Posted: 21st February, 2017

Always Pray and Don’t Lose Heart

By February, as winter continues, many people feel the need for refreshment and renewal. This can happen to us spiritually as well. Think for a minute about how easily we can lose heart; how quickly we can move from the heights to the depths, and come to a place where we see only darkness and gloom. How do we keep from slipping into discouragement and losing heart?

In the Bible, Jesus tells us that praying and not losing heart are intimately related. Does this surprise you? Jesus tells us there is a connection between prayer and being steadfast in Christ and not losing heart when difficulties come. In fact, the idea seems to be that if we do not pray we will inevitably lose heart. Our Father in heaven wants us to be strengthened. God wants us to have hearts that are strong and steadfast in Him. And the way for us to live out of new hearts that are strong and steadfast in God is through prayer, because prayer and fellowship with Him strengthens and steadies us…

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Posted: 25th December, 2016

The Heavenly Message

On the night of Jesus’s birth, we have the glory of the Lord shining all around some quiet shepherds who are keeping watch and guard over their sheep through the night. The most significant angel of all, the one known as “the angel of the Lord”, preaches this message to the shepherds: “Fear not! I bring you the gospel (good news) of great joy which will be for all the people. Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…” Then, along with this evangelist angel who brings the joyous gospel of Jesus, is “a great company of heavenly beings” (Luke 2:13), which can be literally translated “the army of heaven”. This host of angels, this army of heaven, joins the angel of the Lord in proclaiming the gospel of great joy, and then they join in both composing and then singing the very first Christmas carol of all time: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill to men with whom He is pleased.”

These heavenly messages ring forth across the years and come to us today. They touch and enliven and comfort our hearts, and bring salvation to us. Consider this message…

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Posted: 3rd October, 2016

The Heart of Biblical Counseling

This week, I have the privilege to be one of the plenary speakers at the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). As I head out to it, I want to share with you some thoughts on what is at the heart, the core, of both biblical counseling and our life in Christ.

What is the heart of biblical counseling? What sets it apart from all other counseling? What is the one reality from which all biblical counseling should flow?

For over 40 years, I have rarely ceased from reflecting on what biblical counseling is all about. After all these years of counseling from God’s Word and reflecting on it, there is perhaps one reality above all else that impacts me as that which is the core, the heart reality, of biblical counseling…

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Posted: 31st December, 2015

TODAY: A Brief Message for New Year’s Day 2016

Jesus calls you to live TODAY, when He says: “Do not worry about tomorrow, each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Jesus is not saying that today is filled predominantly with trouble. In fact, today is far more than simply a trouble-filled entity. Jesus spoke that way to keep us out of the dead troubles of yesterday, and out of the as yet unknown troubles of tomorrow.

We are not to dwell on or live in the past. We are to learn from the past, repent of past sin, keep the good, and move on. We are also not to live in the future. We are to plan and prepare for it, and commit it to the Lord.

We are instead to live today. After all, TODAY, according to the Apostle Paul, is the “acceptable time” (2 Corinthians 6:2). So the question is: Acceptable for what?

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Posted: 27th December, 2015

The Greatest Gift EVER!

What a gift for US is Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. Heaven is opened for us!

But as great as that gift of salvation is (and it is great!) that’s NOT the ultimate gift.

Are you surprised? Jesus’ gift of life and salvation to us is not the greatest gift. What is God’s greatest gift then? You might be thinking that the ultimate gift has to do with the 3 wise men and the gifts they brought to Jesus, but this isn’t it either. The crowning glory of the incarnation of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with the gifts He gives to us, or even the gifts that were given to Him by the magi. Rather, it has everything to do with those gifts given to Him by the FATHER

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Posted: 25th December, 2015

The Greatest Gift – for US!

Christmas is the season when people think about giving – giving money, giving things, giving time – and yet, after all the time, energy, and money that goes into what we give, as nice as it is, most of it is hardly memorable, either to us or to the people we have blessed with our gifts.

But just look at Jesus! Jesus has given us the greatest gift – He has given us Himself. Have you ever thought about it? Everything our Saviour did is His gift for us. You see, all that He did, He did for US! …

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Posted: 13th October, 2015

Giving Thanks to God

Here in Canada, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving. As I look at the beautiful array of colorful fall leaves adorning the countryside, and reflect on God’s care for us, I realize we have so much to be thankful to God for.

God chose us, He loved us, He predestined us, He adopted us, He redeemed us, He forgave us, He taught us. God, the God of heaven and earth, has done all this FOR US!

If David could thank God while facing enemies, if Daniel could thank God while facing lions, and if Jesus could thank God even while facing hell, so too can we!…

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Posted: 6th May, 2015

Reflections on 35 Years

For those of you who keep count, May 6 marks for me the completion of 35 years of ministry as Pastor of the Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church! In a world marked by flux, changes of all kinds, and brief, seemingly ever changing relationships, you may wonder why I am still here, why I am still the pastor of the church I was called to plant 35 years ago…

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Posted: 4th April, 2015

The Certainty of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ From the Dead

2000 years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our rationalistic, scientific, culture still debates whether Jesus was really raised from the dead. In spite of continuing and deepening skepticism, Christianity today has over 2 billion followers of Jesus Christ around the world. There is no doubt. The resurrection is certain! Read on for some reasons why…

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Posted: 19th July, 2014

Psychology, Or the Bible?

I was about to drop out of university, when someone handed me a book by Sigmund Freud. I found the book fascinating, and decided to remain in university and study Psychology.

The word ‘Psychology’ means the ‘study of the soul’. Through all my study of psychology, I kept waiting for a course that touched the soul, and really provided answers to the problems that man faces. I went through graduate school in clinical psychology; I did an internship and a post-doctoral fellowship, studying and practising psychoanalysis; but I never once found any answers. One day, in the middle of a staff meeting, I realized: “This is all meaningless. It’s false. It’s not true.” I wasn’t a Christian at the time and didn’t know what to do, but one thing I did know, and that was that the therapy I had been trained in was empty…

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