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08
Things Will Get Worse!
September 8, 2017

Hurricanes and their attendant destruction, earthquakes in Mexico, wars in various parts of the world creating a flood of refugees, political turmoil and partisanship everywhere and a host of other problems; what’s a person  to do?
 
With the ability to watch news channels 24 hours a day and receive real time dramatic action from the other side of the globe right into our living rooms, we can vicariously experience the news as if we were right there where the events are happening.
 
All of this has the potential to arouse a lot of fear and anxiety in people’s hearts. Perhaps it’s time to reflect and to put some things in perspective. I often hear the voice of my former Bible College prof who would teach us about the place of trials and struggles in a believer’s life. In his own laconic way, he would ‘encourage’ us with the remark, “Cheer up. It will only get worse.”
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13
Hardened Hearts
June 13, 2017

I’ve been thinking some more about hardened hearts based on a sermon I preach June 11. 

Today I prayed for a soft heart. Not a spineless heart, but a soft one towards the goodness that needs to grow there. Why is it that a heart left unattended will harden all on its own? It really is like a garden that needs constant and vigilant tending. Weeds tend to grow in an untended garden. Soil gets hardened when walked upon or left uncultivated.  [READ MORE]



30
The Burning of God's Absence
March 30, 2017
I was mentioning to an atheist that hell (or the lake of fire) will be a place where one is separated from God for eternity. He remarked, rather quickly, “Well, then; that won’t be so bad. I am separate from him now and want nothing to do with him, so how is hell going to be any worse?” [READ MORE]


21
You Are What You Eat
March 21, 2017

This morning I was struck by a poem that C.S. Lewis wrote. If you are not into poetry, let me explain.

The first verse simply explains that what we eat becomes who we are. That is to say, it deals with the physics of the process of ingesting our necessary nutrients, whatever shapes they come in. The second verse talks about what our soul eats. And here, the end result is inverse. We become what our souls consume. Here it is. Enjoy. [READ MORE]



01
Social Media and Politics
February 1, 2017
Facebook started as a promising way to stay in touch with families that are spread out, and friends who want to keep in touch. Over time, the newsfeed got busier, and slowly the content changed. People and organizations had agendas that got pushed onto the newsfeeds. News articles replaced personal updates. [READ MORE]


17
A Glimmer of Eden
May 17, 2016

It's early in the morning and I receive a telephone call. Someone in the hospital needs a visit from a pastor. A patient is dying. He is well past 70. I arrive thirty minutes later. He doesn't have to say anything. The questions are written all over his anxious demeanour. "Why is this happening to me? This shouldn't be happening to me! This is not the way it's supposed to be!" Yet it has happened to every member of the human race, without exception. [READ MORE]



26
A Mountain Top Experience
April 26, 2016
In discussion with a person whose background I did not know, she said, “When you’re on a mountain peak you can easily see that all roads lead to the top. You look down and you can see all of the travellers, each on a separate road, each thinking their road is the right one. Yet all roads lead to the same peak!”  In this discussion, the mountain is a metaphor for a world view, and this person was trying to convince others of her world view. [READ MORE]


21
Fascination With the Unexplained
February 21, 2013

People are always fascinated by the Unexplained.  Children come home  with wide-eyed tales that they heard from a friend and pepper us with questions.  Radio talk show ratings go through the roof whenever a psychic is the guest who gives advice to people she has never met. People talk about their "past lives" as though reincarnation is an accepted fact.  How do we handle this?  Are these experiences and stories dealing with the paranormal contradicting the truth as represented by Jesus Christ?  What is the Christian response to this?

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12
The Lesson of the Kit Kat Bar
December 12, 2012
Communication is everything. I heard this story from a friend in Northern Ontario. Since that time, I have heard different versions of the story from various places, and it has achieved the status of urban legend by now. It's a great story though.

A lady was out shopping at her local Mall, and was getting a very weary. Arms full of bags, she walked by the Food Court, and decided to stop for a cup of coffee and one of her favourite snacks, a Kit Kat bar. [READ MORE]


30
Are You Saved?
October 30, 2012
How do you respond when someone tells you that you need to be saved? Do you feel like this is a "corny" question? Have you wondered to yourself, “Saved from what?” Have you wondered why that person thinks you need to be saved? Did he think you were in danger of some sort? Are you about to walk in front of a speeding Mack truck? Does he know something you don’t? [READ MORE]


04
A Painful Lesson
August 4, 2012

Let me tell you a true story that has helped me to accept painful situations that I don’t understand. 

 It happened when our firstborn daughter was only about 3 months old. We were on our way to visit a friend one day. It was in the middle of winter. Snow was piled up everwhere. The baby was all wrapped up and just her sparkling eyes and red pug-nose were showing through the hooded bunting bag she was wearing. We loved that baby so much. We felt we could easily die for her to save her life if need be. [READ MORE]



10
Poached Egg Thinking
June 10, 2012

As a student, I was working at a summer job in a farm machinery factory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We were in the lunch room, and I had an opportunity to share my faith with another worker who was a couple of years older than I was.   After I shared what was on my heart, he responded: “I have a lot of admiration for you!”

“Why?” I asked. “Are you a believer?”  [READ MORE]



02
"Your Word is Truth"
May 2, 2012

If I told you that I can remember when the Internet became a reality, would that date me? That’s about how long I have been following public discussions and debates about the Christian faith, both pro and con. I have entered the fray from time to time, and I still make the occasional contribution.

It’s amazing how quickly an atheist will point out what they perceive to be a contradiction in the Bible. And it is deemed a copout when we say, “We do not have enough information to prove one way or another that this is a contradiction.” [READ MORE]



15
An Elephant is Still an Elephant
April 15, 2012

I think the argument of relativity and absolute truth all started the day we first heard the story of the elephant. (I admit my tongue is presently firmly pressed into my cheek.) 

Once upon a time, so the story goes, there were five blind men who were given the task of identifying a large animal in their path.  One blind man, catching the elephant by its trunk said that the animal was a large snake.  Of that there could be no doubt.  Another, who was swatted in the face by the elephant's large ear said with a certain triumph  [READ MORE]



24
New Beginnings
March 24, 2012

An amazing new chapter has begun in our lives as my wife and I have now started to serve the English congregation of the Chinese Gospel Church as her new Pastor. What a great experience it has been! Although our initiation has been the most thorough I have ever experienced, it was good and the CGC has made it a pleasant experience. [READ MORE]