An Apple sized Baby March 31, 2021

She was Nicknamed Saybie by the hospital staff, in San Diego where she was born in November 2018. She weighed just a little more than half a pound, the world’s tiniest baby to survive premature birth on record. She was not expected to live. But in May of 2019 she went home, a healthy five-pound miracle. Unborn babies reveal much. A heartbeat can be detected as early as 18 days after conception. At 12 weeks fingernails, and eyebrows form. At 20 weeks the baby has all major organs, can hear and respond to a mother’s voice, and feel pain. No wonder the Psalmist exclaimed, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of us is unique, made in the image of God, with potential to know, love and have fellowship with Him. Let’s value every person’s life.

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What we look like on the Inside March 30, 2021

The Family Circus cartoon pictured a little guy drawing his older brother’s picture, who upon seeing it was not impressed. He said, “Hey, you said you were going to draw me. I don’t look like that!” The young artist replied, “Well maybe you don’t know what you look like.” We chuckle, but there is a lesson here. It is easy to have a distorted self-image, not only of our outward appearance but also of our “inner self.” The Bible, God’s Word, describes us as “sheep who have gone astray” and also informs us frankly that “there is none righteous, no not one.” Only when we honestly see ourselves as God sees us and admit that “we do look like that”, are we ready to ask for forgiveness and cleansing. Jesus said, “He that comes to me, I will not cast out.

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Connected but Adrift March 29, 2021

“More Canadians than ever live alone and almost one quarter of them describe themselves as lonely. It is a great irony of our age that we have never been better informed but more adrift.” Elizabeth Renzetti said that in her Globe and Mail article ‘A Life of Solitude’. The Bible also speaks of the perils of loneliness. Some find themselves of necessity living alone. When this happens, we need to remember that God has promised those who are part of His family “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He even inspired John in his gospel to tell us how we can become a part of God’s wonderful family. He wrote, “As many as received Him (Jesus) to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

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Busyness March 26, 2021

Frequently two people are seen at the same table in a restaurant, both on their cell phones, paying no attention to each other. Jack Korning wrote, “when we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another—and ourselves.” He could well have added, “and with God.” Someone asked,” Have we allowed pleasure, careers, education etc. to crowd out our time to think about God?” An old gospel song asks a pertinent question, “How long has it been since you talked with the Lord, and … knew He cared for you.?” The Psalmist wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.” That is great advice. Let’s get off our various electronic devices, turn the television off and talk to God. He is waiting for your call

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The Power of the Cross March 24, 2021

Centuries ago, Portuguese settlers built an enormous cathedral on the south coast of China, with a massive bronze cross on its front wall. When a typhoon destroyed that structure, only the wall and the large cross were left standing. Later in the area, a shipwreck took place in which only one man, Sir John Bowring, survived. Although disoriented, he was guided to land by that huge cross. Bowring has written a hymn which includes the words, “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time.” For all who are far from God, the Bible explains how Jesus’ cross makes the difference. “And you who were once alienated, yet now He has reconciled…having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Yes, the way of the cross leads home.

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The Elephant March 22, 2021

The elephant, the largest land animal in existence, generates extraordinary fascination for many. Zoos around the world keep them for public viewing. Unfortunately, many of them die due to cold winters and lack of adequate space. Many animal lovers urge that they be set free.” In other words, “If you love them set them free.” Of course, freedom is not only important for animals, but also for people too. Often we feel like an animal in a zoo, bound by habits, problems, relationships. But freedom is available. Jesus has said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” And the truth is that though we are all spiritually needy, Christ has paid our sin debt on the cross, and offers to forgive us and set us free.

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Royal Birth March 19, 2021

Remember when Prince William and Kate welcomed their first baby, George Alexander Louis in 2013? Now excitement and anticipation is building for the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child. Over two thousand years ago a baby was born and as befitted a royal birth, He was given multiple names–among them Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, and Immanuel. But we know Him best by the name Jesus, which means, “He shall save His people from their sins.” Paul was inspired to explain the importance of having a proper relationship with Jesus, writing, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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Kept Promises March 17, 2021

The winter of 2018-2019 will be remembered for its severe temperatures, storms, and snow. But already, many are making plans for their gardens as they anticipate spring. Did you know that God made this promise many centuries ago? “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold, heat, winter and summer, day and night shall not cease.” We know that God has kept that promise–He always does. He has also made another promise, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

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St. Patrick’s Day March 15, 2021

This coming Wednesday, March 17, millions will remember the man called Saint Patrick. While we don’t know if he was ever canonized, that is not to say he was not a saint, in God’s eyes . The New Testament describes all who have sincerely invited Christ into their lives, as saints. There we read, “To the church of God, to those…called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, if Patrick does deserve to be called a saint, it’s not because he was canonized, or because he was a Protestant or a Roman Catholic, but simply because he had met the biblical standard for sainthood. That is, he had acknowledged himself as a sinner, and had asked Christ into his life. Are you a saint?

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Adrift on the Sea of Life March 12, 2021

A few years ago, a teenage boy found himself adrift on an ice flow in North River PEI. Although the chunks of ice looked secure, they turned out to be dangerous. Fortunately, he was rescued by fire fighters. This story reminds me of many of us who sometimes find ourselves adrift on the sea of life. We cling to such things as riches, success, good health or religion. But sometimes currents sweep us away. Thankfully there is One who can rescue us. His name is Jesus. The Bible says He is patient with us and as Paul the Apostle wrote, God is “not willing that any should perish…” the kind words of Jesus, our Rescuer are, “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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