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Sorry To God

April 26, 2015

There is not a day that goes by that I do not end up saying "Sorry" to God. There is not a Sunday in worship, when the prayers of confession are read and said, that I don't feel guilty and in need of those prayers. Some folks would say …( read more )

Peaceful Prayers

April 17, 2015

No matter where He went, people crowded around Jesus. He was constantly mobbed with all sorts of people who were suffering from a multitude of diseases, illnesses, and sicknesses. His fame as a healer had spread around the Galilean …( read more )

Listening To Jesus

March 26, 2015

Sometimes, instead of listening to Jesus, I listen to my own thoughts and ideas. I end up making foolish choices and stupid mistakes which Christ could have helped me to avoid. I thought that the older I got, the wiser I would become. …( read more )

A Mighty River

March 19, 2015

I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. At one time, there used to be over a million people living in the city. Glasgow prospered due to being situated on the banks of the River Clyde, where great ocean-going steamships were …( read more )

The Great Escape

March 9, 2015

Like most people, there are some days when I would like to run away from all of my responsibilities, travel somewhere remote, and just be all by myself. I sometimes daydream about getting in my car, driving as far west as I possibly can …( read more )

Wonders Of His Love

February 19, 2015

Late one night recently as I was taking the weekly garbage out, I looked up at the night sky. It was full of bright stars. I love this time of year because the skies at night are generally cloudless, so there is a vast array of planets, …( read more )

Needing Grace

January 30, 2015

Sometimes when I sin, I get both angry and disappointed with myself. I become angry because I've let temptation or pride overcome me again; I feel disappointed because I've let God down once more. There are also times when I think that if …( read more )

An Art Lesson

October 23, 2014

When I was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, my dad frequently used to take me and my siblings to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in the heart of the city. It was always a fascinating place to visit, and because my dad was a great city …( read more )

Feed The World

October 3, 2014

One of the first pictures that I ever saw of Jesus was contained in a children's book. In my mind's eye, I can still see it. Jesus is standing at the top of a hill with his hands held up in prayer to God. Before Him, on a rock, loaves and …( read more )

Worship Blessings

September 28, 2014

I love worshipping God. It's good to come among a group of like-minded people and sing together our praises of God. Being with church family week after week gives me the strength, encouragement, and challenges to face whatever takes place …( read more )

Son Light

September 20, 2014

Quite recently, my wife Evelyn and I had our front yard re-landscaped. The bushes were overgrown, and the whole yard needed a major makeover. I'm not much of a gardener, so we hired two people to do the work. They laboured for two days. …( read more )

Talking To Jesus

September 14, 2014

When I first read today's passage from Revelation, I was a teenager who had rebelled against God and my family. The words shocked me and cast a dire shadow over my soul. I felt quite anxious about the whole scenario depicted in Revelation …( read more )

Wedding Invitation

September 6, 2014

I think that I have presided over 200 weddings in my ministry. Some of them I remember very well, so when I see a Facebook post of a special anniversary or some photos of the wedding, I happily congratulate the couple. It takes a lot of …( read more )

Constantly Amazed

August 31, 2014

God often amazes me. In the littlest things, like a blade of grass, I see His handiwork. In the vastness of space and the colossal starry sky, I recognize His hallmarks of creation. In the people I love, I see His image constantly before …( read more )

Testing The Faith

August 13, 2014

I failed only one test when I was at university. It happened in my first semester, and of all things to fail, I failed New Testament. The professor and I didn't see eye to eye, so I think that I was marked out for a humbling experience. I …( read more )

Robe Of Righteousness

July 29, 2014

Many years ago, when I attended the 428 Gospel Club on Wednesday nights in Glasgow, Scotland, several regular participants used to sing their own personal testimony songs. Iain, who ended up being the best man at my wedding, would sing …( read more )

