The God of the Second Opportunity

By , June 24, 2018

I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;
yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
Jonah 2:4 (NIV)

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As a pastor I have dealt with people over the years who have ruined themselves in various ways. Occasionally a person has chosen to involve themselves with substance abuse, or some other addictive behaviour such as gambling or pornography.

Now there is heartbreak and sorrow at a wasted life. Years have been eaten up with destructive activity and it seems that the person is too soon old and too late smart. What can be done in such a situation?

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No Hope

By , June 23, 2018

No hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:12

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Occasionally we will say of this person or that, “He is hopeless.” Or we might comment, “He can’t win for losing.” Our comments means that the person in question seems to constantly make bad choices in life.

If you take a Bible concordance and look up the word “hope” you will find many references to people having hope in the Lord and the benefits that flow from trusting the Lord.

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Where To Find Comfort

By , June 22, 2018

“…You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

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The Heidelberg Catechism is a wonderful statement of biblical truth and parents do well to use it with their children to have the teaching of Scripture fixed in their minds from the earliest years.

The catechism begins with the following question. I have only given the first part of the answer.

Question 1. What is your only comfort in life and death?

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Faithful unto Death

By , June 21, 2018

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,
and you will suffer persecution for ten days.
Be faithful, even to the point of death,
and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Revelation 2:10 (NIV)

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I would love to go on a cruise up the west coast of Canada to Alaska. Hearing from many friends who have made this holiday trip everyone is highly enthusiastic about the journey. The rugged beauty of the coastline of Canada is enough to inspire the worst cynic.

I have seen brochures that contain spectacular photos of the scenery and wildlife. Some brochures even speak of a cruise with famous Bible teachers who give daily devotionals on board certain ships in the context of God’s brilliant handiwork.

Many of us will only dream of such a wonderful adventure but we will never actually take the trip.

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Talking To Yourself

By , June 20, 2018

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:11 (NIV)

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When I was young I confess being amused when I saw an elderly person walking along and talking out loud to themselves. It seemed funny rather than sad to see a person carrying on a conversation out loud with no one to listen to them.

Having more maturity I no longer regard such behaviour as amusing. Instead I feel  concern on the one hand for the individual who does this. In our society there is an unspoken rule that you keep your thoughts to yourself when alone in public. You do not talk to yourself out loud.

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