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Filling The Void

December 22, 2020

Some time back, I watched a programme on television called Antiques Roadshow, which Caroline encouraged me to take in. I say "encouraged" but in reality, it was more of an expectation of husbandly compliance for a quiet life. The …( read more )

The Forgotten Miracle

December 8, 2020

How few of us have ever tasted the bitterness of war or stared despairingly into the empty cup of poverty — though some might suffer minor bruising as shoppers edge to the front lines of overcrowded megastores, or experience cramped …( read more )

A Strong Foundation

September 11, 2019

As the anniversary of 9/11 arrives once again, I recall visiting New York City on Remembrance Day just two months after the tragedy. On other trips, our senses were assaulted by flashing neon lights and the ear-splitting noise of honking …( read more )

Christmas Remembrances

December 21, 2018

As I grow older, I yearn for the Christmases of my childhood. Being the first grandchild in the family for the first four years of my life meant a great deal of spoiling — by parents and grandparents. Though I don't remember those …( read more )

O Come, All Ye Faithful

December 17, 2018

It had been pouring rain all day. Undeterred, we piled into the car to make our way to downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to join my sisters and their families on the Karaoke Christmas Lights trolley bus tour. The traffic was …( read more )

A Figurehead Or The Real Thing?

December 18, 2017

The extravagance of British royalty fascinates me. Yet sometimes, I wonder, Why bother? This pageantry is just a remnant of the past. It's not the real thing; monarchs no longer rule. Yet royal traditions can preserve values like …( read more )

Christmas Remembrances

December 25, 2016

As I grow older, I yearn for the Christmases of my childhood. Being the first grandchild in the family meant a great deal of spoiling. Though I don't remember those years, pictures relay the joy and giving that took place. Prior to my …( read more )

The True Meaning Of Christmas

December 12, 2016

Even in mid-November in this eastern part of Canada, people were taking advantage of the relatively mild weather and putting out their Christmas decorations: lights, Christmas trees, and those inflatable lawn decorations. One day, I …( read more )

Glory To God In The Highest

December 10, 2016

Some years ago, we were on a tour to Israel with a group of fellow believers and a pastor as the leader. Among many places that we visited, we did some extensive sightseeing in Bethlehem by bus as well as on foot. We visited the Church of …( read more )

We Wait In Hope

December 6, 2015

Having for many years taken part in a number of Christian activities at the local Long Term Care Centre, I have gotten to know a considerable number of people on a quite personal basis. Some of them tell me about their hopes and …( read more )

Memories Of Christmas Past

December 23, 2014

Over the years, our family has experienced many different kinds of Christmas celebrations. When I was a little boy in the Netherlands, we exchanged presents on St. Nicholas Day, December 6th — just small items, like a colouring book, …( read more )

The Greatest Love Ever

December 1, 2014

With race riots, government oppression, radicalized terrorists, horrific new diseases, and financial meltdowns, today's world is in as much darkness as it was 2000 years ago, and as it was before that, when people were hoping for a …( read more )

God's Mighty ACT

December 10, 2013

The old prophet foretold it, the shepherds witnessed it, and Mary lived it. "In case you haven't heard, God, I'm just a young unmarried virgin." "Don't worry, I will A.C.T." "And by the way, the last time I checked, sex was required to …( read more )

Advent: The Wonder Of It All

December 2, 2012

The package arrived at the end of that November when we were teaching in Kangnung, Korea. It contained an Advent calendar and some small gifts for each day of Advent.

On the calendar were little windows to open, each one with a Scripture …( read more )

Christmas Through A Zimbabwean Child's Eyes

December 1, 2012

Children in Zimbabwe are no different from their counterparts around the world when it comes to Christmas. They are full of anticipation and hope.

