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  1. StrugglingTilMyReward

    Can one be too "preachy" proclaiming with authority they don't have?

    There is one type of post here that I must admit gets under my skin a bit....uhm, maybe a lot. There are lots of theological points that are very much up for debate and many various schools of thought. One that springs immediately to mind is the whole debate over grace and works and the role...
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    'Inherit The Wind' An old movie with a message that still resonates....

    I'd be interested in engaging with others about one of my favorite old movies, 'Inherit The Wind'. Done in 1960 it depicts the historic 'Scopes Monkey Trial' of 1925. I've read that much of the courtroom dialogue is taken verbatim from court transcripts. I'll link the opening scene which is...
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    2 more earthquakes off Canada's Pacific coast, 9 now recorded since Monday

    https://bc.ctvnews.ca/2-more-earthquakes-off-b-c-coast-9-now-recorded-since-monday-1.4743957 This number keeps going up, first it was 2, then 5, 7 and now 9. Its very much 'ho hum, nothing to see here folks' kind of reporting. That largest quake was 6.2 and all of the quakes are reported to...
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    Late in life lessons learned from the little drummer boy......

    This will be my last post here for a week or so as I'm heading on a southern vacation, an escape from Canada's cold and dreary winter. Mine is a journey back to faith, one that has been going on for about the past twelve years. And its a journey that has become more intentional over the past...
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    Every traffic light red....

    I'm sure this is a not an all too uncommon experience for many people. Yesterday (Monday Dec. 23) I needed to visit the bank....not the ATM but a teller, a real live human being. I wasn't worried about being late, I had two hours to make it and its just a twenty minute drive. On the way there...
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    Featured Editorial in Christianity Today says: "Trump Should Be Removed from Office"

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html?fbclid=IwAR345Hwm2k8_OsSxpQpd0nIRx1BAQ4XSnEvgXVoForVZdVt8ga7vKeDcrvE For those unaware I am a Canadian, although I did spent a good chunk of my younger years growing up in the United States up...
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    Kindness repaid with kindness story....

    From the CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/dollarama-kind-stranger-1.5402055 This is an unremarkable story, but tales like this really get to me. A woman with a large cart full of items at a dollar store lets the guy behind her in line for the checkout go ahead of...
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    Faith and Politics in Canada - The Abortion Debate

    According to a poll done a few years back by Angus Reid something like 80% of respondents were not aware of the fact that there are no laws whatsoever concerning abortion in Canada. What that means is that, in this country, an abortion can legally take place for any reason right up until birth...
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    Andrew Scheer steps down as Canada's Conservative leader - Is Harper coming back?

    Personally I think we're going to see 'The Return of Stephen Harper - This Time its Personal'. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/andrew-scheer-stepping-down-as-conservative-party-leader-1.5393803?fbclid=IwAR3Rw-_f6d4q5sQgWEUJbfC7R0wU6R8xgzoh0C4M_B3DqmSVgdj8e7AGpk0
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    A Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jew at the base of a mountain

    Does this sound like the start to a joke? To me it does, but it was actually part of this morning's sermon during worship at my church. Our pastor told a story of a Christian being at the base of a mountain with some others, all of different faith backgrounds. And one of them said: "The...
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    Catching bugs with the Amish

    I work a boring job, long 12 hour shifts in a military communications centre, and weekends are very quiet. As a result I have lots of time to think...to ponder, question and wonder. Here's a thought that just started rattling around in my addled little human brain. Does anyone remember the...
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    Life elsewhere in the universe?

    Before turning my life over to Christ and becoming much more intentional about my faith I spent a lot of time wandering in the wilderness (as it were) and contemplating many things....among them the possibility of life on other planets, outside our solar system. Its not something I've thought...
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    Public prayer....Matthew 6:5

    “When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward..." This passage is followed by Jesus instructing his disciples how...
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    6 Year Old Son Being Bullied

    I wanted to share something wonderful that happened Tuesday morning. My 6 year old son is being bullied by another boy at school. I'm not a helicopter parent, but I did bring it up with his teacher and she assured me it was being dealt with. At the same time these are 6 year old boys and I'm...
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    Is there an area (or areas) of your life that you cling to as Your own?

    I'm becoming much more intentional about my faith and examining my day to day life. Even just 2 or 3 years ago I was much more of a CES Christian....and by that I mean Christmas, Easter and Sundays, and even then it was only those Sundays I attended worship. The rest of the time, I can't...
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    Protests in Toronto over speaker talking against Transgender Ideology...

    Here's the link: https://nationalpost.com/news/meghan-murphy-the-woman-behind-trans-wars-breaking-out-at-the-public-library In a nutshell Megan Murphy is an avowed feminist who opposes the extension of rights for Transgender men for things like using female lavatories and locker rooms. The...
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    What songs/hymns choke you up?

    I think its a function of my age, but lately I find myself tearing up during certain of the songs and hymns we sing during worship. Today 'How Great Thou Art' was one and that one always gets me, we sang it during my Dad's memorial service. When my mother passed in 2006 I found myself often...
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    Who has seen the movie "Overcomer"?

    I have and I give it 10/10.....that's not a critical review, its just my feeling, I'm not saying the movie is perfect. I loved so much about this movie, It proclaims the Gospel but there isn't one scene that takes place inside a church, we all know God is everywhere and that Jesus is Lord of...
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    Why Me Lord Story - Told and Sung By kris kristofferson

    I love this song....and hearing the story behind it makes it even better.
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    Acts 22:20 Watching over the coats...

    Today is the first Sunday since March that I'm unable to attend worship services....I'm in the Canadian military and sometimes my shifts fall on a Sunday. Usually I'm given permission to leave and attend worship when I'm scheduled on a Sunday, but today we're undermanned. Oh well, duty calls...