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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

June 7, 2017

This passage is familiar to most of us who went to Sunday school. It is taught to children to instill in them the importance of children to both our heavenly Father and to Jesus. To me this passage is akin to learning the alphabet… just …( read more )

The Eye Of The Needle

April 28, 2017

Do you ever find that, after thinking about a person or subject for the first time in months, the same name or word soon comes to your attention once more? I call this a God-instance rather than a coincidence. God is telling us to pay …( read more )

Loving And The Mentally Challenged

March 10, 2017

He was in his early fifties, mentally challenged, and he fell in love. Oh, it was so beautiful to see! His friend, Marjorie, hung onto his arm like she would never let go of him. It brought tears to my eyes to see this adult man and woman …( read more )

Worship Dalton's Way

August 29, 2016

Dalton's mother tells me that he rises at 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and then awakens his whole family for church. She says, "He loves going to church, and can't wait to get there." At the first notes the pianist plays, Dalton jumps to …( read more )

Being A Blessing To Someone

May 29, 2016

The Bible makes it clear: God has a special place in His heart for the poor, and we should, too. When I see the terrible situation of refugees in tents in the rain and mud, far from home, I wonder, what can I do? How can I be a blessing? …( read more )

The Cure

April 26, 2016

My mare, Mama had a crippled front leg when I bought her. How it happened, I don't know. For many years, she wore a leg brace, which was helpful in keeping her comfortable and mobile. One morning, however, we looked out to the corral and …( read more )

The Hands Of Time

January 24, 2016

My mother did not live to see any of her grandchildren get married. She was a wonderful grandmother and she would have loved to have seen her grandchildren enter into holy matrimony, but it was not to be. During the last years of her …( read more )

Working In God's Vineyard

September 14, 2015

A person that I knew was raised in a non-Christian home. In a polite way, her father was openly anti-church and anti-faith, and that was the way that she was raised. She was not antagonistic; she just did not bother. But late in life, …( read more )

Parents And Children

April 13, 2015

Sadly, I have lost both mum and dad in recent months, and all now I have to speak into their absence are the memories and pictures taken. I remember a time when we were caravanning. We were sited on the bottom edge of a field far enough …( read more )

One Of These Little Ones

August 3, 2014

With what glory and holy innocence Father blesses each one of His children! That includes you and me. Recently, I heard the pure, pealing bells of loving sanctification fill a busy barbershop, revealing and heralding our Lord's loving, …( read more )

Just Like A Child

March 10, 2014

Every once in a while, we are confronted with statements that question whether the stories in the Bible accurately describe those events or whether they even happened, so many years ago. Many of those events are ones on which our Christian …( read more )

The Catch Me! Game

May 12, 2013

When my youngest daughter was approximately two and a half years old, she would climb to the top of the stairs and yell, "Catch me, daddy!" and jump, having the faith and the assurance that indeed her daddy would catch her. Now that my …( read more )

No Way! Ya Way!

March 23, 2013

My friend and I had quite a conversation the other day. I remember her saying, "There is absolutely no way that I am going to do this! No way!" To which, without thinking, I replied, "Ya way!" What I meant to say was "Yes way!" We both …( read more )

Childlike Faith

March 21, 2013

She walked into the room and said, "Dad, I just asked Jesus into my heart," then turned and left. I was excited and confused — excited about her decision but confused over how she came to such a conclusion. She had heard me preach about …( read more )

The Little Yellow Star

March 11, 2013

"Take this to your mother to hold in her hands," the little girl said. This little girl stood out at the front of a group of much taller children who had just come into our inner-city mission. I was surprised to see her again so soon. …( read more )

God's Living Room

November 14, 2012

When I was a child, my mother worked at the church we attended. Sometimes, I would go to work with her. I would usually stay in the office and play with the toys I had brought or look through the cupboards at the cool things, like boxes of …( read more )

