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Footprints

May 25, 2017

Some years ago, my wife and I went on a guided tour of Israel with a group of Christians led by a pastor. We visited mostly sites of biblical importance, like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jericho, and we spent considerable time in the …( read more )

Father, Son And Holy Spirit

March 2, 2017

I have always understood the concepts of God and His beloved Son Jesus. The concept of a Holy Spirit, however, has always somewhat eluded me. While I may have encountered the Holy Spirit numerous times before, I had not made the …( read more )

Promises Kept

May 24, 2015

I am quite interested in nature, especially birds. Even as a little boy, I could spot a flock of pigeons from a long way away. I still can. If my memory serves me correctly, back in the 1940s, there was a theatre in Amsterdam where nature …( read more )

Promises Made

May 14, 2015

Today is Ascension Day, a Christian holy day to which not much attention is given here in North America. Most calendars don't even make note of it. However, in most of Europe, it is an actual holiday, a day off from work, and some …( read more )

Breath Of God

October 4, 2014

It was in the late 1940s. My father was the pastor of a small Armenian Brethren congregation in Detroit, Michigan, USA. As my father arose from his chair to start his sermon by the reading of Scripture, he opened his Bible and in Armenian …( read more )

Three Thousand Were Added

June 8, 2014

When I was a young person, the tradition as I remember it was that the emphasis of our faith was mostly on God. The minister preached a lot from the Old Testament, and in the Christian school that I attended, we loved the stories from the …( read more )

Flower Power

June 7, 2014

Imagine one spring morning looking out the window onto a bed of radiant, yellow daffodils. As you gaze, you sense the vibrant blooms drawing you. With an inviting power, they transport you into a state of hope and joy. They cheer you up! …( read more )

Misplaced Focus

April 28, 2014

Some days, no matter how much I squint and rub, they just won't focus. I've been wearing glasses since I was elementary age. My eyes have grown progressively worse, and they didn't stabilize until I reached my forties. They are still …( read more )

Perfect Timing

May 19, 2013

Have you ever been in a situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Perhaps you're there right now. You feel cast adrift, not knowing what is expected of you or just where life is going. You had been on course and then the winds …( read more )

Power To Spread God's Love

May 18, 2013

We might wish sometimes that Jesus were still here on earth in human form. It would be absolutely wonderful to see Him today, to ask Him questions, know that He was listening to our prayer requests, and get spoken answers from Him. How …( read more )

To The Ends Of The Earth

November 18, 2012

When I was fourteen years old, a book fell off a shelf that I was dusting, hit me on the head, and landed face up, open on the exact date of my birthday. It was a birthday book, the kind with various words of inspiration or advice. The …( read more )

Have You Heard? Have You Heard?

September 17, 2012

Over the years, whenever I would go to see the youthful and exciting presentation of Anne Of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, I would be intrigued with a special scene … (read more)

Be Ready

September 9, 2012

On one recent evening, at ten o'clock, our daughter and her husband were told by the local firemen to be ready in case they had to evacuate their house. There had been a major propane leak at the gas station in their small village, and …( read more )

Unhindered

April 12, 2012

How easy it is for us to chafe under the circumstances that we consider to be hindrances from enjoying a full and free life: poor health, unemployment, a bad marital situation, financial setbacks, unbelieving children, and so on. But consider … (read more)

The Missing Ingredient

February 28, 2012

My wife Joy is a great baker, much to the enjoyment of me, my kids, and the grandchildren. Her cookies and loaves are melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Sometimes while baking, though, she forgets one of the ingredients, and the final product doesn't … (read more)

In The Name Of The Lord

July 2, 2010

As often as my name is called, used, or written, there is no godly power in it to overcome any dark besetting negatives or sickness in others or myself. Jesus warned His disciples, "without Me you can do nothing." (John … (read more)

Watching Balloons

May 22, 2010

Have you ever released a helium-filled balloon and watched it float up into the sky? I have done this several times in my life, and have been captivated by the balloon's flight. As it climbs skyward up into the clouds, … (read more)

Welcome Him

September 12, 2009

In 1980, during a prayer meeting, I told the small group of believers how I longed to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Without hesitation, they began to pray for me. At first, a very sweet, gentle presence started … (read more)

His Majesty's Witness

April 15, 2009

Like many teenagers back in the seventies, I enjoyed seeing the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Later, however, I heard that many Christians considered the film to be offensive. One reason for this criticism was the omission of the resurrection of … (read more)

The Clock

November 7, 2007

My mother had a clock that had to be wound every twenty-four hours to keep it running. As long as she was faithful, it kept accurate time. Her life was programmed by that timepiece. The last chore of her work-filled … (read more)

Hear With Their Ears

August 15, 2003

As I have the chance and the leading, I confront work colleagues and friends about the miracles that I believe Jesus is performing today, through the Holy Spirit. Those who are Christians, or are at least sympathetic, are touched and … (read more)

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

March 3, 2003

It was back in 1958 that we visited the Sir Adam Beck 2 generating station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This station, at that time, produced most of the electrical power for the southern portion of the Province of Ontario. … (read more)

I'll Watch You

May 19, 2002

One day recently, I went out to visit with our grandchildren. We had just finished a long journey home, and, though I was overjoyed to see our loved ones, I was tired. My granddaughter asked me to walk with her, … (read more)

On The Mount of Olives

May 9, 2002

I was sitting at my computer, when I moved my chair and hit the wastebasket. Looking down at it, I decided I would empty it before I knocked it over. The basket was filled mostly with papers. All were slated … (read more)

Doing What God Asks

October 5, 2001

Have you ever noticed that sometimes God, or someone else, has to keep hitting us over the head with the proverbial two-by-four to get our attention? I don't know how many times I had read the scripture passages quoted today. … (read more)

Message In A Bottle

May 23, 2001

I always wanted to write a message, put it in a bottle and send it down the river. My imagination sees the bottle bobbing with the current of the river into the Great Lakes water system, over Niagara Falls, across … (read more)

The Measurement Of Time

October 15, 2000

One of our writers mentioned recently about waiting patiently for God in His good time. It got me to thinking about our confusion regarding time, because we English-speaking people have but one word to describe the passing of time: "time". … (read more)

Happy Birthday!

June 11, 2000

This promise, which Jesus made to his disciples just before his ascension, was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came down on the disciples as they were gathered in the room in Jerusalem. Following this, Peter preached … (read more)

Plug Into The Power

May 22, 1999

As a toddler of two, I discovered electricity. Noticing that my mother put the plug on the vacuum into the electrical outlet in the wall and that the vacuum then "came alive", I determined to find out what was in … (read more)

Out Of Gas

March 26, 1997

Once, some men were pushing a car along the street. You couldn't see anything wrong with the car – it was all polished and shining. But the engine wouldn't work — it was out of gas. It lacked power. In … (read more)

Me? A Missionary?

October 4, 1996

A few years ago, I was asked to do an article based on the section in Living Faith on "Mission: The Church Reaches Out", for the Presbyterian Record. The whole series was to be a learning experience for the Church … (read more)

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