Hope Beyond Yonder

While visiting Hopewell Furnace in Pennsylvania, we encountered a gentleman disguised as a union soldier. He explained that the Civil War took quite a toll on the soldiers. Most of us don’t spend much time dwelling on our eventual death, but soldiers, especially the...

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The Epiphany

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9 NIV)The dogs were barking insanely, racing along the fence from one end to the other. Frank, my...

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You and What Army?

When I look back over God's hand in my life, a time when I was in charge of a hostel for runaways in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, comes up. The police brought me two teenage girls, who knotted bed sheets while I was doing something downstairs, shinnied down them from a...

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The Fear of the Lord

"Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you." (Psalm 128:1-2 ESV)Now and then debates arise over the meaning of the biblical phrase the "fear of...

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The Burning Bush

The forests  of eastern Ontario are susceptible to fires in the hot summer months, especially if there has been a drought.  The Fire Ban prohibits campfires and burning of brush; even a tossed aside cigarette butt can ignite the forest.  Most dreaded...

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20/20

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18 NIV)"AAAHHH!”  I awoke with a start in the middle of a scream.  The dream I had been in had been...

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