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Trying To Stop Jesus

February 21, 2017

"He was trying to stop Jesus!" My mind was jolted by that remark in a recent sermon. It was not about a wicked person, but about a godly prophet: John the Baptist. Peter also tried to stop Jesus — twice! Obviously, well-meaning …( read more )

Shhh, It's A Secret

November 2, 2016

My friend, Anne, has the reputation of being an excellent story teller. She tells her stories at the museum where she volunteers and at various group meetings. She is also on the schedule to give the children's sermons several times a …( read more )

Many Challenges

February 20, 2016

June Heale wrote the following in the PresbyCan Daily devotional of January 12, 2016, titled " Vertically Challenged? ": I wonder if, like me, you are vertically challenged. I used to be five feet two inches, not the tallest in the …( read more )

Speaking Plainly

May 18, 2012

Some people never grow up. In my many years of ministry, I've come across sad people who live as if they're still adolescents and take no responsibility for their actions. When things get tough, they ignore the crisis and avoid … (read more)

Fluttering Flags

July 4, 2011

On Sunday, on my way to worship, I pass many different flags fluttering in the morning breeze. This weekend, I saw many of our nation's flags. During springtime, I occasionally saw a banner adorned with tulips or coloured eggs. Last … (read more)

Look Up!

May 24, 2011

When we tell someone to look up, we are encouraging them to have a positive attitude, boosting their morale, and reminding them not to give up when the going gets rough. We look up to read the road signs to … (read more)

Who Am I?

April 8, 2011

During the mid 1950s, when I was in my teens, we had no television set. They were out of our "price range". We did, however, have a very good radio which provided many hours of excellent entertainment for the entire … (read more)

Ephphatha – Be Opened

June 5, 2010

When I was old enough to use the stove unattended, I went wild with "experimental" dishes. Today, they'd seem pretty tame, but my meat-and-potatoes Dad saw every one of them as disastrous. He refused to eat things like pork and … (read more)

Halfway Healing

August 25, 2007

I almost died of hepatitis in my last year of college. Somehow I had contracted it — either as the result of the lack of food hygiene in the university canteen or by way of a chemical chlorine reaction to … (read more)

Another Side

April 2, 2007

I had invited several friends to one of my speaking engagements, and I was touched by their response. "Oh, Brenda," said one lady breathlessly, "I have never heard you speak before!" "Oh, Brenda," said another, "I have only ever heard … (read more)

Stumbling Blocks

March 6, 2007

"You must watch your diet," my doctor said, "or else suffer adverse effects." These were simple words for the physician to say, but much harder for me to carry out. In an area of the country where fellowship, love, concern, … (read more)

The Desolate Place

February 28, 2006

Well at least there was a big crowd in their desolate space — and they had Jesus with them! How hard was that? In mine, there was only a small group of fellow travellers on a bus, climbing its way … (read more)

Embrace Your Suffering

July 9, 1997

Do you recognize those words? What is more important, do you recognize the truth they bring? They come from The Message – The New Testament in Contemporary English (like you've never read it before.) by Eugene H. Peterson. Personally his … (read more)

Seeing With New Eyes

October 6, 1996

Early in my ministry I was told by an hundred and three year old lady of what it was like, when Custer led his troops into a village populated by women, children and the elderly, to watch as the troops … (read more)

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