Archive for March, 2013

A sermon unexpected!

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

We have been making our way through Luke in our sermons.  Pastor Ryan Lee was up today to speak on Luke 11.

The Lord’s prayer, evil spirits coming back to take over, the sign of Jonah, Beelzebub, criticism of Pharisees and scribes.  All there!

Pastor Ryan did what I have never seen or heard before.  He turned the chapter into one theme.  I’ve read commentaries, heard numerous sermons on Luke 11.  This is the first time that I heard such a powerful presentation of what I suspect was the theme Luke was after.  The theme:  We can all try to do things on our own.  We can set up our own rules, we can hope for power that is our own, we can expect that our life is fine without adding anything else.

And Jesus wants us to see the exact opposite.  We must come to depend only on Jesus.  No one else – not even ourselves.  You can catch the sermon at

Let me just prepare you.  You may come with all the other sermons you have heard.  And you might miss the theme Ryan is working to elaborate.  Listen carefully.

Living Wide

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

There is something about winter.

As snow falls and we become confined to a house or residence, we begin to feel restricted.  We can hibernate for the sake of rest.  Most of us become agitated and grumpy.

For most of us here in Kindersley, we have hit almost six months of winter.  Half a year.

My hairdresser this week commented on this negative attitude.  She has taken up the positive attitude that winter is great.  The crunch of snow, the white that is bright white, the enjoyment of outdoor activity.  When people come in complaining she overwhelms them with the good side.  And, I imagine, the room’s atmosphere changes and the sunshine begins to appear.

What if we began a contest?  Let’s see how many good things about winter we can talk about.  If you want to comment below, I’d love to hear what you have to say.


Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A few weeks ago our associate pastor talked about Paraprosdokians in one of his sermons.  Here is a part of a recent email forward from a friend!

Paraprosdokian – “Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.”
“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a type of paraprosdokian.
    1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
    2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
    3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
    4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
    5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
    6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
    7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

Lots of fun.  Do you have a paraprosdokian in mind?

The year of firsts

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Yesterday I cleaned my oven.  The first time I’ve cleaned “my” oven.  I ran across a magnet that said, “Jill’s kitchen.”  That probably describes the area in which the oven was placed.

I had helped clean the oven previously.  The oversight was my wife’s.  Mine was a bit of the grunt work (and sometimes cleaning oven racks requires just that).

The work yesterday was all mine.  From the planning to the scraping to the execution of the task. 

Interestingly, when I was done, I realized I had not cleaned the top of the oven.  That will await the next cleaning.  Sometimes the things that we see are the areas that get attention.  Next time around  I have listed in my mind to follow up on the unseen areas as well.

All in the learning! 

This also was the first time my son had a birthday without his mother around.  I sent greetings (snail mail, phone message, email and facebook).  The year of firsts is not mine alone!!

Intergenerational – a little different

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Well, the Sunday morning service is going to be different.

We will sing songs of “old” and sit around tables of “new.”  The sermon will be broken into discussion times.  The songs will feature themes which have been lost in the contemporary church. 

This should be interesting.  My biggest question in these types of services is – “Have we prepared people enough – or should this be a surprise and thus jolt ourselves into a place of listening?”

We’ll see!!

With the swirling of the head

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

I have had more than one thought vying for space in my brain.  I’m just afraid my brain has only so much space.  When the swirl of thought can’t find a resting place, there seems to be a chute down which the rest of the thoughts travel – right out of my thinking area and into some storage bin at the bottom of my toes.

In other words, I have to resort to pen and paper, or keypad and computer to try and remember.  Not a bad thing, just a time consuming thing.

And I have to remember to do it.

Which means, amongst the swirls in my brain,  I have to make sure I don’t let the thought of remembering get lost down the chute of forgetfulness.

Now, where was that pen?  I sure there is some important thought that I’m supposed to have remembered while I’ve been writing this!!

A quick fix

Friday, March 8th, 2013

One of the graces of living in a house for a while?

Knowing what probably needs fixed!

Today, my furnace stopped working.  For a while.  Check the sensor lights.  The basics of the furnace are still working.

Almost immediately I go to the previous cause of problems.  Our furnace drains excess water into our drainage system.  The same pipe is hooked to our washing machine.  When the pressure of the water increases during drain cycles, the water is apt to back up into the furnace.

To prevent this, we put in a valve.  Said valve lasts for only a while.  The impurities in our water cause the valve to pit and begin to leak water backwards into the furnace.  When the furnace senses the water, the “quit” action happens right away.

So, without too much time wasted, I purchased a new valve.  After the valve was inserted, I checked the backwash.  No problem.  The furnace seems to be working and we are on our way once again.

Now, if only I could do the same with the roof.  New shingles will be a project for this summer!  But I have a feeling that will take more than a few hours!!!

Snow, Snow, go away

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The talk of the town!

We have all had enough of the snow for this year.  And then we hear of the possibility of more?  Of course, even a whisper at this point (and probably just a rumor) sets one off.  This seems to bring out the beast in even the most mild snow shoveller! 

As I look our my window, the drifts in the back yard are less than a meter high.  But the constant snow, in a land known for little snow, does wear on one (and two, and three, and many more).

Today I am enjoying a clear sky, a sun that melts and little breeze as I write this blog.  May God grant to all of us a love of creation.  This is where I dwell – may I see the greatness and marvel in the wonder!

Snow and Services

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Sunday was interesting.   In Calgary, Alberta, a snow storm descended.

Now, for the past months I have traveled thousands of kilometers.  In whiteout conditions, in fog, on ice covered roads, behind trucks spewing splatters of brown water on the windshield, behind shaky red lights I presume were vehicles preceding me, and generally in winter road conditions none too nice.

Sunday was a day of wind and snow.  At least for the hours we had scheduled to visit some friends.

Cynthia and I had sung in a trio 30 years ago.  The other trio member was to be in Calgary on Sunday.  We had not seen her in decades.  She would be attending a church service just down the road.  A mere 30 minutes away. 

We had arranged to attend the service. 

Until the snow began.  I started out on the road.  The first kilometer was ugly but passable.  Then a blough of trees gathered the snow and caused a drift to cross the road.  We motored through and I began to wonder what would come next.  And what the road would look like two hours later, on our return trip.

I may have seen many kilometers of winter weather, but this was a bit too scary for me.  And with a passenger of great worth, I decided to turn back.  The return trip allowed us to attend another church service – which was worshipful and restful.  Unfortunately, meeting our friend will have to await for another time!

Random Acts of Kindness

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Driving to work I encountered a most strange thing!

At one corner, a temporary four way stop had been instituted.  Apparently someone had knocked out a traffic light standard. 

One of the temporary stop signs had also been hit.  The subsequent result was that the sign, it’s sand bags and other paraphenalia were stretched across the road. 

We all were able to navigate around the debris.  I continued on for a few more blocks, wondering who would clean this up.  If not me, then who.

I turned around, headed back, and moved the debris to the side of the road. 

The reason this sticks in my mind is that our Grade 5-7 Sunday School class (which I help teach) has been working on random acts of kindness.  Here was an opportunity which I almost missed.

I wonder how many other opportunities we miss?