The World Series October 31, 2019

It is October 2019, and world Series time again. It was July 2009 when Pitcher Mark Buehrle was playing for the Chicago White Sox. In the 9th inning, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Buehrle was closing in on a no-hitter, when Gabe Kapler hit what looked like a sure home run. But then, White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise made a spectacular leaping catch at the wall to rob Kapler of a home run. Buerhle then closed out the 18th perfect game in major league history- a magic performance. But there was a much greater moment in history. The destiny of fallen mankind was at stake. Out of eternity came Jesus, the Great One, Who went to the cross to die for the sins of the world. He cried out “It is finished,” referring to everything necessary to deliver us. Anyone sincerely repenting and receiving Christ can be forgiven and receive eternal life. It is free

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Celestial Love Story October 30, 2019

The caption in a newspaper article read, “Celestial Love Story.” It referred to the story of Prince Perseus’ rescue and romance with Princess Andromeda, a Greek mythology. But the greatest celestial love story of all was best told by John, in his gospel. ”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”( John 3:16) Frederick M. Lehman wrote the beautiful gospel song, “The love of God is greater far, than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell. The guilty pair bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win. His erring child He reconciled and pardoned from his sin.” No matter what we have done, we can all experience that love.

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William Booth’s Famous Speech October 28, 2019

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said, “While women weep…while little children go hungry…while there yet remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight…I’ll fight to the very end.” General Booth believed that people without Christ in their lives were spiritually lost. This is based on a Bible verse which says, “He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God, does not have life.” Booth was on biblically sound grounds. He reached others through kindness, feeding the hungry, and sharing the gospel to prepare them for heaven. William Booth’s life mirrors that of the One he served– Jesus Christ. Our Saviour too reached out to weeping women, hungry children and souls in darkness. It is, however, not only the poor and homeless who need the gospel, because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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Beautiful Fall Leaves October 25, 2019

We are well into October, the month of beautiful colour, with the brilliant orange, yellow, rust and red of the Fall leaves. One man’s interest was caught by a single leaf, which was only a fine network of veins, the rest of the leaf was gone. Similarly, as we age, hair turns white, sight begins to fade, skin wrinkles. But inside, our soul and spirit are eternal. Jesus once asked, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” The answer is obvious. We should not be fooled into thinking this life is all there is. We are going to live somewhere forever. Where, will depend on our relationship to Jesus Christ. John the disciple was inspired to remind us, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” And Jesus Himself stated clearly, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Dorian October 23, 2019

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, Hurricane Dorian struck eastern Canada, causing wind damage and bringing heavy rainfall. In Nova Scotia alone, 400,000 people were without power, and at least 50,000 lost power in Prince Edward Island because of Dorian. Homes were flooded, roofs torn off, much damage was done. As we travel through life, we too are subject to massive storms of sickness, fear, disillusionment and more. But when we build our lives on the Rock, Christ Jesus, we can withstand those storms. Isaiah the Old Testament prophet wrote, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” When storms come to us, we can cry out, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.”

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Mercy Illustrated October 21, 2019

Judge Fiorella H. La Guardia was mayor of New York City during the depression years. On one occasion he was called upon to pass judgment on a grandmother who had stolen bread to feed her starving grandchildren. La Guardia fined her $10 but then paid the fine himself — a wonderful picture of mercy. We are all guilty before God. We have broken His law. The Bible declares “The wages of sin is death.” But Jesus, by His death on the cross, paid the penalty for us. In gratitude, we should humbly accept God’s mercy and receive Christ as our Saviour. Paul explained “…when we were still without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.” Don’t worry that that you will be turned away. Jesus promised “… the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

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Danger of being set Adrift October 18, 2019

Rice Lake, South of Peterborough, Ontario is a prime destination for people who like fishing. I read recently about three friends who were fishing for bluegill on that popular lake and having great success. But after a while they noticed that the action had slacked off. Then they realized why. A strong wind had arisen and pushed their boat across the water. The anchor had not been strong enough to hold them. When our hopes are not anchored on Jesus’ love and faithfulness, we can be set adrift by discouragement and hardship or tragedy. But when we believe the promises of God, good things happen. Consider this gem: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,” That is what happens when we are trusting in Him.

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