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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New and Old December 30, 2019

It will soon be 2020. Many will try new skills, new styles, new places to travel. In a fascinating publication called “Old Things,” the author speaks of old shoes that are more comfortable than new ones, and noted old truths which have produced guidance and comfort. Unfortunately, many want to replace all that is old. Some even want to get rid of the old, old story of Jesus and His love, and replace it with their own ideas. These new ideas include such myths as “there is no God,” and “as long as I am sincere, it does not matter what I believe.” But the Bible answers, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God,” and it informs us that it is “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to God’s mercy He saves us.” As we enter 2020, let’s not abandon the old life-changing truths found in God’s Word.

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A World Without Jesus December 27, 2019

A young boy read a bedtime story with his father, describing what our world would be like if Jesus had not come? On Christmas morning, the boy found no Christmas decorations in his home or on the home of his neighbours. Though it was Christmas day, all the stores were open. Saddened, he ran home and picking up his Bible, saw that the New Testament was missing. Then he awoke and joyfully realized that he had been dreaming. He prayed, “Oh dear Lord Jesus, I am so glad that you did come to earth.” A world without Christ is a sobering thought. How good that the angel’s announcement to the shepherds that first Christmas was, “…behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For there is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour Who is Christ the Lord.” Merry Christmas!

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