Search Results for: "Exodus 20:"

The Altar Before Us

Saturday, September 9, 2023

A few weeks ago, an article appeared in the newspaper, entitled "Why GenXers Aren't Going Back to Church." You can imagine that there was a wide variety of reasons for people 41-56 years old. Some were busy with work and kids. Others were … Read more


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

One of the many important gifts that God has given to human beings is the ability to remember. While memories are sometimes unpleasant, most often they are helpful, enjoyable, and, in some circumstances, even essential, as our society … Read more

Those Cucumbers

Monday, May 2, 2022

One spring, the neighbours down the street were having a swimming pool built. The tiny village of New Denver, British Columbia, Canada, where we lived, lay nestled on the shores of the deep and clear Slocan Lake, where we could swim any … Read more

Being A Lying Witness

Monday, October 18, 2021

"He hit me!", yelped my 4-year-old daughter after apparently being assaulted by her big brother. If you're a parent, you'll suspect that there's more to this story! You may wonder, as I did, how this sweet little girl had aggravated him … Read more

Only God Almighty Is Holy

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Only Almighty God, His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit, and all that is in heaven are holy. On earth, His people should act in ways that are holy and treat God with reverence and respect. The use of the word "holy" as an … Read more

The Day Of Rest

Sunday, November 1, 2020

On a gloriously sunny, cool Sunday in October, I made my way to the Rideau Falls here in Ottawa, the place where the Rideau River tumbles into the Ottawa River, surrounded by parkland and memorial gardens. The week's demands had made my … Read more

Mind Your Language

Friday, July 31, 2020

Many years ago, I worked for a pipeline construction company. We built oil and gas pipelines in many provinces in Canada as well as in several states in the USA. We lived in a house trailer or mobile home, and the office that I worked in … Read more

What Day Is It?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Each month of the year has its own number of days, which is the same every year except leap year. 2020 is a leap year, and so this year, February had 29 days rather than 28. We all have a birthday that occurs on the same day each year, … Read more

What Happened?

Monday, May 21, 2018

One Sunday, my wife and I were driving to a church service some distance from where we live. It was quite early that morning, and there was not much traffic on the road. We met a few cars, and then among them was big rig with a grocery … Read more

What Is Your God?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Over the last several years, I have become increasingly concerned about the explosion of teenage suicides. How do we explain this? According to Timothy Keller in his book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, the Danish … Read more

Pocket 9-1-1 Calls

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I read in the newspaper that our emergency 9-1-1 call centre is having to deal will a ton of false calls from users of cell phones that have one-button emergency dialing. Some may also be children playing with unattended phones. I can … Read more

The Words Of My Mouth

Saturday, November 14, 2015

We watch a fair number of English mystery shows on television, and some of them start out with the warning: "This show contains coarse language and scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised." They warn us, so that we are prepared. … Read more

Take Time To Be Holy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Snowflakes drifted slowly down from above, all shapes and sizes. I remembered from a long-ago science class that supposedly no two snowflakes are the same. Since I have not examined all the snowflakes in the past, and I really doubt that I … Read more

Honour Your Father And Mother

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On October 10th, the first anniversary of his death, we buried my late husband's ashes at the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ernie was buried on top of his mother's grave, with the gravestone marker noting "Beloved Son … Read more

The Command

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At the age of 65, I am simply amazed at the number of adults who still blame their parents for so many of their own issues. They harbour both real and imagined mistreatment they received at parental hands many years ago. Even though they … Read more

The Holy Name Of Jesus

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recently, while dining out with some friends and acquaintances, one person at our table began a tirade about the food that had been presented that evening, using Christ's name in vain. This has happened on more than one occasion, so I … Read more

The Birds

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I love to watch the birds on a windy day, for the wind both challenges and supports them. When they are flying against the wind, sometimes it appears that they are not moving at all but caught, suspended in the air, beating their little … Read more

The White Rodent

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I live in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, the home of "Wiarton Willie" an albino groundhog. Each February 2nd, they wake the poor creature up so that the mayor can speak "groundhogese" to this critter and find out if there will be an early … Read more

Time Management

Saturday, July 30, 2011

7:54 Sunday morning — I have just finished reciting all the things that need to get done this day before 2:30 p.m. when it is time for me to leave for work. As I recited this very long to-do list … Read more

We Gave Our Mother Violets

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In 1978, my sister and I returned to England, the land of our birth, on vacation, and visited the church where our parents were married and where we had attended as little children. The church was not damaged during the … Read more

Like Calves And Colts

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bright sunshine flooded the fields as I drove to church. In one, a Holstein calf caught my attention as it gambolled around, testing its legs. Meanwhile, its mother contentedly chewed her cud. In another dandelion-dotted meadow, two colts broke away … Read more

First Things First

Saturday, April 5, 2008

As far back as I can remember, I heard my parents saying, "Robbie, remember — first things first!" Every day, my parents arose first, washed, dressed, and prepared for the day, and then got my sisters and me up — … Read more

Touching Another Life

Thursday, August 16, 2007

On Sunday, November 3, 2003, my mother-in-law had her eightieth birthday. We celebrated by having open house. I had many people praying that I would have the strength to be able to get through this and that all would go … Read more

The Year Of Sabbath Preparation

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Imagine a negotiation between labour and management. The final touches are being put to the agreement, but there is still a sticking point — and the whole agreement may collapse unless it can be resolved. The issue? Time off. The … Read more


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Cheerios: those tiny circles of toasted oats that have sustained the tummies of tons of kids of all ages through several decades. They've also been little lifesavers for mothers who need something substantial as a snack for their tiny toddlers … Read more

Faithful God

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Recently, I learned of the death of my favourite stage and television star, Jerry Orbach, who made the role of Lenny Briscoe infamous on television's Law and Order. Like many of his biggest fans, I mourned his passing and felt … Read more

"Oh, My God"

Friday, January 7, 2005

Most Christians cringe when they hear profanity in the world. "In the good old days", the misuse of God's name seemed to come only from hard-living, tough-looking fellows standing on street corners. Just last week while watching an episode of … Read more

Choosing Our Priorities

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Time is an item that I find to be in short supply. I don't seem to have enough time to get everything done. I have moved through life procrastinating — tomorrow, I'll do it — but tomorrow never comes, and … Read more

What Does Our Faith Teach Us?

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Not long ago I found myself standing with a family suffering many adverse trials. The whole world seemed to be crashing in around them. The last straw came when I received a phone call and was told of the death … Read more

Walking With God

Monday, March 6, 2000

When we moved, I found a trail near our new home. I often saw people walking on that trail. Some would walk alone, some with friends, and some with their children. Parents usually walk patiently and slowly while holding on … Read more

Follow The Rules

Monday, August 23, 1999

I am a reluctant driver, but recently God has helped me venture out in our car a little more. I play Christian music to encourage me. As I gain confidence, I take the car for longer drives. But sometimes I … Read more

Give It A Rest

Tuesday, September 8, 1998

Last spring, as I was paying for my plants at the local garden shop, I asked the gardener why my rose bush was so limp and lethargic. After a few questions, she assessed the problem. I had not let my … Read more

Ten Words Of Love (3)

Friday, October 25, 1996

People often describe the ten commandments as a foundation. They talk about teaching them to children, "so they'll have something to build on." The Ten Commandments are much more than a foundation. They're a whole house to live in. As … Read more

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