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In Hindsight

In Hind Sight

On Saturday June 23, 12 boys and their coach from the Wild Boars football team set out on their mission, right after soccer practice, to a 45-minute bike ride from their school to the notorious Tham Luang cave system, Thailand’s longest, with a series of tunnels, slippery rocks and cliffs with stark drop-offs shrouded in darkness, during the country’s wet season.  Their goal was to scrawl their names on the wall at the end of the tunnel.  Monsoon rain quickly turned their escape route, and all caverns and tunnels behind them, into raging dirty flood… Continue reading

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

If you have ever been to Canberra, the Capital City of Australia, you will find that at 5pm each day, they have the “Last Post Ceremony” and this is an “All Standing Service” held at the Museum around “The Pool of Reflection.”  You can even watch them on “YouTube,” and looking back over the pool, out through the main entrance, down ANZAC Parade, out across the lake, over the old Parliament Building and up the hill to the New parliament building and the Giant Flag Pole, it is very much an impressing and contemplative scene. … Continue reading

The Prodigal at Home

The Prodigal at Home

We all talk about the “Prodigal Son,” well that is the one who landed up in the pig pen, but seldom do we ever talk about the “Prodigal Son” who is at “Home.”  One is “Lost” out there in the “World of Sin,” while the other is “Lost inside the Church.”  The Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids challenges us that half of this unique “Church Group” found themselves not ready for “The Bridegroom” and were eternally lost and forever locked out of Eternity, oh how so very sad, just plainly, “Lost in the Church.”… Continue reading

Our Free Will

Our Free Will

 

Here is a quote from a book that I recently read called “Your Best Destiny” by Wintley Phipps, and on page 140 he states this; “If there is one thing I believe for sure, it is that God recognizes as sacred the right of every human being to choose to live according to what they believe – whether right or wrong.  Unless we are violating the rights of others, God considers our free will a most sacred right, and one that He will not violate.  Instead of making us obedient robots, He chooses to… Continue reading

Warrior or Worrier

Warrior or Worrier

The English Language has lots and lots of interesting little “plays on words,” where a minor change in the letters in a word, can make a major impact and difference in the words intent, meaning and even its force.  So, are you a “Warrior” or just a defeated and beaten down “Worrier?”  A Warrior is “one who is engaged in, or experienced in war.”  A “Worrier” is “one who is concerned and anxious about things that may or may not, or might not even happen.”  The two words are identical, except for a… Continue reading

Mees-us or Jesus

Mees-us or Je-sus

Who has ever made a “Bad Decision?” That stupid thing, that “no brainer;” well that includes most of us.  The TV adverts have “Drink – Drive” adverts and show the consequences of drinking and then driving, wouldn’t happen to me?  The Divorce Court is full of cases, and the Large Department Stores just love these “Mees-Us” buyers, they buy all these gadgets, and then fill up their cupboards with lots of them, when most are rarely, if ever used.  A load of very “Bad Decisions.”  All such decisions fall into one of two… Continue reading

The Barren Fruit Tree

The Barren Fruit Tree

Quote; “Christ had been warning the people of the coming of the kingdom of God, and He had sharply rebuked their ignorance and indifference. The signs in the sky, which foretold the weather, they were quick to read; but the signs of the times, which so clearly pointed to His mission, were not discerned. 

But men were as ready then, as men are now, to conclude that they themselves are the favourites of heaven, and that the message of reproof is meant for another. “A certain man,” He continued, “had a fig-tree planted in his… Continue reading

The Class Ring

The Class Ring

There is something that is quite common in the USA, and that is “Class Rings.”  In many up-market and prestigious educational establishments, all those that “Graduate” are all issued with a unique “Class Ring” to commemorate the Institution, as well as the year in which the graduation occurred.  Some sporting teams are issued with a “Commemorative Pin,” or a ring, and this is unique to the occasion, as well as having the year of the event immortalized.  In the Military, there is more than often a “Commemorative Medal” struck, to immortalize that the holder… Continue reading

Among Thorns

Among Thorns

Quote; “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”  The gospel seed often falls among thorns and noxious weeds; and if there is not a moral transformation in the human heart, if old habits and practices and the former life of sin are not left behind, if the attributes of Satan are not expelled from the soul, the wheat crop will be choked. The thorns will come to be the crop, and will… Continue reading

Leave All

Leave All

Are you willing to “walk away from everything?”  Lot’s Wife was unable to walk away from “her stuff” and perished in the disaster that was sweeping in so rapidly and yet so quickly right behind her.  She paused, she stopped, and as she turned she was instantly consumed by the disaster rushing in behind.  We have an interesting point as Pharaoh gave instructions to Joseph in regards to his extended family perishing in the drought in Canaan as recorded in Genesis 45:17-20 “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade… Continue reading