A High Price

John 6:66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.   Famous Canadian Ice Hockey player Sydney Crosby starred in a number of Reebok commercials, but one remains engrained in my mind, “Crosby’s Childhood Commercial I am what I am”. In this commercial Crosby recounts numerous childhood memories that […]

Teaching with Authority

Matthew 7: 28-29  When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.   These verses in Matthew 7 are the concluding commentary to what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, the scriptural account […]

The Great Value of Team

Proverbs 27:17  As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.    As an avid trail runner I enjoy reading various articles about running, and particularly training regimens.  Recently I read an article about the value of team training.  The article followed various athletes, from the casual to the elite, and they shared their […]

What is that to you? You must follow me!

John 21: 22  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.   This story in John 21 is so interesting.  Jesus had appeared for the third time to his disciples, post his resurrection, and he used this opportunity to reinstate Peter.  Remember Peter’s darkest […]

In the Pit

Genesis 37:24  And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it  I am a fan of ice hockey and I’ve been closely following a Canadian team since I was a child.  They have a storied existence but it has been decades since they won […]

The Art of Waiting

Psalm 40:1  I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.   One of the most difficult things to learn is the fine art of waiting, particularly when you are younger.  We are naturally wired to want to satisfy a desire immediately or at least meet the want quickly. Athletes […]

My Power is made Perfect in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10  Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast […]

But that can’t be God’s will!

Jeremiah 29  11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This scripture has long been an encouragement to me in difficult times.  However, I have also heard it associated with a “prosperity gospel”, that being the Christian […]

The Worst of Sinners

1 Timothy 1:  15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.    The Apostle Paul is such a model to me of a right understanding of our place as Christians.  Paul was handpicked by God to be the man to lead […]

What Greater Love?

John 15:  12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. The Olympics can be a wonderful stage for book-worthy stories.  The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia are no exception.  One such story comes from the Canadian […]