A Christmas Song

Been watching television this morning, and I was gladly reminded again of my own journey as I watched Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral. I remember the part he played in my life, when I saw him on television when I was in my late 30’s. At that time, I had had quite a few emergencies and troubles, where I needed a Saviour. I grew up in a religion where I heard about Jesus a lot. But I did not pay attention too much or had interest in Him in my life. But nearing the 1970’s I was troubled and disturbed in my life. One day, I happened to watch the after dinner news on TV, and after that, Billy Graham came on. And he came right out and said that Jesus Christ was God, and He and the Father were one, and if you would just believe, you would have eternal life! I had never heard that before. Maybe I had heard it, but never, never the way I heard it there that night. I must say that changed my life forever. I learned too that joining with other people that have the same views is important and reinforces your faith. I remember that day after hearing all this good news from Billy, I didn’t know where I could meet with other people with the same understanding. So I went to a couple of churches and on a nice July Sunday morning I ended up in another one, and they all were clapping and singing “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him”, the whole congregation at the top of their voices! I thought these people must have seen something, because this was a Christmas song sung in the middle of July! But was I ever right! They were actually enjoying and rejoicing in Jesus!

I am now nearing 90, and that truth has not changed one bit. I have enjoyed my life following and hearing this good news and I am more convinced now than ever. Something great was said there today at Billy Graham’s funeral – and it goes like this – apparently he himself said, “all I am doing is changing my address”! That is my view on it all as well. It will be face to face with Jesus for me, and a change of address.

So today, if you feel Jesus knocking at the door of your heart, I say let Him in, because I found that without Jesus, you don’t have anything. Without Jesus, you don’t have anything. But WITH Jesus, you have EVERYthing! Yes, With Jesus, you have everything! The Bible is very important; it has all the promises that He offers and that is where you know and understand Him. Because Jesus says in John 14:9 – “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” So, as He comes into your heart, enjoy Him today, because He loves you very, very, very much!!

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A Remembrance Day Memory

Remembrance Day is special to me, as it is is to honour and remember all those who have and do serve. I honour today one special serviceman I grew up with when I was young. When I was going to school when the the war broke out, we had a friend who was old enough to join in the service. He was from a fairly well to do family. He was a teenager but wasn’t happy with life too much. Anyway he went to the big city one day and joined the air force. They trained him for a while in the air force as a tail gunner in a bomber plane. A tail gunner’s job was to sit in the back turret with a machine gun. There was no passage from the back of the plane where the turret was, to the front where the pilot was. So he was alone in there, locked in. When they were flying over Germany during the war, they had to crash land into a field. When they crash-landed, the turret part separated from the rest of the plane, and my friend was left alone in the field about a mile from the pilot, standing by the turret himself, alone. So later on, when he was telling us the story, the worst two things that bothered him during the war were – first, there were woman working in the field with pitchforks, I guess all the men were in the army in Germany and the women were left working the fields, so the ladies held him prisoner at bay with their pitchforks in the field, until the German army came to pick him up. He said he was so relieved when he saw the German guards and soldiers come with the jeep and guns. They had seen the plane crash, and they came to pick him up. He felt safer with them, rather than being alone with the workers with pitchforks! He told us he was never so scared in his life, and he was actually relieved to go be a prisoner when the guards took him away to prison. The second thing that bothered my friend the most, while he was a prisoner for 5 years during the war, was that there was no soap! So he came home after 5 years in Germany being a POW and he was a very grateful man, that he had all the soap he could use! This veteran never fired a shot, never hurt anyone, but said he really learned a lesson during serving: that Life is all about being grateful, for even a bar of soap, which he didn’t have for five years! The lesson my friend taught us was to be grateful to God for whatever you have. I was so impressed with this veteran, that he was so grateful and appreciative for everything in his life, even with all the things he went through. As a young man myself, I was impressed with the lesson this fellow shared and the gratefulness he had and I learned from that! I have never forgotten him. He had a true, grateful heart all the rest of his life. He passed away peacefully in his 90s living a long, happy life.

We are grateful today for all our veterans, past and present. We thank God for their commitment and their services that brings us into a country of freedom.

God bless you all this weekend.

