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Healing The Hurting

April 26, 2017

God brought the saying to my mind; I never imagined anything would come of it. Every second week, I change the saying on the sign in front of the church that I pastor. Since I tire of trying to find unique sayings — and since we didn't …( read more )

Oh Yes, You Can!

May 21, 2016

I'm not sure how I came so often to sit beside my grandmother when we had family gatherings. But I remember that sometimes, she'd just quietly beckon me toward herself. Now Grandma always had handwork in her fingers as she sat in her …( read more )

Kingdoms Of The World

March 1, 2016

My Thursday evening Bible group is studying the Book of Revelation. Recently, we discussed the incredible actions of the angelic being in chapter ten. While this messenger is identified as a "mighty angel", some believe that the amazing …( read more )

40

February 21, 2016

There's no magic in numbers, but the number 40 keeps coming back as if there were something special about it. The writer of Genesis says that Noah endured rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses twice spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mount …( read more )

A Brush With The Enemy

February 5, 2016

I can see a how a grieving person could be drawn into the false comfort of turning to a medium or a spiritist. Like a moth to the flame, some might seek out such a "practitioner" to try to re-connect desperately with the dear departed. …( read more )

Cinnamon

December 2, 2015

We have a lovely Christmas tree. It usually comes down from the loft in December, and out from the various boxes come all the branches and paraphernalia that are stored away for the rest of the year. This year, my children were impatient …( read more )

The Uncompromising Light

March 7, 2015

In North America, we have what is called Daylight Saving Time, which merely means turning our clocks ahead one hour. This action is done on the second Sunday of March. In actuality, we don't get a minute more of daylight. What we do get …( read more )

Making A Difference

October 25, 2014

"Aw, shucks, I can't have that cake" doesn't work nearly as well as "I don't want that right now." "I can't" sets us up to feel deprived, while "I don't" makes us feel like we have a choice, which we do, as in all temptations. You see, …( read more )

Staying Connected

October 17, 2014

At least thirty years ago, a group of seven of us were finishing a two-year course in becoming Bible teachers. Our assignment that week seemed overly simple: Pick out a chapter or a portion of one, and prepare to read it aloud at the next …( read more )

Worship Blessings

September 28, 2014

I love worshipping God. It's good to come among a group of like-minded people and sing together our praises of God. Being with church family week after week gives me the strength, encouragement, and challenges to face whatever takes place …( read more )

Don't Be Discouraged

May 14, 2014

After His resurrection, Jesus showed Himself to His followers on several occasions. One of those was at the Sea of Galilee, after they had caught no fish all the previous night. This story reminded me of the time when I worked in the …( read more )

The Message

April 6, 2014

Our sons entered into a contract with a radio station to advertise their computer business. When they met with the salesperson to go over what they wanted in the ad, he reminded them that it was to be no longer than thirty seconds. Thirty …( read more )

Coloured Icicles

November 17, 2013

I have a beautiful view of Penetanguishene Bay from my front living room window. At night, I can see the tall Catholic Church building that stands like a citadel across the bay. The lit houses that surround it make it look like a giant, …( read more )

A Royal Invitation

June 14, 2013

We have all been invited to something at one time or another, perhaps a dinner at someone's house, or a party, a barbecue, or a potluck supper. We have been invited to birthday parties and weddings, or to come to church with someone. From …( read more )

Popularity Or Bust

November 27, 2012

I wasn't then, but I wanted to be. I'm still not, but I no longer care.

