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Valentine’s Day – Past and Present

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Decades ago when I was in grade school, all the children would gave a simple valentine card to each boy and girl in the class.  I remember feeling stupid giving them to other boys and scared giving them to girls! They all had cute little sayings: In today’s world as an adult, I...

Christmas Gifts

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“I have always thought of Christmas as a good time: a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas.”  Charles Dickens Can you believe Christmas is here? If your home is anything like...

Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered

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I recently discovered a truth that I have overlooked in all my years as a Christ-follower. I have heard others, and I myself have used the following scripture many times over the years:  I say to you, if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by My...

Labour Day Holiday

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As a person who highly values working hard and completing tasks, the Labour Day holiday is one I embrace. I appreciate that around the world, societies recognise the importance of labour – it is the backbone of so much in our world. I also appreciate a good day off for complete rest from...

Listening Well

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This past Sunday at our church we heard an inspiring message linked to Chinese New Year that included the way some ancient Chinese characters have significance with Godly and biblical truths. I was reminded of one of my favourite Chinese characters, the one for “listen”, which is...

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Hato Made Me Better

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If you think that you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! — 1 Corinthians 10:13 Typhoon Hato hit Hong Kong fiercely this Wednesday with violent winds and downpours of rain.  Dramatic videos filmed in the morning surfaced quickly…  Three...

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Fearless

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Fearless. This single word summarises the way in which each one of us would hope to live as a follower of Jesus Christ: bold, confident, gutsy, even heroic. However, fear is our enemy, plaguing us in many ways, both big and small, both consequential and inconsequential. How do we fight it? Be...

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A Blessed Day

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O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it...

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I Love the Rain

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“I love the rain. It washes memories from the sidewalks of life!” This is perhaps my favorite movie quote. It is from an old Woody Allen movie when he is trying to impress a date as they speed together down a New York street in the light rain. Neither his date nor I really got the...

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