Le Sauveur est Entre

Quand j’étais adolescent à la maison, j’aidais mon père dans son travail, avec le bois et l’exploitation forestière. Une grande famille a toujours eu besoin de finances. Donc, je travaillerais pour lui pour rien, et je vivais à la maison. Papa était le genre d’homme qui n’était jamais allé à l’école, qui ne savait ni lire ni écrire, et qui était le type d’un mec qui se couchait tôt et se levait tôt, et de bonne humeur le matin. Mais il était très sensible et pouvait lire dans mes pensées. J’avais réussi à m’acheter une vieille voiture, une vieille Dodge, et je partais après souper avec, ramassais quelques-uns de mes amis, et nous galivions toute la nuit, et nous parlions, rions, faisions toutes sortes de choses, chasser les filles. La prochaine chose que tu sais, c’est que je rentrerais tôt le matin, les yeux pleins de larmes, et papa était déjà en train de préparer et de prendre le petit-déjeuner pour lui et moi, et prêt pour le travail. Bien que j’étais endormi et que je n’avais pas dormi de la nuit, que j’avais les yeux rouges et que j’étais fatigué, il n’y avait pas d’excuse pour lui; nous sommes allés au travail. Je me souviens d’une fois, et à différentes occasions, nous allions dans la voiture et papa me disait: «Je vous aime vraiment, vous êtes un travailleur acharné et vous aider avec la famille, mais je ne comprends pas pourquoi vous pouvez ne fais pas bien! »Bien sûr, à cet âge-là, c’était d’une oreille et de l’autre. Mais de nombreuses années plus tard, cette question résonnait dans mes oreilles. Je ne pouvais pas comprendre pourquoi j’étais si impuissant à faire quelque chose de bien, dans mon cœur, c’est-à-dire. Puis plus tard dans la vie, quand Jésus frappa à la porte de mon cœur et que je le laissai entrer, mon point de vue, mes manières et mes idées pour le faire «bien» ou «mal» apparurent. Et c’est parce que lorsque nous faisons cela, le Saint-Esprit, qui est une personne, et il est tout puissant, peut commencer à fonctionner dans votre vie. Il y a beaucoup de dictons pour cela, comme Que votre lumière brille, Il a allumé votre bougie, quoi que ce soit, mais l’interrupteur d’éclairage a été allumé! Et le désir dans mon cœur était de faire les choses correctement. Une nouvelle vie est entrée en moi et cela a simplement changé le désir de mon cœur, la façon de faire les choses et d’approcher la vie. Quel jour c’était pour moi! Quand j’ai vu l’amour qu’il avait pour moi, alors cela m’a donné la capacité et le pouvoir d’aimer la vie et les autres comme je ne pouvais pas le faire seul.

 

Maintenant 65 ans plus tard, cette question posée par mon père est toujours résolue quand je lis cette Ecriture: Dans Tite 3, 3-7: “3 A un moment nous étions aussi fous, désobéissants, trompés et asservis par toutes sortes de passions et de plaisirs. Nous vivions dans la malice et l’envie, étant détestés et nous haïssant les uns les autres. 4 Mais quand la bonté et l’amour de Dieu notre Sauveur sont apparus, 5 il nous a sauvés, non pas à cause des choses justes que nous avions faites, mais à cause de sa miséricorde. Il nous a sauvés par le lavage de la renaissance et du renouveau par l’Esprit Saint, 6 qu’il a généreusement répandu sur nous par Jésus Christ notre Sauveur, 7 afin que, justifiés par sa grâce, nous devenions des héritiers ayant l’espérance de la vie éternelle “

 

Aujourd’hui, alors qu’il frappe à la porte de votre cœur, ma prière est que la bénédiction et la vie éternelle de Jésus viendront à vous par la puissance du Saint-Esprit, comme vous le recevez aujourd’hui. Que Dieu vous bénisse, Il vous aime, nous vous aimons,

 

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Miracles … qui va se passer.

