God Hears

Once upon a time in Israel, well before the time of Christ, a young woman named Hannah prayed for a child, in particular, a son. Hannah had expected to become pregnant soon after marriage to Elkanah, a very devout man. She … Continue reading

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The Art of Listening

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It happened, in the providence of God, that I, as a teenager, became a disciple of Jesus in a shabby little church in a northern paper town. This congregation, for the most part, wasn’t loud and irritating; it consisted of … Continue reading

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The Baby Stage of Wonder

One sunny June morning, I placed my helmeted two year-old son, Peter, on the child’s seat of my bike and we took off from the driveway for an hour joy ride. As we cycled through the neighbourhood, a warm breeze tickled … Continue reading

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The Gift of Encouragement

Discouragement often knocks on the door of the lonely, sick and elderly. For decades Hope interceded for her family, church and community. Through her strong witness many came to Christ. Now Hope sits alone in her living room lamenting that … Continue reading

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Humility and Pride: Two Responses to the Cross

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Humility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them. Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “There are many ways to holiness. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Problem of Guilt

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Sometimes we disappoint – bad behavior, unkind attitudes, unintentional missteps or outright sin – we slip up and our actions give others cause to say, “Huh. She’s not much of a Christian!” We’ve all been there. Some are gifted with the ability to shake off … Continue reading

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Developing Tough Faith

Tough faith loves God when it can’t make a list of how He blessed me today. Tough faith believes in spite of unanswered prayer. Tough faith trusts when the evidence is stacked against it. Continue reading

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Just Tell Jesus

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Is it possible that the same God who with a single word set the entire universe in motion, is interested in my everyday needs? Does He care about jobs and headaches, a lost dog, housing, broken hearts and dental work? … Continue reading

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The Miracle Snowplow

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Some years ago, I had a brilliant idea – collect personal stories from church members and put them in a book that could be added to and kept for decades. I still like my idea but writing is hard work and few in … Continue reading

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Boots Squeaking on Snow

In the middle of the night we’d awake to the sound of his gasps for air. We’d bundle him into a snow suit and carry him outside. While the rest of the street slept, we took turns pacing; back and forth; our steps squeaked on the front porch. Continue reading

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