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Easter Sunday

Can you believe it – it’s Easter Sunday! I know - it seems like we just finished celebrating Christmas. I heard one little boy once say, “Jesus was just born, are you telling me he’s died already?” In many ways Easter is the second half of God’s Christmas gift. Jesus came into the world as a baby who grew up to show us how to live. We learn so much from his teachings and we are inspired by the amazing things he did. But the pinnacle of his life was his death and resurrection on that first Easter over 2,000... Read more →


Good Friday Reflection

Today is Good Friday, a day where people all around the world remember and reflect on the death of Jesus Christ that took place over 2,000 years ago. Jesus’ death wasn’t an accident nor was he a martyr. His death was an atoning death by which he started to put the world back together again. On the cross, Jesus took all of our sin, sickness, pain and suffering. He died in our place … so that we may truly live. The good news is that God is not a distant God. Good Friday shows us a God who suffers with... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.6)

God will create a better future. The future will be different than the past. Our ultimate hope lies in the future return of Christ and the promise that, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more mourning, crying and pain will be no more” (Revelation 21:4). Good will triumph over evil. Until then, like Job, we must persevere in the face of suffering, placing our hope in the goodness of God that promises us that, “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).” Jesus... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.5)

God can bring good out of our pain. God can use it for a positive purpose. Adversity can bring out untapped depths of character and faith. Beethoven was at his zenith, a well-known, respected, loved composer in Vienna. Then, tragedy of tragedies, his hearing began to go. A degenerative disease destroyed his hearing until he was totally deaf. He could not hear a sound. Unfair? Of course! Of all people to be denied hearing, Beethoven should have been the last. It was a loss for humanity. He left the music world of Vienna and it seemed as if he would... Read more →


Stories Around the Cross - The Denial

The Denial (Mark 14:27-31, 66-72) The theme of abandonment overshadows many of the Stories Around the Cross. Jesus was abandoned by betrayal (Judas), by indifference (the disciples sleeping three times in Gethsemane), and by denial and desertion (Peter and the Twelve). When Jesus needed them the most, his friends left him alone. They all participated in the supper (Mark 14:23), they all confessed their allegiance (Mark 14:31), and yet they all deserted Jesus (Mark 14:50). Peter is as impetuous as ever – opening his mouth first and thinking afterwards. But he is hard to condemn and impossible to dislike. He... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.4)

God is also just. Belief in God’s sovereignty alone is not enough to get Job through his terrible suffering. Job also believes that God is just. God rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked. This is the belief of double retribution, which according to Harley, declares that “the righteous are always blessed and the wicked experience untold hardship, leading to premature death”. However, daily experience is often not in harmony with this belief. The wicked may seem to prosper and the righteous may seem to be cursed. Job’s current situation is definitely a vivid example of this kind of contradiction.... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.3)

God did not create the world “bad”. God did not create the world the way it is today. When the world was created it was “good” (Gen.1-2). There was no pain or suffering. It was a paradise. But man rebelled against God’s commands and sin came into the world. We now live in a damaged, fallen and sinful world where things are not as they should be. Evil, injustice and wickedness are very much alive. This is a fact of life and not to be confused with the acts of God. Can we blame God for all the evil in... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.2)

There are many examples of suffering and pain: Moral evil relates to choices that people make that end up hurting others. This includes things such as violence, abuse and war – all which cause much pain – and the slaughter of innocent people, such as occurred in the Holocaust. At the office, it could be that you've been working hard but your friend gets a promotion and you get laid off. In the family, it could be a divorce, abuse, conflict or a painful argument. Natural evil are catastrophes and includes things such as injury and suffering caused by disease,... Read more →


Life is Not Fair, But God is Good (Pt.1)

The question of pain and suffering is one of the most difficult issues to address of any area of human life. At some point in our life journey, we ask, “If God is good, then why does he allow such terrible suffering and pain to exist?” Despite many attempts throughout the centuries, there are no adequate answers to this question. Evil continues to exist in our world and “all our reflections on providence and evil remain broken and incomplete (Migliore).” There is also a real danger of merely giving trite or simplistic answers, but the truth is that there are... Read more →


Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap

Here is some wisdom from Proverbs 4. Vs.1. Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. Vs.4-5. Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them." Vs.10. Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. Vs.13. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Vs.20-21. My son, pay attention... Read more →


The Supper

As we move towards Easter, let's take a look at the supper from Mark 14:12-26. Part of our God-given humanity is the instinct to celebrate significant moments with significant meals (e.g. Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries). Sharing a meal bonds a family, a group of friends, a team, a collection of colleagues together. The meal says more than words - about who we are, how we feel about one another, and the hopes and joys we share together. It’s not just about the food; the meal says something, it does something. We become a people who shared that meal together,... Read more →


Life's Journey

Mountain top and valley Sunshine and rain Calm and storm Ease and pain Joy and sorrow Hope and disappointment Laughter and tears Known and unknown Darkness and light Night and day Summer and winter Blue skies and fog Confidence and fear Faith and doubt Answers and questions Lost and found Enemies and friends Acceptance and rejection Approval and shame Sin and forgiveness War and peace Unity and conflict High and low Life and death Yet these three remain Faith, hope and love Father, Son and Spirit Eternal God Ever faithful and true. Read more →


Crossroads

At another crossroads So many options Destination competition Loud voices Multiplicity of signs Stay on the same course Or make a turn? Popular highway Or the road less travelled? Moving fast Trying to read the map Traffic congestion Important decisions Take a pit stop Pull out of the race Just for a moment Catch your bearings Where have you been? Where have you come from? Where are you now? Pin point your location Big picture Zoom out on the map Where are you headed? Check the compass What is true north? Where do you really want to be? Don't follow... Read more →


Happy Birthday, Nicole

Once upon a time there was this cute girl named Nicole. She launched out on this adventure called life and our paths intersected 30 years ago. She is now my best friend and my climbing companion. I can’t wait to see the joy that is just around the next corner for both of us. Happy birthday, my love! Read more →