His Final Step

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“But why Daniel”? This question has been asked over and over. Why did he have to leave us so soon? He was so young; just a week shy of his 18th birthday. The canoe and camping trip was a go. His occupation was planned. His future was as bright as his smile. This summer morning was to be like any other; shower, breakfast and off to work at …

God is not a Vending Machine

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Vending machines are simple – drop in a few coins, get your drink or treat, turn your back and walk away. You do your part, they do their part and everybody is happy – except when they don’t do their part. If the vending machine “eats” your coin, you find yourself tapping, pounding, kicking or otherwise inducing it to respond in the way you expected. Sometimes it coughs up the …

Looking Forward to My Heavenly Home

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I was born and raised in a home where I was blessed with God-fearing parents, two brothers and a good church community. We lived in the countryside, so I had plenty of space to roam and explore. I had a wonderful childhood. I was baptized as an infant. I went to church twice every Sunday. I attended a Christian school. The subjects studied included Bible Study and Church History. …

Sure Entry

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In February 2010, ten American volunteers went to Haiti to offer their assistance. Jim Allen was a last minute addition to the group. He was invited by his cousin and his cousin’s son to go along to help the earthquake ravaged people. Although he did not know the other members of the group of men and women, Jim felt his construction experience could be put to good use with the …

You are not Alone

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Sometimes we get the feeling that we are alone with our troubles in the world. We worry about what is going to happen next. These are not new feelings. In 1 Kings the prophet Elijah acted in a strong and brave manner for God one day, but felt alone and feared for his life the next. Elijah asked King Ahab to gather the people of Israel and the …

Asleep in the Boat

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Years ago a young guide at Niagara Falls had nothing to do, so he moored his boat well above the cataract, lay down in it and fell asleep. He thought he had tied the boat securely, but with its constant swaying the knot came undone. With the sleeping occupant, the boat began to drift with the current. Spectators on the shore, seeing his danger, yelled at him trying to …

Evidence of Love

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When Prince William wanted to demonstrate just how deep his love for Kate Middleton was, he gave her the most meaningful and precious gift he could ever give. Burned in the memories of some who lived in the 80’s and 90’s are the heartbroken and sad faces of two young princes, William and Harry, whose mother had tragically died in a car accident. Royalty followers never once questioned Princess Diana’s …

The Grandest Ship Afloat

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The beginning of the 20th century saw many new British passenger liners entering service. Each one seemed to be larger, faster and more luxurious than the one that had gone before, until there was the biggest and grandest of all the ships, the Titanic! Weighing 48,000 tons and with a length of 882 feet, this new ship was the pride of the seas. With its twelve watertight compartments, they claimed …

World Peace: Pursuing an impossible dream?

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Iraqi war protesters, hippies, and peace movements represent only a handful of the billions of people who yearn for a world where peace reigns. In spite of their desires, in the past century tens of millions of people have died in wars and hundreds of thousands have been victims of violent crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide, crime sprees, cybercrime, gang wars and malicious behaviour; all fuelled by human greed, jealousy and vindictiveness. This …

Apple’s Founder Saved by a Death

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The beaming face of Steve Jobs was the focal point on the stage in San Francisco. The founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. was greeted by a standing ovation as he appeared at his company’s annual media event. It was more than obvious that he was glad to be there but he just about wasn’t. Billionaire Jobs had faced the possibility of death five years earlier. He was …