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Is That All There Is?

December 21, 2016

The nine-year-old sat with his substantial pile of opened Christmas presents, gazed up at the adults around him, and asked, "Is that all there is?" That's also the title of a song by the same name. The verses tell of a house fire, a visit …( read more )

Reaching Out

July 28, 2016

In preparing for a discussion group in the fall on the early years of the church, I have been looking over the Book of Acts. I see that the apostles went through a time of persecution that would have been very disheartening, were it not …( read more )

Receiving Divine Guidance

May 15, 2016

Divine guidance is surely something to pray for, because divine guidance is second to none. God's guidance makes each hour greatly blessed, and we live in peace. That is something that we all need, especially as we get older or are in …( read more )

Where Are You?

April 1, 2016

As I have said too many times, the church is a pale imitation of what it is supposed to be, and our humanity gets in the way of our Christianity. Again today, I talked to several people who believe in God. I know that they do by the way …( read more )

Burning Hearts

March 29, 2016

After my salvation experience in 1978, I had an unquenchable desire to read, learn, and understand the Bible. It became my first love. If I heard good lessons from Bible expositors on the radio, I would request their offered cassette …( read more )

Turning A Challenge Into An Opportunity For Christ

November 27, 2015

The Prime Minister of Canada has volunteered to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees into our nation before the end of February. This has raised many fears and concerns amongst the general population. Many may not know that in the last fifteen …( read more )

A Simpler Path

October 21, 2015

I envy the first Christians. Their faith seemed very simple and straightforward. They worshipped and studied the Scriptures each day, and made time to frequently share meals and break bread together. They weren't encumbered with almost …( 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 )

The Master Plan

December 13, 2014

My Italian friend, who was a tablemate where I live, loved to play the piano by ear, to the delight of the residents. Her favourite thing to do was to play requests from gathered audiences. On one private occasion, as she played "O Solo …( read more )

When We Grow Too Old To Dream

November 13, 2014

"When I grow too old to dream, your love will live in my heart." How many reading today remember that old song sung by Vera Lynn? Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of the youngest daughter of my son, who mentioned, "Do you know …( 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 )

Right Hand

February 2, 2014

Snow and ice covered the roads as well as sidewalks. I chose to visit a friend, whom I had not seen for many months. There was a fair amount of ice on her driveway, which I managed to manoeuvre without any problem. However, leaving …( read more )

Visionary

September 27, 2013

I recently spent some time with my husband finishing a basement in an existing home for a job he was working on. From a bare concrete floor evolved a bathroom, two bedrooms, and a living room space. In a weekend, 475 square feet of …( read more )

Vital Vision

April 26, 2013

Currently, some of our young people are going through the process of confirmation (or church membership). Our youth leader is doing a wonderful job with them, and I'm attending the classes, more as an observer and adviser. As always, when …( read more )

Remembering Sunday Dinner

October 13, 2012

How many of us remember Sunday dinner as it once was? The savour of a roast of beef simmering in the oven, the fresh vegetables, and oh! those mashed potatoes all smothered in homemade gravy. Then for dessert, there was … (read more)

Wind And Fire

July 18, 2012

It was just after sunrise in the desert of Coachella Valley, California, USA. This event was to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. The hot air balloon was ready for our flight. The tough, flexible bag had been filled with hot air. … (read more)

Downsizing

January 27, 2012

By today's title, you might be thinking that I am referring to my own size, but although that is not the case, I readily admit that this old body could do with being reduced drastically by 40 or 50 pounds. … (read more)

The Wind

June 12, 2011

I love the wind. I love to watch the way it can transform a quiet sea into a sloshing, tossing world of change. I am awed by its power and unpredictability. I am amazed how it stirs the trees to … (read more)

Trials

September 5, 2010

One of the hardest things in life for an expectant mother is to find out that the baby that she has been carrying for almost eight months is stillborn. In a moment's time, the world of the expectant father and … (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)

Holding On

April 23, 2009

As I played with my baby daughter sitting on my knee at the breakfast table, my wife laughed. I asked her what might be the cause for laughter at this early hour. I had been singing and tapping my finger … (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)

Are We Seeing The Signs?

January 16, 2009

We have reached the time for our youngest son to begin the process of getting a driver's licence. As we sat together studying for his test, I had the role of checking his answers. I would read the question with … (read more)

The God Explanation: Soul Or Brain?

December 27, 2008

My class in Human Anatomy and Physiology studies how a small change in the membrane of nerve cells allows us to interact with the world around us. Our brains receive information as tiny electrical signals, and respond by sending out … (read more)

Mighty Words, Mighty Works

September 29, 2008

Every now and again, for no particular reason, as I'm doing some ordinary task such as putting away leftovers or getting into the car — snap! Suddenly I'm in debilitating pain, and I can't straighten up. It's my back again. … (read more)

As The Rooster Crowed

May 11, 2008

Athletes train to become faster and stronger. We endeavour to bring as much power to our sport as we can. We may engage in a weight-training program. We might go out and run. Some will attend a sports camp. Our … (read more)

A New Body

May 17, 2005

Dolly just got loved to shreds. She had belonged to my daughter, and now her daughter loved her, but alas, she was falling apart. It was time for Grandma to put a new body on her, so she came for … (read more)

God Promises Hope For His Children

February 11, 2005

Many people have asked me how I cope with the death of a loved one. Well, it is overwhelming — there is an emptiness and numbness that is impossible to describe. Every death is different, and we react differently to … (read more)

No Action Without Power

October 31, 2003

In the mall parking lot, I turned the key in the ignition. There was no response. I knew the battery had to be dead. The lights would not come on. "Dead" is a good word for the whole car when … (read more)

A New Year's Promise

January 1, 2003

There are more passages with promises of God's love and eternal life for us than this page could possibly print. When you think about it, our lives are filled with promises. We promise to be good, or not to do … (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)

Let The Fire Fall

June 3, 2001

Yosemite National Park in California is world-renowned for its stunning glacier-created landscape. Into its glacier-carved valleys flow leaping waterfalls. Giant Sequoia trees dwarf their human visitors. Gigantic masses of unbroken granite rise thousands of metres above the valley floor. For … (read more)

Breathe On Me With Your Breath Of Fire

May 13, 2001

In 1998, our small rural church was forced to close. That was a difficult time for us spiritually, as we mourned the loss of our church and sought a new church family. Then in January 2000, we were welcomed into … (read more)

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