Archive for August, 2001

Serving In The Spirit

Friday, August 31, 2001

Do we personally involve ourselves with too many things in our church and stop worshipping the Lord in the true Spirit? In attending many functions in the church, we may think we are being a blessing to God and ourselves, … Read more

The Sacrifice

Thursday, August 30, 2001

My ten-year-old daughter looks forward to the end of each month with great anticipation. She gets her allowance. By the time her allowance arrives, most of her money from the previous month has been spent. Recently, several days after she … Read more

The Blessing Of God's Banquet

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

We have just been to our third wedding in less than six weeks, our sixth in less than a year, and almost as many "Celebrations of Life" — memorials, or funerals. Food follows the ceremony, where more and more, rather … Read more

Yes, Lord!

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Yes, Lord, Amen. Is God calling you to a new level or a new work? I feel the Lord is preparing me for something new in my life and I definitely want to say, "Yes, Lord." Did you ever have … Read more

Here I Am, Lord

Monday, August 27, 2001

It has been a very long time — almost three years — since I have written for the Daily. I have been through a "spot of bother", have moved and have begun a new ministry with two new congregations. I … Read more

Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate!

Sunday, August 26, 2001

Our family has been struggling for years with conflict, friction, heartache, and personal jabs at my daughter's self-esteem, mostly by her older brother. Family life has been a real struggle. How could we have children that are so mean to … Read more

Greed Or Gratitude?

Saturday, August 25, 2001

It seems that ever since reading Chris Clark's devotional, " The Prayer of Jabez ", which appeared on June 9th, I've noticed a proliferation of the prayer on everything from chains to teacups. Perhaps it was always there and I … Read more

I Am The Kiddie!

Friday, August 24, 2001

"I am the kiddie!" This was my raison d'être. One of the dangers in doing something I think is "worthwhile" is that I become focused on the task and allow myself to become distanced from God. We can see this … Read more

A Faithful Care-taker

Thursday, August 23, 2001

Do you hold (or have you ever held) responsibility for leading a group with some members who need shaping if the group's objectives are to be achieved? Fred and I do. Some members just seem to act completely contrary to … Read more

Positively Amazing!

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

When I was out for my walk today, I suddenly remembered that the last time I went down that street, there was a dog that had tried to attack my dog. He followed us and repeatedly snapped at my dog. … Read more

Going To The Birds

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Alex and Ivy form a very entertaining couple. She is devoted to him and he to her. They do, however, have their moments, when the air becomes heavy with tension, or to be more precise, ruffled feathers! Alex and Ivy … Read more


Monday, August 20, 2001

Our family spent an enjoyable evening last winter learning about owls. A nearby conservation area hosted a moonlight owl walk. They had many displays about owls and other local birds and animals. There were owl crafts for the kids to … Read more

Amen! Amen!

Sunday, August 19, 2001

How should we be led to worship God? In today's passage from the book of Nehemiah, we are told of the thirsting of the people for the word of God. In our churches today, do we have that same thirsting … Read more

The Potatoes

Saturday, August 18, 2001

Some years ago I was cleaning out a drawer of pots and pans. I got everything organized and straightened out, and the drawer had room to hold more without spilling over. I thought to myself, "Now I can even put … Read more

Tiger-Striped Bird-Eating Tarantula Spiders!

Friday, August 17, 2001

A man was an avid cactus collector. He bought a meter-tall cactus plant. He brought it back to Australia for his collection and planted it in the back garden after it had passed all the quarantine regulations. One day, when … Read more

The Challenges Of Life

Thursday, August 16, 2001

Within walking distance of our house was a very large amusement park named Sunnyside. It sat nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I used to go there often. My chief ride was … Read more


Wednesday, August 15, 2001

In my youth the world finished at the end of my nose. The impact of love, healing and time have taken their toll and so rounded the edges. At least the edges have become rounded anyway. My wife and I … Read more

Two Heads Are Better Than One!

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

The old saying is that two heads are better than one. And, unlike many proverbs and sayings, this one is actually confirmed by the scriptures. We discussed these verses in my Sunday School class recently, and I came across them … Read more

Search Me, O God

Monday, August 13, 2001

Over the years, I have been the chief cook and bottle washer. I cleaned, cooked, did the laundry, cut the grass, did the gardening, shovelled snow in winter, looked after the children. You name it; I did it — even … Read more

Babies In Christ

Sunday, August 12, 2001

The other day in church, I was observing a young child playing with a very unusual toy. The child had a candy-cane-shaped container, filled with chocolate candy, and he was using it as a hook. All throughout the service, the … Read more

For That Which We Behold Is Not Ours

Saturday, August 11, 2001

I had been corresponding with a young woman whose heart was breaking. Her little one was suffering with a cancer that had spread into his spine. This had left him crippled. The tumour in his brain had grown once more. … Read more

Why Do Tears Come?

Friday, August 10, 2001

On May 19, 2001, I received a telephone call to tell me that my friend, Patrick, had just passed away. I had last talked on the telephone with Patrick exactly a week before, and he had assured me that, though … Read more

Making Time To Take Time

Thursday, August 9, 2001

Just as we've been given the ability to share our joys and happy experiences, we were not meant to face our challenges and sufferings alone. We have all been given the choice both to ask for and to offer help … Read more

Mulchin' The Plants

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

One day recently as I was out watering the plants, I noticed that our pine tree had dropped plenty of needles in the street. I decided to clean them up so the entire yard would look nice. As I was … Read more

Don't Neglect The Good In Our Lives

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Not too long ago I wrote about how we had neglected the clocks in our house [ Clock Chime — Tune Out, Tune In , May 8, 2001]. We finally got them fixed. The grandfather clock required a house call … Read more

Hungry Travellers

Monday, August 6, 2001

In my morning prayers, I had prayed for God to use me in his service and to set an appointment where I could help one of his lambs or witness in his name. On the way into the city, I … Read more

Blessings In Disguise

Sunday, August 5, 2001

How many blessings do we pass up just because something looks different or is unfamiliar to us? Recently our family had the opportunity to host twelve youth overnight in our home. They are in two Christian bands on tour this … Read more

Rainbow: Promise With Peace

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Recently it was time for my six-month check-up with the dentist. To have this check-up I must travel many miles. Why? Because I have a hereditary gum condition that is very rare, and treatment for it is only experimental. Trips … Read more

A Time Of Frustration

Friday, August 3, 2001

Has there ever been a time in your life when you were so frustrated because you did something and, after having done it, regretted it? I have. At such times, the days, the months, and sometimes years, become dark, and … Read more

Picking Up The Pieces

Thursday, August 2, 2001

Several years ago, a friend of mine who had immigrated to Canada from Europe had asked a mutual friend of the same heritage who was travelling to their homeland if it would be possible for her to bring back some … Read more


Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Recently a friend forwarded an e-mail message containing two photos of a funnel cloud and a tree that had been blown down. One photo was in its normal, upright position; the other had been rotated to its side. … Read more


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