Over the last two weekends we’ve enjoyed some lovely special events. Last week was Young Adult Weekend, with 30-40 energetic guests among us, and a special speaker (Jay Manimtim). There was close fellowship, challenging lessons, enthusiastic singing, and good food. This weekend we witnessed the wedding of two Christians who are very dear to us. Their two families came together with good wishes for the marriage of their children. Many of their friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord were present to make it a special day. And this morning we are very happy to have Shawn Redding preach the sermon. Shawn and Donna, of course, are loved by the entire congregation. Continue reading
The world values good leadership. Without it armies falter, companies go bankrupt, the economy sours, and whole countries weaken. We’ve seen all of these things happen lately in the world. When wise leadership does not exist, people long for someone to provide guidance.
Jesus Christ is described with an interesting term in Heb.2:10 – “The captain of our salvation” (KJV). More modern versions translate the word as “author” or “leader.” It’s used a second time in Heb.12:2, where he calls Jesus the “author and perfecter of faith.” We’re told in that verse to keep our eyes on Him, for He is our leader. Continue reading
If you’ve been to the Maritimes, you probably saw something that’s common to all coastal communities: an anchor propped up in a seaside park. Besides being a nice spot to take pictures, anchors are a connection to great ships of the past that were manufactured there, or maybe the town served as a home port. Some anchors are man-size, but many are gigantic. Once deployed, a huge ship isn’t going anywhere. Continue reading
I am always interested in reasons to believe in God, and one such reason is science’s law of biogenesis. But before talking about biogenesis, we should define what makes a scientific law a law in the first place. A scientific law is a discovery achieved through extensive investigation which consistently points to one conclusion. The laws of science explain how things work in nature all the time, without exception. The most common scientific law that I can think of is the law of gravity; when we let go of something, we know where to look for it – it’s down there. The difference between a “law” and a “theory” is that a scientific law points to one conclusion; all the time. A theory points to a possibility among many possibilities. Continue reading
If you weren’t born Canadian, you probably went through an expensive and complicated process to gain citizenship. The rights of citizenship are valued around the world, for with it comes all the benefits of the state. Pride of citizenship motivates a person to appreciate their new country and to live in a way that honours it.
Paul told the Philippian Christians that they possessed citizenship in heaven. (Phil 3:20) The original language means either the state itself, or the rights of belonging to it. Thus some versions of the New Testament use the word “commonwealth.” One version says, “We are a colony of heaven.” (Moffat) No doubt this thought is what the Philippians gathered from Paul’s words. Continue reading