A BURDEN OF LIGHT
I have been feeling very heavy hearted and pained the last couple of days as a result of the multiple murder that took place over our way. IÂ’m sure many of you have heard about thisÂ—itÂ’s been headline news all across CanadaÂ—the two young baseball playe ... read more
A BURDEN UNDER BADGER SKINS
The apostle Paul exhorts us, Â“Bear ye one anotherÂ’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of ChristÂ” (Gal. 6.2). The Greek word used here is baros, meaning, heavy burden, from which we get our English wheel barrow. This is an exhortation to us all to put into ... read more
A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM
The other day my youngest grandson and his mother dropped in for a visit. The two of them walked over after kindergarten, and as soon as they arrived, my grandson showed me something he had found along the way.
It was a flat rock about the size of an O ... read more
ARE YOU STILL SAVED?
Last time we talked about holding fast the title deed of our salvationÂ—which is faith. Â“Faith is the title deed of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.Â”
Back in the old days when I lived in CalgaryÂ—yes I know, I am going back a long wayÂ— ... read more
BECOMING A WELL OF LIVING WATER
IÂ’ve been thinking about wells the last few days. And no wonder, I suppose. When a friend said the other day, Â“ItÂ’s been so dry,Â” his comment could easily have been a reference to the weather. But I knew he was speaking of the spiritual drought many of ... read more
BELIEVING THAT GOD IS
The writer of Hebrews commends to us Enoch, who Â“by faith was translated (transferred) that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him. For, before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased GodÂ” (Heb. 11.5).
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EXPECTATIONS FOR 2012
About this time of year the prophets take advantage of the opportunity to once again favour us with their annual forecasts. If you think you might be detecting a flavour of cynicism here, I commend you on your discernment. Over the years I have become v ... read more
FEED GOD FIRST
Our Lord has accomplished something very special when He sees us beginning to consider His own interests first in all we go through, and in all we seek from Him. When this becomes our first considerationÂ—when in every problem, every situation, every need ... read more
GET INTO THE ARK!
After I wrote last time about getting out of Sodom I read over the passage in Luke where Jesus talks about the days of the coming of the Son of man (Lk. 17.22-37).
Jesus said that the same day Noah entered into the ark, the flood came and destroyed the ... read more
GET OUT OF SODOM!
I donÂ’t watch TV but the other day on the Internet news they were plugging a new program called GCB. When I discovered what the letters stand for it turned my stomach. The words came upon my heart, Â“The Lord will destroy this place.Â” ThatÂ’s what the an ... read more
GOD IS HONEST
The other day in a time of prayer the Spirit of the Lord led me into a precious awareness of God. Generally these days I find prayer very difficult, so I greatly appreciate times such as this. As I was making my petitions to God, reminding Him of prayers ... read more
GOD WILL GET EVEN
Notice from last time that Paul encouraged the Thessalonians with the hope that the righteous God would recompense trouble to those that troubled them, Â“and to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His ... read more
HELP FOR DOUBTERS
I remember George Warnock frequently pointing out (in the little home gatherings I once was part of) that heÂ’d never seen a painting of Peter walking on the water. ItÂ’s always of Peter going under. Â“Why is it that artists never paint Peter walking on ... read more
HOLD FAST YOUR TITLE DEED OF FAITH
We have been talking about the day of recompense. The day of vengeance. But before we go any further we need to remember that this is GodÂ’s right alone. We are not to take vengeance into our own hands. We must leave it all to God.
Dearly beloved, a ... read more
HOW MUCH IS A TRINKET WORTH?
Carrying on with what we were talking about last time, we are so used to thinking that the way our world isÂ… this is the way it will always be. But that is not so. Do we believe this? This world as we know it is just an ageÂ… Â“this present evil ageÂ” (Ga ... read more
HOWÂ’S YOUR SOWING COMING ALONG?
As we head into 2012 we are hearing once again the beat of war drums. Iran is threatening that if the United States embargos IranÂ’s oil, Iran will blockade the Strait of Hormuz so that the commerce of other nations cannot get through the Persian Gulf e ... read more
IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP
I was thinking about that verse in Galatians again earlier today. Â“And let us not be weary (or, lose heart) in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint notÂ” (Gal. 6.9). I looked it up, and apparently the Greek here is something like, Â“in ... read more
JESUS AND IDOLS?
ItÂ’s not likely that we modern-day Christians in the western world would be tempted to worship an idol of wood or stone the way they did back in Old Testament days, or still do in certain societies. We like to assure ourselves we are not that primitive. ... read more
JESUSÂ’ PRAYER PARTNERS
Jesus said in John 17, Â“I pray for them.Â”
At the right hand of the Throne of God in Heaven, Â“He ever liveth to make intercession for us.Â”
Now, if Jesus at the right hand of the Father is praying for His own, what does this mean for you and me?
IÂ’ ... read more
LOVEÂ—THE PRIMAL FAULT REMEDIED
Last time we talked of GodÂ’s eternal purpose in delivering His creation from the bondage of corruptionÂ—the primal fault.
Â“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but by reason of Him who subjected it in hope:
Because the creation it ... read more
NAY WORLD, I TURN AWAY
I mentioned last time the price tag that is on the Testimony of Christ in our livesÂ—the Testimony of the Spirit that means the Presence of Christ Himself is with us. This will garner us the same thing it garnered Him.
But there is a price tagÂ—a far he ... read more
IÂ’ll probably be in trouble for this one, but I commend it to everyoneÂ’s conscience in the sight of God.