The Saviour Came In

When I was a teenager at home, I used to help my dad in his work, with lumber and logging. A big family always had need of finances. So I would work for him for nothing, and I lived at home. Dad was the kind of a man who had never gone to school, couldn’t read or write, and was the type of a guy who went to bed early and got up early, and in a good mood in the morning. But he was very sensitive and could read my mind. I had managed to buy an old car, an old Dodge, and I would leave after supper with it, pick up some of my friends, and we would be gallivanting all night, and we would talk, laugh, do all kinds of things, chase girls. Next thing you know I would come home early in the morning, bleary-eyed, and Dad was up already making and eating breakfast for himself and me, and ready for work. Although I was sleepy, and hadn’t slept a wink all night, and had red eyes, and was tired, there was no excuse for him; we went to work. I remember one time, and on different occasions, we would go in the car and Dad would say to me, “I really like you, you are a hard worker and you help out with the family, But – I cannot understand why you can’t do it right!” Of course, at that age, it was in one ear and out the other. But many years later, that question would ring in my ears. I couldn’t figure it out why I was so powerless to do anything right, in my heart, that is. Then later on in life, when Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and I let Him in, my whole view and ways and ideas of doing it “right” or “wrong” came into view. And that is because when we do this, the Holy Spirit, who is a Person, and He is all powerful, can begin to operate in your life. There are many sayings for that, like Let your light shine, He lit your candle, whatever it is, but the Light switch was turned on! And the desire in my heart was to do things right. A new life came into me and it just changed the desire of my heart, the way to do things and to approach life. What a day that was for me! When I saw the love that He had for me, then it gave me the ability and the power to love life and others as I couldn’t do on my own.
Now 65 years later, that question my dad asked is still answered when I read this scripture: In Titus 3, 3-7: “3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Today as He knocks at the door of your heart, my prayer is that the blessing and eternal life of Jesus would come to you through the power of the Holy Spirit, as you receive Him today. God bless you, He loves you, we love you,
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God’s Mercy Towards Us

A few years ago I was walking my usual walk 20 minutes down for a coffee, on a hot day. Halfways down there was sort of a little sitting place where a bench was in the shade under a tree. I decided to sit on the bench for a rest. Then comes this older fella, I would say in his late 60’s, and he sat at the other end of the bench and lit up a cigarette and he began puffing, but because I was sitting downwind from him, I decided I should get up and go and sit between him and the breeze. So he moved over; he was very gentle and polite. And I told him, “Thank you, God bless you,” and I guess that sort of opened up a conversation. This man told me that he lived alone, raising his three sons. Now, his three sons were giving him much difficulty; it sounded like one was making drugs, the other one selling them, and the other guy taking them. And he was quite disturbed with all that, and was wanting to try to correct them and help them out of it. Now this man had never been a religious man all of his life. Although when his kids were little, he had dedicated them to the Lord somewhere in a church in the Prairies. But now as his children were older, they seemed not to be anymore interested in Jesus or any of that, and the Dad was really sad and struggling to find a way to get them out of the drug scene. A wonderful thing though, was not that long before I met with him on the bench in the park, only a year or two ago, he told me that he himself had had an encounter with Jesus! Now this guy was in his late 60’s when he discovered the grace of God. But he was struggling with his own children with the situation they were in. And he was worried, and it was naturally pretty difficult to handle. He was asking me advice but I realized a long time ago that God’s clock is not our clock. And because God is a God of mercy and grace, He will know when and how to touch people. Anyway, I had no real answer for him for what to do with his children, because there was really no answer. Because God’s timing is not our timing. Worry does not get us anywhere; it is simply our faith that we have that we believe God is at work in their lives. There is a scripture, in Proverbs 22:6 that says “Teach a child the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” It sounds like he had done that with his children when they were young, but still the damage, pain and tough reality they were going through were very difficult for him. Anyway, he asked me to pray for him and all this and we did pray together and I tried to encourage him in these things, and not to lose hope, but to remember the scripture and have faith, that in God’s time, he would see miracles and mercy and grace in his family.
We need to remind ourselves when we have children and loved ones who are not doing well, and we have concerns or fears, that us worrying will not help. The Bible says “do not worry” and that “…He gives to His beloved even in their sleep” Psalm 127:2b. We can be at peace, and rest, knowing that God’s time is perfect, even though it is not our timetable! Through all this, we can remember that God is a God of mercy, of grace, and even though your kids don’t remember what they said or promised when little, God has a big computer and records everything. We need to rest assured that He loves us very much and also our children, and our children’s children and the generations down the line! There are no limits to God’s love!
So this day, if you have children and loved ones who don’t seem to be on the right path, as we understand it, remember God has a different view of the whole thing. Because He sees the beginning from the end, and every person is created in His image. We do not limit Him and His ways to our own understanding. His Love is vast. He doesn’t leave anyone behind. He is faithful and will do it.
Enjoy your family, love them as He loves you, because God loves you very, very much!
Today, when Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, let Him in, and enjoy Him!
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Children of a King

