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Sheep And Lambs Need Protection

March 19, 2021

When John and I were farming, we had a flock of a hundred sheep. The sheep taught us so many lessons, much like the ones found in Scripture. March and April were the months when the new lambs were to be born, so I would spend hours at …( 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 )


October 20, 2019

There are a lot of old sayings in my memory bank that pop up at appropriate moments in my life. It's a legacy from my grandparents, with whom I lived for twelve years. Recently, one came vividly to mind: "Eat what you can and can what …( read more )

Just A Touch

March 5, 2019

Have you ever noticed how frequently God ministers through simple things? A simple touch — a kind word — even just a smile. Since we expect to see results immediately, it often seems strange that blessings come long after that simple …( read more )

Following The Leader

March 14, 2018

I have an entire collection of Walt Disney classic movies on VHS videotape that either I purchased or were given to me as gifts. All my children and grandchildren have enjoyed watching them over the years. But technology changes, and a VHS …( read more )

Field Workers

August 28, 2017

This summer, I had an opportunity to visit my friend who, with her husband, volunteers at a Christian retreat camp as caretaker. As we casually strolled over the rolling property, she pointed to a wooded area down the hill. "That's the …( read more )

A Great Divide

August 7, 2017

"Left" versus "right" — these two ideological sides are splitting apart our world with increasing intensity. I find this unsettling. Perhaps it's because there's no actual midpoint, no fixed place where a plumb line of truth can rest and …( read more )

Take Heart

February 22, 2017

The more that I read this beautiful story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man, the more that I believe that real healing begins with forgiveness. As a pastor for over thirty years, I have been with and cared for many people in times of …( read more )

The Scrap Pail

June 1, 2016

I have a scrap pail beside my sink. Apple peelings, pear cores, old lettuce, stale bread, carrot ends and such get tossed into it for the horses. These scraps don't seem like much to me, compared to the whole fruit or fresh bread, but the …( 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 )

The Look Of Love

January 7, 2016

When I began in ministry many years ago, I quickly realized that I didn't have enough love for all the people in my congregations. I cried out to God for His love. It was then that I experienced an overwhelming flood of loving care for the …( read more )

The Shepherd Has Come – Part Two

December 9, 2015

Christmas and shepherds go together! But I've discovered that focusing instead on Baby Jesus as the promised Shepherd brings a new level of meaning to Christmas. One of the little-quoted prophecies of God Himself coming as a shepherd is …( read more )

Turning A Challenge Into An Opportunity For Christ

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 )

Oh It Is Jesus

October 18, 2014

For over five years, I hosted a radio program called The Gospel Train. The joy of the Lord was in my heart as I read Scripture and played classic gospel recordings. One of my favourites was from Grammy Award artist, Andraé Crouch, who …( read more )

There's A Toe In The Hole In Your Stocking

June 21, 2012

The mother of the bride, gorgeously attired, stepped out the back door of the car at the church. "Oh-h dear," she bewailed to her husband who was holding the car door, "There's a hole in the toe of my stocking." … (read more)

A Sweet Aroma In The Face Of Evil

June 27, 2011

"A rose between two thorns!" You've heard this expression; but have you ever applied it to our Christian calling? Jesus did. In effect, He called His followers to be a sweet aroma in the midst of prickly evil. This is … (read more)

The Hem Of His Garment

January 8, 2011

It has been the subject of beautiful songs, inspirational art and fascinating sermons. But it was not until I heard this story in its original Jewish context that my eyes were opened to a richer, more powerful understanding of Jesus' … (read more)

In The Darkness

October 8, 2009

These men were blind; they walked in darkness, and yet, they were able to follow Jesus. Initially, Jesus did not even speak to them. Regardless, they still continued to follow Him. How did they know the way? Did they follow … (read more)

Stop To See The Roses

January 15, 2008

My neighbour's dog is a big black Lab named Brady. She is very sweet and loves to play with my dog, Bunny, a Boston terrier. One day, the dogs were playing in my front yard and wrestled right over the … (read more)

Forgive And Heal

September 20, 2007

Forgiving is an easy thing to talk about, but a hard thing to do. I've known people, including myself, to be shackled to the chains of unforgiveness, which can paralyze emotions, diminish relationships, and destroy love. The bane of bitterness … (read more)

Oh! If Only We Could Touch Him

June 17, 2007

My dad went blind early in his retirement, suffering from retinitis pigmentosis. It was sad to watch, as he slowly lost first the centre sight and then finally the rim. For a while, he could still weed the garden, for … (read more)


April 24, 2007

I don't know about others, but at our house, we have a steady diet of media news reports — radio in the morning, evening television news, and at least one newspaper a day. As a sympathetic, bleeding-heart type, I can … (read more)

A Good Example

February 12, 2006

The other day when we were in the mall, I saw a tiny little girl walking by herself. I was concerned, so looked around for a parent. Sure enough, there was her daddy a few feet in front of her, … (read more)

Following Jesus

August 12, 2005

When I go to the mall by myself, I often come out and have to stop and wonder where in the world my car is. Other times, I park in the parking lot at work, and at the end of … (read more)

The Great Physician

August 12, 2004

"What's wrong with your legs? They're full of red blotches!" My friend didn't have to add that last comment; I already knew that my legs looked appalling, and they felt worse than they looked. They had started bothering me earlier … (read more)


October 22, 2003

Yesterday I decided to return a movie on Digital Video Disk that I had rented. Returning from the store by my normal route, I quickly realized, as I entered the freeway, Highway 427, that I was in trouble. Nothing was … (read more)

Now Thank We All Our God

August 29, 2002

I notice that the light of day is failing; the days are becoming shorter. There is that certain chill in the air when evening approaches. Autumn is upon us, and the time for beginning a new church season is here. … (read more)

A Parable From My Garden

July 4, 1999

Early in June I planted my garden. On an extremely hot and humid Monday, I sowed potatoes, beans, peas, spinach, and radishes. Then I prayed for rain. For more than a week nothing seemed to be happening, except that the … (read more)

A Touch Of Grace

April 15, 1997

With the possible exception of the communion elements, we do not think of being able to "touch" God in most of our Protestant services. But we do sometimes touch each other, though rarely, as when the biblical "kiss of peace" … (read more)

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