Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
It is often difficult to communicate to others what it means to be a Canadian. I was born here and have spent most of my adult life serving in this country, but I always thank God for my 8 years of life in America. There is nothing like being away from home that helps you to see home with new eyes.
Yesterday was a hard day for us. The flagrant disrespect of all the ideals we hold to so happily as a country. The offensive murder of a young man. And the near greater tragedy of a gunman loose in our seat of government. But God in His mercy spared us from so much. And in the process, so much of that Canadian-ness came solidly, and quietly to the surface.
That spirit was caught in images like these.
My country is not God’s country or the perfect country or the best country or any nonsense like that. But it is my country. And I am proud to be her citizen today.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
How does a man raise his kids in a "dignified manner" so that they, in turn, love and support their dad? I know this list is not exhaustive, but it covers some basics.
- He does not dominate his children by force and intimidation, but leads them with love.
- He does not shrug off the blatant disobedience of his children, but disciplines and instructs them in love.
- He does not complain to others about "the lousy job the wife is doing with the kids," but he takes responsibility in his home to model and teach love.
- He is not the typical absentee father, lost in his career, but he cultivates relationships with his kids so that they know, no matter what, Dad loves them.
- He does not allow his home to be ruled and run by the loudest and meanest of his kids, but makes his home one ruled by love.
I think a dad that is able to get these five principles straight and worked out the majority of the time in his home will be go a long way in raising children that will not cause him shame in his later days. How we need the enabling grace of God!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
In my mind, this text fills a void in most of our song repertoires and allows us to re-assure each other (and ourselves) with the promises of Christ. Most saints I know are deeply aware of their faults and failings. This text takes our eyes off us and puts them on Jesus who refuses to let us go.
If you are not singing this yet, then you should be! Go to this page to get free downloads of the music, lyrics and an audio file of the hymn being sung at CHBC.