Thursday, June 22, 2017

Right Place, Wrong time

As I headed for the bathroom to get ready for the day my mind went to my message, and it went blank.   I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to be preaching on.  And then I remembered, and my next thought was “I just preached that, yesterday.”  It was then I realized that it was Monday, not 10 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off but 2 hours before my alarm was supposed to go off.

Sometimes we can be at the right place at the wrong time, or sometimes the right time and the wrong place. 

The trick is to be in the right place at the right time, which means to be where God wants you to be when He wants you to be there.   And you won’t know the where and the when unless you’re in communication with God.  Are you talking to Him?  That’s called prayer.  Are you listening to Him? That happens by reading His word. 

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A foot in both camps

How convenient would that be, go out your front door and you are in the United States, go out your back door and you are in Canada?  Maybe not as convenient as you might think.  

In 1782 the house was built to straddle the border between Vermont and Quebec, it’s owner, a merchant, thought it was a great idea that he could sell to both sides of the border from his home.

Brian DuMoulin inherited the house more than forty years ago and now in his 70’s, he is seeking to sell.   The 7,000-square-foot house has been split into five apartments, and while there has been plenty of interest, nobody it seems is willing to shell out the $109,000.00 asking price.

Part of the issue might be that the home is a bit of a fixer upper. Remember, it was built almost 250 years ago.  But the biggest challenge is its location.  Ever since the heightened security concerns after 9/11, it’s no longer as easy as simply stepping out your door into the country of your choice. 

2,000 years ago, Jesus warned us of the perils of trying to serve 2 masters.  And those who try to keep a foot in the world while trying to serve Christ have discovered that His words still ring true today.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Take up Your Cross

Most of you know that I spent last week in Egypt. Along with our ministry time, which was mostly scheduled in the evening, we did the touristy things during the day.

How could we go to Egypt and not visit the Great Pyramid? I had my picture taken with the Sphinx , rode a camel and visited the tomb of St. Mark, yes that Saint Mark. We stood in a church where Christians have worshipped for 1600 years and stopped at a cave where tradition says Jesus and his parents hid during their Egyptian exile.

But what impressed me the most wasn’t the sights but the faith of those who follow Christ.

90% of the population are Muslim and Christians are referred to as the “Others” and yet they still publically worship and declare their faith.

We preached in three cities where over 100 Christians have been killed since Psalm Sunday, simply for being Christians.

And the majority of Christians in Egypt choose to have a cross tattooed on their wrist, so there will be no mistake of Who holds their allegiance. They seem to believe the words of Jesus in Mark 10:33

And I wonder as we draw closer to being the “Others” in Canada, how many of us will choose to display the cross?

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