Archive for October, 2015

Jehan Cauvin

October 31, 2015

Some years ago, we had the privilege of doing a "Cities of the Reformation" tour, where we heard a lot about the different reformers of that time so many years ago. The last city that we visited was Geneva, Switzerland, where John Calvin, …( read more )

Clouds

October 30, 2015

One week prior to my high school graduation, the Pennsylvania State University awarded me entrance into the College of Art as an applied art major. As an upstart, studying the masters of art, from the classics to the contemporary, was …( read more )

Careless Words

October 29, 2015

During the recent Canadian federal election, several candidates were forced to withdraw after comments they had made on social media surfaced. These comments, which were thoughtless, ill-considered, and sometimes offensive and hateful, …( read more )

Growing In God's Grace

October 28, 2015

I surely love the song, "Wonderful grace of Jesus"; the music alone fills me with joy and gladness. But understanding God's grace is not easy, for it takes honesty: it's not me that shines through what I do today, but God does, for …( read more )

Barriers To Acceptance

October 27, 2015

Accepting another person doesn't necessarily mean accepting their beliefs or practices. Accepting someone whose beliefs or practices aren't the same as mine isn't easy. For example, growing up, I was taught that Sunday was a sacred day. …( read more )

The Situation

October 26, 2015

As usual, Bonnie and Sophie, my two-year-old collie and retriever, were outside on the property enjoying themselves as they kept an eye on the livestock. And just as usual, I was diligently keeping an eye on them. Even though they are …( read more )

On Being Still

October 25, 2015

There is an old preacher's story about the little girl who brought her friend to worship with her one Sunday. When her friend started to talk out loud, the girl said, "You have to be quiet or the hushers will come for you." My weekly …( read more )

The Trouble With Dents

October 24, 2015

Dents happen. They happen to our freshly painted walls, our cars, our fine furniture, and other things that we cherish. At least, these are the dents that we notice: dents in the things that matter to us. This past summer, I painted some …( read more )

My Dream

October 23, 2015

I had a dream. In my dream, I was walking on the sidewalk, up a hill, looking into storefront window displays. I stopped at one window, which was a jewelry store, and gazed at all the various items and precious stones that were on display. …( read more )

Receiving A Blessing

October 22, 2015

Time is a constituent of life. We cannot stop it or reverse it. From the creation narrative surrounding today's verse, it is clear that time is good and God-ordained. A part of this time experience is seasons. God has given punctuation …( read more )

A Simpler Path

October 21, 2015

I envy the first Christians. Their faith seemed very simple and straightforward. They worshipped and studied the Scriptures each day, and made time to frequently share meals and break bread together. They weren't encumbered with almost …( read more )

Seeing Is Believing … Or Is It?

October 20, 2015

The area where I work is dotted with large lots and homes. There aren't many fences, but there are a lot of dogs that all remain on their property as we walk by. Recently, I was on a walk with a lady that I support, and three dogs were …( read more )

Lonely At The Top

October 19, 2015

If I thought it, I was wrong. No one ever said that leading was easy or popular. I had been chosen as the leader of a local organization. Accepting the position required moving almost three hours away. Since my wife and I felt the Lord …( read more )

God's Word In Art

October 18, 2015

I have lately developed the habit of looking at the stained glass windows in the different churches that I visit. There is a great variety of them, and I am amazed at the different biblical scenes and symbols which are displayed in the …( read more )

The Little Burr

October 17, 2015

Despite delays in waiting for medical procedures, my legs have recovered sufficiently that I feel strong enough to walk down The Trail again. As I write, it is the first day of fall, and absolutely gorgeous! The sights! The sounds! The …( read more )

The Revelation

October 16, 2015

It was 4 a.m., and I was driving through the depth of darkness toward my place of employment. I enjoyed my job, but as I motored along, I suddenly realized how indifferent and hardened my heart was becoming in regards to those whom I …( read more )

Don't Forget The Fish Story!

October 15, 2015

Do you find the biblical account of Jonah and the fish hard to swallow? If so, you're not alone. Those who are shaped by western secularism naturally find it hard to swallow. In such an environment, God's people are tempted to avoid this …( read more )

The Spirit Of Prophecy

October 14, 2015

Whenever my husband and I travel upstate to visit our son, we pass by a home that has a sign on the front lawn. In bold, red letters, it says, "Psychic Readings". Then underneath, it advertises, "$10 special". The sign always brings back …( read more )

Dealing With Change

October 13, 2015

I recall preaching on the above verse at the anniversary of a church that had closed years and years before. Each year, there was an anniversary service to honour the prairie pioneers who had built the church and built up the faith in the …( read more )

Communication

October 12, 2015

Not too long ago, I was going through a very dry spell of not writing. I am a writer, and not being able to write is like losing my best friend in a dark, thick forest. As hard as I would try to find my friend, I just couldn't find her. I …( read more )

In Our Eighties

October 11, 2015

Sometimes, I feel so rotten that I just want God to call me home. After losing my friend Dorothy, I am lonely and tired of hanging in there. This isn't just me talking this way, I know. Many singles in their eighties are feeling the …( read more )

Mighty Acts

October 10, 2015

While reading today's verse, I started wondering what mighty acts of God have happened since the Bible was written, which could be told to the upcoming generation. I can list several things: the reformation of Christianity under leaders …( read more )

Sheltered In The Storm

October 9, 2015

The morning was beautiful; we had no reason to expect a storm. My brother, two children, and I had set out for an overnight camping trip on the Appalachian Trail (AT). No sooner had we reached the gap where we were planning to camp than …( read more )

The Beach

October 8, 2015

During the summer holidays, we were away with the children, staying near the beach at Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire. There are long, straight, sandy beaches hardly used outside of the town. We had a lovely time playing in the sand, eating …( read more )

Growing Seeds

October 7, 2015

During this past spring and summer, I travelled in the area where we live to lead services in different Presbyterian churches. There is a lot of cultivated farm land in this area, and it seems that the majority of the crops being grown …( read more )

The Nosy Parker

October 6, 2015

My horse, Frank, is a nosy parker. "Nosy parker" is an old expression for one who has to have their nose into everybody else's business. Whenever I am working in the corral or out on the property where he is grazing, his nose is not far …( read more )

A New Partnership

October 5, 2015

A new pastor was settling into a new church. The toilet wouldn't work so he called the plumber. The next day he found a broken light switch so he called the electrician. On Sunday, the president of the church council said, "You know, the …( read more )

God Is Greater Than The Facts!

October 4, 2015

"The facts" have an uncanny way of stalling us. Discussion shuts down. The imagination becomes closed to possibilities outside of perceived parameters. "The facts" can rivet us to dull, predictable limits. "The facts" can sink us into a …( read more )

Lemonade For All

October 3, 2015

What was that old adage about turning lemons into lemonade? How easy that is to say. The problem is that when you are down, you don't want to get up! Emotions run high and low. Some people have a legitimate reason for their sorrow, it is …( read more )

My Friend

October 2, 2015

Here is a poem that I wrote: My friend is a special person Who accepts me the way I am. My friend can see who I can be. My friend laughs and cries with me. My friend is always honest, Even though the words spoken hurt me at times. My …( read more )

From Afar

October 1, 2015

Every day, I look at my Facebook page. Because most of my family live 3,000 miles away in Scotland, it's about the only regular contact I have with them. I like to read their comments and see what they are doing. I like to share a few …( read more )

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