Aid Instead Of Arms

July 20, 2014

The current explosive situation in Gaza is affecting the entire world politically, economically, and even spiritually. Ever since the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, Palestinian refugees have posed a large-scale humanitarian …( read more )

All Things

July 13, 2014

Bill Shankly, a Scottish soccer manager, once said, "Football isn't about life or death — it's much more important than that." ("Soccer" is called "football" outside North America.) Bill Shankly coached the world-famous English soccer …( read more )

Blessed Are The Caregivers

June 17, 2014

Caregivers are some of the most undervalued people that we can ever encounter. Over the past twenty-five years, I've seen many caregivers who look after their spouses, their parents, or their special needs children, and I have marvelled …( read more )

The Royal Law

May 19, 2014

Recently, in the Sunday school class that I teach, we were discussing the parable of the Good Samaritan. It's probably the best-known story that Jesus ever told, so, throughout the class, the participants offered their personal ideas and …( read more )

A Tale Of Two Birds

April 2, 2014

Every morning that I commuted to church, I used to take great delight in spotting two beautiful, large birds. The first was a red-tailed kite which perched atop an old dead tree, constantly surveying the fields alongside the motorway for …( read more )

Payback

March 27, 2014

Sometimes when I read Paul's letters, I wonder what kind of situation he was writing about and actually dealing with. It seems to me that all of the young churches to which he was sending letters had internal problems which were …( read more )

Keeping It Together

March 18, 2014

As a boy, I used to love making model aircraft. Most of my allowance was spent on buying small kits of plastic jets or World War II aircraft. Sometimes, I even purchased model vintage cars, but those were usually very difficult to put …( read more )

Lentbook

March 11, 2014

I love debating with other people. It's part of my training as a pastor. At seminary or university, candidates for ministry are taught apologetics through class presentations or theological debates. The arguments usually spill over into …( read more )

Holy Heights

March 3, 2014

I suffer from acrophobia — a fear of heights. Perhaps if I were a tall person, it might not be so bad. I get dizzy and unbalanced whenever I am up high. Standing on a ledge or a rooftop is very hard for me to do, although if I'm on a …( read more )

Called To Serve

February 18, 2014

Unlike its summer counterpart, I prefer watching the Winter Olympics because snow and ice are great equalizers when it comes down to individual performances. Even the best winter athletes can slip on the ice or fall on the snow, so you …( read more )

Straw Hope

February 13, 2014

Several years ago in Colorado, a cow confronted a bear. The young cub was trying to help itself to some apples from a tree at the corner of the cow's field. The cow was annoyed (she's called "Apple", by the way) and proceeded to eject the …( read more )

Clydeside Preacher

January 30, 2014

My hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, used to have a magnificent shipyard industry on the River Clyde. Thousands of men were employed in the building of some of the biggest warships and ocean liners in the world. When I was growing up, it was …( read more )

False Alarms

January 17, 2014

Have you ever had one of those days when you walked in the house and forgot to switch off the burglar alarm? Or you had the alarm on, and went to take the garbage out late at night, only to panic when all the sirens, bells, and whistles …( read more )

It Is Amazing

November 22, 2013

On Sunday mornings, I get to experience one of the best views in church from the pulpit. I see the entire worshipping congregation, and as I scan the people in the pews, I think about their struggles and stories and about how the amazing …( read more )

Glory To God

November 8, 2013

The legendary Scottish athlete and missionary, Eric Liddell (on whom the movie Chariots of Fire is based), was once asked about how he mixed his faith with his sprinting. He cheerfully replied, "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel …( read more )

Clowning Around

October 24, 2013

Every year during the months of December and January, the circus used to put on their winter performances in my hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. It was a great treat, and although our family could not afford it every year, we usually went …( read more )

Blind Faith

September 28, 2013

There's an old story told about a seamstress in nineteenth-century France who happened to be blind. One day, her church was trying to raise some money for a mission, and she handed over 20 francs. In those days, that was a lot of money, …( read more )

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