I have a brother who I care for who is in a facility, who now needs more care. The other night I got a phone call from the home he was in, and in talking with them, the doctors would like him to be placed in another facility where there would be more suitable care. The only problem they had was the waiting list was between six months and a year to get into a care home like that on the North Shore! But that was the plan. So amongst ourselves, we decided we would wait. The next morning, the phone rang and this lady called me from a care home, and said to me “We have a bed that came available this morning, a room; would you be interested in this for your brother?” I said, “Certainly!” Then she said, “Well we will put that in motion right away.” I asked her where it was and she said it is on the North Shore where you live, and it is not far from where he is now! Then I sat on the edge of the bed and I had a conversation with the Lord. Of course, I was just about apologetic because I had not yet thought or prayed about that situation! And I said to Him, “I did not even pray about this!” That is when He began to speak to me about how we are not “beggars” of God, but we are “Children of the King”! My brother, myself, and all those who believe on Him… and He then reminded me that we were on His Mind before the creation of the whole universe! And that He runs the universe! And that he is in charge of everything! And the key was not to talk to God about our problem, but to talk to our problem about how big and great God is! And I was reminded of that scripture which says:
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, (God)! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:15-17
This has to be the best news of all! Our prayer is and should be “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” God loves grateful hearts. He is the creator of the universe and operates and runs it for our well being. I am not opposed to prayers but I was thinking, if we are children of the King, I guess it means we are not adults yet. Little children, when they have needs, don’t always tell us what they want. But a loving parent instinctively know their children’s needs. So according to some of these scriptures and what God says in His word, we can be excited and grateful that He is on Watch at all times! We have a Loving Father who always wants the best for us! That is, our well being here, and eternal life in the end. John 10:10 says “…I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” Meaning here and eternally!
So today, as Jesus knocks at the door of our heart, let Him in and enjoy Him! He loves us very, very, very much! We say with grateful hearts today, “Thank you Jesus” and we can speak to our problems about how GREAT of a God we have! Amen.
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Late… But Always on Time

Many times we as people, we have loved ones who have problems and we are praying that they can be free of them but it doesn’t happen. I think of parents who have kids who are lost, maybe incarcerated, stuck in drugs or other things and nothing is happening – and Jesus just doesn’t seem to be around. They are praying and He doesn’t seem to show up. Well, because God’s time is not our time! Our time is not the same as God’s time. Being “late” is no problem for Him.
A little bit of an example here from the Bible – Jesus’s great friends were Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Lazarus had died, and the sisters were very depressed that Jesus didn’t show up when he was sick. And He only appeared 4 days later! And then they told him that it was “too late”; he was dead. Jesus asked them where the grave was. Everyone was crying because their good friend and brother had died. He looked to heaven and cried Himself. Then the story goes on to say that He rolled the stone away, called his name, and raised Lazarus from the dead. And the people were rejoicing!
People have told me that only if they saw Jesus in person, they would believe Him. But the scripture says in John 20:29 – Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
And in Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
SO we see from all this that it is by faith. Jesus was 4 days late; those people, his friends needed a strong faith, but they were with Jesus. Yet we trust and believe… And our faith is increased!
We have many needs; businesses fail, commitments don’t add up, disappointments in life, people are sick for years, relationships break up, and we can’t seem to find God… but His time is not our time!
Therefore today, as we let Jesus into our hearts, as we accept Him as our Lord, Saviour, and Redeemer, He is more than willing as we exercise our faith by believing in Him to bring the right things into our lives at the right time.
Our hope is that in God’s time, He will roll the stone away like He did for Lazarus!! And He will call our name…
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