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Be Perfect – God's Way

January 20, 2012

Recently, comments like "You can't be perfect!" or "I know I'm not perfect!" have crossed my ears so frequently that I felt a need to explore this issue from a biblical perspective. What did Jesus mean by the words, "Be … (read more)

Spotlight On Anna

December 17, 2011

Perhaps you feel you've heard plenty about the Christmas story. But what do you know about the two often-forgotten characters, Simeon and Anna? Without them, the Christmas message is incomplete. Let's consider Anna: Did you see that! Anna proclaimed the … (read more)

The Complaint Prayer: Breathing With God

November 28, 2011

Prayer is one of the most remarkable privileges of the indwelling Spirit. Through prayer, we breathe with the breath of God's Spirit. We exhale impure air — such as our complaints, our honest confessions, and our disturbing thoughts. In prayer, … (read more)

Our Approachable God

November 11, 2011

Jesus never hesitated to pronounce scathing indictments against those who were pushing people away from God — like the leaders who burdened consciences with endless "shoulds" and "ought-tos". In spite of Jesus' sharp words, Christianity has retained this very bent, … (read more)

Filled With Inexpressible Joy

October 29, 2011

Why is there so little joy in many Christians when Scripture portrays joy as a vital ingredient for life? Jesus was eager that His followers be filled with joy. Paul was too. He said: For Paul, joy was vital because … (read more)

A Holy Discontent

October 12, 2011

"A holy kind of discontent seems to be fertile ground for God's prophets." – William H. Willimon Discontent can be a destructive energy that harms physically, emotionally, and relationally. It may be a symptom of ingratitude or an inability to … (read more)

When Light Shines In The Darkness

September 17, 2011

When the prophet Isaiah spoke of a people walking in darkness, in Isaiah 9:2, he was speaking of the spiritual and moral condition of human hearts. In Scripture, "the heart" refers the centre and source of the whole inner life, … (read more)

The Plight Of Meaninglessness

September 3, 2011

"Everything was meaningless!" These cynical words in Ecclesiastes erupted from an aging man as he reflected on the tragic mistakes he had made earlier in life. He had determined to find meaning somewhere "under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:3) — somewhere … (read more)

Free Indeed!

August 22, 2011

"We're emancipated; we're liberated; we're in control, don't worry." These confident utterances are arising from young adolescent girls trying to console worried adults, according to a Maclean's magazine article, "Outraged Moms, Trashy Daughters" (August 16, 2010). The article expresses a … (read more)

The Sacred Place Of Solitude

August 10, 2011

"I cherish the sacred place of solitude … an abyss opening up in the center of my soul." – Peter Feldmeier Have you ever found yourself utterly alone — perhaps through rejection or exclusion, or simply through exhaustion from doing … (read more)

The Power Of God's Lavish Grace

July 28, 2011

"We are most truly human, most fully ourselves, most profoundly free when we live in response to God's grace." – Migliore One day while visiting a school, I noticed an unhappy grade six boy sitting outside the French classroom. This … (read more)

Spotlight On Passion And Authority

July 12, 2011

I once met a young woman who was passionate about insects — and that made her a true authority on them. Her life's goal, even as a child, was to study and know insects. She read literature on insects, researched … (read more)

A Sweet Aroma In The Face Of Evil

June 27, 2011

"A rose between two thorns!" You've heard this expression; but have you ever applied it to our Christian calling? Jesus did. In effect, He called His followers to be a sweet aroma in the midst of prickly evil. This is … (read more)

God's Honour Code

June 10, 2011

"I love you as a son!" These words fell on the ears of a little girl as she lay on her bed in a Christian hospital near her village. Her father had just told her that he valued her as … (read more)

A Mighty Trojan Horse

May 15, 2011

The Trojan horse may seem like odd imagery for God's calling. I see it as helpful. Let me explain it first. In Greek mythology, a hollow wooden horse filled with Greek soldiers was left at the gates of Troy. The … (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)

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)

Big Is Not Always Better

August 28, 2010

"But I want the big doll!" declared my persistent 4-year-old granddaughter after I told her that she would wake up Mommy if she went to the bedroom to get it. Clearly, I wasn't getting through to Isabella, so I decided … (read more)

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