The scriptural reading from Isaiah today [Isaiah 11: 1-10] is instructive. We might ask: How is God speaking to me in this verse today? Isaiah, of course, speaks of a bud rising from the stump of Jesse blossoming into Jesus. If we look at this reading allegorically and paint a picture of stumps that … More NEW LIFE FROM THE STUMP
How often have any of us been tempted to take the short cut knowing implicitly that the longer route held much more promise? We elect frequently to settle for momentary gain at the expense of long term growth. We can then settle into patterns that inhibit our growth indefinitely. It’s not meant to be this … More SETTLING FOR LESS
The Jewish people were obviously startled to hear Jesus predict [Luke: 21: 5-6] that the Temple would be destroyed, “not a single stone to be left upon another”. No doubt they thought that one of the benefits of having the Messiah among them was that He would protect the Temple. Jesus however, as we now … More RECOGNIZING THE TEMPLE WITHIN
That we live in a time of spiritual darkness, there can be little doubt. The challenge, if we are a Christian, is to take on the mantle of Christ and embrace the truth. That leads to the question: What is truth? That is an ancient question and one posed to Jesus himself by Pilate … More THEY RISE IN THE DARKNESS
As a Christian we know that we have a duty to help proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Reflecting on this duty might conjure up notions of missionary activity in far away locations where the Gospel has never been preached. Think again. Our modern North American culture with its emphasis on “self” gives each of … More ARE YOU A SIGN OF CONTRADICTION?