A Ministry Of Tears

By , November 11, 2019

“…weep with them that weep.”
Romans 12:15

Group at beach party

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In modern English there is a term “party animals” This term was originally used for a British Television drama series but has been taken over by people to mean someone who lives to party. Such people are quite popular. It seems that the majority of people want to laugh and have fun in life. Some people seek to be popular by using humour to get others laughing.

The use of humour is approved in Scripture and Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says,

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…”

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Toys and gods

By , November 10, 2019

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:3 (NIV)

Interior of a Buick car

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I saw it on the internet. It caused me to dream about what I might want to do if I was rich.

What caught my eye recently was a flame orange, restored Concours, GS 455, Stage 1, 1972 Buick convertible. It was a spectacular car by any standards and apparently had won first in class awards in several competitions. I could go on and on about it but I know my readers have little interest in what catches my eye.

However, I must admit that I have a weakness for cars.

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A Valley of Tears

By , November 9, 2019

“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

Man crying

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When I was growing up it was not respectable for a man to weep in public or private. Somehow it was thought to be a sure sign of weakness emotionally if a grown man shed tears. As a child I even heard adults around me who sought to stop my crying with words like, “Only babies cry.” Or “Don’t be a baby,” Somehow I was to have the stiff upper lip of the legendary British men.

I only recall two times in my life when I witnessed my father crying. Once was when I was very sick with whooping cough. I was about four years old at the time and he held me in his arms as I sought to rest between bouts of being ill. I can remember tears running down his cheeks at my misery.

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Hope Springs Eternal

By , November 8, 2019

“Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;”
Job 30:26 (NIV)

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I recall a particular individual in a church where I was the pastor many years ago.

Somehow he felt a calling to seek me out prior to the Sunday morning church service each week with some tale of woe that would cause tears to flow from the stony eyes of a statue. Never in my life had I ever met a man who could depress a person so swiftly and thoroughly as he could.

I was fascinated by his capacity to describe some terrible disaster in a very few sentences. It seemed he was only with me for a moment yet the sense of gloom that descended on me would last just until the church service was over.

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On a Journey

By , November 7, 2019

“…they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”
Hebrews 11:13

Christian praying

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Why is it that an English fiction book by an uneducated man has become the best selling fiction of all time? Who would have guessed that this man whose profane tongue was known for its ability to string out profanities would be the best selling author in history?

The man who wrote the best selling fiction book in history was John Bunyan (1628-1688). His remarkable best seller is entitled Pilgrim’s Progress. Translated into over 200 languages, we are told that this book has never been out of print. It is the story of “Christian”, a man whose journey through this world to heaven is told as an allegory. Its literary merits have received words of universal praise.

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