Category: Insights

“I’m kinda left to die, and it’s hard to do.”

By , February 8, 2019

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It was Friday morning October 2, 1999, and I was busy studying about heaven.

Monday and Friday are days I leave totally clear to study and prepare for Sunday. So there I was immersed in jottings, books and commentaries piled high on the table when the phone rang. As usual I had no idea of who it would be or what they would want when I picked up the receiver.

The voice on the phone sounded weak and frail. He told me his name and then commented that he had occasionally attended a church I pastored many years ago.

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A Quiet Celebration

By , February 5, 2019

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Some time ago I told the story of Donna, (not her real name), and how she came to faith in Christ. Donna gave us an assignment that we pray she would die soon. Well, we did pray and the Lord heard our prayers.

I received a phone call one Friday morning from the nursing staff that Donna wished to see me immediately. The staff explained that she had only hours to live.

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“You’re not my judge!”

By , February 4, 2019

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The Bible calls on all of us to examine ourselves to see what possible evil lurks beneath the surface of our skin.

For example Paul says in 1 Cor. 11:28 “A man ought to examine himself.”

In Hebrews it says “See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” (3:12)

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“Mr. Rumford, are there dogs in heaven?”

By , February 3, 2019

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His name was Billy and he lived near Orillia, Ontario. However, he was now in the oncology unit of Sick Children’s Hospital.

I was visiting him at the request of his mother. She was a single mom and had to work during the week, so could not visit her only child, Billy until the weekends.

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Silent Believers

By , February 2, 2019

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The phone call came from a member of the family. Jean was ill again in the Hospital. In about 30 minutes I was on my way to the hospital.

When I arrived I found two daughters and Jean’s husband waiting for me. The girls indicated that their mom was a quiet lady who did not speak about her Christian faith as they were growing up. They both were concerned about whether or not their mom was ready to die.

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