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ACKNOWLEDGING MY MID-LIFE CRISIS

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BOOK REVIEW: MIRACLES

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On more than one occasion I have asked my congregation, "How many of you have experienced a miracle or healing at one time that convinced you that God had done it?"

Every time I have asked, about half of the people in the room lift a hand to indicate that to be their experience.

Where are the miracles today? They are scattered everywhere and usually only a handful know about it or will remember it over time.

Tim Stafford has written a comprehensive look at current phenomena attributed to God's Power. He shares many stories of people that experienced miracles and also those who have not.

The book includes a survey of biblical miracles, church history, Pentecostalism and barriers to belief.

As a card-carrying Presbyterian, he speaks to the common ground of prayer that all believers function in. He presents fair commentary on the strength and weakness of those who believe miracles ended with the apostles; to modern ministries like Bethel Church, The Vineyard, Benny Hinn, Jack Ha…

THE OUTCOME OF INCURABLE INDIGNATION

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Matthew 13:36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.



At the end of the age, Jesus says that God’s angels will come into the world and separate the wheat and tares. …

HANDLING PEOPLE PROBLEMS

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Matthew 13:36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

In our response to troubling people, we often want to uproot them. If we can just kick them out, we will have a…

ENEMIES AT WORK WHILE YOU SLEEP

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If you have an enemy, they may be ingenious in their deception to bring harm your way. They seem to have help beyond their normal intelligence to cause trouble and cover their tracks. Why do evildoers sometimes seem to get away with it?


No doubt you want to retaliate and respond immediately to the person who is out to ruin you. They may catch you unaware when you are sleeping or not paying attention, but you wake up eventually and realize what they have done. Jesus teaches a better response to evil.











Matthew 13:24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us…

A MOST DEVIOUS NEIGHBOR WITH AN EVIL PLAN

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Several years ago I took some of my window screens to a hardware store on the west end. I walked in and noticed that the store was filled with old stock and dusty shelves. This did not appear to be a busy place.
There is something you should know about me. I have the mantle of confessor upon me. Often I will be in conversation and the other person will say, “I do not know why I am telling you this.” Then they will tell me something that they have never told anyone else.
What should have been a five-minute stop to arrange the screen repairs turned into a forty-five minute listening session as the business owner took advantage of having a customer that would listen to his stories.
He was foul-mouthed and bitter. I don’t think he was looking for redemption as much as an opportunity to brag about his escapades. I have long since forgotten his stories except one.
It seems that the neighboring building had a tenant that gave him a hard time. There were many exchanges of tension and threat betw…

A CONFESSION TO MY FRIENDS AT PARKWOOD GOSPEL TEMPLE

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Almost forty years ago I moved to Windsor the first time. I was a grade seven boy at the front end of puberty in a new neighbourhood called Forest Glade. I was the new kid at Roseville Public School coming midway through the year. I was the new pastor’s kid at Riverside Evangel Tabernacle that would soon become Calvary Community Church.

Like any normal kid, I wanted to be accepted and make friends. I wanted to find some way to fit in and belong. Those were interesting and formative years of my life. I discovered God, girls and guitars but not always in that order.
My teen and early twenties were times of wrestling the angel to receive God’s blessing. In many ways, I find myself returning to the mats with God and He still pins me. At that time of my life, the struggle revolved around asking God what I should do with my life. I thought he might need another rock star and tried to convince Him, but I discovered that God didn’t take self-absorbed cynics too seriously. I had an attitude that…

THE STORIES WE WILL TELL

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