• It's Good to be "Picky"

    When the kids were little, we loved to vacation in the Okanagan Valley. We would go there mostly for the sun and the beach, but also for the fruit!

     

    We loved the fruit. We would cut up fresh peaches to eat on Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes in the mornings then we’d snack on cherries, apricots and plums all day long. The picnic table next to our tent always had a 10-pound box of fruit sitting on it and we just kept eating until we ran out. Then we’d go out and pick some more.

     

    Cherry picking was one thing that we always did during our yearly vacations. Our kids caught on quickly to the fact that, although the buckets we picked into were weighed before we started and after we filled them, nobody weighed the kids before we entered the orchard. So, they ate as much as they wanted while we were picking. It was a great way to spend a morning. It also didn’t take long for the kids to learn how to recognize the good cherries and which ones to leave behind.

     

    Just like picking only the best cherries from the trees, as Christians, we should always be “picky” about what we choose to see, hear, take part in and consume from the world around us. Not everything is worth “putting into our pail” and keeping in our lives. We should only agree to take part in things that will benefit and edify us.

     

    Something to think about...

    Pastor Walter and Marilyn


  • God Chose Me!

    Years ago, when we still lived in Calgary and Marilyn’s Dad was alive, we would often talk to him on the phone. Among other things, we would share our thoughts on our daily devotions.

     

    One day, he expressed his total amazement at the fact that God had chosen him! He kept repeating it over and over again – “God chose me!” The excitement was evident in his voice.

     

    Recently, we were reminded of that conversation as we read 1 Peter 2:9 “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Reading these words brought to mind again that overwhelming emotion that Dad had expressed so many years ago.

     

    What an amazing thought! God chose each one of us! We are…royal…holy…we belong. That’s a great feeling.

     

    Let’s praise God with our entire beings and declare His praises constantly. What a wonderful knowledge to hold as we live our lives daily for Him.

     

    Pastor Walter and Marilyn


  • It Feels So Good to be Clean!

    The song on the radio rang out in our car,

     

    “If I didn’t know what it looked like to be dirty,

    Then I wouldn’t know what it feels like to be clean.”

    (Maybe It’s OK by We Are Messengers)

     

    Two days before that, we had been working in the yard and the wind was blowing the dust and dirt into our hair and eyes. When we went into the house, we couldn’t wait to wash! And a cloth at the sink wasn’t enough – we both wanted a shower.

     

    What a feeling when you are so dirty and you get into the shower! To feel the water running over you and washing away the dirt and grime. It’s like a whole new person gets out and replaces the one who got in.

     

    Do you see where I’m going with this? Yup, it’s the same when we bring our spiritual dirt and stains to Christ. It gives that same feeling of being washed and cleaned – on the inside. All that grime and worldliness falls away and we step out as a new creation, the way God intended us to be in the first place. It’s a great feeling!

     

    Just as our bodies need regular physical cleaning, our spirits need to be given regular renewal as well. Be sure to take time to search your heart often and come to God for cleansing. You’ll remember what it feels like to be clean!

     

     

    Pastor Walter and Marilyn


  • When Birds Sing

    We were talking on the phone with our grandkids in Linden a few days ago when Freja suddenly said, “Nana, Papa, do you want to come outside with us?” Of course, we laughed and said, “yes.” So, she took the phone with her and we went “outside” to the yard in Linden.

     

    After a while, we realized that although there was a storm raging in Granum – complete with thunder and pouring rain, we could hear birds singing.

     

    Yup, you guessed it – we heard the birds in the yard in Linden. What a sweet treat to hear them singing in the midst of the storm we were experiencing.

     

    We know that storms are only temporary and that times of happiness and singing will return. But sometimes it’s hard to see past what we are living in presently. Sometimes the sky is so dark and the situation is so hopeless that we can’t see to take our next step.

     

    What a joy then, when others can walk alongside us and bring their sunshine in to brighten our lives. What a help it is when we are reminded of God’s promises through the lives of our friends and family even from a distance.

     

    Maybe there is someone who needs to hear birds in the background of your conversation this week.  

     

    Pastor Walter and Marilyn


  • What Did You Say?

    When I send texts on my phone, my typical routine is to…

    1. Type the message.
    2. Send the message.
    3. Check what I have sent.

    Unfortunately, this often results in having to send corrections – many times due to “autocorrect” and sometimes due to my spelling errors. The messages that actually go through are sometimes rather humorous and sometimes frustrating. I don’t think I’ve ever really hurt anyone’s feelings, but it certainly could happen.

    But think about the things we often say out loud to others. How many times have we all said things that we wish we could take back? How many times have our words been less than kind…loving…compassionate…?

    In the Bible (James 3:8) we are told that “The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.”

    Here’s how I think we should modify our routines in order to communicate better:

    1. Prepare the message to be sent (text, email, verbal, by letter…).
    2. Check the message.
    3. Send the message with love.

     

    Pastor Walter and Marilyn



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