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No Hiding Place

February 12, 2017

As I walked along with my dog, Sparky, during the January thaw, I couldn't help but notice how dirty the street was. Apparently, a lot of people do not bother to pick up after their dogs, and that angers me. There is absolutely no excuse …( read more )

Soursop In The Son

May 31, 2016

Almost daily, the neighbour twins run over to my house to check the fruit seeds that we have planted in broken mugs in the kitchen window. We've had one success so far: the soursop seed grew to be a foot-and-a half tall before we …( read more )

From Turmoil To Peace

July 31, 2015

As a close-knit workgroup, we set out for a weekend camping trip to forge down the South Fork of the American River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, southwest of Lake Tahoe near Sacramento, California, USA. The excitement …( read more )

Incorruptible Seed

May 28, 2014

Not long ago, a friend and I were discussing the term "born again". I mentioned how the image presented in today's Scripture has helped me personally to define this experience. I picture the Word of God as a seed, which by the power of …( read more )

On Rocky Ground

June 17, 2013

There it was, just ahead of me on the sidewalk: a familiar, bright yellow dandelion, the harbinger of spring, growing out of a narrow crack in the concrete pavement. Somehow, a lone seed from the previous year had landed in the crack and …( read more )

Light Versus Darkness

May 3, 2013

The news about a five-year-old girl being raped in India has caused worldwide concern and disgust. The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon and the shootings that are so prevalent these days have also caused concern and anxiety. These …( read more )

Their Own Means

November 4, 2012

Every year, the church that I serve undergoes a six-week stewardship campaign. Like most churches, we are presently going through some lean times. A major part of the problem is that our congregation is now competing with hundreds of …( read more )

You Call That A Skirt?

October 19, 2012

I needed a black skirt for a concert, so I googled the word "skirt", hoping to find fashion ideas. To my surprise, I got fishing sites and discovered that a skirt is a kind of fishing lure. This is not … (read more)

God Is Not Finished With Me Yet

May 3, 2012

I had just finished reading an article in a magazine that dealt with the miracle of healing. I knew the author, and some days later, I wrote to that person and unloaded all the health issues I had been going … (read more)

What Happened Next

January 8, 2012

I wrote previously about how God provided a job for me when I was down to my last ten pounds. The reason for the job was to give me a gracious manager who gave me the latitude to organise life … (read more)

From Wrath To Praise

July 21, 2011

One of the mysteries of life that continually baffles believers is why God allows His enemies to persecute and torment His people. Recently, I read a thought-provoking devotional about Joanna, one of the women who supported Jesus and His disciples … (read more)

Chasing Sunbeams

May 16, 2008

During the winter it is not uncommon to find us sitting in our living room, anxiously waiting for the sun to move around the house and into our front window. On my way to the living room, I passed by … (read more)

Small Service, Big Message

June 4, 2007

We've made a lot of friends and acquaintances over the years. With that comes having to attend the funerals or "celebrations of life" of many friends, and of acquaintances who are well-enough known to attend theirs as well. Added to … (read more)

Bamboo

October 10, 2006

As a small present for Caroline, my wife, I bought some green bamboo stalks. They sit huddled together in a large ceramic pot. It seems they have previously been trained around a pole to have a spiral stalk. One of … (read more)

The Harvest Is Pleasurable

April 27, 2004

I started teaching church school at the age of eighteen, and continued teaching children for many years. I have been fortunate to watch my earlier students grow up and become productive citizens in the community and leaders in their churches. … (read more)

Be Prepared For Storms

January 15, 2003

A recent incident that occurred recently near Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A., brought this scripture to mind. The winds were beginning to blow heavily, and a couple were sea kayaking in the rough (and increasingly stormy) waters of Lake Superior. They were … (read more)

Calm Our Troubled Waters

November 1, 2002

Years ago, we started out on a holiday, heading from Ontario to British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. As I drove along, towing a pop-up trailer with my husband, two children, and a dog in the car, we … (read more)

Growing In The Son

August 2, 2002

I spent the day today weeding my garden. It is a never-ending task. It seems that as soon as the job is finished, I have to start over. There are dandelions, bindweed, buckhorn, clover, quack grass, creeping charlie, and many … (read more)

The Hiding Place

June 28, 2001

One morning as I got myself ready for the day that lay ahead, I struggled, thinking of how I would tend to the problems I was anticipating. After slipping a piece of bread into the toaster, I waited for it … (read more)

Tomatoes In My Garden

July 15, 1999

A little over a year ago, we moved to an adult-styled living complex. We have a home with green grass and a well-groomed garden. There is an area in which to plant a few flowers of our own. With my … (read more)

The Touch Of Christ

August 6, 1998

I worked at Evangel Hall last year for a few months. Many types of people touched my life in those days, from the mentally distressed, to the homeless, to the prostitute. The beauty of working at a place like the … (read more)

Medicine And Spiritual Healing

June 22, 1998

Medicine and faith are not in competition nor are they at odds with each other. Both are needed and both have their place in your life and mind. The Lord has ordained certain laws and they are fulfilled in many … (read more)

The Rest Of God

January 8, 1997

We need to learn when to be awake and when to rest. Jesus was awake in the Garden of Gethsemane and yet He slept on the boat during the furious storm. On the other hand, the disciples slept in the … (read more)

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