Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spending for Gold


I kind of like the Olympics, I don’t watch a lot of them but do enjoy what I watch and enjoy cheering on the home team.

And then I stop and think about how much the Olympics cost.  Montreal finally paid for the 1976 games in 2006.  Was it any wonder the Olympic Stadium was nicknamed “The Big Owe”?

My personal investment in the Canadian team was a little over $3.50.  Which isn’t a lot until you multiply it by our population and realize that each of our medals cost Canadians 5.5 million dollars.  Not a bad deal when you discover the Australians paid double that for their medals. And I don’t begrudge it, that’s just the price of a couple of cups of coffee over four years. 

But I wonder why countries like Brazil, where over half the population lives in poverty, feel the need to spend tens of billions of dollars to host the games?  Guess it goes back to what my Daddy used to say, “I’m spending money I don’t have, to buy things I don’t need, to impress people I don’t like.”

I will never be responsible for Olympic spending, but God expects me to be responsible with what he has given me, and that is enough of a challenge.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here He Comes

“Planet Earth Pauses to Watch the Spectacle of Sprint”  That was the headline that caught my attention the other day, and at first I thought that if the rest of the world was like me, the headline probably wasn’t far off.  There doesn’t seem to be an Olympic event that captures the attention of the world like the men’s 100 metre sprint.  It is the sporting event that I watch faithfully… every four years.  And it’s not just a gold medal at stake, there is the entire bragging rights of being the fastest man in the world.

But then I realized that the headline was more hyperbole than reality.  Most of the world has more important things to worry about than a 10 second race, things like survival.
However, the Bible tells us that there will be an event that will capture the attention of the entire planet, and that event is the return of Jesus.

And when that happens everyone will pause, and while there were those who were indifferent to the outcome of the Olympic event there will be no one, not one, who will be indifferent to the return of Christ.  And the only person who can decide what the return of Christ will mean to you, is you.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The worth of a life


What is a life worth?  Are some lives worth more than others?   Human decency would say that all lives are worth the same, and society in general and the media in particular would declare that any other view is racist. However, the truth is that we apparently place more or less value on lives depending on where they are.

Over the past few years we have seen the media coverage and outpouring of sympathy and support when there is a terrorist attack or mass shooting in the States or Europe.  Facebook profiles take on the various hues of national flags or rainbows, and when they don’t, the absence is neither noticed or commented on. 
This past weekend ISSIS targeted a square in Kabul, Afghanistan.   Thousands of the Shia Hazara minority had gathered to protest the fact that powerlines were bypassing their communities when two suicide bombers set off explosives.  80 dead, over 230 injured, and the silence of the world was deafening. 

There were no Facebook tributes, nobody changed their profiles, no national leaders stood to voice their support for the victims or their contempt for the villains. 

Sometimes we need to remember that the Bible says: For God so loved the world. . . not just parts of the world.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How Fast is Too Fast?

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Absolutely insane.  Last week a gentleman I know took me for a drive in his Ferrari, and it was absolutely insane.  I have never been in a car that would go from zero to crazy so quick.  I wasn’t sure if I was thrilled or terrified. 

Officially the car will go from zero to a 100 km/h in under 3 seconds, but unofficially it seemed a lot quicker than that.  We were driving on a back road and while I have driven faster I’m not sure that I have ever got to faster that quick. 

I won’t lie, the drive was a hoot and afterwards, when my pulse slowed down I realized how much like life the experience had been.

While being able to drive at speeds that are impractical and illegal may have a certain appeal, it is still illegal and impractical.  



Sometimes it seems that we are pursuing life and all of its pursuits at much higher speeds than is practical or safe.  And while the experience might be exhilarating at the time we have to ask ourselves, is it wise?  The Bible reminds us that Jesus often slowed down to step into the presence of the Father, and no doubt there is a lesson there for all  of us.  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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--> I was reading an article on Cross Cultural Church Planting awhile back and came across a statement that read, “America has the second largest African American population next to Nigeria.” Now my first question was; how many African Americans do they have in Nigeria? It’s interesting how our language changes and we accept statements as correct even though they obviously aren’t.   
Not that the term African American is wrong, anymore than Irish Canadian or French Canadian would be wrong.  However to make that term inclusive to mean anyone of African descent seems to be a little condescending.  Sometimes we need to swallow our intense desire for political correctness and use the proper term.   

Often at Cornerstone we refer to those who don’t know Christ as pre-Christians, perhaps that’s why we don’t feel an urgency to reach them.  After all, how bad can it be just being a pre-Christian?  Perhaps it time to readjust our focus and realize that because they are pre-Christians they aren’t Christians, and because they aren’t Christians the Bible says they are lost, and because they are lost they will spend their eternity separated from a God they never knew. And maybe knowing that will break our hearts. 


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

We are Winning!


Well, another survey is out, showing that Christianity is losing ground and that church attendance is down.  But, depending on your perspective, we aren’t losing, we’re winning.  When you stop and think about it, every person who isn’t a Christian hasn’t been lost from Christianity, they just haven’t been won to Christianity yet.  


The starting place for humanity isn’t a relationship with Christ, the starting place is being separated from God, so every person who begins that relationship is a win for our side.  Does that make sense?

By default, the other side doesn’t have to do anything except try to keep us, the church, from doing it’s job; they only win when we stop doing what we’ve been called to do.


But when you stop and think about it, our job is easy, because all we’ve been called to do is be obedient.  And Jesus said that if we love Him, our natural instinct will be to obey him and that has to involve introducing people to Him.   

Regardless of what the survey says, every day in Canada, there are people who cross the line and commit their lives to Christ and that is a win.   Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.   

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Not if You Die. . .

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It’s interesting what we worry about in life.  Most of us, at one time or another, have probably worried about how our lives will end and wondered what we might do to extend the time we spend on this earth.  If you watch the news, you may have come to the conclusion that this is a fairly violent world we live in and a disproportionate number of people die as the result of criminal acts and armed conflicts.
But according to a World Health Organization study, done a few years back, fewer than 3% of people died as the result of an intentional act.  Seriously, of the 57,029,000 people who died that year (give or take a few), 1.5 % were suicides, 1% died as a result of criminal violence and only .3% were killed in armed conflict; that would be war.  So, statistically speaking, out of every 100 deaths recorded, fewer than 3 were intentional, 30 were related to cardiovascular disease, 12 were the result of cancer and 6 were accidental. 
But the reality is this, it doesn’t matter how you die, because you will die, what matters is that you are ready to die.  Are you?  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.