Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 NIV

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To Save Sinners

The numbers are sobering. Forty years of monitoring data tells us that Ontario’s six swallow species have lost more than half their populations. Some of these species, including the Purple Martin, are currently not federally protected under the Species at Risk Act as of 2021. From habitat loss and pet predation to pesticide-caused crashes in their prey populations of flying insects, to climate change; humans have played the leading role in the loss of our cherished swallows. Nature Canada is working to save Canada’s swallows.

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The world loves Christmas. Even in non-Christian countries, the secular traditions of Christmas have found their place. If you drive through modern Nazareth in Israel at Christmas, you will see Santa Claus hanging from lamp posts. I was once welcomed to a church in the midst of a tropical rainforest in Myanmar to the sounds of Jingle Bells – no one there had ever even seen snow. As much as the world loves Christmas, I wonder how many really understand what this season is all about. Even among those who know that this is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, many don’t really know why He came. Paul the apostle knew, and wrote this in 1 Timothy 1:15-17: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley