Negative Bias and Advent 1

 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21: 25-28 “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”.  The Wizard of … Read more

“What is Truth?” retorted Pilate

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.  (John 13: 37,38). “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13: 34) This week I have been following two news items:  the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the petition of a number of Canadian veterans to have Jess Randall Larochelle … Read more

In God’s Image even on Zoom

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. ( Psalm 139: 14) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1: 26-27) I spend a … Read more

God’s Time

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33 My times are in Your hands.  Psalm 31:15. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:8 Time changes.  Ugh.  If there was ever a government policy that no longer makes sense to me it’s the need to change times twice a year.  ‘In theory’ we were supposed to gain an extra hour of … Read more

Commodities

3 When I consider your heavens,     the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,     which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,     human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8) This past week I had the amazing opportunity to Zoom into a webinar on CRISPR technology, put on by the Canadian Council of Churches.  I only know the bare bones of this new science – basically its tool for editing genomes, meaning it allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. It can … Read more

One of these things is not like the other.

One of these things is not like the other, One of these things just doesn’t belong Can you guess which thing is not like the other? Before I finish my song? (Sesame Street)   The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 … Read more

I am not ashamed

Romans 1: 16 I’m proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. 17 The good news tells how God accepts everyone who has faith, but only those who have faith. It is just as the Scriptures say, “The people God accepts because of their faith will live.”   I’ve just finished binge watching a show on Netflix called “Midnight Mass”.  Now before you all go and watch it, I need to warn you all; this is a horror series.  It’s not a feel-good watch.  In … Read more

Trust

Matthew 6: 31-34 “Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” 32 Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. 33 But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. 34 Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today. “ I have a secret super-power: problem-solving.  … Read more

Little Children and Little Dogs.

Mark 9: 36-37 He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” (The Message) I apologize to all of you for the late entry this week.  Normally I write my blog on Thursdays, after Prayer and Share, but this past Thursday I had two meetings after Prayer and Share, got on the road for home rather late, and; Just as I was leaving Perth I got a text from my … Read more

Stay the Course

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Mark 8: 34-37 I’ve noticed a new thing in my life that I’m not too proud of:  … Read more

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