Thursday, November 3, 2016

CULTIVATE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD


What are you doing to cultivate your relationship with God? You and I must give thought to this. We should revisit the question. We cultivate our hobbies with new equipment and training. We cultivate friendships with shared meals and sports events. Christian belief consists of relationship with the living God is how we describe our faith. What are you doing to enrich the bond? It's a candid question, not meant to criticize. I ask it because I know firsthand how easily presumption becomes normative. We presume we are okay, we trust, we attend requisite meetings in our churches. It becomes routine. Relationship we would agree involves communication. Of course a relationship with someone who is unseen is different from others. You are confident that God hears you whether you speak to him aloud or silently. That's one aspect of communication. You are assured that God speaks through the Bible of course, and through His indwelling Spirit in you, and sometimes through expressions by other people. Granted, much about hearing God speak in these ways borders on the subjective. But let's kick that aside and get back to the question. What are you doing, or what can you do to cultivate this relationship that you say you have with the Creator God who spoke the universe into existence, who approved the perfection that characterized all of his creation, who provided salvation through the sacrificial atoning death of his incarnated son Jesus? It's a question. I am not going to answer it for you. We gravitate to articles that advise us about three steps to this or five key spiritual exercises. Fine, maybe they can inspire you, but what are 'you' now going to do to cultivate your relationship with God?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

APPEAL COURT REBUKED B.C. LAW SOCIETY FOR DENYING ACCREDITATION TO TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY FOR A PLANNED LAW SCHOOL

Ian Mulgrew has written a Vancouver Sun article about today’s Appeal Court ruling against the B.C. Law Society and in support of TWU’s law school.
"B.C.’s top court has set up a Supreme Court of Canada showdown between the fundamental freedoms of religion and equality by giving a ringing endorsement to a proposed evangelical law school.In a stinging defeat for the legal profession’s governing body, the B.C. Court of Appeal said the Law Society of B.C. failed to balance important rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by denying Trinity Western University accreditation for the planned school.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

UNIVERSITIES CANADA's END-RUN ON FAITH BASED INSTITUTIONS

I am on a mailing list, and this morning my inbox held this communique from Dr. Carson Pue. I have affinity for Trinity Western University which maintains impeccable educational standards within the context of Christian heritage and values. Because it has met Universities Canada’s standards for decades, and because McLeans magazine has annually cited TWU for excellence, the reported amendment to Universities Canada’s bylaws is deliberately shocking. The proposal would affect all faith-based institutions. Read Dr. Pue’s statement.   

Saturday, September 17, 2016

ME & MYERS BRIGGS - YEP THAT’S ME

The test is familiar. I took the test, popping up on  Facebook. Answered questions as well as I could. It identified me accurately enough.

Results: ISFJ - Nurturer

ISFJ (INTROVERTED SENSING FEELING JUDGING)
As an ISFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you takes things in via your five senses. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

REAL MIRACLES - SENSIBLY PRICED

Comedian Steve Martin starred in a movie called ‘Leap of Faith,’ a spoof on faith healers in which a promotional display advertises his faith healing service with the slogan, ‘Real Miracles – Sensibly Priced.” It could really be humorous if it were not so accurate. (from my new book, GOD IN THE OPEN,’ come these following remarks.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

Monday, August 15, 2016

I’M STILL STANDING


Don't you know I'm still standing longer than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, crying like a little kid
I'm still standing after all this time
Mouthing the lyrics of the songs without praise on my mind
I'm still standing yeah yeah yeah
I'm still standing yeah yeah yeah



With apologies to Elton John, "I'm Still Standing.”

If you don’t immediately recognize my point, let me explain. For the past two decades evangelical churches have been extending the length of the praise song packages within the Sunday worship service format. It began with three songs in 10 minutes, then four songs in fifteen, then twenty minutes and it can be thirty minutes in duration. And some music leadership somewhere decided it would be true to biblical form if we stood for the entire time, so we do, weekly, weakly. Granted if the lyrics contain a 'rise up’ or a 'stand up’ motif, then act the biped. God created us with ’sitter-downers’ too.  Just saying, the LORD is okay with us sitting for some of these songs. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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