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March 6, 2020

We spend our lives reacting to things that occur around us and to us. Hopefully our reactions are positive and helpful to others and ourselves. Sometimes, we feel that the actions of others are unfair to us, and from childhood, we have to …( read more )

The Encounter

November 6, 2019

Reflecting on my trip to Israel last November, I recall that one of my favourite sites was the ancient village of Magdala in Galilee. A most recent and fascinating archaeological discovery was a first-century synagogue with part of its …( read more )

But I Tell You

November 13, 2016

When I taught children of Wycliffe Bible Translator personnel in the Peruvian highlands in South America, the children would pick the raisins from their recess snack cookies and drop them into the grass saying that they didn't like …( read more )

Our Trusted Friend

October 31, 2016

At regular intervals, I have a telephone conversation with my lifelong friend in the Netherlands. Our loyalty to each other has been solid since our high school years. Even my move to another part of the world had no bearing on it. …( read more )

How Best To Hear God

September 10, 2016

The world-wide, ever-increasing pace of life in general — encouraged by the onset of technical advances which allow for immediate access and interaction with others through a simple phone device — is drastically changing our lives. …( read more )

Oh Yes, You Can!

May 21, 2016

I'm not sure how I came so often to sit beside my grandmother when we had family gatherings. But I remember that sometimes, she'd just quietly beckon me toward herself. Now Grandma always had handwork in her fingers as she sat in her …( read more )

In The Light Of His Countenance

March 5, 2016

Last year during Lent, a friend of mine who sometimes attends church complained that the pastor's sermons contained too much about God and Jesus and sin, and not enough that's "uplifting". Actually, I think I get that — because many of …( read more )

Fishing In The Right Place

August 11, 2014

Have you ever tried your best and come up empty? I've fished many times and come up dry, but my grandmother rarely did. Had you seen her on the Santee River in her wooden boat and traditional garb, you would have assumed that she was a …( read more )

Take The Boat

February 4, 2014

I didn't want to, but God was telling me, "Take the boat." Tuesday was a beautiful, blue-sky day, again, and the kayak lay out in the courtyard, its wheels tucked up under its keel, beckoning to be used. But I had a Bible story to prepare …( read more )

Deep Water Faith

January 16, 2013

I wasn't excited about going, so I held onto the pool's side. That's where I made my mistake.

I was nine and couldn't swim. No one in my family could — not dad nor mom nor any of my grandparents. Since I came from a swim-less family, …( read more )

The Hibiscus Flower

October 26, 2011

There is something strange about the hibiscus plant as it sits in its pot on our balcony, beautiful and alone. Its green leaves have long since died, except for some tiny green shoots learning how to grow. All summer long, … (read more)

After The Get Up

February 18, 2011

When Ron broke a bone in his back, he couldn't manage the stairs. In fact, even the couch offered no comfort, so he spent his days on a borrowed sponge mat on our living room floor. Thankfully, surgery brought both … (read more)

Just One of Those Days

February 11, 2008

Did you ever have one of those days when it would have been better to have stayed in bed? Yes! Me too! In the midst of one of "my" days, I began to think about Mrs. Luke Five. Here she … (read more)

Jesus, Our Friend

June 18, 2004

My friend spent much time in prayer for her granddaughter, Sadie (not her real name). She was concerned because Sadie's parents rarely went to church or took time from their busy lifestyles to teach their daughter about God. Every day … (read more)

Clean Fill Wanted!

November 23, 2003

The hand-painted sign had been leaning against the tree for months: Clean Fill Wanted! Today, in the tree above it, children lined the branches, perched several to a limb, like so many giant-sized birds. As I looked at the sign … (read more)

Go Deep

March 18, 2003

"Go deep into the medical record," my supervisor often told me. As a collector of oncology data, it was important to go deep into a person's medical history to find the truth. A note written many years ago about … (read more)

How Can I Help Them?

February 24, 2002

About a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to come to the addictions treatment centre where he worked, to meet a client, who was looking for a spiritual advisor. Knowing that I was a minister, my friend thought … (read more)

Can Sinners Serve?

October 24, 2001

I have always identified with Peter. I, too, tend to behave impulsively, depend too much on my own wisdom, and talk too much whether I know what I'm saying or not. And then, when given a chance to witness, I'm … (read more)

What Does Our Faith Teach Us?

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)

Camping Cots

August 5, 2000

One of the joys of family camping is trying to fit four camping cots into a tent eleven feet square. This year I discovered that our tent with four cots is filled to capacity with little or no room to … (read more)

Silver Polish

October 6, 1999

I have been ignoring the tea service that has been in the family for some time. I neglected to say silver, because it looks more like gold. I have been ignoring it, simply because it needs cleaning, and I didn't … (read more)

In God's Eyes

June 17, 1997

A Sunday School teacher was trying to talk to the fifth grade class about being called by God. The teacher really tried to make the story come alive, telling of Jesus' call to those who fished or collected taxes, the … (read more)

Listening Isn't Easy!

February 18, 1997

"I've tried that and it doesn't work!" Has that ever been a reply to you when you're trying to brainstorm or just to make a helpful suggestion? There are many putdowns or cutoffs. Some people who do that are seemingly … (read more)

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