Why Worry?

By , March 22, 2019

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

Matthew 6:25 NIV

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV

There is little in this life that gives me greater pleasure, my family excepted, than to be in a classroom as a student and learning more about life, the universe, the history of humanity, biblical teaching and so on. I have been a lifetime student.

From my earliest days I developed an inquisitive mind that was constantly hungry for more knowledge.

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Good Eyesight

By , March 21, 2019

“Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV

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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV

A dear friend of mine has eyeglasses he refers to as Coke bottle bottoms. By that he means the lenses of his glasses are very thick, such is his poor eyesight.

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Who on earth was He?

By , March 20, 2019

“Where do you come from?”
John 19:9 (NIV)

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I recall missing an important appointment with a gentleman I was counselling. He was scheduled for an operation and was told the time was to be at 12:30 pm. I arrived at the hospital at 10:15 am fully expecting to have time to let him take out any fears he had of the procedure, to share a thought from the Scriptures with him and to pray for God to bless the surgeon’s work and allow the man to regain health he had lost.

When I arrived at his room I found it empty. The nurses told me that he was already in OR and I could find his wife in the waiting area for families of patients in surgery. I quickly went down a floor and met with the man’s wife. She explained that the hospital had called early in the morning saying a cancellation had put her husband in first place at 8:00 am. They had to rush to get to the hospital. So I did not make it in time for the patient. Instead I sat and chatted for some time with his wife.

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Something Worth Knowing

By , March 18, 2019

“…they have come to know”
John 17:7 (NIV)

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I remember taking my 7 year old grandson through Ireland House, a historic home built and occupied here in Burlington in the early 1800’s by the Ireland family from Yorkshire, England. Most of the furnishings are from the first generation of Irelands who occupied the large home. My grandson had done the official tour before so remembered much of the history of the family and the artifacts we saw.

For me the tour was a trip down memories lane. As a boy I had lived on a farm that was very basic, without indoor plumbing or electrical power. I knew why the main level stove pipes were exposed in the rooms on the second floor en route to the roof. They were the only heat the bedrooms upstairs ever had in winter. The home was really filled with various and sundry items from a farm house similar to the one in which I had lived.

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Cut it out!

By , March 18, 2019

“Stop letting your hearts trouble you”
John 14:1

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The context of our verse today is perplexing. You see, in John 13, the things that are detailed as happening just before Jesus said to the disciples to cut out their worrying shows that it was Jesus who got them all upset in the first place. Why did He upset them only to tell them to calm down? What did He do or say to disturb them so much? Is He still troubling His people today?

Well, in John 13, the chapter that describes the night in which Jesus was betrayed, the first thing that happened to create confusion and distress for the disciples was the incident of washing their feet. In the ancient near east there were a number of things a host would do in bringing a guest into their home.

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