Fat Tax November 4, 2020

Our government is planning to impose a carbon tax on Canadians. But a few years ago, Denmark introduced the first “fat tax”, hiking the price of any product with a fat content higher than 2.3 percent. So, Danish shoppers responded by buying their “junk food” from other countries. You can’t legislate “good behaviour.” And we can’t make ourselves into Christians by self-reformation, because Jesus, the sinless Son of God is the only One who could be an acceptable substitute for us before God. The heavenly Father invites us all to accept the forgiveness and the gift of eternal life He has provided by sending His Son Jesus Christ to the cross. It is “by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works lest anyone should boast. “Yes, Heaven is a gift.
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Satisfaction November 2, 2020

“It is easy to be seduced by glitter and novelty, by T.V. ads telling us how to beautify our homes, or what splashy accessories we should buy.” Fiorenza Gleasure wrote those words in an article in the Globe and Mail. Ms. Gleasure says she often stops and asks herself the question, “Do I really need to buy this?” That is a very good question for all of us. Materialism doesn’t satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts. That only happens when we place our faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. When that takes place, we can experience joy and fulfillment beyond anything money can buy. The psalmist put it this way- “Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness…for He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry with goodness.” The lord gives everyone of us the invitation- “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”
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Questionable Philosophy of Life October 30, 2020

The creed of a famous movie actor was given to a newspaper. He summed up his philosophy of life writing, “ I’m going to do as I please. I don’t need anybody in the world. .” How sad! Tragically, that is the unspoken creed of many people who worship their supposed creator- themselves. This is a foolish philosophy of life. We have been created by God, and we are only alive because He allows it. If we have any gifts or talents, it is because he has bestowed them. Even preparation for the next life is in His hands. He has said, “By grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” We all have a philosophy of life. What is yours? Is it that of the famous but unwise actor, or is it one with eternity’s values in view?
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Jackie Robinson October 28, 2020

This summer Major League Baseball celebrated the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball. Throughout his decade- long career with the Brooklyn Dodgers., he helped the team win the World Series in 1955. He retired with a career batting average of .311. For a while during his youth, Robinson ran with a neighborhood gang. An older friend helped him to realize how he was hurting his mother and himself. Jackie listened, and left the gang. He traded his wishbone for a backbone. Perhaps you are saying, “ I wish I could I could be a Christian, but its just easier to run with the crowd.” Why not trade your wishbone for a backbone like Jackie Robinson did. And why not heed the invitation, to “ Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
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Valuable Shoebox October 26, 2020

In eastern Pennsylvania, Penny McKim purchased a shoebox full of coins and medals. Later she discovered that one of the medals had originally belonged to famed industrialist and Bethlehem Steel founder, Charles M. Schwab and was extremely valuable. Clearly, someone did not recognize its true value and abandoned it. There are many other valuable but underestimated items in our lives too. For example, the Bible, which has the power to transform lives, is often ignored and gathers dust. Of this great book it is written, “The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart.” To underestimate and neglect the truth concerned in God’s Word is to lose something unbelievably valuable. We shouldn’t let that happen.
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Our Trustworthy Bible October 23, 2020

Many sincere people do not believe the Bible is true and accurate. If that is your view, please consider to the following. We know that the Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by many different writers who lived in different time, were from different countries, and spoke different languages. And though many critics have tried, even in the courts, nobody has ever been able to prove error or contradictions in the original manuscripts of the Bible. How was this possible? God was the author and He inspired humans to write what He wanted written. The Bible claims that “All scripture is written by inspiration of God”, and it explains that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” This trustworthy book tells us that God offers forgiveness and cleansing and urges us to “Seek the Lord while He may be found.”
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Joni Erickson Tada October 21, 2020

In 1967, Joni (Joanie) Erickson Tada, a promising teenage athlete, broke her neck in a diving accident, leaving her totally paralyzed. She spent twenty-five years in a wheelchair, but then failing health forced her to go back to bed. Her loving husband Ken hung a bird feeder outside her window. Watching the birds, she remembered that Jesus said we are all worth more than sparrows. Joni, now an author, artist, Founder and Host of Joni and Friends, wrote, “ If the great God of heaven concerns Himself about a little ragtag sparrow, He cares about me.” She thought, how God must have loved us, to give Jesus His Son to provide forgiveness, cleansing and someday a home in heaven. Joni’s story reminds us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
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Our Vast Universe October 19, 2020

Glen Roberts, writing in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, tells of being asked by his eight year old granddaughter, “Poppy, how big is the universe?” Roberts explained that the universe is so large that it must be measured in light years. His granddaughter responded, “That is pretty big isn’t it?” Yes, the universe is vast. David, the Psalmist made a remarkable statement in Psalm 8, writing, “When I consider your heavens, what is man that you are mindful of him?” But God is not only “mindful” of us, He also loves us. John the Apostle was inspired to write, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.” That “living” refers to eternal life. It is available to all.
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Time and Eternity October 16, 2020

Aline Chretien, John Turner, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg are just three famous people who have died recently, reminding us that time is passing. But even if still young, let’s remember these words of Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say I have no pleasure in them.” We are not going to be here forever. David the Psalmist wrote, “…As for man, his days are like grass, as a flower of the field, so he flourishes, for the wind passes over it and it is gone.” We are however, going to live somewhere. Where that is depends on our relationship with Jesus. John, writing in the New Testament explained, “This is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
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Immortality October 14, 2020

We are told that Ponce De Leon went to Florida in the 1500s to search for a spring with waters having the power of restoring youth. The idea of physical immortality is fascinating. Dr. Phillip Minton of Stanford University wrote in his book “The Immortality Enzyme” that soon there will be an enzyme on the market that will be used to fight aging, cancer and heart disease. While we cannot achieve immortality on our own, an immortal state is freely available. Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” So, a fountain of youth leading to physical immortality is not going to happen. But receiving eternal life? That can happen if we trust in the One who promised, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
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