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Weighed Down

The year was 1898, and it was the wrestling match to settle the score of who was going to be the champion of the world.  In Europe, weighing in at 350 pounds was the formidable Youssuf “The Terrible Turk” Ishmaelo (who wrestled under the name Youuf Ismail “The Terrible Turk”).  In his four years in…

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Love Your Neighbor As You Love Yourself

The passage is one of the most well known parables in the Bible, probably coming behind the parable of The Prodigal Son.  In trying to explain how we should treat our neighbours, Jesus told about a mugging.  A man was beaten, robbed and left for dead beside the road. (from Luke 10:25-37) Jesus talked about three…

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O Canada–We Stand On Guard For Thee

The flag is unique in that it is the only one in the world that has a leaf on it.   With a land mass of 9.9 million square kilometres it is 2nd only to Russia.  Bordering on the Atlantic, Pacific and Artic Oceans, this country has 243,000 kilometers of shoreline.  If a person were to…

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No Longer The Best Show In Town

As a lay pastor it always deeply saddens me when I see churches close the doors for good.  In this area of Central Ontario the year 2016 has seen several churches close down in the area.  And the ones that remain open are really struggling to keep going.  What is happening?  Why has there been…

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A Big Task With Great Rewards

The original Father’s Day goes back 116 years ago to 1910 after a lady named Sorora Smart Dodd advocated to have a day to honour dads. After her mother died her dad William Jackson Smart raised Sonora and her five siblings. Like many holidays and special days Father’s Day has gotten very commercialized, in 2015…

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Getting Under Your Skin

Have you ever been in a situation where someone has really tried to “get under your skin” (an idiom meaning “To annoy or irritate someone intensely”)? Or to “rattle you” (an idiom meaning “to make someone angry on purpose, often in order to make them seem silly)”? This was the situation Jesus faced in Luke 7:36-50 when He…

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What If

It can be healthy from time to time to take some time to reflect on one’s own life and the decisions we have made that have shaped us to be the way we are.  Sometimes those decisions have put us in a good spot, and maybe sometimes the very opposite.  Ageing does definitely change the…