As children from the city, we spent most of our Christmas holidays in our ancestral …( read more )

A Royal Celebration

January 6, 2012

On January 6th, many in the Spanish culture celebrate what is known as El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Majos or Three Kings Day. As a child, I was amazed to hear my mother tell stories of how she observed … (read more)

Previews Of Christmas

December 6, 2011

Last year while shopping at a local thrift store, I was surprised to find a Christmas Bible study book with the odd title, Christmas from the Back Side, written by J. Ellsworth Kalas, a professor who teaches where my son … (read more)

When Light Shines In The Darkness

September 17, 2011

When the prophet Isaiah spoke of a people walking in darkness, in Isaiah 9:2, he was speaking of the spiritual and moral condition of human hearts. In Scripture, "the heart" refers the centre and source of the whole inner life, … (read more)


June 18, 2011

During the past year, I had the opportunity to talk with one of my fellow PCCWeb Daily devotional writers and dear friend, Parise Arakelian. Being from the west coast, she was shocked the first day I spoke to her via … (read more)

Hang Son Doong

June 9, 2011

What is Hang Son Doong? To those who already know the answer: "Good job!" The rest can read the National Geographic article and see the pictures . It is no ordinary hole in the ground. It is … (read more)

The King's Business

November 6, 2010

A friend of mine was writing on the web the other day that it's only just more than fifty days to Christmas. My first reaction was: Wow! Where did the rest of the year go? I've been extremely busy all … (read more)

The Power Outage

November 3, 2010

It happened so quickly and unexpectedly. In a split second, there was darkness. Our source of power, which we take for granted, was taken from us. Apparently, lightning struck a transformer not too far away from us which caused this … (read more)

His Name Is Wonderful

November 29, 2009

Recently, my sister experienced the birth of her first grandchild, Christian Paul. His name (kept as a surprise) was not announced until the day he was born. As I thought about the biblical meaning of this wonderful name, I was … (read more)

What's On The Roof?

August 25, 2009

The noise — a dim sound — continued to combine itself within the format of my dreams, until my subconscious gradually nudged me into wakefulness. Glancing at the bedside clock, I noted the hour: 4:15 a.m. The noise had now … (read more)


December 22, 2008

The Christmas season may be the busiest time of year for many of us, involving much time in planning, preparation, working, and spending money. If we are very blessed, it may also involve family and friends gathering for feasting and … (read more)

A Christmas Gift

December 20, 2008

Ah! Christmas! Time to buy gifts for those we love. Decisions, decisions, and more decisions! What to give your spouse! What to give the children in your life! What to give your sons, your daughters! What to give your friends … (read more)

Absence Of Light

December 1, 2007

As my daughter and I wait for her bus in the morning before school, we often play with shadows. She tries to make her shadow look taller than mine. We step on each other's shadows. Our shadows do what we … (read more)

My Name Is

March 8, 2007

When people walk the same route each day, they often see the same individuals in about the same places each day. As a friend and I walked day after day and then into the next month, we would pass the … (read more)

The Greatest Re-Packager Of All

December 18, 2006

Our boys are beyond the age of toys — well, toys in the price range we can afford. They are into the electronic toys of today. So I am not sure why on this particular day I found myself thumbing … (read more)

Dispelling The Shadows

December 5, 2006

Most of the year, my street is dark. It is a curving road with lots of trees and shrubs — not a friendly way after darkness has fallen. But in early December, something happens to turn the darkness into light. … (read more)

Fear Of The Darkness

December 4, 2006

In the winter, when daylight saving time brings darkness an hour earlier, some of our churches move the evening services back an hour so people can get home before darkness sets in. There are many reasons for this, one being … (read more)

Come To God's Light

August 27, 2003

Remember the bogeyman? I do, vividly. Many of us were afraid of the dark when we were children. I was always calling my mother to check and make sure there wasn't anyone under my bed. In those days, we had … (read more)

Light Of All Lights

December 16, 2002

It has been over ten years since we have spent the whole of the winter months here in the north. This year, not traveling to Florida, I discovered the thing I had forgotten that bothers me the most, and that … (read more)

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