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Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) This is a very consoling promise. Jesus warned us that we would be tested because we belong to him.…
I am hoping that the material in these chapters will appeal to Christians of all denominations and ages. At this point, however, I wish to speak about sin within the Roman Catholic church. I will try to do so with…
To get an over-all backdrop to the story of salvation, it would help to read chapter twelve of the Book of Revelations. This is the very last book in the Bible (sometimes called the Apocalypse). These are considered to be…
I like to think there is some sort of logical progression in these chapters, as we move from considering our Christian calling, to our place within the church, and the place of the church within the plan of Jesus. Let…
A friend is one who is connected to another in intimate confidence, out of goodness, for mutual benefit, and independent of sexual or family love. In today's language we say that a friend is someone who really knows me and…
Those who know me, know me as a talker, as a weaver of words, a story-teller, and someone who never hesitates to stretch the imagination in attempts to grasp some simple basic truth. None of them would think of me…
Whenever we think of the results of original sin, we speak of so much more than just sin. We must also speak of a sinful condition that leaves us with human brokenness, and the many results of that original Fall.…
It doesn't require any great theological exploration to accept the simple fact that, if Jesus came to save us, if he is the door to the sheepfold, if he is the only Way to the Father, that he should require…
The whole saga of salvation revolves around the fact of a people who had gone astray, who were lost, and who could not find their way back home. From the time of the Fall there was a sense of exile…
A martyr is someone who undergoes death for any great cause, and this cause usually has to do with religious convictions, loyalty to the teachings of one's Church, or to correct some glaring injustice. This is very far removed from…
Throughout the Old Testament, God spoke to his people in many ways. He spoke through the prophets, and he spoke through nature. The words spoken through the prophets were sometimes words of condemnation, at other times, words of encouragement and…
God is Love. God cannot not love me. Even if I ended up in hell, God's love has not changed. It is just that I have chosen to put myself outside his love. There is a light overhead here as…
Jesus is like a many-sided prism. No matter from which angle you look, you always see something new. Because he is both God and man, he is Everything in himself. He is totally human, while being profoundly mystical. A mystic…
'Show me your company, and I'll tell you what kind of person you are', is something that I often heard during my schooldays. I always accepted that as being true. Now, however, when I apply such a criterion to Jesus,…
The wall of pain is something that all long distance runners are familiar with. If the marathon is 26 miles long, then, at about 12 miles into it I will hit that pain barrier, and find it really painful to…
Listen ............... "I will arise now, and return to my Father's house". I accept the Good News of the Gospel. I know only too well that I am one of the sinners whom Jesus came to find, to redeem, and…
There is absolutely no order of priority involved in the titles for these reflections. When it comes to reflecting on the person and the teachings of Jesus, it matters little where we start. I myself find that all I need…
Some years ago, at the height of the Mao-Tse-Tung reign in China, revolutions were the order of the day. Some high-minded idealists, and subversives began to speak a common language; many of the intelligentsia, especially the younger and more disillusioned,…
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke of the Messiah he would send, with these words: "Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen...". In his teaching, Jesus said that the greatest in his kingdom are those who serve. Because he…
Love, by definition, is to accept the other where she's at, and to be willing to help her move from there, if and when she wants to move. Incarnation is the story of God coming to us where we're at.…
It's very difficult to put into words what the Holy Spirit does in us, or how he works. However, I think it is important that we have some images of his action, and so, I am going to attempt to…
I want to begin by looking at human nature, and try to understand why we are the way we are, and why we do what we do. I will speak of our human nature, as if it were "out there",…
It often helps in our understanding of a word, if we know where the word came from, and what is its meaning at origin. Take, for example, the word family. Familia is the Latin for household, and famulus is the…
We are all familiar with movies about a new discovery, and about the thinking and theses of the person who made the discovery. Such people move us all forward, even if only a little. Life is a journey. If I…
The ultimate sin for the Christian is to lose hope. Because of what Jesus has done, we can live with the certainty that evil can never triumph, even if seen to be successful for a time. The Stalins and the…
I cannot begin this chapter without acknowledging the source of my title. Some years ago, Scott Peck gave us the classic The Road Less Travelled. It made a great impact, and, through many types of work-shops, and work-books based on…
I believe we are coming into a very exciting, but trying time for the church. The winds of change are blowing, and, I believe the church must listen, and have the courage, and trust in the Spirit, to be willing…
Life is a journey, and, for the average person, it can be quite a long journey. I don't pretend to understand why one life should be for a minute, and another should be for a hundred years. This doesn't bother…
Living and walking in the Spirit is called the New Life. It is about being born again, and beginning life as completely transformed creatures. The cocoon is broken, the caterpillar is transformed, and a beautiful butterfly lands on your hand.…
If you trust me, you are really trusting God who sent me. (John 12:44) Although we joke about God being a hoary old man in the sky, complete with white flowing beard, there are people who still retain this image.…
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