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Simply For The Asking

March 1, 2017

My parents were very close, in love all their married lives, and it showed. They also had great faith, and that showed as well. At age 65, my dad was killed. A few weeks after his funeral, I asked my mum how she could keep going. With …( read more )

Parasites

February 16, 2017

There is nothing much more relaxing than watching a group of young lambs frolicking around in the sun on a warm spring day. Sheep are mentioned many times in Scripture, and they can provide us with many spiritual applications. When we …( read more )

Developing In The Word

September 17, 2016

One day, back from my grocery shopping in the nearby mall, I checked the change that I had received from the cash that I had paid for the groceries. My first look was a sure thing: I had received less change than I was owed. This left me …( read more )

Temptation

July 10, 2016

We have all heard of temptation, but have you ever heard of Temptations® cat treats? Recently, I sent away for two of their "Snacky Mice" treat holders as a promotional, one for my cat Sweetheart, and one for her friend. I filled up both …( read more )

Anchored To The Rock

June 25, 2016

One of the places that we visited on our cruise last February and March did not have a large enough harbour to accommodate our ship. So we dropped anchor offshore, and then, people were taken to the shore in small boats. We stayed on …( read more )

Red Emeralds

June 21, 2016

My friend attended a gospel convention in the United States and stood in line afterwards to have a word with one of the speakers. As she waited, she noticed a young man approaching her. He was a stranger to her, but he was making eye …( read more )

Is Your Tongue Saved?

March 11, 2016

One Sunday last month, I decided to watch a televised church service that I tune in to occasionally. I enjoy this particular pastor's sermons because they always deal with the challenges of everyday living. What made me listen that …( read more )

A New Wave Of Service

February 19, 2016

Do you feel it? It seems that there is a new wave of the Holy Spirit blowing through our churches. There is a restlessness growing within our pews, an uneasiness, a feeling of excitement stirring from within. The Christian community today …( read more )

Choices

January 15, 2016

Quite a few years ago, a bulletin from our church had a picture of a graphite illustration by Gerald Folkerts, entitled "Self Portrait". The picture so intrigued me that I kept the bulletin all these years; it was dated Good Friday, March …( read more )

Plethora Of Light

December 3, 2015

The pace of activity has picked up tremendously at Arcadia Gardens. It all started with the daily hammering of wooden spikes in the courtyard. These preparations begin annually in October, as the property is transformed into formations …( read more )

God's Appointment

September 29, 2015

Never in my life have I had an immediate example of the truth of this Scripture — at least not until today. Recently, I was given a birthday gift called "The 30-Day Praise Challenge" by Becky Harling. I committed to this challenge and …( read more )

What's In Your Safe?

September 27, 2015

As a former coin collector, I have always had a fascination with gold, which is one of our most precious metals. There are several YouTube videos on the Internet that show the painstaking refinement process by which all the dross and …( read more )

Don't Fan The Flames

July 22, 2015

As of the middle of July, over 32,000 square kilometres of forest had been burning in Canada's summer heat, with the largest wildfires in Saskatchewan. Over 13,000 people had been forced to leave their homes. There is nothing like the …( read more )

A Widow's Plight

June 27, 2015

A friend of my wife lost her husband about three years ago to cancer. She has no children, and her remaining relatives are scattered, some nowhere to be found. So we make it a point to occasionally include her for dinner, especially …( read more )

Pure Religion

June 23, 2014

On the wall above my computer is a large, framed picture that I embroidered. Its title is "White Pine", but I call it "The Widow". Centred in the near end of a narrow lane, a great, elderly, grayish-green pine tree stands alone, brittle …( read more )

Struggling Through Life

May 16, 2014

As we pulled into the parking lot, we were mesmerized by the mammoth beast lying before us. But there was nothing we could do but mount it. Enormous logs dotted the mountainside. My brother and I were on a two-day backpacking trip on the …( read more )

