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To Judge Or Not To Judge

May 29, 2017

"Judge carefully" … "Do not judge" … "Judge for yourself" … "Stop judging" – the Bible Well, is it okay to judge or not? The above texts aren't helpful, are they? It's no wonder: They're extracted from their contexts! Furthermore, …( read more )

The Flow Of The Spirit

September 11, 2016

Water! It's funny how water can affect us. We moved to a small town that has a river running through it. There are two dams and a waterfall. We don't live far from the river, so when I take my dog out for a walk, which is three or four …( 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 )

Downspouts Or Rain Barrels

March 2, 2016

It was pouring rain: eavestroughs channelling water from the roof, directing it downward; water shooting out of downspouts in a torrent; rain-barrels sputtering with the overflow; puddles everywhere. As I watched the water swirling away, …( 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)

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)

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)

Enjoy Me While You Have Me

May 8, 2012

Our words can hurt others, often unintentionally, but they hurt nevertheless. Some years ago, I returned to live for a while in my parental home in England. My mother and I had always had a close relationship, but there were … (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)

Come To The Fountain

November 12, 2011

Recently, I have been part of a program of severely restricted water consumption in the community where I live. This situation has been in progress for several weeks. We were advised that a bacterium, which had invaded our water supply, … (read more)

The Trickling Spring

February 20, 2010

The spring in my dad's back field continually burbled forth fresh, clean water. As children, we thought of it as the source of some great body of water. Was it running to the mighty Fraser or the tumbling Colorado? (We … (read more)

That's Not My Style

March 13, 2009

At the end of our holiday through Spain and Portugal last fall, we had returned our rental car and were waiting for the bus to our hotel at the airport in Madrid. An older gentleman with ruffled white hair, wearing … (read more)

In His Time

March 4, 2009

Recently, I read the testimony of a Christian woman from Nigeria whose relatives, a dedicated pastor, his wife, and one of their sons, had been brutally killed when violence broke out in a religious riot in 2004. Two other sons, … (read more)

Never Judge

October 28, 2008

Some years ago, a co-worker and her daughter were having lunch with me at a coffee shop. We were discussing Christmas preparations. This would be my first Christmas in the empty nest, and I was finding it hard to get … (read more)

Living Water

May 10, 2007

Recently, we spent a weekend camping. After sharing our campsite with a bear, we decided to sit by the lake and watch the boys canoeing. Another family had gathered for a picnic, and as the children played, the adults prepared … (read more)

Spiritual Water

March 23, 2007

When I was a child growing up in the south before the days of rural electrification, my relatives got their water from a shallow well with a pump. The amazing thing to me was that the pump had to be … (read more)

It Feels So Good

June 22, 2006

As evening approaches after a very hot day, I go into the garden and use the hose to clean out the birdbath and fill it with fresh water. Every morning, I am rewarded as I see the robins gather, first … (read more)

Pansies

August 4, 2005

I was sitting out in my yard enjoying the beautiful warm day. I was soaking in the sunshine, as were the flowers in my backyard. As I was looking at each of them, I noticed that some of my gorgeous … (read more)

Five Paradoxes Of The Incarnation

December 26, 2003

Prayer: Marvellous Father and gracious God, thank You for these five paradoxes of Jesus' incarnation. May our hearts be filled with joy this Christmas as we meditate upon them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. … (read more)

Rivers Of Living Water

June 9, 2003

I live in West Virginia, USA, where, during the spring season, we have many flood watches and warnings. Many streams and rivers here overflow their banks. Without water, life ceases to be. Plants shrivel and die without water. Just imagine … (read more)

Living Water

August 17, 2000

Several weeks ago, in Walkerton, Ontario, there was a tragic outbreak of e-coli poisoning in the drinking water. Several people — young and old — died, and many more were very sick. Since that time, the residents have had either … (read more)

Flowing Rivers Of Living Water

June 10, 2000

This morning, when I was driving to work, I was listening to a Farsi language tape from Muslims who had become Christians. (I speak Farsi.) I noticed that they had a very lively church with a powerful message, songs and … (read more)

When You Are Spiritually Empty

September 16, 1996

See if you've ever been in this place in your spiritual life: Your spirit is parched and withered. In prayer you hear only the echoes of your own pleas. You wander aimlessly through the barren soulscape, searching for that Friend … (read more)

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