Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
It is often difficult to communicate to others what it means to be a Canadian. I was born here and have spent most of my adult life serving in this country, but I always thank God for my 8 years of life in America. There is nothing like being away from home that helps you to see home with new eyes.
Yesterday was a hard day for us. The flagrant disrespect of all the ideals we hold to so happily as a country. The offensive murder of a young man. And the near greater tragedy of a gunman loose in our seat of government. But God in His mercy spared us from so much. And in the process, so much of that Canadian-ness came solidly, and quietly to the surface.
That spirit was caught in images like these.
My country is not God’s country or the perfect country or the best country or any nonsense like that. But it is my country. And I am proud to be her citizen today.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
How does a man raise his kids in a "dignified manner" so that they, in turn, love and support their dad? I know this list is not exhaustive, but it covers some basics.
- He does not dominate his children by force and intimidation, but leads them with love.
- He does not shrug off the blatant disobedience of his children, but disciplines and instructs them in love.
- He does not complain to others about "the lousy job the wife is doing with the kids," but he takes responsibility in his home to model and teach love.
- He is not the typical absentee father, lost in his career, but he cultivates relationships with his kids so that they know, no matter what, Dad loves them.
- He does not allow his home to be ruled and run by the loudest and meanest of his kids, but makes his home one ruled by love.
I think a dad that is able to get these five principles straight and worked out the majority of the time in his home will be go a long way in raising children that will not cause him shame in his later days. How we need the enabling grace of God!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
In my mind, this text fills a void in most of our song repertoires and allows us to re-assure each other (and ourselves) with the promises of Christ. Most saints I know are deeply aware of their faults and failings. This text takes our eyes off us and puts them on Jesus who refuses to let us go.
If you are not singing this yet, then you should be! Go to this page to get free downloads of the music, lyrics and an audio file of the hymn being sung at CHBC.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Although it is not explicit on the Sakamoto side, it was the Bible that prompted Ralph MacLean to forgive. After getting a Bible sent to him in a Red Cross care package, he took to heart the words of Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Monday, July 14, 2014
Do you own and use a Kindle? How would you compare it to reading on your iPhone or iPad?
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Sunday, July 13, 2014
It needed to be something which could be seen, even by the natural eye. Now, if I, a poor man, simply by prayer and faith, obtained without asking any individual, the means for establishing and carrying on an Orphan-House, there would be something which, with the Lord's blessing, might be instrumental in strengthening the faith of the children of God, besides being a testimony to the consciences of the unconverted, of the reality of the things of God.This, then, was the primary reason for establishing the Orphan-House. I certainly did from my heart desire to be used by God to benefit the bodies of poor children, bereaved of both parents, and seek in other respects, with the help of God, to do them good for this life; -- I also particularly longed to be used by God in getting the dear orphans trained up in the fear of God; -- but still, the first and primary object of the work was (and still is:) that God might be magnified by the fact, that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need, only by prayer and faith without anyone being asked by me or my fellow-laborers whereby it may be seen, that God is FAITHFUL STILL, and HEARS PRAYER STILL.
- George Muller, Autobiography, Chapter One.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
"My Brothers and Sisters, it is a grand thing to have led a virtuous life. It is a matter for which to praise God to have been kept in the very centre of the paths of morality. But this blessing may, by our own folly, become a curse to us if we place our moral excellences in opposition to the righteousness of our Lord Jesus and begin to dream that we have no need of a Saviour! If our character is, in our own esteem, so good that it makes a passable garment for us and, therefore, we reject the robe of Christ's righteousness, it would have been better for us if our character had been, by our own confession, a mass of rags—for then we should have been willing to be clothed with the vesture which Divine Love has prepared!"
- C.H. Spurgeon, from a sermon entitled, A Business-Like Account (Volume 23, 1877) (Italics mine.)