered right by many Americans was challenged by others who believed that this …( read more )

A God Moment

November 20, 2014

A few Sundays ago, our minister asked us to think about (and share if we so chose) a God moment that we'd had at some point in our lives. I wasn't sure at first what she meant, but fortunately she went on to explain that for this purpose, …( read more )

A Solid Foundation

November 19, 2014

Twenty years ago, we outgrew our little church in the downtown area. It had been built in 1938 by a small group of people who had decided not to join a church union movement. For a number of years, they rented other buildings until they …( read more )

A House Divided

November 18, 2014

Because I am a non-confrontational person, being forthright, outspoken, or direct when speaking truth becomes an arduous task requiring discernment. I perceive others to have tendencies to sugar-coat truth in fear of animosity or …( read more )

The Hedge

November 17, 2014

When I am out walking with the pack, I find it both interesting and comforting to see how the dogs naturally split up. Some always walk ahead of me, some always walk behind me, and some always walk beside me. Behind, beside, ahead, they …( read more )

By Their Fruit

November 16, 2014

What does this mean? We could use it in many contexts. I was sitting, sipping my tea, and reflecting on an older movie that I have in my entertainment library, starring James Garner and Larry Fishburne, called "Decoration Day". It is the …( read more )

The Trail Is Alive

November 15, 2014

This morning, The Trail is alive with sights and sounds to delight the senses. Goldenrod and purple asters line either side, intermingling with patches of Queen Anne's lace, swaying in the gentle breeze. Monarch butterflies circle and …( read more )

Two Eggs, Two Destinies

November 14, 2014

Imagine me holding before you two eggs. To your eye, they look perfectly identical. But they are not the same. Not at all! Their shells look alike, but the eggs are entirely different — with two entirely opposite destinies. This …( read more )

When We Grow Too Old To Dream

November 13, 2014

"When I grow too old to dream, your love will live in my heart." How many reading today remember that old song sung by Vera Lynn? Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of the youngest daughter of my son, who mentioned, "Do you know …( read more )

Filters

November 12, 2014

After a bombardment of emails, I took the time to unsubscribe from many sites that had at one time been useful but were now distracting me from relevant information. Not having received my PresbyCan Daily devotional for a period of …( read more )

Putting On The Grace Face

November 11, 2014

Supposedly, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. While the saying has been around for quite some time, the numbers used to prove the conclusion vary with each story. In spite of the discrepancies, the basic premise is …( read more )

Would The Real Christian Please Stand Up

November 10, 2014

Back in the 1950s, an American panel game show entitled "To tell the truth" was a big hit with viewers, including me. As a teenager, I enjoyed trying to figure out who the "real" person was before the panel guessed. The show featured a …( read more )

Tell Them About Jesus

November 9, 2014

One of our daughters lives in a small town in Michigan, USA, and for many years, we went there for a week in the spring and again in the fall. Every afternoon, I went for a long walk, and over the years, I got to see most of that town. On …( read more )

My God Jar

November 8, 2014

Shortly after I became a Christian, I read that addicts in a rehab centre were each handed a brown paper "God Bag", with a prayer pasted on the outside. This bag was intended for the person to write out a note to God, turning their sins …( read more )

The Biohazard

November 7, 2014

At work, there is a white pail with a large red and black label which reads, BIOHAZARD. Sharps, gloves, clothes, and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail …( read more )

The Games People Play

November 6, 2014

It is a growing scene to see young and old with handheld, computerized gadgets playing a game. It amazes me how many new kinds of computer games are being offered for all ages. The older computer games lose their charm as new ones come …( read more )

Two Voices, Two Choices

November 5, 2014

Every day when I take my dog for a walk, I have to choose between two possible areas. The first is a broad field, bordered on one side by tall trees and reeds, and on the other side by the backyards of local homes. We enter the field off …( read more )

Jesus And Lazarus, Then Me

November 4, 2014

Maybe you've had this experience: you open your Bible, begin to read a familiar story, and then, suddenly, your attention is taken by something you have not seen before. It is fresh and invigorating, and calls you to a new understanding …( read more )

To The Church In The West

November 3, 2014

Recently, my Bible study group began studying the book of Revelation. Contemplating our discussions in regards to the seven churches, I was inspired to write what I felt Jesus may be saying to the Church in the West today. From a …( read more )

The Sound Of Silence

November 2, 2014

International Christian Concern is one of several ministries committed to raising awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide. Every year, they put together a free resource kit designed specifically for the International …( read more )

Fall Back Not Under

November 1, 2014

Germany and its World War I allies began the practice on April 30, 1916, as a way to conserve coal. America soon followed suit. When I was a child, I relished the extra daylight hours that Daylight Saving Time provided. There was more …( read more )

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