“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12 (NIV) Mt. Nebo, in modern day Jordan, stands overlooking the valley of the Jordan River. From the summit on a clear day you can look across…

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“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2 (ESV) There is no lack of opinion being expressed in these days of pandemic. Conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen. We are called to make decisions about all sorts of things, most of which we never dreamt we would…

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“Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13 (CEB) I watched social media during the final weeks of 2020 and without exception the sentiment was “goodbye 2020, hello…

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“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) Welcome to 2021! 2020 is now in the history books, and no one is sad to see it leave. The entire world has…

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“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands;” Psalm 31:14-15a (NIV) At 2:10 in the morning on October 26, 1917, Bolsheviks broke into the Hermitage in St. Petersburg Russia and arrested 13 members of the democratically elected Provisional Government. The Bolshevik Revolution was underway, and…

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For many people this is going to be a very different Christmas. How often have we heard…

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“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’” Isaiah 35:3-4 (NIV) When I was in my teens I spent time canoeing in Quetico Provincial…

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“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the…

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In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9 (NIV) We were on vacation with friends, driving to a rocky cove to go snorkeling. It was…

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