I enjoy travelling. I have discovered, however, that it is good to go away, and it is good to come home. Restaurant food can be good, but it can all taste the same after a while. I have recognized that there is no bed quite like my own. Yes, travelling is fun, but
It is always interesting to observe people’s reactions when they learn that I am a pastor. While these responses might be more exaggerated because I am a “man of the cloth,” every disciple of Christ tends to elicit different reactions when we reveal our relationship with Jesus to others. How do we deal
Here is the link to: How to Build Bridges There was a time of great stress and change for Israel more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul had died, and David ruled over the tribe of Judah from Hebron for seven and a half years. Then the other tribes decided to reunite
A man bought a new hunting dog. Eager to see how it would perform, he took it out one day hoping to track down big game. No sooner had they gone into the woods when the animal picked up the trail of a bear, with the hunter following close behind. Suddenly, the dog stopped, sniffed
Are you facing overwhelming adversity? How can you tap into God’s strength amid such challenges? Let’s turn back the pages of time to more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul of Israel was on the brink of disaster. He had chased the young warrior, David (whom he felt threatened by), out of
Most Christians today probably can’t imagine Christmas on any other day than December 25th, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, for the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The first official mention of December 25th, as a holiday honouring Jesus’ birthday, appears in an
What are the vital ingredients in a strong, loving relationship? What makes strong homes, friendships, churches and communities? The Apostle Paul provides the answer in Romans 12:10: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.” –NIV A strong community is marked by devotion. One study of 3,000 strong
In a world filled with frustration and division, it helps to step back and think about the God of the universe and His generous gifts. Thanks be to God for what He has given. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 9:12-15 of how the Lord has given us His indescribable gift.
At one time or another, many of us have dreamed of a glorious and glamorous life as an athlete, actor or actress, entertainer, businessperson or politician. Okay, maybe not a politician. Jesus points to a different road leading to glory in John 13:1-17. Would you please take a few minutes to read this
If you could have dinner with Jesus and some other guests, wouldn’t you be curious to know who makes an impression on Him, who touches His heart? Let’s join such a dinner in John 12:1-8. Would you please take a couple of minutes to read this passage? 2,000 years ago in Palestine, a
I have a confession to make…there are times when I get too busy. However, I take heart from the Gospel of Luke 2:41-52. Would you please take a couple of minutes to read this passage about the boy Jesus at the temple?Let’s talk about Luke 2:41-44a. The road to restoration has a sign marked “Distracted”.After
I see a picture of the kind of man I want to be in Luke 6:17-26. Would you please take a few moments to read this passage? A man who is measured by God as head and shoulders above the crowd is attractive. A large crowd gathered with Jesus on the mountainside in
Mother’s Day Origin—Sermon Notes Central “Did you know that the idea for Mother's Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia? It was 1876 and the United States still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost
Footprint on a Beach on Ruegen How smart is your right foot? This will boggle your mind and you’ll keep trying it, at least a few times, to see if you can outsmart your foot—but you can't! While sitting down, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with
What do we do with sin? How do we treat the sinner? We might try to stay away from people who would defile us, or we might try to blend in—neither ditch is the road we are called to travel. God’s heart toward sin and the sinner is demonstrated in John 8:1-11. Would you
As the movie “Brian's Song" powerfully depicted, the friendship between Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo deepened into one of the best relationships in the history of sports. Friendships between professional black and white athletes, during that time, were few and far between, so theirs was unique. Then, during the 1969 season, Piccolo was
We say there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Let me add a third: change. We often struggle with change. I have experienced a lot of changes in my life—some I have chosen, while others have been imposed upon me. Making Sense of Life's Changes is the subtitle of William Bridges'
During the Christmas holidays we try to reach back into our childhood for good memories associated with the season—the people, the surroundings, the sights, the sounds, the tastes. These memories bring us comfort and joy as we seek to relive them. As well, Christmas movies and songs are rampant. Our family Christmas gatherings
I invite you to enjoy one of my favourite stories, “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-QevAGsl6A. Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2nd, 1904 to September 24th, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss wrote Sneetches in 1961 to
How can you and I become so stirred that we lose all our inhibitions when we express our affection to the Lord? How can we stir God’s heart when we come to Him with our prayers and our praise? In Luke 17:11-19, we read of one man who truly connected with Jesus Christ.