Watch Where You Walk

By , August 18, 2018

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.”
Psalm 138:7 NIV

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The Psalmist speaks of his journey through life as “walking”. He tells us that he finds walking a troublesome exercise. What the “trouble” was is not stated by the writer. This means any of his readers may put themselves in his place and say what he does about his or her trouble.

I recall speaking from this Psalm many years ago at a prayer meeting in the church I served at the time. One delightful deacon spoke to me after the meeting and said with great sincerity that his life was one devoid of trouble, and he counted himself blessed to be free from the difficulties that so many Christians seem to have in life. Of course I congratulated him on being in such an enviable situation.

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Thanks For The Thorn

By , August 17, 2018

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

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When we consider the varieties of difficulties in life we are right to resist their presence in our lives. It is appropriate to seek an easy road to travel on as we make our way to the city of God. But life has a way of giving us what Paul calls a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). A physical limitation is what the apostle refers to using the metaphor “thorn”.

We all know the story of Paul’s thorn and how he had three distinct and special times of prayer to the Lord asking for the removal of the thorn. Wisely Paul does not tell us what the thorn was so anyone who is restricted physically in any manner can readily identify with the apostle.

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The Incomparable Christ

By , August 16, 2018

“…He was despised and we did not esteem Him.”
Isaiah 53:3

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One of Canada’s most beautiful sights is the Niagara Falls. It is on the Niagara River which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. Its flow rate is higher than most falls in the world. As you drive closer to the site you hear the thunderous roar of the water as it cascades over the cataract and falls down into the river below. As the most powerful waterfall in North America it has long been a source of hydro-electric power. Standing in the observation area one is thrilled at the spectacular sights and sounds of the falls.

It is a wonder to visitors but those who live in the area soon become complacent at the majestic sight and the sense of wonder is soon displaced by an attitude of indifference. Such is the human mindset.

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By , August 15, 2018

“But godliness with contentment is great gain”
1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV)

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We see all around us people dissatisfied with life and who strive for more and more. They never sense they have enough of material goods. One English billionaire was being interviewed and the person put a question to the man. “You could spend a million dollars a week and your fortune would still grow. How much is enough?” The man responded, “Just a little more.” That is the epitome of a malcontent.

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The Jewel Of Contentment

By , August 14, 2018

“Keep your lives free from the love of money
and be content with what you have,
because God has said,
‘Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.’”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

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I grew up in a family that was possibly the poorest in our neighbourhood. I had an older bother and wore his hand me downs. He got the new clothes and I got his clothes when he grew out of them. Occasionally we would complain as children about our home and how we had to share it with renters. The other kids on our street did not need renters to help pay the mortgage.

One day my father had all of our complaining he could endure. Quietly he asked us to pile into our 1930 Buick, the oldest car on the street, and off we went we knew not where. After a while we landed in a slum area of Toronto that had pitiful shacks for houses. When we slowly passed an especially run down house my dad pointed to it and said, “Some people call that place home.” We would pass another very dreary house and he repeated the exercise. Then we drove home to our house. Dad said nothing else the whole time but when we got home we kids thought our house was a mansion.

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