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Death to the Snake

We are again entering into the Christmas Season. Advent, the celebration of expectation, is an important time in the Christian calendar. It reminds us that the expectation of God’s deliverance is the story of the human race. Genesis 3:15 is often called the first mention of the gospel in the Bible. It promises that God…

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Standing Firm When Feeling Feeble

Have you ever felt uncertain when faced with a life challenge? Too big. Too painful. Impossible. Moses may have felt like this. At God’s command, he led God’s people out of Egyptian slavery only to stare into the looming face of death anyway. Wasn’t slavery better than death? The Israelite multitude mocked and panicked beside…

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Contemplating God’s Grace to All

Some time ago, I had a conversation with a man regarding the Christian doctrine of universal sinfulness.  He doubted this doctrine because, in his words, he thought that the Christian faith taught that people were as bad as they could be.  He added that he had observed many people who were not Christian, yet were…

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Oh, Canada

I usually avoid using the media as source material for my blogs. Media becomes dated and is often too localized for broad application. Today, I make an exception. Two reports from the CBC riveted my attention. The first was about our national 2021 census. It was reported that the number of those who claim no…

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The Importance of October 31

I know.  We all know.  October 31 is Halloween.  At best, it is harmless fun.  At worst, it is about vandalism and the glorification of death.  But Halloween is not important.  At least not in the grand scheme of things. But October 31 is very important.  It is important, not just for the church.  It…

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The Mystery of God

“Truly, you are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” – Isaiah 45:15 God will confound you. He will confuse and baffle anyone who gives thought to His ways. Why? Simply because God is a mystery! He is not like anyone or anything we have ever known. As Isaiah points out…

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Give and Get

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” James 1:17 To get and to receive. These are the two modes of living that sustain us. Both of these paths provide for us, but there is a marked difference between them; in one I am the subject,…

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Honouring Anne van der Bijl

I have been asking people if they remember Anne van der Bijl. He was a Dutch Christian who just passed away. That was a trick question. And so, I also gave the name whereby he was known in the English-speaking world. Brother Andrew. Most people I spoke to had not heard of him (although a…

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I Am Not a Toaster

No intro or warm up, I’ll get to my point. My soul (and yours) is not so much fixed as it is grown. It is apparent that our souls are in need. Something is broken, missing or deficient. If we are in tune with our interior, we see the need daily. We also understand that…

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Reflections on The Queen’s Funeral

This is now my second blog about The Queen. I suppose that her life and death have had a greater impact on me than I was aware. I also suppose I am not the only person to feel this way. Millions from around the world watched. I have been reflecting on the funeral, as well…

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