Going Through Valley’s with God in Life

Going Through Valleys with God Does God promise that things will always be “good?” Should we be mad when things are rough in our lives?   Often we get mad at God for hardships that come our way, asking and wondering “why” these things are happening, or why God would allow something like this in our lives.   The thing is, God never promises a life without hardship. In fact…

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When Someone Saves Your Life, You Throw Them a Party!

This was a quote I heard recently in a Christmas production. The point of the production wasn’t related to this quote at all, but somehow it stood out and deeply impacted me.   Imagine for a moment that your family – whether that be wife or kids or parents etc… – are in danger. A known killer has broken into your home and is holding them at gunpoint while you…

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Rethinking “Family” This Christmas Season

Rethinking “Family” This Christmas Season   For most of us, when we think of Christmas, we think of family. When I was growing up I remember looking forward to the break, but even better was the opportunity to be with family. Sometimes we would drive to Toronto (from Windsor) to spend time with my cousins. We’d all gather together for a big family photo, which we’d then get printed on…

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God’s Plan and Our Tendency to Meddle With it: a Sermon

Telling the Story of Jacob and Esau from Genesis 28-30 a primary theme emerges. Our human tendency to take things into our own hands and out of God’s. In this message prepared for Grace Church in Abbotsford BC, our tendency to assume we know how we should implement our own steps to make God’s plan and promises come true is highlighted. In this message I point out the consequences of…

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Your Marriage is Like a Diamond for The World to See

I love marriage – for a different reason than you might think. One of my favourite things about marriage is the incredible illustration it represents of the power of Jesus’ relationship with us, his church. We are to love our spouse as Christ loves the church: selflessly, sacrificially, full of grace. I’m convinced that there is NO greater form of evangelism in our current culture than a Christ-centered marriage (Eph….

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The Happy T-Shirt Accident – A Perfect Expression of Grace

The other day, Josiah and I were not seeing eye to eye. He was on a complaining and whining rampage. Nothing was good enough in his world and any kind of formal activity made him angry. He wanted to stay home and play video games and nothing was going to convince him otherwise. I was patient and gave him lots of space, but after 2 hours of complaining, banging walls…

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4 Ways to Swing Your Kids Towards Jesus

Have you ever seen those pictures with kids swinging? Not the ones where they are on an actual swing, the ones where they are holding their parents’ hands and being swung in a circle. The look of pure joy on their face is incomparable. The smile is without reservation and joy exudes from every pore of their body. I love those pictures. They make me smile and bring happiness to…

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I Did NOT Marry My Best Friend and Here is Why…

It feels like I can’t get through 1 week without someone on Facebook announcing something like “15 years ago today I married my best friend” or some variation of those words.   Well, I for one am glad that my wife isn’t my best friend. Let me tell you why. I was meeting with a friend for coffee and he said to me, “I always hate hearing people say that their…

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