Search Results for: "2 Timothy 1:"

I Can't Do This By Myself

Sunday, December 31, 2023

As a teenager I gave my life to Christ, not fully understanding what it meant, but I wanted to take a stand for something very important that I believed in, so I took that step. What followed were twists and turns to my mostly … Read more

Remember When?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

"Don't you remember?" He didn't. Two years had passed since my son and his family had visited our home. His anger over something that he thought we'd done, but hadn't, boiled. He took his anger out on us by not talking to us or coming to … Read more


Thursday, June 23, 2022

During the past two years, a water exercise class that I enjoyed was shut down due to the pandemic. Recently, because there were too few certified lifeguards available, its reopening was delayed. Lifeguards are essential to the safe and … Read more

Do Not Be Anxious

Sunday, April 24, 2022

As our little Shih Tzu puppy and I ventured out onto our patio one fateful morning, a female hawk dove directly towards Bailey. She was only a few inches away from me. I was terrified, so I furiously swung my iPad around (my only weapon), … Read more

The Fear Factor

Saturday, December 11, 2021

My most cherished nativity scene (of which I have many!) is one from Malawi that I brought back with me in 1998. This nativity scene almost got me arrested — or worse! Let me tell you the tale. I'd spent over two weeks visiting mission … Read more

What To Do About Mothers

Sunday, May 10, 2020

I'm headed up the hill, going home. It is Mother's Day, and a sad-faced man is coming towards me with some flowers. "For your mother?" I say, smiling at the bouquet. He doesn't smile back, but he stops, as though he needs to tell … Read more

A Godly Influence

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

When I was young, my grandmother lived with us. In our small house, my sister and I shared a bedroom with her. She was a wonderful woman with a godly influence in our lives. One of my fondest memories was hearing her pray every night. The … Read more

Too Much Worrying, Not Enough Believing

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lately, my life has become one big worry. Off work on medical leave, I worry about how I will feed my family and pay the rent and bills. Not knowing what the future will hold is very difficult. I am very much aware that we Christians are … Read more

Fear Not

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I dropped the pan on the floor and was rewarded with a loud scream. When our son was an infant, I was concerned that his hearing had been affected by ear infections. Rather than take him to the pediatrician, I decided to perform a home … Read more

Servant Leadership

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The famous preacher, Charles Price, wrote: We talk a lot about leadership, and rightly so, but our role is never to lead. It is to serve, and God is the one who makes leaders out of servants. If we want to know who our future leaders … Read more

Stirring Up The Gift

Sunday, January 27, 2019

I sat in the ladder-back chair, wondering what I should do and feeling a bit useless. The day prior to our move had arrived, but my wife and I were already at our new residence unpacking boxes — at least, she was. With no Internet or … Read more

I Prayed For You

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Every day, in numerous instances, be it personally, locally, or globally, there is an overwhelming need for prayer. An uncountable number of people pray for loved ones, for friends, for friends of friends, and for those not even known to … Read more

The Thief

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I was on my way to an appointment. I had only left the house and been driving for a matter of minutes, when I realized that I had forgotten something. I hurried back home, opened the front door and walked in. Immediately, I could sense … Read more

From Generation To Generation

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Faith of our fathers, living still." – Frederick W. Faber For a number of years now, my wife and I have been driving to different churches where I lead in worship, and we've seen the changes of the seasons as they happen here in southern … Read more

Are You Afraid Of Your Brother?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Have you ever been asked that poignant question? One day on my way home from elementary school, a girl asked me that. Not being one of the more popular kids in town, I immediately became defensive and replied, "Are you afraid of yourRead more

Sweating-Blood Scared

Thursday, November 24, 2016

He had proudly denied the existence of God and spewed nothing but hate for Him, but that was before he lay on his death bed. The movie, God's Not Dead, details the story of a battle between a college freshman and an atheist philosophy … Read more

When Words Fail Us

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

During the last month, we have seen a number of events of terrible carnage in various places: Ankara, Turkey, October 12th – 97 killed, 250 injured; Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, October 31st – a Russian airliner allegedly brought down by … Read more

A Goodly Heritage

Monday, March 31, 2014

There is nothing like moving house to show us that we have a lot of things that we don't really need — and perhaps never did. These were things that we could not live without, so we thought when we bought them, but as we downsize, we … Read more

Serving With Sincerity

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I was serving, but deep inside, my motives were tainted. Fresh out of college and pastoring my first church, I was eager to impress … someone … anyone. So began my journey for recognition. In addition to pastoring and teaching … Read more

Giving That Hurts

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Finances going south and a pressing question: should I keep giving to God, cut back, or cut it out entirely? I was always taught that we couldn't outgive God, but what about when giving means an unpaid bill, a missed meal, an empty gas … Read more

Disciplined To Discipline

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dad was a master disciplinarian with a large repertoire of manoeuvres. Among them, his favourite: a haircut. I was a baldheaded child, and as I surpass mid-life, I am reliving my childhood. But there was a time when I could grow hair — … Read more

Putting First Things First

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Perhaps she wasn't my first case of puppy love, but she's the first I remember fawning over and daydreaming about. Dad was preaching at a small-town church in low-country South Carolina. I was approaching my teen years — not particularly … Read more

I Forgive

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"No! I don't want to forgive ______!" he seethed. Sure, he believed in forgiving, but not this person … never. In his book, The Christian Atheist, Craig Groeschel relates that he was bitter after learning that a family friend had … Read more

Yellow Line

Friday, November 23, 2012

We are blessed to have a walking/biking trail around our lake. The path is paved and has a yellow line down the middle to help walkers and bikers be safe. As I was riding today, there were not many people around, so I took notice of the … Read more

The Fire

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fire travels. It can leap from tree to tree above ground or travel underground by means of tree roots. This happened on a neighbour's property. They had completed a burn a week before, making sure that the site was thoroughly … Read more

Facing Fear

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fear has a way of taking root in our lives and then remaining there and rearing its ugly head at times and places in our life. Do you know people who, when they go into a coffee shop or restaurant, … Read more

A Grandmother's Gift

Monday, September 5, 2011

My grandmother passed away in September 2008. She was 95 years old and had an incredible life. She lived through both World Wars I and II, she had seven children, and when the youngest two were still at home, she … Read more

It Was Then It Hit Me

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We had a little visitor overnight and for the following day. I hadn't given much thought beforehand about my computer and the things that surround it: bookshelves, a printer, a huge stockpile of works that didn't make the cut, and … Read more

Jump In

Friday, July 11, 2008

When I was a child, I took swimming lessons each summer. I would start in the beginners' class, because I was afraid to swim in deep water. Finally, in the third year, the instructor put me in the junior class. … Read more

Victim? Or Victor!

Friday, November 9, 2007

We live in a world where fear seems to be the motivator! Terrorism, bomb threats, super bugs — the list goes on. We are bombarded with fears in the news, the Internet, and the newspapers. No wonder there are days … Read more

What's Next, Papa?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Last summer, we were having a neighbourhood barbecue in our backyard. The weather was cool, and it started to rain. We had finished eating, but some of us wanted to visit some more. We decided to carry a few things … Read more


Monday, August 13, 2007

I have changed jobs a few times over the years. In each case, there was some reason I chose to resign from that position. The older I get, the harder I find the interviews for a new job. And yet, … Read more

Vacuum Cleaner

Sunday, May 27, 2007

My wife prefers to iron and I prefer to vacuum: I believe it is a win-win situation. Once again on a Monday morning I vacuumed the carpets, in a world of my own. The previous week's outing of the machine … Read more

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