I AM . . .

Do you have a favourite musical group?  No doubt it has changed through the years.  When I was a young teen, I liked the Monkeys.    Then I graduated into a number of the Canadian Bands, BTO, Five Man Electrical Band, Trooper, April Wine. When I went to Bible college, most of those groups were frowned…

The Greatest Commandment

Wow, it’s 2021.  I don’t know that there has ever been a new year as anticipated as this one.  Considering the year we just came through not sure that that says a lot about 2021, or 2020.  Kind of like the guy who was banging his head against a wall and someone asked him why…

Even Though. . .

Have you ever argued with God?  Or complained to God?  Have you ever wanted to know why He did what He did and why He didn’t do what he didn’t do? Perhaps you were simply offering him advice on how to run the world.  Not necessarily the entire universe but the world, or at least…

The Christmas Story

I was sitting by the fire thinking about all that Jesus had been teaching us.  Some of what he said made complete sense, but there were still things that baffled me, and other things that I outright disagreed with. We were on our way to Nain and there was the usual group tagging along. “Peter…

Chapter 43

The road between Jericho and Bethany was pretty barren, and it wasn’t long before the crowd became a group and then the group became a few, and soon it was just us walking along the road. The conversation had turned bleak again, Jesus was insisting that the time was getting close.  He spoke of being…

Advent. . . Hope

I can think of nothing sadder than a life lived without hope. A hope that regardless of how bad things might seem, that things could get better.  That ultimately every night has a dawn, every storm has an end, and every mountain has a peak. Author and preacher Max Lucado writes, “We need hope. There's…

Chapter 42

We had just finished breakfast when Jesus motioned for me to join him outside the group.  “Hey Pete, we are going for a little hike, go get the Thunder Boys and meet me on that little trail that leads up the mountain outside of town.”  I felt like saying “Come on Jesus, a little hike,…

A Step of Commitment

Every once in a while, I will hear that someone has been inducted into this hall of fame or that hall of fame.  Maybe the Country Music or Rock-and-roll Hall of Fame, and I think “Seriously, what took them so long?”  I would have assumed that they would have been there long ago.  But then…

The Danger of Judging

The words of Matthew 7:1 are not so much a command as they are a warning.  A warning that seems to be relevant to the debacle of last week’s U.S. election.  Jesus warned people and nations, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” For years the United States has stood in judgement of countries around…

A Step of Obedience

Choosing between a good decision and a bad decision is usually pretty simple.  It’s not always easy, but It’s usually simple.  The choice is usual clear. Good.  Bad. But what about when you think you are making a good decision and you’re asked to do something different?  Not something bad, just something different, perhaps something…