Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was falsely accused and arrested for “crimes against the state” by one of the most repressive regimes today, that of North Korea. He was sentenced to what amounted to a life sentence of hard labour and solitary confinement.
Upon his miraculous release after serving two and a half years of his sentence, he returned to Canada and was interviewed on CBC by Rosemary Barton. He told her how he was forced to dig holes in the frozen ground in the winter to make an orchard. He spoke of being under constant surveillance 24 hours a day with 2 guards who were changed every 2 hours, and how he was kept from speaking to his family or his church during this whole time of imprisonment. ...continue reading
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? If so, how are you doing in keeping them? I read somewhere that most resolutions made on Dec 31 are broken by the end of the first week. That is not a promising statistic!
While the world’s concept of “making resolutions” is not a Christian doctrine, there can be no denying that one aspect of being a Christian is to be a man or woman of resolve. ...continue reading
The title of this thread comes from some entries into his personal journal by William Borden (1887-1913), a man who was born into a very wealthy family, but gave it all up to be a missionary and then died at 25 years of age. His life really revolved around three comments he penned.
No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. ...continue reading
At the beginning of this year I set, as one of my goals, to read several books in my library by W.S. Plumer. I had purchased them some time ago, but with such a choice of books to read, and a limited number of hours in a day, I had not gotten to these. That was my loss. I frankly did not realize what a treasure I possessed sitting on my shelves! He writes in such practical terms. Currently I have been reading his work, Vital Godliness: A Treatise on Experimental and Practical Piety. He touches on the great aspects on the practical aspects of the Christian’s life of faith and walk with God. His chapter on ‘Contentment’ is full of sage advice and is no less practical today than when it was penned in the 1800’s. Consider these excerpts:
On the topic of what contentment is. ...continue reading
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
Who would not want to have a friend? Sometimes after a person dies, he is eulogized with the statement that that he didn’t have an enemy in the world. Truthfully, for my own part I would not want that. I hope I am an enemy of those who hate God, despise the cross of Christ, and show spite towards His people and His gospel. If I am to be a friend of that which is good, I must be the enemy of that which is evil. ...continue reading
There is a great deal of controversy about the Ten Commandments in the news today. It seems people don’t want them posted in public places or read in our schools. Strenuous efforts in political and educational realms are being made to have them erased or removed.
Did you know that whether you have ever thought about them or not, or whatever your views of the Ten Commandments may be, that one day every single person (that includes you!), will have to face up to each one of them? Maybe you have heard about the Ten Commandments, but you have never actually read them. So before I go any further, here they are just as God gave them:
- Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (no “idols” in our lives)
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.
- Honour thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness.
- Thou shalt not covet.
More and more, I find I am on the receiving end of emails from (I have to believe) well-meaning Christians who want to warn me of the dangers of Islam. While I cannot say for sure why these letters are becoming more frequent and more militant in tone, I must say that my soul grieves for those who view Muslims only through a political lens. Why? Because the problem with that is if that is the only way you view Muslims, then that will likely end up being the way in which you will view any effort at countering them. ...continue reading
During the past few months my wife and I have been faced with a matter of knowing the will of God in a certain area of our lives. We have not been praying the Lord to give us some general idea, but that He would show us very specifically what His will is, and then give us a heart that is willing to obey whatever it may be.
I am sure that most Christians, when asked if they want to know and follow God’s will for them, would respond positively. I am just as convinced, however, that not nearly as many are willing to surrender in obedience to God’s will as the Bible says we must, and that is the real issue. ...continue reading
The following hymn by John Newton seems a most fitting thought for the end of another year. May the Lord help us all to live the coming year "with eternity in view".
While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little—none can know.
As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.
Thanks for mercies past received,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view:
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Saviour’s love;
And when life’s short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.
It's that time of year again. Soon the hectic time will be over and many will be considering the coming year. This is a time when many people make their "new year's resolutions". Most have to do with losing weight, giving up some habit or starting on a new program of exercise, etc., all to improve the body. However, most resolutions have little to do with what matters the most - the soul. A prayerful reading of the resolutions of a man mightily used of God in his day will be profitable. Perhaps even take some of them on and make them your own!
Here they are: the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's sake.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. ...continue reading