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A Good Movie

December 11, 2012

Whenever I see a good movie, I like to share my delight with other people. I do it because I want them to enjoy a similar, satisfying experience. My wife Evelyn and I enjoy going to the movies on a regular basis, and it helps us to relate …( read more )

Created To Be

December 3, 2012

Every day, I try to please God, but I know that at some unguarded daily moment, I'm going to say or do something wrong that will both displease Him and disappoint others. I could justify my mistake by shrugging my shoulders and saying, …( read more )

God Has Other Plans

November 28, 2012

In the Scripture preceding today's verses, when Joseph was falsely accused of adultery and unjustly imprisoned, he must have felt that his life was cursed and that God had abandoned him forever. Previously, his brothers had abused him and …( read more )

Their Own Means

November 4, 2012

Every year, the church that I serve undergoes a six-week stewardship campaign. Like most churches, we are presently going through some lean times. A major part of the problem is that our congregation is now competing with hundreds of …( read more )

I Like Bread

October 28, 2012

I like bread. I like it a lot. Whether it's the bread that I toast in the morning, the sandwich that I eat for lunch, or the roll that I may have with dinner, my conclusion is the same: Bread … (read more)

Archie The Engineer

October 10, 2012

Archie was a great preacher, and many of the young people in Glasgow, Scotland, whom I knew in the late 1970s, were drawn to Jesus through his straightforward, no-nonsense style of preaching. He was a heating engineer by trade and … (read more)

In Between

September 21, 2012

Years ago, when I was growing up in Scotland, going to the movies meant spending the whole afternoon or evening in the picture house. Instead of just previews and the main feature like today, a whole program consisted of some … (read more)

Cosmic Collision

August 27, 2012

I've just read a fascinating article about an inter-galactic collision that will take place four billion years from now between our own Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. Billions upon billions of stars will either collide or closely pass by … (read more)

Being Offensive

July 28, 2012

Faith isn't a game, a pastime, a leisure pursuit, or even an extra-curricular activity. It's not even a lifestyle choice. It's an eternal lifestyle choice, which too many people take for granted and never take seriously. Everybody is big right … (read more)

Misfits

July 11, 2012

One evening, I watched an old black and white movie called "The Misfits". It starred Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in what turned out to be their very last movie. Both of them died soon after the film's release, so … (read more)

The Watchmaker

June 24, 2012

His watchmaker's store was right beside my bus stop for going home. Whenever I travelled into Glasgow's city centre, I would get off the double-decker bus at this store. There were lots of second-hand watches in the window, and I … (read more)

Drive-By Devotions

June 7, 2012

I love this verse. It reminds me that when I've used up all of my own strength, energy, and patience, I need to come to the Lord for renewal. Far too often, I try to do things my way and … (read more)

Speaking Plainly

May 18, 2012

Some people never grow up. In my many years of ministry, I've come across sad people who live as if they're still adolescents and take no responsibility for their actions. When things get tough, they ignore the crisis and avoid … (read more)

Sacred Seeds

May 2, 2012

For the first time in years, I've planted some seeds in a box and am hoping to grow perennial flowers that I enjoy. The plants are nasturtiums and lupines. They are quite different kinds of plants. The nasturtium is a … (read more)

The Swan Pond

January 28, 2012

Some of the simplest joys that I can remember of living in Scotland were the times when Evelyn and I would take our two daughters to Culzean Castle to feed the birds at the Swan Pond. It was always wonderful … (read more)

Winter Skies

January 11, 2012

I love winter skies, especially at night. The sky is filled with a plethora of stars and galaxies on cloudless evenings. Every time I look up, I am in awe of God's creative power, and my heart is filled with … (read more)

Lights, Cords, And Wires

December 1, 2011

I've just finished putting up our Christmas lights. Every year, I usually have to untangle the green wires and check the bulbs. It's very time consuming, but last year I was very smart. I rolled the wires up carefully and … (read more)

No More Night

November 21, 2011

I love seeing the moon and the stars in the night sky, but I guess that I'm going to miss them in eternity. This verse from Revelation makes it quite clear that night and darkness will have no place in … (read more)

Stewardship Season

November 7, 2011

Like most churches, it's stewardship season in our congregation. For six weeks, we are all supposed to focus upon what we give to God through the local church. Each Sunday, church members give testimonies about why they support the congregation … (read more)

Fall Breaker

October 17, 2011

Like everyone else on this planet, I am a sinner in need of saving. I try to be a good person, but usually there are moments each day when I succumb to temptation. Perhaps someone else upsets me, or there … (read more)

Back To The Future

September 27, 2011

One day recently, I drank too much caffeine, so I ended up being wide awake in the wee small hours of the morning. You would think that I would know better by now, but I like my tea and my … (read more)

Life Is A Journey

September 13, 2011

There's an old folk song called "The Wayfaring Stranger". Most people assume it's an Appalachian song, a Melungeon ballad, or an old African-American spiritual. There's even some speculation that it was first sung in Britain and brought over to North … (read more)

Cartoon Capers

August 31, 2011

Years ago, I used to watch a show called "My world and welcome to it", starring William Windom, one of my favourite American actors. Windom played a cartoonist called John Monroe, and the storylines of each show were crafted around … (read more)

Intervention

August 19, 2011

"Don't be judgmental!" "Only God can judge!" "You Christians are always judging others." If I had a dollar for every time that I've heard or read that somewhere, then I'd be a rich person today. People want to live their … (read more)

Ministry Of Parties

August 7, 2011

We have a Fellowship Team at our church, which has sometimes jovially been called "the Ministry of Parties" because of all the social events that the team organizes. To some people, it may appear that way, but I know the … (read more)

Just The Same

July 24, 2011

I've been struggling recently with all of the changes that are happening across the world, throughout society, and even in the Christian Church. I've been wrestling with my faith and trying to make sense of all the decisions that have … (read more)

In The Doghouse

July 8, 2011

Sometimes the Book of Proverbs makes me laugh out loud. Today's verse had me smiling because I know what it feels like to be in the doghouse, especially when I'm the one who sent me there. I've got this picture … (read more)

Shifting Shadows

June 21, 2011

The good folks at the church I serve have almost finished building my new office. Only a few minor details need to be completed and when the bookcases arrive in two or three weeks' time, I think I'll have an … (read more)

Face To Face

May 26, 2011

Years ago, I visited a famous Roman Catholic basilica in Spain. It sat on a high hill, and there were many steps leading up to it. It was a beautiful medieval building, and I was impressed by the architecture on … (read more)

Tracing

May 13, 2011

My Aunt Trudy was a professional tracer. No, she didn't try to find people who were lost or get information for bounty hunters; she traced blueprints and diagrams for a shipping engineering firm. She must have had a steady hand … (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)

Grace Is Amazing

March 25, 2011

For a while, Grace was a popular name for girls in Scotland, especially among those who are now baby boomers. I used to wonder if the name Grace was chosen for spiritual reasons, because Billy Graham's revivalist meetings were taking … (read more)

Shrove Tuesday

March 8, 2011

Today is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, as the French call it. It's also known as Pancake Day in Britain, or more precisely "Shrove Tuesday". Historically it was the day that all went to confession to have sins "shriven" or … (read more)

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