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The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

Canada is in mourning.  On Wednesday a lone gunman approached Corporal Nathan Cirillo, one of two honour guards at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, and shot him point blank.  The gunman then highjacked a car, raced to Parliament Hill, burst into Centre Block and came within metres of our government, including the prime minister, doing business.  The sargeant-at-arms, whose role of protecting Parliament is chiefly ceremonial, shot and killed the gunman before he could do more harm.  He too is a hero.

My thoughts are muddled and unclear but I'm going to explore them here anyway.

One thing that comes to mind is that we've had a lot of soldiers die for our country and for the values we hold dear but few, if any, have received the press-coverage of Nathan Cirillo.  Crowds lined the Highway of Heroes as Cirillo's hearse travelled home to Hamilton.  Where were the crowds for the other fallen?  How much of our mourning is driven by media?

What Is Separating me from the Promise?

This is the question Andy Wood asked us each to consider this morning at the end of his sermon and it hit me like a thunderbolt.

Imagine the Jordan River on the eve of the Israelites crossing it into the Promised Land.  The river was at flood stage, so it was moving quickly (even the Red River here in Winnipeg moves quickly during flood season) but this particular stretch of the river near Jericho is narrower than the rest so that as the rushing flood waters reached the point where the people were waiting--all two million of them--it became even more turbulent.  Anyone who's witnessed a flood knows that it doesn't just carry water; there is debris like fallen trees, parts of sheds and houses and perhaps even animals unable to escape the river's grab.

Back in the days of Abraham, God had promised the land of Canaan to him and his descendants but during the days of Abraham's great-grandson, Joseph, the whole family had moved out of the Promised Land to Egypt because of f…

Set Apart by Faith in Jesus

Hi friends!  It's been a while since I've posted here.  My apologies.  I'm hoping to do better.

This morning I was reading an article by Oswald Chambers called "Frontiers of the Worker's Life."  Oswald Chambers was a British pastor, preacher, teacher and scholar who died at a young age at the beginning of the 20th century.  I have his complete works in an enormous volume (1500 pages of tiny print) and aim to read one article (a page or less, usually) each day.  He never fails to challenge me. I have shared often in the past from what God has told me through Chambers and you can expect to hear much more in the future.

I think the "worker" in today's reading refers to all committed Christians who want to see others enter the Kingdom of Heaven, to know Jesus and not only believe in him but trust him.  A key passage from the Bible is where Paul is talking to King Agrippa in Acts 26:18 about how he turned from a persecutor of followers of "The W…