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Whose Voice Do You Recognize

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Years ago, John and I raised sheep on our farm. During those years of farming, we learned many spiritual lessons. God's creatures can teach us much if we pay attention. Our sheep would come running from the back fields to the barn only if … Read more

Shower Scrunchie

Saturday, September 25, 2021

In Douglas Adam's 1982 novel, "Life, the Universe and Everything", he describes how a spacecraft managed to land in the outfield of a cricket match without being seen, because the spacecraft had switched on its own invisibility field … Read more

The Fire Of Faith

Monday, June 21, 2021

Early this spring, we heard and read about grass and forest fires in various places. We know from the reports that these fires are extremely hard to put out and to keep from spreading. I have a little bit of personal experience with a … Read more

The Chemical Reaction

Sunday, May 23, 2021

During the long winter months when we had so much snow here in northern Canada that we were forced to stay indoors most of the time, my four-year-old granddaughter decided that we should do science experiments. Once she had decided on … Read more

Timing

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Timing is everything. This is a common expression that is frequently used, particularly if something has happened that we find favourable. Occasionally, we hear of someone who has been innocently hurt because that person was in the … Read more

A Challenge To Our Churches

Monday, July 13, 2020

I was startled when I opened an email and found a striking picture of the devil talking to Jesus. "With COVID-19, I have closed your churches!" the devil gloated. And the response from Jesus? "Wrong! I have opened one in every home!" I … Read more

A Powerful Witness

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A friend of mine who is not very proficient with a computer showed up in my office recently. He has a dashcam for his vehicle, and about an hour earlier, he had witnessed an accident, which was recorded by the camera. He wanted to be able … Read more

Filled With The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Sunday, June 9, 2019

God sent the Holy Spirit to the believers when they were gathering together. During church services or prayer gatherings, when believers are with one accord, God commands blessings. Even when families are gathering together and they get … Read more

The Day The Sun Broke Through

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Cooped up in the muggy, germy elementary school classroom for almost a week, we finally got an outside recess. Although the rain had stopped, dark and ominous clouds billowed in the sky. As we went outside, there was an eerie, crackly … Read more

Coming Again

Sunday, December 16, 2018

It's the season. He's the reason. It's that time of year again when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Born in a lowly stable. Heralded by a host of angels. Worshipped by shepherds and wise men. A tiny baby. A … Read more

Footprints

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Some years ago, my wife and I went on a guided tour of Israel with a group of Christians led by a pastor. We visited mostly sites of biblical importance, like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jericho, and we spent considerable time in the … Read more

Father, Son And Holy Spirit

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I have always understood the concepts of God and His beloved Son Jesus. The concept of a Holy Spirit, however, has always somewhat eluded me. While I may have encountered the Holy Spirit numerous times before, I had not made the … Read more

Promises Kept

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I am quite interested in nature, especially birds. Even as a little boy, I could spot a flock of pigeons from a long way away. I still can. If my memory serves me correctly, back in the 1940s, there was a theatre in Amsterdam where nature … Read more

Promises Made

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today is Ascension Day, a Christian holy day to which not much attention is given here in North America. Most calendars don't even make note of it. However, in most of Europe, it is an actual holiday, a day off from work, and some … Read more

Breath Of God

Saturday, October 4, 2014

It was in the late 1940s. My father was the pastor of a small Armenian Brethren congregation in Detroit, Michigan, USA. As my father arose from his chair to start his sermon by the reading of Scripture, he opened his Bible and in Armenian … Read more

Three Thousand Were Added

Sunday, June 8, 2014

When I was a young person, the tradition as I remember it was that the emphasis of our faith was mostly on God. The minister preached a lot from the Old Testament, and in the Christian school that I attended, we loved the stories from the … Read more

Flower Power

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Imagine one spring morning looking out the window onto a bed of radiant, yellow daffodils. As you gaze, you sense the vibrant blooms drawing you. With an inviting power, they transport you into a state of hope and joy. They cheer you up! … Read more

Misplaced Focus

Monday, April 28, 2014

Some days, no matter how much I squint and rub, they just won't focus. I've been wearing glasses since I was elementary age. My eyes have grown progressively worse, and they didn't stabilize until I reached my forties. They are still … Read more

Perfect Timing

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Have you ever been in a situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Perhaps you're there right now. You feel cast adrift, not knowing what is expected of you or just where life is going. You had been on course and then the winds … Read more

Power To Spread God's Love

Saturday, May 18, 2013

We might wish sometimes that Jesus were still here on earth in human form. It would be absolutely wonderful to see Him today, to ask Him questions, know that He was listening to our prayer requests, and get spoken answers from Him. How … Read more

To The Ends Of The Earth

Sunday, November 18, 2012

When I was fourteen years old, a book fell off a shelf that I was dusting, hit me on the head, and landed face up, open on the exact date of my birthday. It was a birthday book, the kind with various words of inspiration or advice. The … Read more

Have You Heard? Have You Heard?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Over the years, whenever I would go to see the youthful and exciting presentation of Anne Of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, I would be intrigued with a special scene … Read more

Be Ready

Sunday, September 9, 2012

On one recent evening, at ten o'clock, our daughter and her husband were told by the local firemen to be ready in case they had to evacuate their house. There had been a major propane leak at the gas station in their small village, and … Read more

Unhindered

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How easy it is for us to chafe under the circumstances that we consider to be hindrances from enjoying a full and free life: poor health, unemployment, a bad marital situation, financial setbacks, unbelieving children, and so on. But consider … Read more

The Missing Ingredient

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My wife Joy is a great baker, much to the enjoyment of me, my kids, and the grandchildren. Her cookies and loaves are melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Sometimes while baking, though, she forgets one of the ingredients, and the final product doesn't … Read more

In The Name Of The Lord

Friday, July 2, 2010

As often as my name is called, used, or written, there is no godly power in it to overcome any dark besetting negatives or sickness in others or myself. Jesus warned His disciples, "without Me you can do nothing." (John … Read more

Watching Balloons

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Have you ever released a helium-filled balloon and watched it float up into the sky? I have done this several times in my life, and have been captivated by the balloon's flight. As it climbs skyward up into the clouds, … Read more

Welcome Him

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In 1980, during a prayer meeting, I told the small group of believers how I longed to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Without hesitation, they began to pray for me. At first, a very sweet, gentle presence started … Read more

His Majesty's Witness

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Like many teenagers back in the seventies, I enjoyed seeing the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Later, however, I heard that many Christians considered the film to be offensive. One reason for this criticism was the omission of the resurrection of … Read more

The Clock

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My mother had a clock that had to be wound every twenty-four hours to keep it running. As long as she was faithful, it kept accurate time. Her life was programmed by that timepiece. The last chore of her work-filled … Read more

Hear With Their Ears

Friday, August 15, 2003

As I have the chance and the leading, I confront work colleagues and friends about the miracles that I believe Jesus is performing today, through the Holy Spirit. Those who are Christians, or are at least sympathetic, are touched and … Read more

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Monday, March 3, 2003

It was back in 1958 that we visited the Sir Adam Beck 2 generating station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This station, at that time, produced most of the electrical power for the southern portion of the Province of Ontario. … Read more

I'll Watch You

Sunday, May 19, 2002

One day recently, I went out to visit with our grandchildren. We had just finished a long journey home, and, though I was overjoyed to see our loved ones, I was tired. My granddaughter asked me to walk with her, … Read more

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