Search Results for: "Acts 2:"

Sanitizing

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

I bought a new-to-me summer home a few months ago. It has fourteen Venetian blinds! I love being able to look out all those windows, but cleaning the blinds has become a bigger job than I had anticipated. I don't think that they've been … Read more

Filled With Passion

Sunday, May 31, 2020

When we lived on the outskirts of town, every spring, I would go to our bush at the back of the property, gather up dead branches, and cut down and cut up at least one or two trees. In the fall, when the wood was dry, we would split it and … Read more

New Growth

Monday, February 3, 2020

Once a month, we go to a church some distance from our home. Most of the drive is through farmland and a couple of small villages, but there is also a considerable section of forest on both sides of the road. Some years ago, the road was … Read more

Dream On!

Monday, July 15, 2019

When I was a young rookie pastor, I thought that prophecy was the greatest gift that God could ever give me. I wanted to interpret the times faithfully and show the church folks under my care what God was doing in the world. I felt that I … Read more

The Tree Of Life

Sunday, June 30, 2019

For many years, we lived on a fairly large property on the outskirts of town. Part of the property was bush, with both hardwood and softwood trees, as well as the various kinds of brush that grow in those places. The Northern White Cedar, … 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

Diminishing Returns

Monday, June 3, 2019

In the last twenty years, the Church of Scotland has sadly lost 40 percent of its membership. Britain is becoming more secular as each year passes. Despite trying to accommodate worldly and cultural views into its organization, the Church … Read more

A Church Without Walls

Friday, February 15, 2019

In 2001, the Church of Scotland looked around and decided that something was terribly wrong with the church in Scotland. It wasn't just numerical decline. There was something wrong about how people — both inside and outside — perceived … Read more

The Breeze

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Last year on Canada Day, I decided that the pony and cart would have to stay home, but the dogs could go. So I decorated my three-wheeled trike, put the dogs' Canada Day scarves on them, hitched four of them to the trike, while the other … Read more

Divine Direction

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

As the days became longer and warmer, my thoughts turned to cleaning up my flower beds, purchasing hanging baskets, and getting my hummingbird feeder out of storage. I was preparing and boiling the mixture of water and sugar, when my … Read more

Is That All There Is?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The nine-year-old sat with his substantial pile of opened Christmas presents, gazed up at the adults around him, and asked, "Is that all there is?" That's also the title of a song by the same name. The verses tell of a house fire, a visit … Read more

Reaching Out

Thursday, July 28, 2016

In preparing for a discussion group in the fall on the early years of the church, I have been looking over the Book of Acts. I see that the apostles went through a time of persecution that would have been very disheartening, were it not … Read more

Receiving Divine Guidance

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Divine guidance is surely something to pray for, because divine guidance is second to none. God's guidance makes each hour greatly blessed, and we live in peace. That is something that we all need, especially as we get older or are in … Read more

Where Are You?

Friday, April 1, 2016

As I have said too many times, the church is a pale imitation of what it is supposed to be, and our humanity gets in the way of our Christianity. Again today, I talked to several people who believe in God. I know that they do by the way … Read more

Burning Hearts

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

After my salvation experience in 1978, I had an unquenchable desire to read, learn, and understand the Bible. It became my first love. If I heard good lessons from Bible expositors on the radio, I would request their offered cassette … Read more

Turning A Challenge Into An Opportunity For Christ

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Prime Minister of Canada has volunteered to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees into our nation before the end of February. This has raised many fears and concerns amongst the general population. Many may not know that in the last fifteen … Read more

A Simpler Path

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I envy the first Christians. Their faith seemed very simple and straightforward. They worshipped and studied the Scriptures each day, and made time to frequently share meals and break bread together. They weren't encumbered with almost … 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

The Master Plan

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Italian friend, who was a tablemate where I live, loved to play the piano by ear, to the delight of the residents. Her favourite thing to do was to play requests from gathered audiences. On one private occasion, as she played "O Solo … Read more

When We Grow Too Old To Dream

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"When I grow too old to dream, your love will live in my heart." How many reading today remember that old song sung by Vera Lynn? Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of the youngest daughter of my son, who mentioned, "Do you know … 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

Right Hand

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Snow and ice covered the roads as well as sidewalks. I chose to visit a friend, whom I had not seen for many months. There was a fair amount of ice on her driveway, which I managed to manoeuvre without any problem. However, leaving … Read more

Visionary

Friday, September 27, 2013

I recently spent some time with my husband finishing a basement in an existing home for a job he was working on. From a bare concrete floor evolved a bathroom, two bedrooms, and a living room space. In a weekend, 475 square feet of … Read more

Vital Vision

Friday, April 26, 2013

Currently, some of our young people are going through the process of confirmation (or church membership). Our youth leader is doing a wonderful job with them, and I'm attending the classes, more as an observer and adviser. As always, when … Read more

Remembering Sunday Dinner

Saturday, October 13, 2012

How many of us remember Sunday dinner as it once was? The savour of a roast of beef simmering in the oven, the fresh vegetables, and oh! those mashed potatoes all smothered in homemade gravy. Then for dessert, there was … Read more

Wind And Fire

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It was just after sunrise in the desert of Coachella Valley, California, USA. This event was to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. The hot air balloon was ready for our flight. The tough, flexible bag had been filled with hot air. … Read more

Downsizing

Friday, January 27, 2012

By today's title, you might be thinking that I am referring to my own size, but although that is not the case, I readily admit that this old body could do with being reduced drastically by 40 or 50 pounds. … Read more

The Wind

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I love the wind. I love to watch the way it can transform a quiet sea into a sloshing, tossing world of change. I am awed by its power and unpredictability. I am amazed how it stirs the trees to … Read more

Trials

Sunday, September 5, 2010

One of the hardest things in life for an expectant mother is to find out that the baby that she has been carrying for almost eight months is stillborn. In a moment's time, the world of the expectant father and … 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

Holding On

Thursday, April 23, 2009

As I played with my baby daughter sitting on my knee at the breakfast table, my wife laughed. I asked her what might be the cause for laughter at this early hour. I had been singing and tapping my finger … 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

Are We Seeing The Signs?

Friday, January 16, 2009

We have reached the time for our youngest son to begin the process of getting a driver's licence. As we sat together studying for his test, I had the role of checking his answers. I would read the question with … Read more

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