The Party

October 18, 2012

Years ago, we were giving a large party in our home in Scotland. My wife had put a great deal of effort into preparation, wanting the party to be a big success (which it was). Halfway through the evening, our … (read more)

Our Comfort Zone

October 4, 2011

On first reading, we might assume that what stood in the way of this young man's spiritual growth was his wealth, but the truth of this story extends far beyond money to issues that affect all of us, rich or … (read more)

Mission: Impossible

January 30, 2009

I was delighted to discover that an obscure cable television channel is showing reruns of one of my favorite old shows, Mission: Impossible. From the unique theme song to the plan and the payoff, I was always on the edge … (read more)

A Special Olympics First

March 31, 2008

Some stories stick with us forever. During my first year at university, a Religious Studies professor shared one with our class, and it has stuck with me ever since. The story takes place during a Special Olympics track meet. From … (read more)

A Bawling Angel?

August 7, 2007

One fine autumn day a few years ago, the wife of one of our church elders was going about her household activities when her attention was drawn to the persistent bawling of a cow in the neighbouring field. What on … (read more)

Pandering To Perfection

March 3, 2007

Our society is obsessed with trying to be perfect. People look for the perfect career, the perfect partner, and the perfect house. We struggle, strive, and get stressed out trying to reach that perfection. We purchase the latest gadgets to … (read more)

Tunnels

November 9, 2006

Recently, I was struggling with life. I was overwhelmed with the things that were happening to me. All I could see was darkness. There seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the tunnel was … (read more)

The Mouths Of Babes

May 12, 2006

One day recently at our church, we had a guest speaker who represented Gospel for Asia Missions. He showed us a video of a young missionary named Joseph who was trying to tell the people about the Lord. The people … (read more)

Facing The Giant (1)

February 18, 2004

When I was six, my mother asked me to feed the chickens while she made supper. As soon as she asked me, my heart began to thump wildly. Although I was capable of feeding the chickens, I was afraid to … (read more)

It's Never Too Late

November 28, 2003

On a Christian programme, Bruce Marchiano, a Christian speaker and a Hollywood actor, stressed the importance of prayer for the entertainment world. "This starry world, which has a strong influence on our children and society, goes unmentioned in our prayers," … (read more)

Roll Out The Red Carpet

July 2, 2003

The other morning, my three-year-old daughter said something that, to her, was so simple, but which was truly quite profound. As she lay in bed with her mother, out of the blue, she said, "You know, mommy, I put carpet … (read more)

Angel Alley And Miracle Road

February 28, 2002

A few weeks ago I had a marvellous "mountain-top" experience that I would like to share with you for your encouragement. I was discouraged and I prayed, "God, please encourage me and send me a sign. I need it." So … (read more)

A Call To Serve

June 16, 2001

Last Sunday, as we entered the church, I was handed a copy of the order of service. In fumbling with about six pages, two inserts fell onto the floor under the pew ahead of me. Doesn't this sound familiar? As … (read more)

Jump! I'll Catch You

July 3, 2000

I remember when, as I child growing up, I was learning how to swim. I did not enjoy this time because, to tell the truth, I was quite afraid of the water. The thing that stands out in my mind … (read more)

I Can't Do That

June 28, 2000

Alex was trying to learn a new Bible verse. It wasn't an easy one to learn, so Alex gave up. "I can't do it," he said. "You cannot or you will not?" Grandpa asked. "What's the difference?" Alex asked. "Tell … (read more)

Saving The Best For Last

May 25, 2000

Each day I receive about twenty or thirty e-mails. In that pile of "required reading", there is trash, some jokes, reference to web-sites, and letters from home. Somewhere sandwiched in between that pile is the Daily devotional. Today I noticed … (read more)

Playing Children's Games

October 27, 1999

My son is four years old and in that stage where he likes to play games. When we get home for the evening, I am usually recruited to play these games. Sometimes this is difficult for me. When one plays … (read more)

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