Archive for April, 2012

Cold comes on

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The last few days I’ve been fighting a cold.  I’m not always sure how you fight a cold.  I took some lemon drink that helps fight the symptoms of a cold.  I put oil of oregano under my tongue (great approach to fighting a cold!).  I took some other medications.  And used kleenex!

Now, I’m preparing for a day in the city.  Hopefully I’ll be able to survive without passing on my cold or being overcome with the cold.

Which is life.  We seek balanced health, but some days the colds just sneak in.


Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

We had a report from a group of youth who headed to Turnor Lake, Saskatchewan for a short term missions trip.  The report was an hour long, and on one wanted to leave.  Check out the link below to hear the whole report!!


Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I’ve become known amongst some people for my slogans.  Most are lame (they need another leg to walk on?).  Some are just a thought for the moment.  Others seem to last.

One phrase we have been using at our church has been – “committed to the community.”  I’ve been looking at adding two further thoughts – “Submitted to Christ,” and “Excited to serve.”  They probably need a little more tweaking – so . . . any thoughts?

Do we need a therapist?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I’ve finished reading a book called “11”, by Leonard Sweet.  Here is an interesting statement from his acknowledgements:

“In a culture where the commoditication of relationships is so severe that we have disposable kinfold, it may come as somewhat of a surprise that “good relationships” are key to a healthy, happy life.  This book was written because of the need for more specificity in what kinds of “good relatinships” keep us from not needing a therapist.”

Sweet goes on to talk about a Nathan, a Jonathan, Jethro, Timothy, Barnabas, Peter, Paul, Deborah, Zacchaeus, Rhoda, VIPS, Jerusalme and the Paraclete.  Although at sometimes the writing feels a little rushed, the overall idea of the book is great!

Acappella music

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Just for your listening pleasure – acappella men’s chorus.  Check out the name “Coro Mongioje Imperia”.

Although the recording is not great, the idea of a men’s chorus always intrigues me!  I’ve sung in them over the years, and as my high school singing “mentor”, Doug Richards, always proclaimed – there’s no better music instrument than the human voice.  Most of the recordings are in a beautiful cathedral setting with great acoustics.

Sluffing off

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This morning was a busy one!  Up early to clean up the week which is full of committee meetings and activities.  Also helped my wife do some preparations for a meal she caters tomorrow.


Which makes the afternoon all the more fun.  Rested for an hour, then listened to some new music on the internet.  Looked at an old photo of a singing group I once toured with (from 1975 when I had hair).  Came across a free music site called – a site where a lot of Christian music samples can be heard and downloaded for free.  Amazing what is available (and has been for awhile) that just passes you by.

And now I’m lazily leaning back and considering what I don’t have to do for the rest of the day. 

Small miracles

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This was a day to head into our nearest city (2 hours away) and have an appointment with our pace maker clinic.  Routine.  Yearly.  Average.

As we walk into the hospital we meet a pastor friend.  We discuss current pastoral issues that affect our church and his. 

Off to the pace maker clinic.  Jill explains she has encountered some heart problems.  The clinician immediately contacts our cardiologist (who just happens to be in today), and we are given an appointment in the next hour or so.

As we sit to get tests for the appointment, a friend of ours (who worked on a previous CD I produced and is now doing sound equipment as well), sat down next to us.  We traded cards and I will consult with him on sound upgrades we are considering at our church.

The appointment reveals that further tests are needed.  Perhaps nothing unusual will arise, but it will rule out some potential problem areas.  And the testing will take place in the next month or so.  Not bad, considering we had asked for an appointment with the cardiologist a week or so ago, and had been told we would have to wait until July.

All in all, the small miracles added up to a great day!

The Discipline of Encouragement

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by a turn of phrase.  The word cluster stopped me in my tracks.

A family I would call friends has a gracious way of letting you know that you are appreciated.  They will comment on Facebook, send cards, and be generous in their words.  This is the kind of people you want to know, and enjoy knowing!

This past week we received a card from them.  Nothing out of the ordinary – but truly extraordinary.

In our day and age we don’t much pass us cards anymore.  Nor do we often show appreciation unless prompted by a Facebook comment or an unintentional serendipity crossing of paths.

Which makes those who have a discipline of encouragement all the more unusual. 

May their tribe increase – and may I be one of that tribe!

Seeing the grandkids

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Well, 24 hours (or so) later, we’ve seen Christopher and Hannah – the grandkids.  And also Alli and Scott.

A quick trip.  An opportunity for connection.  And a fun time.

Supper was ribs – a favourite of the family.  And a favourite of mine!  After supper a short while together before the kids headed to bed.  And then the adults were not far behind – somehow busyness catches up to us.

This morning I walked the town – a few blocks only.  The morning was cool and crisp and cold.  Found out the boil water order for Birch Hills had been lifted.  Had breakfast, helped clean  up some games, walked with the grandkids, ate lunch and headed home.

And now we are resting at home.  Enjoy you evening.

He is risen

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Those were the words we spoke as we left a Passover Seder last night. 

Often we forget that in the “time” of many parts of the world, the night is the beginning of a new day.  We are not waiting for the sun to rise.  We are not waiting until after our rest.  We are not waiting for our break-fast.

When the sun goes down, a new day is dawning. 

In the Christian calendar, today is Resurrection Sunday.  This is the day we remember that death is conquered.  Our death will have meaning – a future.  Our living has meaning as well – we are a part of the “present” which is further unwrapped in the future.

So, as we left the meeting hall the facilitator said – “He is risen.”  We responded – “He is risen indeed.”  Not risen in our thoughts.  Or risen in fiction.

NO, Jesus is risen.  In time and space, 2,000 years ago.  Documented, wind touched, sun crested time.  And we know that God cares for us, for in flesh and blood He provided a way back to him through Jesus.  Thanks be to God!