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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

December 5, 2017

by Isabel Allison A little lad, loved by kin of mine, looked straight ahead, then in voice sublime — for child philosophers tend to mime — spoke out amid the chatter of Christmas supper time: "This sure has been a good Christmas," …( read more )

The Love Of God

September 16, 2017

Now being 85, I have been busy writing my latest book on the story of my life. In so doing, I have recognized that the basic force that has guided me all my life is the love of God moving in my soul. John puts it clearly: It is obvious …( read more )

Deception

August 6, 2017

The first thing that I do every morning is to look out my large bay window to check on the weather. Today, the sky is blue, and the sun is shining brightly. It promises to be a pleasant day, so I head out to walk my dog. It is then that …( read more )

Thanks A Bunch!

June 24, 2017

Why is it that here in North America, a gift of flowers is reserved for Mothers Day, romantic occasions, or perhaps a sick female friend? We rarely give flowers to a man, except at his funeral — unless he's a horticulturist by trade. In …( read more )

Living Water

July 14, 2016

I have noticed that more and more people are carrying a water bottle with them at all times, when they are walking or jogging, driving the car, in church, and at sports events. We are often reminded that water is good for us, even when …( read more )

Albert's Example

June 27, 2016

Albert put me to shame. At the ripe age of 89, he slogged to church every Sunday through deep snows and sub-zero temperatures. We offered him drives multiple times, but he declined each one, saying that he needed his exercise. His …( read more )

The Harvest

April 29, 2016

I awoke this morning from a vivid, song-filled dream. Off to the right in my peripheral vision, I saw a white-robed man loudly pounding a grand piano, accompanied by invisible stringed instruments and trumpets. Music filled the air while …( read more )

Time For What?

March 13, 2016

I may be retired, but as so many "retireds" know, it doesn't mean that we are idle. It means that we have more time to do things that we want to do, or at least, we can choose what we will do. That, at any rate, is the theory. The reality …( read more )

A Brush With The Enemy

February 5, 2016

I can see a how a grieving person could be drawn into the false comfort of turning to a medium or a spiritist. Like a moth to the flame, some might seek out such a "practitioner" to try to re-connect desperately with the dear departed. …( read more )

Wrong Source/Wrong Information

August 8, 2015

Some time ago, I was talking with some people about the Lord and our lives as Christians, along with experiences that we have had in life. They were using words like "God spoke to me", feeling that they had a word from God, and talking …( read more )

The Gift Of Life

July 10, 2015

I was watching a television documentary the other day on the state of our underground water supply, and it reminded me of Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. The emptiness of that woman's soul reminded me of the sadness that …( read more )

Victory Over Adversity

June 29, 2015

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. – C. S. Lewis Until my early sixties, I was a very active person. In my …( read more )

The Split Rock

May 22, 2015

Several weeks ago, I heard about an interesting archaeological find which fits the description of the rock that God commanded Moses to strike in the wilderness of Horeb. I learned the details on a website known as "Real Discoveries". …( read more )

Test The Spirits

May 3, 2015

The instructor at a recent meeting of the local canoe club presented three navigational aids: a map, a compass, and a GPS. He then challenged the members present with a question: If you were able to take only one of the three on a trip, …( read more )

Those Boxes

December 3, 2014

At this time of the year, churches all over the world are placing red and green cardboard boxes in their foyers. These are not ordinary boxes, but very special ones. Most people refer to them as the shoeboxes, but these boxes will never …( read more )

U-Turn

October 8, 2014

Life runs along mostly predictably for many of us. Yes, we have things tucked into the far corners of our minds about health and retirement and so on. But when a family has a medical crisis, these thoughts instantly find their way back …( read more )

The Italian Market

September 1, 2014

When I was a young boy, my grandfather often took me to Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, popularly known as The Italian Market. Vendors would openly sell meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, and especially …( read more )

The Doubt

July 6, 2014

The seed of doubt that was planted in the mind of Eve by the serpent in the Book of Genesis still has the ability to rear its ugly head in our minds and hearts today. Just like sin, doubt can creep right in, in a way that we aren't even …( read more )

Test The Spirits

April 13, 2014

As I was reading a relatively familiar passage in Matthew, an occasional occurrence happened to me that always amazes me: some of the words seemed to jump right off the page and instantly grab my attention. Perhaps Jesus might have …( read more )

Pink Or Blue?

February 15, 2014

By seven o'clock in the morning, I am on my way to the kitchen, whereas Caroline has already washed, dressed, eaten, read a book, and is well on her way to work. Consequently, it falls to me to round up the children, dispense breakfast to …( read more )

A Spiritual Focus

September 24, 2013

As people leave their churches and organized religion, what do they put in its place? I am noticing an increasing emphasis on spiritual things today. Even a secular magazine like The Readers Digest has an article this month called "Til …( read more )

The Essence Of Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012

Years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, my sister gave me a book which included a number of traditional stories, poems, prayers, recipes, and games. Some of the games looked rather interesting, and I thought that it would be a great idea for …( read more )

Zaphenath-Paneah

October 20, 2012

Over the past several weeks, my husband and I have been watching movies from the "Bible Collection" series. They present wonderful, true-to-life portrayals of many characters from the Old and New Testaments. Moreover, these productions provide a great basis for … (read more)

The Waters Of Life

October 11, 2012

There is a small, non-descript fountain at the entrance to our city park. The fountain itself is not very impressive as fountains go. It has just seven streams of water rising to a height of about ten feet, and a … (read more)

Surgery

September 5, 2012

Recently, I experienced a setback in regard to a simple surgical procedure on my eyes. I had carefully completed all the needed preparations for the forty-five-minute surgery, only to be told at the last minute that it had to be … (read more)

Dry And Parched

August 30, 2012

It had been a few weeks since we'd had rain. Looking out my living room window, I saw that the green grass had turned to a brownish colour. Walking on the grass, we heard the crunching sound made when the … (read more)

Worth Repeating

July 2, 2012

I know that I've told this story before, but it bears repeating until we all get it! Several years after becoming a Christian, I still struggled with the after-effects of child abuse. Fear, rejection, and poor self-esteem remained a daily … (read more)

The Fire

June 27, 2012

Fire travels. It can leap from tree to tree above ground or travel underground by means of tree roots. This happened on a neighbour's property. They had completed a burn a week before, making sure that the site was thoroughly … (read more)

The Spring Of Water

June 22, 2012

I had heard of a spring where one could go for drinking water. I packed bottles in my car and drove the distance to fill them with clear water. The drive in itself through the country was enjoyable. Rolling fields … (read more)

Waiting And Watching

June 20, 2012

As I was waiting for my friend to arrive so that we could go on a bike ride, I found myself watching the clock, as if the phone would ring by my staring at the clock. I knew that my … (read more)

Wet Stones

May 11, 2012

As we walked along the shoreline, the water ebbed and flowed at our feet. To the dismay of Jeff, my better half, I was on the lookout for interesting stones to add to my collection. At first glance, nothing caught … (read more)

Fearless

March 8, 2012

"If I eat this, will it kill me?" "Is this poison?" "If I touch it, will I die?" According to mom's child report, I asked those questions repeatedly: death questions. At nine, I asked Jesus to forgive my sins, trusting … (read more)

A Satisfying Drink

February 13, 2012

Few of us go through a day without somehow encountering the effects of spiritual dryness in our society. Perhaps you have noticed that many young adolescent girls are obsessed with making their bodies sexually attractive to males. Really, they are … (read more)

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