I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.”                                                                                                                 – Lamentations 3:19-23 There are some weeks where it is easy for me to comment on that Sunday’s topic and other weeks where I find myself at a loss for words.  ThisRead More →

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.                                                                                                                                             – 2 Timothy 1:7 I think, like most people, I have a complicated relationship with fear.  As we all know, some fear and some fears makes a lot of sense and are rather useful.  Take the example of standing too close to the edge of a cliff that has no guard rail.  For an experienced rock climber, or gymnast, or someone who does parkour, standing close to the edge of a cliff would be a less fearful experience than for someone who suffers with vertigo, or is on crutches, or is aRead More →

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, . . . not on earthly things . . . Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature . . . you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language . . . you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self . . . Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another .Read More →

The Parable of the Wedding Feast 1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come . . . 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:1-14 The beauty of doing these weekly devotionals is that I can pick and chose whether I actually write one or not.  So, usually when I encounter a scripture passage that I really don’t know what to do with,Read More →

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” –  Matthew 7:24-27 I worked atRead More →

I Am a Materialist I like stuff and lots of it.  As you know I play guitar and I suffer from a common ailment amongst guitar players call G.A.S. (Gear Acquirement Syndrome).  At the moment I own five guitars, one bass, two pedal boards (technically three), two amps and a gym bag full of guitar stuff.  At one point, before we had kids and a house, I changed guitars once a year and I’ve had three other amplifiers, etc., etc.  We won’t talk about my cameras, stereo amps, speakers, etc.   So, this leads into this week’s scripture passage: 15 Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out!Read More →

So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it . . . Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” – Luke 15:4, 7 There are two parts to this parable.  The first is Jesus equating God to a shepherd, who searches for one of his sheep that is lost.  The second part is about the joy andRead More →

Don’t Forget that this Sunday, June 30th The Sunday Gathering is meeting at North Bramalea United Church! See you back at The Journey on Sunday, July 7th!Read More →

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?  Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever . . . All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun . . .  No one remembers the former generations, and even thoseRead More →

Most weeks it is easy for me to write something in support of a Sunday theme, but this is not one of them.  I can get excited about some things, but I am not the most passionate person.  When I think about passion, I think about deep emotion, strong commitment and a long term dedication.  If I was to compare passion to an animal, it would be a dog.  Every time you walk in the door a dog greets you as if you are the most important being to walk the earth and as if you had been away for months, rather than minutes. I’mRead More →