People, Not Things
People, Not Things

My wife, Tracie, recently said she felt really happy. Why? We were doing nothing special, just relaxing at home watching the TV by ourselves. Can you remember the last time when you were really happy? You may have experienced momentary happiness when you received a gift or something good happened but, for us, experiencing lasting

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Praise in Pain
Praise in Pain

How easy it is to praise God when everything is going well – when our problems are all resolved, the sun is shining, and we have no worries.  But should our praise be confined to these moments when we are well? I was struck recently reading through some of the Psalms by the amount of

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Reciprocity
Reciprocity

We hear much about reciprocity these days, particularly regarding the imbalance of trade. So, what does it mean? Reciprocity is defined as: “Exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, and responding to a positive action with another positive action.” The problem is, if there is no reciprocity it always leads to a problem, as we

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Lord Edmiston

The Unexpected
The Unexpected

Life is full of unexpected occurrences. Some are pleasant, like receiving a nice surprise, others are unpleasant and sometimes devastating. As we come to September, many will remember the 11th of September 2001 when two planes flew into the Twin Towers in New York. It was unexpected – how could anyone have imagined that would

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Lord Edmiston

The Rain
The Rain

Many years ago I had a lawn that had been seeded and, as the grass grew and was tended, looked very beautiful. It was a pleasure to sit outside and enjoy the view. During the long hot summer however, the ground became hard, the grass turned yellow and appeared to die. It was a sad

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Lord Edmiston

Fake News
Fake News

News is noteworthy information not previously known. There are all kinds of news: good news, bad news, interesting news, funny news. But fake news? It’s a contradiction in terms. The essential quality of news is that it is accurate information; that it is correct, that it is truthful. Otherwise, it is not news but a

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What If?
What If?

I’ve heard a book has been written that asks the question, ‘What if Jesus never came?’ I have not read the book, so this is not plagiarism, but the question intrigued me. As I write this, I ask the question: What if Jesus hadn’t come? There would be numerous consequences: We wouldn’t know that God

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Becoming Martha
Becoming Martha

I recently met a young Christian man who was amazingly honest. He said that, as a young person, he became addicted to computer games. He knew that addictions to drugs, alcohol and pornography were wrong, but playing computer games was never mentioned as being wrong and, of course, it isn’t. However, when something becomes an

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Lord Edmiston

God Can’t, But You Can
God Can’t, But You Can

There are a number of things God can’t do: He can’t lie; He can’t deny Himself; He can’t break His Word. But there is only one thing that God cannot have, unless we give it to Him: that is our love. He can make new universes, and we know there will be a new heaven

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Lord Edmiston

Easter and Judas
Easter and Judas

As we approach Easter, we typically think of the death and resurrection of Jesus. I suppose few of us spend any time thinking about Judas and, if we did, our thoughts would be negative as his name has become synonymous with betrayal. How did Judas become a person whose life stains the pages of history:

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