Remembrance Day is a day as Canadians we stop and reflect on the incredible price that was paid for the freedom and peace we enjoy. May we never take for granted the wonderful land we are privileged to call home.Yesterday I stood on the steps of our church and looked across the street to the nearly completed Trump tower where a group of protestors shouted “no justice, no peace”.
Fifteen times Jesus said: “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear.”Larry King once said: “Every morning I remind myself that nothing I say this day will teach me anything, so if I am going to learn I’ll do it by listening.”The book of James in the Bible states: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
It is not “if” we have a trial – a difficult time that will test our trust in God – but “when”.It is inevitable we will have a faith test. About 2000 years ago Pastor James, of the First Church of Jerusalem, gave some amazing insight into the questions that are on the faith test. Here are the questions on the test so you can prepare for them:
Across Canada we enjoy the long weekend that Easter brings, yet for many what Easter really means is unclear. For some it is just a time off from work and school, or chocolate bunnies in the stores, or the anticipation of spring and perhaps a gathering with family and friends. It is time for us to take another look at Easter.
1. Find out who your audience is and study how to make the subject you are presenting relevant.2. Know precisely where you want to take your audience and prepare your talk that they can follow you. Practice giving your talk in the mirror or with a trusted friend and evaluate if your talk accomplishes this.
Often best friends fall in love, get married and then somehow lose that friendship in marriage. Others never marry because they don’t know how to be a true friend to the opposite sex or they don’t want to enter that level of responsibility.What is a best friendship marriage like? How does God develop it?