A Time To Respond

May 9, 2014

The other day, I was searching the Internet for lyrics to a song, and I came across a song entitled Do something, written by Matthew West, an American contemporary Christian musician and songwriter. In his song, Matthew questions God as …( read more )

Ashes Of Repentance

March 5, 2014

For many years, I received the customary ashes for Lent without any thought to the biblical basis of this ancient practice. However, when the priest applied the ashes to my forehead in the form of a cross, I was faced with the unpleasant …( read more )

Past, Present, Future

February 21, 2014

Materialism, or fixation on earthly possessions, is one of mankind's strongest temptations. During the past several months, with the help of friends, I have been going through a process of scaling down my personal belongings. My part in …( read more )

Grin

January 27, 2014

The Spark Sunday School Curriculum lesson plan for preschoolers focused on how the Old Testament story of God providing manna, quail, and water for the children of Israel throughout the forty years they wandered in the desert teaches a …( read more )

Christmas Cards For The Brokenhearted?

December 12, 2013

I love Christmas. I haven't loved every Christmas in my life, however. The first Christmas four months after my daughter died in a car accident was a bad one. The Christmas before that, after my husband left, that same daughter wept as …( read more )

Flower Power

November 27, 2013

Our yearly vacation to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, the largest fresh water island in the world, could not come soon enough. The island is so welcoming and beautiful. One day as I was walking along the rock formation by the water's …( read more )

The Prescription

October 29, 2013

For many years, I have taken a prescription drug for a minor health problem. As long as I follow the instructions on the label, reading and doing what it says, the medication keeps me active and healthy. Likewise as Christians, in …( read more )

The Bumblebee

October 28, 2013

It is truly amazing how inspiration comes along in order to create a story or, in my case, a devotional. My friend, Ann, called me the other day to share with me the behaviour of a confused bumblebee. She told me that she was watching a …( read more )

Of Rocket Stoves And Asking Why

October 4, 2013

I am now the proud owner of a rocket stove: a high-efficiency, wood-burning, outdoor cooking stove designed to be used for camping or emergencies. I never really wanted a rocket stove. In fact, I had never even heard of one. The day …( read more )

The Keys

June 6, 2013

This just makes me so mad, I muttered to myself as I hunted in the basket, on the table and through my purse for the car keys. *How many times have I told her not to take the keys out to the car ahead of me without telling me? I am …( read more )

A Shopping Heart Change

April 14, 2013

I've never had the patience to do grocery shopping or any other type of shopping much, and in the past, I've left it up to my wife and daughter to do it. However, this attitude changed due to an affliction. Let me explain. A number of …( read more )

It's All Good

April 5, 2013

Over the years, there have been a lot of different clichés that everyone likes to use. One I've noticed lately is "It's all good" — which got me to thinking about what the Bible says is good. (All quotations are from the NKJV.) – It is …( read more )

The Bet

March 22, 2013

My son loved to swim. He was always at the pool and had passed all his swimming badges at a very early age. Swimming was an adventure, it was cool, it was fun, until one day when it almost came to a deadly halt. Chris had been carrying …( read more )

The Party

October 18, 2012

Years ago, we were giving a large party in our home in Scotland. My wife had put a great deal of effort into preparation, wanting the party to be a big success (which it was). Halfway through the evening, our … (read more)

The Gift

October 4, 2012

Not only do we all love to get gifts, but we also want to be givers of gifts. Gifts come in many forms: cards, flowers, and packages wrapped and unwrapped. Random acts of kindness are also forms of gifts. When … (read more)

Mountain Top

May 31, 2012

A recent trip to the United States took us through some very beautiful country. Some of our travels took us on very long and straight highways, with views of rivers and distant towns. Our favourite part, though, took us off … (read more)

Now Reality Is Good

May 24, 2012

A very dear friend of mine married recently. She had suffered the gauntlet of loneliness and uncertainty, but during that time, she had totally relied on God's grace and trusted in His will for her life. She had desolate times … (read more)

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