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What About The People?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Years ago, we had a tradition of enjoying a good roast beef dinner after worship on Sunday. To minimize Sunday work, the vegetables would be prepared on Saturday evening. The roast would be put in the oven before we left for church, and … Read more

What Is Important?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

During the current pandemic, there are many comments appearing about people re-evaluating what is important. It reminded me of a personal experience almost 50 years ago. I was asked by my employer, a large international technology … Read more

The Joy Of Clear Vision

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

How excited and joyful this blind man must have been to see again. It's hard for seeing people to imagine what it would be like to live in constant darkness. But a season in my own life gave me a small glimpse. Some years ago, cataracts … Read more

Trying To Stop Jesus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"He was trying to stop Jesus!" My mind was jolted by that remark in a recent sermon. It was not about a wicked person, but about a godly prophet: John the Baptist. Peter also tried to stop Jesus — twice! Obviously, well-meaning … Read more

Shhh, It's A Secret

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My friend, Anne, has the reputation of being an excellent story teller. She tells her stories at the museum where she volunteers and at various group meetings. She is also on the schedule to give the children's sermons several times a … Read more

Many Challenges

Saturday, February 20, 2016

June Heale wrote the following in the PresbyCan Daily devotional of January 12, 2016, titled " Vertically Challenged? ": I wonder if, like me, you are vertically challenged. I used to be five feet two inches, not the tallest in the … Read more

Speaking Plainly

Friday, May 18, 2012

Some people never grow up. In my many years of ministry, I've come across sad people who live as if they're still adolescents and take no responsibility for their actions. When things get tough, they ignore the crisis and avoid … Read more

Fluttering Flags

Monday, July 4, 2011

On Sunday, on my way to worship, I pass many different flags fluttering in the morning breeze. This weekend, I saw many of our nation's flags. During springtime, I occasionally saw a banner adorned with tulips or coloured eggs. Last … Read more

Look Up!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When we tell someone to look up, we are encouraging them to have a positive attitude, boosting their morale, and reminding them not to give up when the going gets rough. We look up to read the road signs to … Read more

Who Am I?

Friday, April 8, 2011

During the mid 1950s, when I was in my teens, we had no television set. They were out of our "price range". We did, however, have a very good radio which provided many hours of excellent entertainment for the entire … Read more

Ephphatha – Be Opened

Saturday, June 5, 2010

When I was old enough to use the stove unattended, I went wild with "experimental" dishes. Today, they'd seem pretty tame, but my meat-and-potatoes Dad saw every one of them as disastrous. He refused to eat things like pork and … Read more

Halfway Healing

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I almost died of hepatitis in my last year of college. Somehow I had contracted it — either as the result of the lack of food hygiene in the university canteen or by way of a chemical chlorine reaction to … Read more

Another Side

Monday, April 2, 2007

I had invited several friends to one of my speaking engagements, and I was touched by their response. "Oh, Brenda," said one lady breathlessly, "I have never heard you speak before!" "Oh, Brenda," said another, "I have only ever heard … Read more

Stumbling Blocks

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"You must watch your diet," my doctor said, "or else suffer adverse effects." These were simple words for the physician to say, but much harder for me to carry out. In an area of the country where fellowship, love, concern, … Read more

The Desolate Place

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Well at least there was a big crowd in their desolate space — and they had Jesus with them! How hard was that? In mine, there was only a small group of fellow travellers on a bus, climbing its way … Read more

Embrace Your Suffering

Wednesday, July 9, 1997

Do you recognize those words? What is more important, do you recognize the truth they bring? They come from The Message – The New Testament in Contemporary English (like you've never read it before.) by Eugene H. Peterson. Personally his … Read more

Seeing With New Eyes

Sunday, October 6, 1996

Early in my ministry I was told by an hundred and three year old lady of what it was like, when Custer led his troops into a village populated by women, children and the elderly, to watch as the troops … Read more

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