Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #41

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #40

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #39

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #38

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #37

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #36

“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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #35

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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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #34

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV) Many of the people that we take to Israel tell us that one of the most memorable parts of the trip is the Tel Dan Nature Reserve.…

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Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #33

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV) I recently watched a video by a Canadian Christian musician, singing a song about hope. She was doing so while holding…

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