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God, a prophet and a prostitute

The book of Hosea is an incredible picture of God’s relationship with many of His people. Hosea was a prophet to the nation of Israel during a time of rebellion and idol worship. God decided that the best way to reveal their sin and turn them back to Himself was to show them their error through the life of Hosea. Read more...


Was it a punishment or was it a consequence?

This was the command that changed everything for mankind. For this was the one command that God gave Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. And it was the one act of breaking this one command that placed all of mankind under the dominion of sin and death. Read more...


What does it mean to be free?

Growing up the in the church I heard a lot of phrases used over and over again. Phrases that at one time were powerful statements of truth, but then as they were used again and again without further explanation they became empty clichés. Phrases that were repeated in order to sound spiritual, but no real power because they lost their meaning. Read more...


Get to give

When I had just entered into university at the age of 18, like most people my age, I was still grappling with trying to wrap my head around some of the great mysteries of life. Important questions such as how does my faith in Christ apply to my everyday life, will my life make a difference in this big world and the unanswerable one - why was disco so popular in the 70's. Read more...


Who is your foundation?

On a bright sunny day without a cloud in sight and no wind to speak of, you probably wouldn't be able to discern any difference between the two. They would both be beautiful homes to live in, to raise a family in, to rest in. Maybe the one built upon sand would be even nicer with it's proximity to the beach! Read more...


God wants more for you than you want for yourself

Sixty-five years ago the world was introduced to an instant classic by C.S. Lewis with the release of a much beloved book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Aslan, the Pevensie children and the land of Narnia have continued to be strongly loved with each generation since and have included six more books in the series by Lewis and various movie adaptations. Read more...


Finding strength in weakness

Weakness. Nobody enjoys feeling it. Society, at best, pities it; at worst, it condemns it. We often try and hide it, afraid what others will think about us if they ever found out about it. When asked about our weaknesses during a job interview we make up something silly like, "I work too hard." or "As a perfectionist I need to do everything perfectly and on time." Read more...


Thirsty for Jesus

Imagine I walked up to you on a warm day and offered you a cool glass of fresh sewer water. Would you drink it? Assuming you are not the type to do anything on a dare, the normal response would be to say, "No way! I would never drink that stuff." Read more...


Sactification and Healing

We live in a broken world. You don't have to look far to see that things are not what God made them to be in the Garden of Eden. It could be a terminal or debilitating illness, loss of loved ones, difficulties with those around you, inability to find a job, or haunted by your past from the sin and failures of yourself or others towards you, we all face troubles and trials in this world. Read more...


True Spiritual Maturity

Who is the most spiritually mature person that you know? Can you picture them in your mind? Now, why did you pick that person? What was the criteria for your selection? Read more...


Why God?

"Why God?" Has there ever been a more asked question than "Why God?" It is a question that is often asked in the wake of a tragedy such as when a loved one dies unexpectedly, a prayer for a miracle to cure a loved one is not fulfilled or when we see the destruction of a natural disaster such as the recent earthquake in Nepal. Read more...


The Rich Young Ruler

There is an abundance of resources available to aid people in the area of evangelism, of how to share your faith in a way that leads others to Christ for salvation. I am sure that they would all agree that the best scenario would be one where the person who is lost asks the question, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" For this question is from someone that is presumably ready to make a decision for Jesus and simply needs to be taught how." Read more...


The Pursuit of Happiness, or is it something else?

When you ask people what they really want in life I expect many people would answer, "To be happy." This desire has been so central to the western mindset that the founders of America decided that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" was an "unalienable right." Read more...


God's Judo Flip

Growing up I remember loving the original 'Karate Kid' movie. Like most young kids at the time, seeing an awkward kid learn from Mr Miyagi how to fight against bullies and overcome their attacks led me to want to try my own 'crane kick' in my backyard. Read more...


Bread from Heaven

God does not waste anything. He uses every opportunity to teach and develop within us a greater trust upon Him. That's because trust is a basic element of every relationship. Take a moment and examine your own relationships. Read more...


Loved by God

A well known theologian was once asked what was the most important truth that he had ever learned during his studies. His answer was as simple as it was profound, "Jesus loves me, this I know." Read more...


Dying to Self

Some marketing campaigns are based on the premise that if you repeat something enough times it becomes the dominant belief. Sometimes this is used with ill intentions by repeating a mistruth over and over again until people just assume it is the truth. These misinformation campaigns are often seen in political campaigns, whether they are done by special interest groups, lobbyists or the political parties themselves. Read more...


Impersonating Martha Stewart

Imagine you are hosting a fancy dinner party at your home for some important friends. And wanting to make it a really special night, you decide to go all out and make, from scratch, some super, fancy, extravagant, over the top, "I can't believe you made that!" dessert from your new Martha Stewart cookbook "Perfect Dinner Party's by Martha Stewart." Read more...


How to Glorify God

Beginning in John chapter 13 is the account of what is commonly referred to as the last supper. It includes the final discourse of teaching by Jesus to His disciples before He was crucified. After washing the disciples feet (displaying what it means to love another) and telling them (again) what was about to happen to Him on the cross, Jesus shared some final words. You might think of this a death bed conversation because it was Jesus' last opportunity to share anything with His disciples before He would be arrested, tried and crucified before them leaving the disciples to dive into a deep pool of fear and anxiety. And with all death bed conversations, the most important things in life are discussed. Read more...


What is your goal?

Many people see the start of a New Year as a fresh start. It is a time where many people set goals for what they would like to see or achieve in the next 12 months. For some, it is a time to stroke off some more items on their bucket list. For others it is a chance to wipe away the bad habits of the previous year and start off with new healthy habits. Like, getting into a shape that is not round. No more eating unhealthy fatty foods and no more snacking after 7pm, ok 8pm, let's make it 9pm so it's achievable. Read more...


Jesus Came to Save, But From What?

Christmas is probably my most favourite time of year. For many people Christmas includes decorations, eating lots of turkey, many different gatherings with family and friends, eating more turkey, drinking hot chocolate, gift-giving/receiving and eating turkey leftovers. It is rightfully seen as a time of celebration, hope and cheer as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Read more...


Everyone is selling something

In our world today it is hard to find a moment when something is not being sold to us. When you are on the internet there are ads either on the side or popping up trying to sell you a blender, a vacation, or some new diet fad. When you ride the subway, bus or even driving in a car you see giant billboards advertising all matter of things such as where to eat or which car to purchase. Read more...


Experiencing the Cross of Christ

After teaching the truth of their death, burial and resurrection with Christ I am often asked by people why they never heard this truth before. And for some, the answer is they have, it just has never received the proper attention and explanation that it deserves. Read more...


The Law in Context

Context makes such a difference. Without a proper understanding of the context of a situation it is hard to draw the proper conclusions. For example, what conclusion do you draw from a situation where a man is holding a knife to another man's throat? Is it a safe situation or a dangerous one? Read more...


The Answer to Life

If you were to listen to Oprah, Dr Phil or many of the other personal growth guru's, they would tell you that the answer to all you need for a life of contentment and satisfaction is in YOU. The emphasis being the YOU part. If YOU work harder, if YOU change your thinking, if YOU eat well, if YOU get enough sleep, if YOU exercise, if YOU treat others properly...then YOU will find satisfaction in this life. Read more...


When Jesus Woke Up

I continue to be amazed at the thought that Jesus, God Himself, came to earth and lived as a man. He was God, is God and always will be God, but while on earth He did not live as some superhero named "God-man" where He lived as God dressed up as a man. But He lived simply as a man, trusting His Father (not Himself) to be God in Him. Read more...


Pleasing God on Judgement Day

For many Christians this is a terrifying thought as their mind immediately goes to all their sins being projected onto a giant movie screen for all of Heaven to see. And while they are publicly humiliated, Jesus is either weeping or shaking His head with a disapproving, disappointing look on His face. Doesn't that sound exciting. Read more...


Two Kinds of Righteousness

Have you ever had the experience of reaching into your coat pocket and discovering a $20 bill in there that you did not know was there? Just imagine what is was like almost 500 years ago when Martin Luther rediscovered something even better, the good news of the gospel, justification by faith apart from works. This was a radical thought at the time since most people accepted the idea that your acceptance before God was based on your works. Read more...


A Different Look at Brokeness

The parable of the four soils is one of the more popular teachings of Jesus. It is found in three of the four gospels and is one of the few parables that Jesus interprets Himself. Jesus tells us that the soil is a picture of the heart of four different individuals and their response to the seed, which is the word of God, namely the gospel. In other words, Jesus shows us four different responses to faith in Him. Read more...


The Significance of Easter

This weekend we will celebrate the greatest victory that the world has ever seen, the cross of Jesus Christ. It is the work of the cross that is central to our faith, for it was nearly 2000 years ago that you and I were forgiven, made righteous and set free from sin, the Law, and the world. All because Jesus Christ died a death that He did not deserve, and was raised up from the grave by His Father. Read more...


Redeemed

This past week in our study on the book of Galatians we were looking at chapter 3 and Paul's six arguments why we as Christians are now to live by faith in Christ and no longer under or by the law, rules or even principles. I found it so good, I had to share it with you. Read more...


Himself

I found this today and it is so good I had to share it. It is a quote from a message given by a man named A.B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance church who lived in the late 19th century and early 20th. Here is what he had to say about our pursuit of Jesus. Read more...


Growing up

I trust that you enjoyed your Christmas as much as Wiarda and I did, as we celebrated with family the birth of our Saviour, Lord and Life. Much of our time thinking about the story of Christmas is often spent on the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The scandal of an unmarried teenage virgin giving birth in a stable surrounded by animals and shepherds is a story that never gets old. But have you ever thought about what life was like for Jesus after that? Read more...


What so easily entangles us

If you study the book of Hebrews you will begin to see a recurring theme in this letter that can be summarised by this simple phrase, "Jesus is better, so live by faith." This is the constant appeal of the writer, showing how Jesus is better than the angels, the prophets, the great patriarchs of the Old Testament - everyone. And since He is better, we are exhorted to trust Jesus, not just for salvation, but for the everyday issues of life, such as going to work, paying the bills, parenting, relationships, health problems, anything and everything. Trust Him as our source of life and power. Read more...


Three small but powerful words

I are engineer. That means, as you can see, the English language is a mystery to me much like women are, I live with five of them, but I still don't understand them. With the English language, I have known it all my life, but I can still only use it in an almost passable grade 5 sort of way. I simply do not have a great understanding of the language. Read more...


Praise Him for ALL things???

Two weeks ago my six month old son went for some tests to determine if his kidney was improving or getting worse. In case you have not heard, while he was still in Wiarda's womb they discovered a problem with his left kidney and ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder). It was nothing too alarming and apparently not an uncommon problem with boys. So they have been monitoring it since he was born as 90% of these cases tend to fix themselves over the course of their first year. Read more...


Let's Play a Game

Let's play a game. I am going to ask you a question and I want you to answer it as quickly as possible. (Don't worry it's not a skill testing question nor does it involve any math!) Ready? Here it is... Read more...


Forgiveness and the Great Exchange

From my experience in helping people, many Christians have only a partial understanding of what it means and how to forgive another person. The result is they only experience a partial understanding of Jesus' healing work done at the cross. Read more...


He did what?!?

Just a couple of weeks ago we were given the opportunity to see something that has never happened before - a man walked across the Niagara Falls on a high-wire, and not the small falls that our American friends have, but the large beautiful Horseshoe falls in Canada. Read more...


Law or Grace

Recently I have been reading the writings from some of our early church fathers. These were the leaders of the church in the second and third century. Some were only a generation or two removed from Jesus and His disciples. In particular I have been reading the letters of Iraeneous, who was the Bishop of Lyons towards the end of the second century. Some reports say that as a young boy he was a disciple of a man named Polycarp who was a direct disciple of the apostle John. Read more...


Long Lost Uncle George

I want you to imagine something with me. Imagine you had a long lost relative named Uncle George. He was your mother's cousin three times removed. (I don't know if that makes him your uncle or not, but that's not the point of this story). Your Uncle George had lost contact with your side of the family so growing up you didn't even know you had an Uncle George. I keep using the past tense with Uncle George because many years ago he passed away and since he was a very wealthy man, with no family of his own, he left you $10,000,000 in a trust. Read more...


A Suggestion for God

Yesterday our government released the details of the federal budget. And like the Ontario government earlier this week and every other government and business in the world, they hope to be able to save money through finding greater operational efficiency. Meaning, they hope to be able to do more for less simply by doing things better and smarter. Read more...


My Favourite Verse

I have a surprise for you. My favourite verse is Galatians 2:20. Ok, if you know me or much about the ministry of Crossways to Life then that probably didn't surprise you, knock you off your seat or cause you to spit out your morning coffee. (If it did I apologise.) Read more...


Is Grace Cheap?

"You think I'm teaching cheap grace? That's too bad. I was trying to teach that grace is free!" That was the remark I heard once from someone teaching a conference on grace. But is that really true? Is grace really free? Well the answer depends. Read more...


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