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Day By Day

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If you were asked what is most important to you, to do day by day, what would come to mind?  Certainly in the midst of COVID-19, staying personally healthy would be on the list, as well as things like keeping financial viability, connecting with family, having job security.  If asked...

Turn Off, Tune In

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In the new decade ahead of us, we will no doubt continue to see amazing advances in technology. Online news, blog posts, Facebook updates, and tweets will most certainly expand their influence. The ability to pay digitally by simply swiping a cell phone will increase, leading to changing...

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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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...

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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