Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sleeping with the Elephant

It was Pierre Trudeau who compared living next to the United States as being in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast might be, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.  And at no time is that truer than during the US presidential elections.  And we’ve seen plenty of twitches and grunts since this campaign began.

Regardless of how you may feel about the two candidates or who you may think the Americans should or should not elect, I would remind that God is still on His throne and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have the power to dethrone Him.

So I would suggest that in the days ahead, as we sleep with the elephant, that we need to hang onto our blankets and pray that God’s will be done.

And for all the doomsayers, on both sides of the campaign, at the end of the game we all need to understand and claim the reality of Psalm 20:7:” Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Today there are those who trust in parties and policies but as God’s people we ultimately need to trust in the name of the Lord our God. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Who is in your web?

Have you had enough spiders this fall? It is incredible the number of arachnids we have around the outside of our house right now. Mind you, having lived in Australia for four years—where you could saddle the spiders and ride them like ponies—these aren’t a particular threat.

It’s not the spiders that I mind; live and let live, right?  It is the webs. There is nothing more annoying and frightening than walking into a web, unless it’s the thought you had in Australia: that what spun the web could weigh as much as a small puppy. Yuck!

Spiders aren’t the only things that have webs. So do we! Webs of influence and webs of relationships that are all interconnected to the centre—you.  I was told recently that, on average, churched believers have a relationship of some kind with seven people who aren’t in church or in Christ. It might be a co-worker or someone you share a hobby with. It might be the parents of your kids’ friends or a relative. Who is in your web?

Maybe it’s time you actually took the time to see who you could introduce to your church and who you could introduce to your Lord. After all, it might make an eternity of difference.  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

All Fixed

Apparently you can correct some of your youthful indiscretions.  I recently read about a new trend in plastic surgery; earlobe reconstruction, really . . .  earlobe reconstruction.

One plastic surgeon says that he has been doing four or five of the one hour procedures a month, and it seems to be gaining popularity.  It is a relatively simple operation that repairs the large holes left from having the earlobes punched out and stretched to accommodate large spacers. 

If only all of our past decisions could be fixed as quick and easy as fixing an earlobe.  Some things will always leave marks that can never entirely be erased.  Things like tattoos, poor choices in relationships and addictive behaviors can sometime mark us for life, but while the physical reminders may stay with us, spiritually we can be made new.

After a number of really bad decisions, David’s prayer is recorded in the Psalms, “Wash me God, and make me whiter than snow”.   God answered David’s prayer and God will answer the same prayer for us.

We may have to pay a physical price for the mistakes and choices we made in our past, but the Bible assures us that the spiritual consequences can be erased just for the asking.  The question is; have you asked?

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Gone. . .

For twenty years he was right there and she didn’t have a clue. 

Two decades ago Rita Wolfensohn’s life changed when her 29 year old son Louis moved out of the family home.  From that point on mother and son had no contact with each other.  That changed last month when the legally blind, elderly woman was hospitalized and her sister-in-law, Josette Buchman went to her home to pick up some personal belongings to take to the hospital.   Josette found the home in complete disarray, and to her shock discovered the fully intact skeleton of her nephew lying on a mattress on the floor.  Still dressed in jeans and a shirt, it was as if he had laid down and never woke up.

One police source commented “It’s like some reverse ‘Psycho’ scene,” but unlike Norman’s fetish with his dead mother,  Mrs. Wolfensohn maintains that her son moved out and authorities say the man died of natural causes.

What a tragedy.   The greater tragedy is that for twenty years Rita thought her son had cut her out of his life and no longer loved her.

The lesson here is to always make sure the ones we love know that we love them, that we always show it and that we always we say it.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

It was almost like they had had been two different debates.  The first where Donald Trump was the victor and the second where Hillary Clinton emerged victorious.

I didn’t watch the presidential election debate on Monday but others did.  At least I thought so.

The first story I read on Tuesday told me that Hillary was the clear winner and the Donald had floundered for answers and looked the part of the buffoon while Hillary was very presidential.
A few minutes later I read another report that told me that it was obvious that Donald had scored all the points and left Hillary in the dust. Hmmmm, interesting.

Like most of life, there were multiple views and differing opinions on the debate, and who the clear winner and loser was.  But Jesus said when it comes to where we spend eternity there is only one option.  Remember he said “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” 

Many feel that what happened in Monday’s debate and who our neighbours to the south choose as president on November 8th is of the utmost importance but it pales in comparison to who those same people choose for eternity.   But nobody seems to be talking about that choice. 

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Trouble with Trouples

It was a term I had never heard before, I understood the “Trouble with Tribbles” but what was this “Trouble with Trouples”? 

I came across an article the other day talking about trouples and I discovered that it is a term for a polyamorous unit made up of three individuals.  It could be any combination of males and females and two of them may or may not be married to each other.   It is a small polygamous relationship. 

And the trouples are getting cranky.   Because an individual can’t be married to more than one person, their relationships have no legal recognition or protection.  And you can’t really blame the trouples.  After all, if they supreme court could redefine marriage by removing the gender restrictions, surely they would be able to redefine it again removing the numerical restrictions.

John-Paul Boyd, the executive director of the Canadian National Research Institute for Law  recently stated  “The number of people in poly relationships is growing and soon the law will have to catch up to the changing structures of modern families.”

I suspect that it won’t be long before your tolerance will be questioned and you will be labeled a polyphobe if you object to the thoughts of polygamy being a socially accepted part of Canadian life.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


She had obviously never heard the old proverb “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Of if she heard it she wasn’t paying attention, because it appears she wanted her revenge to be hot.

I read an article this week about a Florida woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire, presumably in retribution for something he had either done or hadn’t done in their relationship.

The problem was that it wasn’t her boyfriend’s car, it just looked like her boyfriend’s car.  Oops!

And so Carmen Chamblee has been arrested and charged with second-degree arson after being apprehended by the Clearwater Police. And they didn’t have to look very hard for a suspect. It seems that Carmen’s misguided attempt at revenge had been captured on a nearby surveillance camera.  Oops, oops!

I guess she should have paid more attention in Sunday School, especially when the lesson was about Romans 12:19 “ Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”

The reality is, more often than not, our attempts at revenge hurt us more than it hurts the person we are setting out to hurt.   And even if it’s not caught on video and even if we don’t go to jail, it will damage our soul and our relationship with God. 

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