When Jesus Comes

By , April 20, 2014

“Now he had to go through Samaria.”
John 4:4 (NIV)

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Yesterday I explained in the devotional that someone in Judea, the southern province of the nation of Israel, could travel through Samaria on a direct route to the northern province of Galilee. I also explained why Jews of the time would avoid doing that and take a longer route to arrive at their destination.

Yet John uses the expression that Jesus “had to” travel that despised route to go back to His home area. So there was something of a divine compulsion to the journey Jesus took. I believe that Jesus had determined He must see that particular woman and take her from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.

In other words, because God had ordained that this specific woman was to be converted (Ephesians 1:3-5, 11), Jesus “must” have an interview with her. This is how we explain the difference between what is physically possible for Jesus to do and what He must do to complete His work.

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The Power Of Touching

By , April 19, 2014

“When Jesus came down from the mountainside,
large crowds followed him. ”
Matthew 8:1 NIV

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“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” Matthew 8:2-3 NIV

A Christian worker went to Africa to minister for several months while another missionary came home for rest and refreshment. While there the man was taken to see a leper who was going to be transported to a facility where he would receive better medical treatment and he would be lovingly cared for as he slowly inched his way forward to the goal to which all Christians aspire.

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Homeward Bound

By , April 18, 2014

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack
and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:18 NIV

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Recently I came across a letter I wrote to a very ill person in palliative care.

It apparently blessed that saint during the week he had it before going to heaven.

It occurred to me that some of my readers might wish to write to a loved one who is soon to depart for heaven.

Take whatever ideas you wish and add your own thoughts.

I have known patients who read and reread such a letter many times to their great comfort.

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The Colour Of Pain

By , April 17, 2014

“Then everyone deserted him and fled.”
Mark 14:50 (NIV)

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I love to go to Kleinburg, Ontario and visit the art gallery there. Ever since I was 7-8 years old I have had a special fascination with the works of Tom Thomson—a famous Canadian artist from the early twentieth century. Many of his original paintings are housed for exhibition in the Kleinburg, McMichael Art Gallery.

Thomson wonderfully captured the colours of a Canadian fall when the deciduous trees turn fiery red, warm yellow or orange, and make the countryside look so beautiful. He also used colour to depict a great variety of other Canadian scenery in many ways.

But who has seriously considered the colour of pain? Certainly when people wish to depict evil, dark colours are often used, and even in the movies we hear of “the dark side of the force” and other expressions depicting evil in shadows and gloomy darkness.

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Your Servant For Christ’s Sake

By , April 16, 2014

“In the same way, the Lord has commanded
that those who preach the gospel
should receive their living from the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 9:14 (NIV)

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“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry…” Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)

As a member of the “cloth”—or ministry—I write not for myself today but on behalf of the “servants of Christ” who are in want, whether in the home land or abroad. I also write today to those who are blessed by the ministry of people in the Lord’s work as a full-time calling.

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