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Pondering the questions of Christianity, Christ and God's love for mankind.

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WHAT IS A GENEROUS LIFE?

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 1:40 PM

There are plenty of wealthy philanthropists in the world who share their wealth with various charities.  This is obviously a good thing!


But one does not have to be wealthy to live a generous life!  There are many other things to give generously, besides money.


Author and Speaker, Brad Formsma wrote a book entitled, “I Like Giving” and he says that a generous wor...

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WHAT IS THE SECRET TO CHURCH GROWTH?

Posted on June 1, 2019 at 1:10 AM

Doesn’t every pastor and elder want to know the secret to church growth?  Absolutely!


There are many good answers to this question.  But let’s only focus on the key steps.  Each of these are important but they are still not the #1 secret. I’ll save the best for last.


Here are 6 commonly agreed upon essential components for church growth:


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WHY DON'T PEOPLE WANT CHURCH?

Posted on May 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM

According to statistics church attendance in North America is declining and many churches are closing their doors as a result.  So, what’s happening?  Why is church not relating to people today and as a result taking a downward dive?


Most teens and young adults today, see no need for church or religion.  In fact, many believe that religion is causing the decline of so...

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WHERE WERE THE ANGELS ON GOOD FRIDAY?

Posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:35 PM



While growing up as a child, my mother would often sing an old hymn on Good Friday entitled, “He Could Have Called 10,000 Angels”.


The words of the title are based on the following Scripture verse when Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them insta...

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COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT WORSHIP. WHAT ARE THEY?

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Many church goers commonly view worship as something that occurs on Sunday mornings when they are singing or praying. Don’t get me wrong, these are two very important parts of a church service. But what people perhaps don’t realize, is that worship is actually a whole lot bigger than that.


I think we all know what worship generally means. To be clear, the dictionary defines it as, “to hon...

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HOW DO YOU REACT?

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 9:45 AM


What’s your knee-jerk reaction when someone hurts you with lies or gossip or ridicule?  If you are human, it would be to retaliate.   Fortunately, as believers we have the Holy Spirit, to help us overcome our human nature.   It takes a great deal of humility and faith to trust God and not retaliate when we are under attack.  When we are wounded, God tells us to trust Him to handle it, in H...

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HOW IS YOUR HEART TODAY?

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:35 AM

The Bible makes it clear that the condition of our heart is very important to God.

 

       Matthew 6:21   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

       Proverbs 4:23   Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.


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ARE YOU TEMPTED TO BE DISCOURAGED?

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 1:05 AM

None of us are immune to times of discouragement.  It’s a common poison that quickly weakens our faith in God.   It is perhaps Satan’s favourite tool because even mature Christians can easily succumb to its temptation.  Well known pastors even admit to struggling with discouragement when their idealism and enthusiasm is not shared by the church leaders and members around them.


Our Bi...

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ARE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS OK?

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM



The top 3 New Year's Resolutions are to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight.   There is certainly nothing wrong with these resolutions.   I have even made them myself.


So what does God have to say about them?   Read 1 Timothy 4:8 which says, "Training your body helps you in some ways but serving God helps you in every way by bringi...

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WHY ARE PEOPLE SAD AT CHRISTMAS?

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 8:40 AM

For many, Christmas is a much-anticipated season of celebration and festivities.  But for some it is a dreaded season of loneliness and despair.


Suicide rates are highest over the Christmas season.   Why?   Because many are alone for Christmas.   Or are missing the loved one that died recently.   Or are struggling financially and are unable to afford the typical Christmas traditions.

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WHO IS THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS?

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM


Most people celebrating Christmas do not celebrate the Christ of Christmas.


Christmas has become a very secular holiday full of commercialism and traditions that have nothing to do with Jesus. There is nothing wrong with the gift giving, Santa Claus and family celebrations.


But for Christians, it is a day to primarily celebrate the best ...

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HOW TO LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 1:35 AM

Rick Warren has said, “When you live in the light of eternity, trouble just doesn’t bother you as much anymore!”


The Bible clearly teaches that we will face many trials. God knows that it is in trials that our faith and character grow.

 

The trials of life are inevitable but discouragement with the trials is not. How we respond to trials is solely up to us...

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HOW DOES SATAN TEMPT US?

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:35 AM




I’ve always been told that Satan likes to attack us the most, at our weak spots… areas in our lives where we tend to fail again and again.   Perhaps in our spending habits, or personal bitterness, or misplaced priorities, or a tendency to gossip or a critical spirit.  The list goes on.  We all have sins we are most prone to succumb to.


But recently ...

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ARE YOU LIVING IN FEAR OR FAITH?

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 11:05 AM


God doesn’t call the brave. He makes brave the called!


God doesn’t need your abilities. He needs your availability!


Time and time again the Scriptures speak of ordinary people that God made great!  Men like unheard of Gideon, shepherd boy David, mistreated Joseph, fishermen from Galilee and an orphan named Esther.


God made leaders out ...

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HOW TO LIVE OUT CHRIST'S LOVE

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 1:20 PM



Christian author, Gary Chapman, writes the following in his book, “The Love as a Way of Life”:


In the later centuries of the Roman Empire – and the early centuries of the Christian era – the once-proud empire suffered a series of                 &...

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HOW CAN GOD BE JEALOUS?

Posted on September 22, 2018 at 3:20 PM



The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is a jealous God. What does this mean? Isn’t jealousy a sin.? So, if God is holy and perfect, how can He be jealous?


There is a righteous jealousy just as there is a righteous anger.


The answer to this conundrum is found by looking at the context of the use of the word in the Bible. When God d...

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HOW DID JESUS INTERACT WITH UNBELIEVERS

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 7:45 PM


I recently read the book, “Jesus Outside The Lines”, which gave me a fresh perspective of Jesus and how he related to the culture of His day that was strongly opposed to His message. Jesus did very well at what I and many Christians today find so very difficult.


Daniel Darling said, “A certain ugliness accompanies the way evangelicals ofte...

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HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 7:05 PM



Personal anxiety is a bad habit that is paralyzing for some, annoying for others and practically non-existent for a few.  We are all wired so differently.


As Christians, the Bible tells us to not be anxious.  We are also told that when we are anxious we are lacking in faith.  Whoa!!  Wait a minute!  Who needs a guilt trip like t...

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I AM A CHERISHED CHILD OF GOD?

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:35 PM


Do you know how valuable and precious you are to God?


The Bible has lots to say about this.   1 John 3:1 says, “The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are His children!”


The Bible talks about God’s children being the apple of His eye.  It also tells us that our names are engraved in the palm of God’s hand. ...

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WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT GIVING?

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM


Why are tithing and Christian service hot and sensitive subjects for some people?   Was it in the early church?   Not that I can see.  People gave generously to make sure needs were always met.  Today, it seems people want to hoard most of their extra time and money for themselves.  I hear some Christians getting offended by any preaching on giving, yet the preaching is straight from ...

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