Abide With Me

By , November 15, 2017

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

Young man standing alone in a field

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As a preschooler I had numerous episodes of running away and getting lost. It was not that home life was something to be avoided, it was simply the adventure of being in some other place. I loved to explore and see new and different places and people even at so tender an age.

Sometimes I found my way back home and other times I was found by a friendly police officer or other kind person and reunited with my family.

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“But, I Want It!”

By , November 14, 2017

“And why do you worry about clothes?”
Matthew 6:28 (NIV)

Street neon advertising signs

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As I thought about our modern western society and some of our troubles I was going to make the title for this devotional, “The Curse of Advertising”.

One of the very dangerous things we face in the western world is the onslaught of advertising that has been designed by psychologists.

Psychologists have carefully determined what appeals to the public and they have helped companies shape their advertising to attract people based on their instincts.

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Bedrock footings

By , November 13, 2017

“I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 61:2

Lakefront scene with canoe

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Back in the 1950’s the provincial government of Ontario was selling “crown land” to anyone who wished to build a cottage on a lake front. Crown land is land the government holds title to on behalf of the British monarch.

My father bought a lakefront piece of property during this sale and we built a family cottage that was designed for summer use only. We brought all of the building materials over to the site by boat as no road had yet been built to our property. There was a government dock on the other side of the lake where we parked our car and had our docked boat ready for crossing.

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Lost in Space

By , November 12, 2017

 “For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.”
Matthew 18:11 (KJV)

Scene from outer space of the earth

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An American Science fiction movie made in 1998 bore the title of our devotional today.

The story line in the movie was about the Robinson family who set out on a journey in space to find a new home for the people of earth. In space they lost their way. The movie describes the adventures of the family in their dilemma.

Being lost in space would certainly be a terrifying experience for any family or space crew. Even when we were children and got lost we felt great fear.

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Jesus Walking on Water

By , November 11, 2017

“…they saw Jesus approaching the boat,
walking on the water…”
John 6:19 (NIV)

A body of water

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I well recall a certain group of churches in Canada mocking the miracles of Jesus recorded in Scripture.

In dealing with the story of Jesus walking on the water and approaching the fearful disciples in the boat the writer in this denomination called Jesus “the amphibious footed Jesus”.

Something that is amphibious is a creature capable of living in water or on dry land. For example, some species of turtles can readily move about on land or swim and dive in the ocean. When the writer of the magazine referred to Jesus in this manner he was taunting people who believed Jesus actually did this miracle.

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