Life Between Sundays

Bad News Bear

I hurt with the hurt of my people. I mourn and am overcome with grief. (Jeremiah 8:21 NLT) I would not have wanted to be Jeremiah for many different reasons. He had a lousy message and he knew it. Every time he opened his mouth it was bad news. People knew and...

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Presumption

Did you ever catch yourself presumptuously speaking for someone else? I am prone to this especially when introducing one friend to another. I caught myself in mid-sentence the other night, answering questions for someone well able to speak for himself. It is...

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Associate …

When Elaine and I left Moncton years ago, there was all the normal hoopla. There were those saying their good bye's who wished us well and others who were likely happy to see us go. It was hard to say good bye to the former but we were also happy to say so long to the...

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Close Enough

I have this nasty habit of "close enough". So I toss a piece of garbage toward the can and sometimes it goes right in. Other times it just misses and lands by the side of the can. "Close enough!". And I walk away. Sorry to disappoint you ... if you followed me long...

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Regal Terminality

2 Kings 22:1 As I read through the accounts of the various kings, it occurs to me that kingship was a death sentence. Very few died of natural causes, at an old age. Josiah, a king who is remembered for the good that he did, met his untimely demise at the hands of...

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Bad Math

Reflections on 2 Kings 13:7 " ... Jehoahaz’s army was reduced to 50 charioteers, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers." Let's see ... ten thousand foot soldiers ... plus ten chariots ... plus ... fifty charioteers equals ... I'd call that ten thousand and forty foot...

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God Knows

Some thoughts on John 2:23-25 ... Most of us come to Christ because we have something that we want.  That's not necessarily a bad thing … or a good thing. It's just a thing. My desire to escape hell was my "thing". I wasn't compelled by the promise of heaven. It...

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Oblivious

One of my personal cures for the pastoral blues was to visit the hospital.  I always came away feeling better.  Sometimes it was simply walking in and out and feeling "well" physically. Other times it was sitting with someone who had graciously accepted their...

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  I thought that some of you might be interested in viewing ... Here's an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times...

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The Limit

It's the first day of January, 2013 … a fresh new start, or that is how it feels. The idea of having a start and a finish line with the calendar year, lends itself to good possibilities to reflect on the past, extract the good and renew our determination to make more...

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Our Struggle

Romans 13:1 - Ephesians 6:12 These two verses confuse me. I am thankful to live in Canada and while I cannot honestly say that it makes me happy, I pay my taxes and feel that I benefit clearly from them. I don't agree with many policies, laws, etc. but I exercise the...

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Credentials

For an educated man, Paul cites his credentials in relative obscurity. Picture someone today using these as their platform to be commissioned or ordained. Of course there would be an "and", to say the least. Tens of thousands of dollars would be required to purchase...

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Home

Priceless! Having the family together over the holidays is a treasure. This is the manchild. There are many stories I could tell and many that ought to be told. Like all of my kids, God has used this one to inspire gratitude, reveal uncomfortable truth about myself,...

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Super Myth

The self-made man is inconsequential to God … an insult to His Grace and Mercy. Worse than that, it is deception for there is no such thing. Rampant, unchecked pride inventories our lives and misappropriates our successes. Ministry or mammon successes are equally...

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The Dance

After a person does certain things long enough, they become mindless.  As a Pinkerton security guard in Bethlehem, PA, I worked the graveyard shift at a Champion Spark Plug factory.  Combine the routine of rounds every half hour with the cloudiness of a mind that...

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