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The Letter P

October 2, 2016

Recently, I met a person on the main street who offered to sell me a treasure map. He said, "I have marked the letter X where this treasure is located in the St. Lawrence River. You will be a very rich man if you buy this treasure map from …( read more )

Being Thankful

December 27, 2015

This past Christmas, I became more and more aware of the commercialism of the season. We were talking to one family in which everybody buys a present for everybody in the family. Certainly, there are financial constraints arising from …( read more )

Thanksgiving Reflection

November 26, 2015

Every year at this time, memories of family get-togethers at my sister's home flood my mind. For a period of fifteen years, we would travel north from Pasadena, to Fresno, California, USA, to spend the American Thanksgiving holiday …( read more )

Two Eggs, Two Destinies

November 14, 2014

Imagine me holding before you two eggs. To your eye, they look perfectly identical. But they are not the same. Not at all! Their shells look alike, but the eggs are entirely different — with two entirely opposite destinies. This …( read more )

No Extra Credit Needed

January 8, 2014

"Is there anything I can do for extra credit?" I considered the source and the question, one that I had been asked quite a few times. Occasionally, I consent, but most of the time, I utter a simple "No." What I really want to say is, "If …( read more )

Satan's Field Day

January 5, 2014

Many years ago, Edmund Burke, a British statesman, said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." One just has to watch the news on the television, read the newspaper, or listen to people's …( read more )

Please Forgive Me

February 17, 2013

He was a devious, tumultuous, impetuous, mischievous little brat. He was a bit of a troublemaker, always instigating a disturbance. He was forever being scolded by someone. His quick and seemingly sincere comeback was always, "I'm sorry; …( read more )

The Plant

November 24, 2011

Each year, our town hosts a formal English tea on the Tarahne, an historical boat from the gold rush era. Both my daughter and I pitch in to help with the baking, preparation of savouries, and serving for this special … (read more)

The Master's Touch

January 5, 2011

Over the course of my life, I have always coveted the limited time in which I have pursued oil painting. As a busy pastor, I rarely seem to find the time. For a birthday, my son, Jeff, encouraged me to … (read more)

The Great Blondin

November 21, 2010

In 1859, The Great Blondin became the first of many tightrope walkers to make the death-defying walk 175 feet above the Niagara Gorge from Canada into the United States. Blondin crossed the tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow, or on a bicycle, … (read more)

Gulls

October 1, 2010

Here in Britain, we have herring gulls. They have a piercing, laughing call that instantly evokes in me a sense of the seaside. Recent years have modified that image experienced as a child. One day, as a male herring gull … (read more)

From The Ancient Ruins

July 5, 2009

During the summer of 1976 and soon after graduating high school, I had the opportunity to travel abroad. Being a young teenager at the time, I did not fully appreciate the significance of many historical places. Of all the interesting … (read more)

Tree Pulling

June 24, 2009

I like to garden — but I don't like pulling weeds. I especially don't like pulling up weed trees that are growing in the middle of a flower bed or vegetable garden. Even more, I detest uprooting volunteer trees that … (read more)

Kingdom Days

February 4, 2009

For many years now, I have started each day of my life by anointing my forehead with oil, and asking the Lord for "Your righteousness, peace, and joy to be flowing throughout my whole being, spirit, soul, and body, so … (read more)

The New Barn

September 17, 2005

After some years, "The Farm", as we call it, stood vacant. The old barn was long gone, and only a silo marked where it had been. One day, it was contemplated that a new barn be erected, and over the … (read more)

The Object Of Our Faith

March 7, 2002

The other day, my VCR broke down, and one of my friends came to me and said, "If you let me take that with me, I know someone who can fix it!" My faith in this man's ability to fix … (read more)

Two-Foot Tornado

November 15, 2001

I have always been a neat person. I like things to be put in their place. If you want to spin me up, then mess up a room. When I get home from work, I like to sit down and … (read more)

Sunset And Lightning

September 13, 2001

Here in mid-western Canada, an unusual phenomenon occurs. Perhaps because of the vast expanse of sky and the absence of pollution and humidity, we can often see a sunset in the east as well as in the west. The sun … (read more)

Give Him Praise

March 5, 2000

Earlier last year, my brother was lying in a coma and his brain activity had almost ceased. I thought that this was it for him. I was making arrangements to fly home so I could be there when he passed … (read more)

Mustard Seed Faith

July 6, 1997

When I read about what faith the size of a mustard seed can do, I am sometimes chastened and sometimes gladdened, and I always realize how small my faith is, compared to what God intends for us. I am chastened … (read more)

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