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Lights In The Darkness

April 17, 2017

In our younger years, my wife and I lived with our two children for a number of years in a tiny, isolated, Canadian arctic settlement on the west coast of Hudson Bay. The settlement was accessible only by air on an airstrip that had been …( read more )

Walking Into The Light

January 9, 2017

Some years ago, I checked in at a high-rise hotel, and was instructed by the hotel clerk how to find my room. I stepped into the elevator and pressed the button for the floor to which I had been directed. When the door opened, I stepped …( read more )

The Aroma Of Christ

April 1, 2014

We acknowledge ourselves as being called upon to be representatives of Christ or ambassadors of Christ, but to be the aroma of Christ? Doesn't that sound a little bit strange? Experts tell us that distinctive smells have more power than …( read more )

Too Small A Thing To Pray For?

February 18, 2007

One day a number of years ago, a cousin of mine, his wife, and their three children were picking wild cranberries on an island in the Saskatchewan River. Accompanying them was the elderly uncle of my cousin and me, who … (read more)

Built On The Rock

March 27, 2006

One day as I was idly surfing the net, I came across a photograph of the circa 1828 modest wooden clapboard church in northern Europe where my maternal grandparents were married in 1888 and where my mother and her two … (read more)

Feed My Sheep

March 20, 2006

My wife and I have a bird feeder hanging just outside our kitchen window, and we enjoy watching the various kinds of birds that come to eat. Throughout one summer, two blue jays, in all probability mates who must have … (read more)

When Is A Witness Not A Witness?

October 12, 2004

Throughout my working life, my family and I lived in a number of different locations across Canada, and for a time lived in a west coast community which owed its existence to the fishing industry. Virtually everyone in the community … (read more)

Tell Me About Your Friend!

November 9, 2002

Shortly after my wife and I moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1970, we sought out the cemetery containing the grave of Joseph Scrivens, the author of the beloved hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus. The cemetery is located … (read more)

Commitment

September 29, 2002

Exhortations to "commit" or "to be committed" appear frequently throughout the scriptures. But what do the words really mean? Too often, their meanings are casually interpreted as kinds of half-serious resolutions like people tend to make at New Year's, or … (read more)

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

September 26, 2002

Once when the 747 aircraft on which I was a passenger was making its final approach to a busy airport, from my window seat I was idly watching the car traffic on a busy two-lane highway below. For some time … (read more)

This Little Light Of Mine

July 23, 2001

As a young man, I worked for some time in a men's correctional institute. Actually, the institute could have been better described simply as a prison, as any serious attempts at institutional rehabilitation were at the time still in their … (read more)

Recycling

July 12, 2000

We hear a great deal about recycling these days, and are constantly being urged to handle our household waste in such a manner that it can be reprocessed into something new, rather than simply be dumped into a landfill. As … (read more)

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