Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baby it's Cold Out There.

It suddenly dawned on me how cold it was.  I was filling my car up and realized that I was cold and not just a little cold either…… I was really cold.  And then I had an epiphany. It was minus 14 and I was pumping gas with my leather jacket wide open and no hat or gloves on.  Now to be fair, I do own a winter coat, hats and gloves.  I had simply chose not to wear them.  So, whose fault was it that I was cold?  Duh!  It really wouldn’t have been right to blame God for making the day so cold or the service station for not heating the pump area when I could have dressed warmer. 

But how often in our lives do we get into trouble and blame God even though He has already provided us with all the resources we need and we choose not to avail ourselves of those resources?  Whether it is instruction from His Word, encouragement from fellow believers or strength and power from the Holy Spirit, much of what we need is readily available, if we want it.  But sometimes it’s just easier to find someone else to blame.  

Although heated pump areas would be a great idea.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016, Good or Bad?

I recently heard someone commenting on what a bad year 2016 had been.  I was a little intrigued so I asked what had made the year so bad.  So they began to list off the celebrities who had passed away in 2016.  I wasn’t sure how many there were or even who they were so I googled it, and sure enough there were a pile of celebrities, major and minor, who died over the past 12 months.  Some I knew and some I didn’t have a clue who they were.

But if 2016 was a bad year, and I’m not convinced it was, wouldn’t it have been a bad year because of the 16,913 civilians who died in Syria or the hundreds of thousands of other innocents around the world who lost their lives at the hands of despots and terrorists?
Without wanting to minimize the death of anyone, sometimes I think we grieve for celebrities because it keeps our eyes off our failure as humanity.

Regardless of your political views, there were 34,696 Syrian refugees who came to Canada in 2016 who may very well have been killed if they had stayed in Syria.  And I would suspect that made 2016 a pretty good year for them.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Little Good News Story

If you are a Metro reader then hopefully you caught their “happy Edition” published on December 23rd.

Across Canada, all seven editions of the Metro committed to publish only positive news, at least for that day. 

Cathrin Bradbury, Metro’s Editor-in-Chief, introduced the edition with a brief editorial, speaking of hope and optimism, a sentiment that seemed particularly fitting for the edition before Christmas.

And so, in the Halifax Metro we read about the donor who donated 16 new bicycles to the Salvation Army for Christmas and the top children’s names last year in Nova Scotia, (William and Olivia if you are interested).  Internationally they covered the story of how Bana Alabed, the seven-year-old girl who has been tweeting from eastern Aleppo, has been safely evacuated to Turkey. And piles of other “good news”.

And while I understand that we can’t hide from all bad news, sometimes it’s nice to take a break.  And as Christians we need to remember the promise of the Angel, "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

Regardless of what we read in the paper, watch on television or see online, the reality is that in Jesus we have good news that will bring great joy to all people.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Truth from an Unlikely Place

You find truth in some of the strangest places.  I was reading an article online awhile ago, Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell was interviewing atheist Christopher Hitchens.  Hitchens who passed away in 2011 was the epitome of “all dressed up and no place to go”, he was also the author of “God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”  

Rev. Sewell, a liberal pastor,  felt that the book’s criticisms were mostly directed at conservative Christianity and so she asked the author,  “Do you make a distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?”

And Hitchens said and I quote, “I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that He rose again from the dead and by His sacrifice, our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.”

So, you would think if an atheist can figure that out it must be a fairly straight forward concept.  The question then has to be: How come there are churches that would deny the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection of Christ and his atonement and yet still call themselves “Christian” Churches? 

Maybe for some the challenge shouldn’t be keeping Christ in Christmas but keeping Christ in Christianity.  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.