Out of the Heart

All the top singers sing Christmas carols. They even sing the parts that say “Son of God”, “Sin” and “Salvation”. Yet these are just words to them. If this is the way they sing Christmas Carols than is that the way they approach all music? It’s just words – nothing important. I’ve asked many people – why do you like this song? I’ve heard many answers, but the vast majority are a derivative of “I like the tune/beat”. But if you listen to the words to those songs,...

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Not A Box

You are not a box I check, a “to do” that must be done, a chore, or an obligation. You are my God, my King, the first and the last. You are not at the start of my day, but in my day, all around it, at the centre. Meeting with you is “the one thing that is necessary” (Luke 10:41-42). You are everything to me.

“Jesus, precious Jesus,
The Lord almighty, King of my heart,
The King of glory.”
(From “King of Glory”, Third Day)

(Valerie)

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The War

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Over the past week, our eyes have been opened to see another spiritual reality taking place in our midst. To state it simply, we are under attack. The Bible says, “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12)

Our family is under attack; many of our ministry partners are under attack; and we are personally being...

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Mono No Aware

Over the last few weeks I’ve had an increasing sense of “mono no aware”. That’s a Japanese term for an awareness of the transience of things and a bittersweet sadness at their passing. This has been made more acute with the death of my friend, Nancy, and Peter wrapping up his pastoral responsibilities with our church. In anticipation of all of the preparations that will be required before we leave for Japan, Peter has now resigned from his post as associate pastor at Hope Community...

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