Death of the Ultimate Warrior July 26, 2019

“Every man’s heart one day beats it final beat…” Those words were spoken by James Hellwig, the famous professional wrestler known as the Ultimate Warrior. Just 24 hours later he died of cardiovascular disease at the age of 54, while walking with his wife. Whether knowingly or not, Hellwig was expressing a sober biblical truth. The Bible reminds us, “It is appointed for men to die but after this the judgment.” Where we spend eternity depends on our relationship to Jesus Christ, God’s Son. The Bible plainly states, “He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Please invite Jesus Christ into your life to be your Saviour.

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What we look like on the Inside July 24, 2019

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 July 22, 2019

“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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God has no Grandchildren July 19, 2019

Many people have an impressive religious heritage. Their family tree includes missionaries, pastors, deacons, or elders. But the Heavenly Father does not have any grandchildren. To be a member of His family, we must personally become a child of God. John, in his gospel, wrote, “As many as received Him (Christ) to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood… the will of the flesh, … the will of man, but of God.” Becoming a Christian is not joining a religion or turning over a new leaf. It is becoming personally and properly related by faith to the Saviour, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” What will you do with Jesus? The decision is ours.

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Tiffany‘s bad Experience July 17, 2019

Tiffany Adams recently had a bad experience. She fell asleep on a short Air Canada flight from Quebec City to Toronto. Waking up, she found herself alone on a cold, dark plane. Unable to charge her cell phone to call for help, she eventually found a flashlight, used it to help her unlatch the door near the flight attendant’s seat and signaled the ground crew. Life is certainly full of surprises, sometimes frightening and bizarre, such as joblessness, serious health issues, or the loss of loved ones. How reassuring to know that when we are in a proper relationship with the God of the Bible, by placing our trust in Jesus, even in such dire circumstances, the Saviour invites, “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He who has all power can handle any problem we have.

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Brighid July 15, 2019

Brighid is her real name. She was married last month in Western Canada. When still a young girl, her mother died. Her father remarried, but then he too passed away. The stepmother moved away. Brighid and her sister were alone. Then something wonderful happened. The parents of one of Brighid’s high school friends took her into their home as another daughter. Brighid’s story reminds us of what God wants to do for us all. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” separating us from our Maker. But something wonderful happened. 2,000 years ago “Christ died for our sins” at Calvary. John’s gospel explains, “As many as received Him, (Jesus) to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name.”

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The Pleasure Principle July 12, 2019

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud wrote, “What decides the purpose of life is simply the pleasure principle.” Freud, an influential figure in the study of human behaviour, has many followers in our modern world…people who seek pleasure by self-indulgence. Solomon of old tried and failed, writing “I did not withhold from my heart any pleasure.” Later realizing this lifestyle was not working, he concluded, “All is vanity.” King David, in the Psalms, urged his readers to turn to God for true pleasure. He wrote, “You will show me the path of life, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Jesus added more information, with His words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Hear more at an Evangelical church near you.

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