I was an ordinary kid. Not oooed- and ahhed-over by the girls. Not the teacher's pet. Didn't make straight As or have perfect attendance. I was skinny, freckle-faced, …( read more )

Let's Go Fishing

April 19, 2012

My identification with this account of Jesus and the disciples at the Sea of Galilee is very keen. I love everything about fishing, and I can really understand that they had been out all night and caught nothing. Although I … (read more)

Fireflies

August 23, 2011

Fireflies showed up around here in mid-June. A friend from Texas calls them lightning bugs. The insects possess light-emitting organs. The nocturnal winged adult beetles emit a soft intermittent light from the abdomen to aid in mate selection. The larval … (read more)

Teaching, Preaching, And Healing

February 25, 2010

Many years ago, I was a leading a Bible study in Scotland in someone's home, and the house group was looking at this passage from Scripture. During the meeting, it struck us that Christ's strategy for ministry was totally encompassed … (read more)

What Are You Doing?

November 9, 2009

My son-in-law went fishing the other day, with an old trout rod we had bought him for Christmas one year. He was fishing for salmon on the banks of a local river, catching one big fish after another. A fisherman, … (read more)

Angels

June 15, 2008

On Father's Day, my dad will have been gone for seven years. He lived a good long life; he served the Lord all his life; he was a kind dad. Each year in the spring, I reminisce about my dad … (read more)

How Did Lent Get Its Name?

March 12, 2008

The weeks of Lent have been for me a season of reflection. It's been a journey out of darkness, and I am thankful the sunrise is coming soon. Forty days is a long time to struggle with evil, tempted to … (read more)

Street Light

December 23, 2006

Earlier this year, we had a power cut, and I had to make my way downstairs in the dark. Since then, I have invested in a torch. Surprise, surprise — we had another power cut just a few weeks ago. … (read more)

Life Can Be A Zoo!

November 17, 2005

I have learned quite a bit about the Christian walk and its challenges, just by getting together with Christians and listening as they shared their personal experiences. We were not only bonded together, but we realized temptation was a common … (read more)

Where Are We Going?

April 28, 2005

We live in a small city that is growing rapidly. There didn't use to be a rush hour in the morning and afternoon. It was kind of a sleepy little city. As it has grown, though, there are rush hours … (read more)

Collective Fishermen

April 24, 2005

My husband and I spent many fun-filled weekends at a little fishing village in the Florida panhandle on the gentle waters of the gulf. We spent many hours fishing with our poles or rods and reels. We were selective fishermen. … (read more)

The Great Physician

August 12, 2004

"What's wrong with your legs? They're full of red blotches!" My friend didn't have to add that last comment; I already knew that my legs looked appalling, and they felt worse than they looked. They had started bothering me earlier … (read more)

Come, I'm Calling You

May 22, 2004

My dog, a white West Highland Terrier named Ben Nevis, has a way of ignoring me when I tell him to stay off the sofa or to not jump up on people who come to the door. However, if I … (read more)

Calling

February 2, 2004

Have you ever wondered if this was actually the first time that Jesus had met the disciples, or if it is just the way the text is written that makes it seem like that? Just maybe Jesus had met the … (read more)

It All Goes Back To Prayer

May 26, 2003

Just as prayer is an important part of our daily life, so, too, is it an important part of Daily's "life". In fact, it was prayer that put Daily on the Internet. Today marks seven years since Daily's inception, and … (read more)

A Prescription For Spiritual Health

March 4, 2003

"Have you missed your pillbox?" my mother asked. "Which one?" I was trying to think where or if I'd lost a pillbox. "Where did you find it?" "In the pocket of the coat." A few days before, I'd given my … (read more)

Playing Lumberjack

January 27, 2003

Years ago, the boys in my neighbourhood used to play a very dangerous game called "lumberjack". It was something our parents did not know about, and it was very foolish to take chances with our lives in this fashion. One … (read more)

Angels 102

June 3, 2002

My brother, my mother, my husband and I drove up together to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the Queen Elizabeth Way, to have a little celebration in a restaurant with my two daughters and son-in-law in a downtown restaurant. The heavy … (read more)

Old Father Time

May 24, 2002

Does the following little vignette sound reasonable to you, or outrageous? Over the passage of time I have allowed myself to be put under a lot of pressure, some external and some personal. As I have taken up the reins … (read more)

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