Lasting Treasures January 10, 2020

We love our “stuff.” This is evident from TV shows such as “American Pickers”, “Storage Wars” and the grandfather of them all, “The Antiques Roadshow.” Many people try to get rid of unwanted possessions by yard sales, while others dream of a valuable heirloom from great grandmother’s attic. Many succumb to the lure of the treasure hunt at one time or another. However, the greatest treasure is never found in our possessions. Paul the Apostle, writing in the New Testament desired that “people may know the mystery of God, namely Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” That’s because when we are properly related to Christ, by putting our faith in Him, we have the twin treasures of forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. The critical question each one of us needs to ask is “Have I discovered these treasures yet?

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Living for time, not Eternity January 8, 2020

When Bertha Adams, 71, died alone in West Palm Beach Florida, the Coroner’s report read “Cause of death…malnutrition.” She weighed just 50 pounds. But she left behind over a million dollars in two Banks. Her sad story brings to mind a Bible truth that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” And though we do not know what her spiritual condition was when she passed away, the rhetorical question of Jesus comes to mind, when He asked, “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his own soul?” Bertha Adams’ life and death encourage us not to live for this world alone, but with eternity’s values in view. The Christian can happily sing, “This world is not my home, I’m just a- passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue.”

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Cinderella’s Kiss January 6, 2020

Author Max Lucado wrote of a friend who had just returned from Disney World. While there, he and his family visited Cinderella’s castle. Suddenly all the kids rushed to one side. Cinderella had entered! But one boy remained on the other side alone. He longed to be close to Cinderella but was physically challenged. Cinderella did the unthinkable. She crossed over to the boy, knelt and kissed his cheek. What a beautiful act. It reminds us of another story of an unexpected kiss, when Jesus our Saviour bridged the gap between heaven and earth, offering deliverance from our spiritually challenged state. The Psalmist described the events at the cross of Calvary, writing “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” That heavenly kiss cost Jesus dearly, because it was “by His wounds we were healed.” That kiss is available to all.

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New kind of Man January 3, 2020

Walter Lippmann, an American Pulitzer Prize winner, has been called “the most influential journalist of the 20th century. “He once. Said “We ourselves were so sure that at long last the generation had arisen…to put this disorderly earth to right…and look what we have made of it. What is required is a new kind of man.” The Bible sums up the problem as human depravity, telling us “there is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus explained that because of this fallen human nature, we all need to be “born again.” Thankfully, God promises “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you…I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes…” That is God’s “new kind of man “ that is needed, one who has been spiritually reborn.

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Christianity in China January 2, 2020

Christianity is growing so rapidly in Communist China that in recent years concerned authorities in the province of Zhejiang have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches. But though the symbol may be destroyed, the message can never be. The hymn the Old Rugged Cross, tells the story of the cross like few other hymns. Its words catch the essence of Jesus’ death for us all. “On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain.” It is based on the truth found in the gospel of John chapter three, verse sixteen. “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.” The message of the cross is changing lives here and everywhere in the world, including China.

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Refuge for Refugees January 1, 2020

A well-known disc jockey working in a popular Halifax radio station told me that he does not watch the news anymore because it is so bad. As we enter 2020, many share his view. Our world is filled with natural disasters, strife in the Middle East, the USA and the U.K. Millions flee as refugees, seeking asylum in safer countries. The dictionary defines “refugee” as “one who flees in search of refuge”. They seek protection and a safe haven. But though, we suffer tragedies, loneliness and disappointment, there is a wonderful refuge. Millions draw comfort from the following Bible promise: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” God takes care of those properly related to Christ by faith, in life or death.

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New Year’s Resolutions December 31, 2019

As the new year approaches, many of us resolve to turn over new leaves. Time Magazine has given a list of top commonly made and broken resolutions. Here are a few. Lose weight, quit smoking, eat a healthier diet, get out of debt, drink less alcohol. Unfortunately, only around 8% of those resolutions are kept. So it is tempting to just stop making any more. A university president once said, “You can do anything you ought to do.” And Paul the Apostle, writing in the New Testament, agreed. Speaking as a Christian believer, he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” He further explained, writing, “If anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. In 2020, with Christ in control of our lives, we will be able to keep our well thought out and reasonable resolutions

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