Tim Tebow is the U.S. football star who recently made quite a stir for having John 3:16 in theÂ—what do you call itÂ—the blacking below his eyes. ... read more
THE ARK CONVICTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
The writer of Hebrews says it was NoahÂ’s building the ark that justified God in bringing the flood on the world of the ungodly.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; b ... read more
THE CALL TO PRIESTLY HONOUR
The writer of Hebrews addresses a Â“holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly callingÂ” (Heb. 3.1). ItÂ’s the calling to participate in the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose priesthood is after the order (or, model) of Melchizedek. ThatÂ’s why itÂ’s ... read more
THE CONFLICT OF TWO AGES
We Christians in this present age are to live the life of another age. We now have that life of the age to comeÂ—eternal lifeÂ—in seed form, and the more we fall into the ground and die as the original Seed Himself fell into the ground and died, the more d ... read more
THE DAY OF SEVEN TROUBLES
George Fox exhorted the early Friends to be valiant for the truth in this day of trial and persecution. For if we are Christians, this is our portion in this day, as many in other lands have already discovered. We Christians here in western lands need t ... read more
THE DIVINE TENSION
One of the things we know as a result of the primal fault is that our world requires substantial ordering. A house requires regular maintenance. A garden must be tended. It must be watered and weeded. Left to itself it quickly goes to grass.
Now, ce ... read more
THE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL LIFE
Three times in his letters the apostle Paul refers to something he calls Â“my gospelÂ” (Rom. 2.16, 16.25 and 2 Tim. 2.8). There is of course only one GospelÂ—the Good News of our salvation. But Paul was able to call this Gospel his own. How so? ItÂ’s beca ... read more
THE LAMPSTANDÂ—THE CORPORATE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST (PT. 4)
Last time we talked of individuals who had the testimony of Jesus Christ. John on Patmos had this testimony. The messenger who was showing John the things he wrote about in the Revelation had this testimonyÂ—so powerful a testimony of Jesus Christ that ... read more
THE PEACE OF THE RIGHTEOUS
Just about everybody, I suppose, wants peace, so they can do the things they want to do and live a happy untroubled life.
But how many want righteousness? ItÂ’s interesting to note in the Bible how consistently peace and righteousness are linked togeth ... read more
THE PRICE OF THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST
I can sum up in one sentence a book IÂ’ve been reading on early Christian history. The early Christians lived in a world that hated God and loved blood. The populace of Rome and other cities of the Empire came out to the arenas for their blood sports as ... read more
THE PRIMAL MOTIVEÂ—LOVE
What is the evidence we are born again, and therefore involved in the reversal of the primal fault?
Â“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye lo ... read more
THE RIGHT PLACE, THE RIGHT TIME
Here is a young man walking along a dusty road with sure but urgent step. He is leading a donkey upon which a very pregnant young woman is riding.
This young woman so obvious with child could give birth at any moment: why then are they travelling in t ... read more
THE SWORD IN THE SHADOW
One thing about the Internet is that it has brought into being an information overload. There is an overwhelming sea of information available. We have been deluged with knowledgeÂ… and you pretty much need an Â“arkÂ” to get through it all safely. For, tho ... read more
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST (PT. 1)
Last time we talked of the Testimony in the days of the Old Covenant. GodÂ’s testimony in the Old Covenant was the Law.
For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in IsraelÂ… (Ps. 78.5).
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my ... read more
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST (PT. 2)
I have been held in thrall for a long time by the phrase, Â“the testimony of Jesus Christ.Â” (You know the meaning of enthral. It means Â“to hold in or reduce to slavery, to hold spellbound.Â” A thrall is a servant slave, a bondman.)
And soÂ—the testimony o ... read more
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRISTÂ–A MISTAKEN IDENTITY (PT. 3)
Last time we talked about the apostle John being in the isle of Patmos for Â“the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.Â” I think John is speaking of the testimony that back on the mainland got him in trouble. Jesus had said to His disciples:
B ... read more
THE WIND IS SHIFTING
Be valiant and faithful for GodÂ’s truth upon the earth in this day of trial and persecution.
This is from the letters of George Fox the Quaker apostle, which I have been reading. Fox often encouraged his friends with words such as these. The early Qu ... read more
THIS ARK CAN GO THROUGH FIRE
WeÂ’ve been talking about the great flood of NoahÂ’s day and the ark he built, and how that is a figure of the atonement of Christ on Calvary. We saw that Peter likened the flood to a great baptism, and the ark to GodÂ’s salvation in that baptism. Peter sa ... read more
WHAT AGE ARE YOU LIVING FOR?
I am still grieving the deaths of these young people the news has been telling us about. I am mourning for them, hurting with their hurting families. When this kind of thing happens you can hear very loudly the travail pains of a groaning creation. A ... read more
WHATÂ’S IN YOUR SCOPE? (PT. 1)
PaulÂ’s exhortation is that we Â“scope inÂ” on the things that are unseenÂ—eternal thingsÂ—not on the things that are seen, which are temporal.
The same Greek verb skopeo is used a few other times in Scripture, though not often. Here is one more instance t ... read more
WHATÂ’S IN YOUR SCOPE? (PT. 2)
We have hunter types in the family, and come hunting season be sure of it. They are out there scoping for game. They get out the spotting scope and the binoculars and are off to the hills looking for their prey.
They did pretty well this year. They ... read more
WHEN I CONSIDER THY HEAVENS
I have been thinking about those ancient stargazers who saw the sign in the heavens announcing the birth of the Great King. ItÂ’s intriguing to me that they were able to look upward and understand so much. What is written in the heavens was like a second ... read more