“Do you remember?”

By , October 23, 2016

“…encourage and strengthen him,”
Deuteronomy 3:28

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My cell phone rang and a voice from my past was on the line. She had been thinking of me and wanted to make a connection. I certainly recalled some of my work with her through some dark times in her younger life. I felt so good to know she had made the effort to call.

She reminded me that when her marriage seemed hopeless, I had come to her home and gave her counsel from the Scriptures and we got on our knees to pray for her husband. God answered our prayers and he became a wonderfully attentive and kind husband and father as God took over his life.

Then she spoke of her daughter who, as a teenager, broke her heart by getting into all kinds of trouble. Many times we prayed for the young woman and again the Lord graciously moved into the situation and the girl became a devout Christian. She gave up her wandering and settled down and is now a mother herself.

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Who is He?

By , October 22, 2016

“Lord, to whom shall we go?”
John 6:68

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One of the most useful gifts my wife has ever given me is a GPS for my car. This gift is very helpful as I am always needing guidance to some new place where I have never been before. I visit people all over the place and to have a good guide lead me is very helpful.

Occasionally I have used the GPS to direct me to places I have been many times. Somehow I thought I would see if it could suggest a better way than the one I knew so well.

To my horror on one occasion the GPS tried to keep me on the highway well past the correct turnoff. Because I had time to spare, I followed its’ advice and it eventually kept directing me in circles and never getting me to my destination. So much for modern technology!

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Where to Go in a Time of Trouble

By , October 21, 2016

…they followed her, supposing she was going
to the tomb to mourn there.”
John 11:31 (NIV)

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Some time ago we were on holiday and took time to visit friends near North Bay and to visit my brother’s grave at Chetwynd near Burkes Falls.

I recall the time I lived on a farm across the road from the cemetery and my brother and I would investigate the place and read the names of what seemed to be many Rumfords buried there. You see there were babies, teens, and old people with our family name who rest in that place.

My reflections at the tombstone of my brother and his wife were both sorrowful and comforting. I recalled the times we attended the little church across the road from the graveyard. I looked at what used to be a field in front of our old farmhouse. Now it was overgrown with many trees 30 or more feet high. We had many happy times there but now things were different as I could never again speak with my brother in this life.

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“Jump, Daddy will catch you.”

By , October 20, 2016

“…I watch in hope for the Lord,”
Micah 7:7 (NIV)

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One Sunday many years ago I had finished preaching and walked down the aisle of the sanctuary to greet the people as they left to go home. Before anyone could get to me my 5 year old son ran ahead of them toward me with his arms outstretched to greet me.

I held my arms out to receive him and with the momentum of his running I took hold of him and swept him up and onto the shelf above the coat rack. He was frightened to be suddenly up that high and cried to come down. I told him to jump and I would catch him.

It was a foolish thing I said because if he did jump I might miss and let him fall to the ground. The little fellow immediately jumped and happily for me I able to catch him and let him down gently to the floor where I stood. My son demonstrated more faith in me than he should have. Apparently he was still at an age when he believed his father could do anything.

It is likely that all of us have been “let down” by someone we thought totally trustworthy. It hurts to be in a position where we suffer because someone did not live up to their promise to us. It may be a marriage vow broken, a church leader who led a double life, a neighbour who broke a confidence we shared with them or any other matter where a commitment made was not kept.

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Where Is Your Heart?

By , October 19, 2016

“…give me your heart…”
Proverbs 23:26 (NIV)

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I suppose that no person has the heart of a small child like it’s mother. It seems natural and proper for a child to have given their heart to the one who has shown the most love in action towards them. However, the time will come when the boy or girl will grow up and give their heart to another.

We do not fault the young adult for displacing their mother and father with someone who has not demonstrated the sacrificial love of the parents. This is the normal cycle of life and the marriage partner has the strongest hold on the spouse of anyone in the world. All of us who are married have put someone ahead of our parents in our affections.

Yet, in the biblical view of the world and life, there is One who asks for first place in our heart. The person who calls on us to give first place in our heart to him is the Creator, the one who made us. God is actually jealous for first place in our hearts and in our text for today we hear Him calling on us to give our hearts to Him.

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