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A Cooperative Effort

December 17, 2016

When the children were little ones, on Christmas Eve or just before, my hubby, the kids, and I piled into the car and drove to the Christmas tree lot where we selected a tree, usually from the cheaper ones in the back. We'd haul it home …( read more )

Finding The Right Fit

July 4, 2016

I used to think that I should cheerfully take on any job my church asked of me. But when I was asked to do tasks that I really wasn't suited for, I began to be resentful. With so few workers in my church, after a few years, I was burned …( read more )

All One Body

May 25, 2016

In years past, I have chronicled the development of the PresbyCan Daily Devotional in devotionals like " Bread On The Waters ", " Death Of A Vision ", and " What God Has Prepared ", but each of them has focused on what happened in my …( read more )

DNA

November 18, 2015

The human body is a complex creation which comprises a head (which includes the brain, ears, eyes, mouth, and nose), neck, thorax (which includes the lungs and heart), abdomen (which includes the digestive organs), arms and hands, legs and …( read more )

We Are The Church

July 25, 2015

In our town of 8,500 people, we have eleven Christian church buildings: eight still active, one for sale, one already sold, and three without clergy. Obviously, in the past, our forebears felt the need to build all these churches in which …( read more )

Partakers All

January 5, 2015

Have you switched yet? Studies suggest that whole grain breads are healthier than the white, doughy stuff our mothers used for our lunches. It includes the whole grain, not just bits left over from the milling process. You may have …( read more )

Slave Labour

September 11, 2014

Since 1961, our family has owned waterfront property up the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Most mornings during our holidays, we could be found sitting on the patio with coffee cups in our hands, gazing up the beautiful inlet. …( read more )

Journey To Jerusalem – Not What You Think!

September 10, 2014

This devotional has been running around my mind and onto several pieces of paper several times for months, and in that time, horrendous wars have erupted in the world with unspeakable atrocities committed. So the irony and seriousness of …( read more )

The Body

May 25, 2014

The life of a superhero is one that we are all familiar with, whether from books, television, or movies. What stands out most about superheroes is their invincibility. No matter how far they fall or whatever they run into, they have the …( read more )

Carrying One Another's Burdens

May 22, 2014

Two years ago my left hip broke, and it has not healed well. I have to use a walker. Many people have helped me wheel groceries to my car and put them in the trunk. Teenaged boys at church have lifted my walker into the back seat of my …( read more )

The Missing Piece

October 8, 2013

Occasionally, my daughter volunteers her time at a particular nursing home in our area. She enjoys interacting with some of the residents and getting to know a little about their lives. One man likes putting together large jigsaw puzzles …( read more )

The Forest

March 12, 2013

As we travelled from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, down the Island Highway to sightsee in Victoria, I was struck by the vast forest which bordered each side of the road. The trees grew so close together, yet each one was lush and …( read more )

The Common Good

December 29, 2012

Some days, I wonder why I write at all. Many days, I don't feel like writing anything, yet I do anyway. Why? The answer to that question is twofold: the Lord has given me a gift which He wants me to use for the glory of His kingdom, and …( read more )

Making Soup

May 23, 2012

I love soup! Before I retired, I never made my own soup, but now that I am retired, I make it all the time. Every batch of soup that I make is different from the previous batch — a little … (read more)

Serving God Through Life's Transitions

May 6, 2012

God has blessed each of us with unique gifts. Some of us have great gifts, such as in teaching, healing sickness, or in giving leadership. Other gifts, though less publicly visible, can just as surely bring honour to God. Over … (read more)

Various Parts – One Head

August 25, 2011

The human body is made for the eyes, and the eyes are made for the body. One without the other would not function fully. My old body is feeling its age. The ribs and hips and joints are having an … (read more)

Total Depravity

June 17, 2011

This past Wednesday night, we were in the crowd of 100,000 watching on several JumboTrons in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as the hometown Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup final. As we … (read more)

The Break

February 4, 2011

It was a Wednesday evening, and I had just returned home from my friend's house. It was almost eleven o'clock, so I decided to turn the television on to watch the evening news. My mother, who lives downstairs, had just … (read more)

Gift Of The Gab

June 3, 2010

Having the ability to strike up a conversation with just about anyone at any place at any time must surely be a gift. When I came to the verses in the Bible that talk about the gifts of the Spirit, … (read more)

Ask, Believe, Receive (Part 1)

April 18, 2010

It's difficult for me to believe it today, but as a child in school, shy, embarrassed, and tongue-tied, I was reluctant to ask my teacher anything. My parents told me repeatedly, "If you don't ask, you won't get to know. … (read more)

A Unified Whole

March 9, 2010

In the church where I grew up, there were no paid positions except a pastor who was shared with another church. All the members used the gifts God had given them to keep the church functioning as the Body of … (read more)

For The Common Good

February 15, 2010

As a child, I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to teach and sing and inspire others with my gifts of music and the usage of the Word. As I grew older, I couldn't understand why God did not … (read more)

Looking To Jesus

July 25, 2009

Before moving to Delaware, USA, ten years ago, I attended a Bible study in Pennsylvania with Christians from various backgrounds and denominations. This unique ministry was called "Jesus Focus", and began in 1974 at a time when many churches failed … (read more)

Aaron's Rod

March 8, 2009

Several years ago, I started a newsletter as an encouragement for individuals with disabilities and their families. My title, "Aaron's Rod", was inspired by the story in Numbers 17. I included in my newsletter this mission statement: "Inspiring children of … (read more)

Human Community

September 20, 2008

I didn't have any choice, this summer. Our fence had to be repaired and re-stained. The repairs went fine. It was a bit of a challenge, but my knowledge and skills were able to meet the challenge, and when I … (read more)

My Garden Tomatoes – They're All Different!

September 2, 2008

How the time passes! It seems only a little while ago that I purchased my tomato plants, and then around the 24th of May, I planted them in my garden. This year, I did what was recommended: I rotated my … (read more)

Times Of Sorrow

March 10, 2008

On the 9th of December, 2007, my father-in-law died. My wife had just returned four days earlier from a visit to her parents in British Columbia, Canada, and though her dad was declining and having some difficulty, his death was … (read more)

Salmon Journey Continued

August 14, 2007

A couple of years ago, I wrote a devotional after watching the salmon swim upstream at the falls near where we live. Last year when I went to watch them again, it was a totally different scene. The water level … (read more)

What Is A Church?

June 29, 2007

I recently sat down to dinner with a good friend. My friend grew up in Ireland, a country with a very strong sense of national identity. Irish people know what it means to be Irish. My friend understands what people … (read more)

Computers

February 8, 2007

During recent weeks, I have played with my computer and have spent evenings fiddling with the BIOS/CMOS (low level computer choices) to get it to work properly. In so doing, I remembered an older computer which I had been given … (read more)

What Is Your Shape?

January 14, 2007

While I was visiting a friend's home one day, she apologized to me because her dining-area table was covered with a half-finished jigsaw puzzle. "My husband and I have been working on the puzzle for a long time," she said. … (read more)

Little Christmas

January 6, 2006

It was a tradition in our home to leave the tree up and decorated until the date which my mother called "little Christmas" had passed. This fell on January 6th, and I now know it as Epiphany. We were afraid … (read more)

Our Greatest Gifts

December 20, 2005

Matthew, in his Gospel, gives us only the highlights of the incident of the wise men. We do not know how they banded together to travel as a group, and we must simply assume that they travelled by night to … (read more)

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