Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
A long overdue catch up...
Autumn has arrived, the days are still warm and sunny but the nights and early mornings are getting cool. I seem to find plenty to keep my busy, and with less daylight hours I am slipping into hibernation mode. Here's a few catch up photos from the last couple of weeks...
au revoir mon ami jusqu’à la prochaine visite
In the Garden
There is still some colour...
Sunday, April 4, 2021
"Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." - Matthew 28:5-6
Easter is a joyous season, commemorating the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
The dark events surrounding His crucifixion had left His followers discouraged. They had expected an earthly kingdom to be set up. Instead, Jesus had been crucified. However, they didn't realize that what had seemed a tragedy to them would soon be turned into a triumph.
At daybreak some of the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with sweet spices as their one last act of love and devotion. Not long before, they had been spectators at the crucifixion. Now with heavy hearts they were on their way to the tomb.
Imagine their surprise to find the stone already rolled away from the tomb and an angel saying, "Fear ye not: for I know that ye SEEK JESUS, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as he said; COME, SEE the place where the Lord lay." What joy we would experience if we received a message that a dear one whom we thought dead was alive. So these friends were overjoyed with the news that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.
The message of the angel proclaimed the great victorious miracle - the victory of life over death. It dispels fear, bringing peace to our hearts. "FEAR YE NOT - He is not here." The message brings hope. "HE IS RISEN" means that He is alive. The message is reassuring. "AS HE SAID." This gives us confidence that His word is true.
Victory, peace, and hope characterize our Christian faith because Jesus came forth triumphant over death. "I am He that liveth, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive forevermore." (Revelation 1:18) How we can praise God today for the personal knowledge that He is not only the living Savior and LORD of the world, but that he can be OURS personally.
The reality of this knowledge in our lives gives us the promise of life throughout eternity with Him. "Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:19).
From Beside the Still Waters...
He Arose - Read Matthew 28
"And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again." - Matthew 20:19
We sing that beautiful hymn, "Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o'er His foes." When they laid Jesus in the tomb, Pilate said, make it as sure as you can. After Jesus died, his enemies remembered that he had said, "After three days I will arise again" (Matthew 27:63). So they sealed the tomb and placed soldiers there to guard it, but all to no avail. The Lord arose triumphantly, and an angel rolled the stone away so that all could see the empty tomb.
What does the resurrection of Christ mean to us? Is it just another Bible story? Romans 4:25 says that Christ "was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." If we believe that Jesus died and shed his blood for us and we are ready to repent and confess our sins, He is willing to forgive us. Because of the resurrection of Christ, we can be justified - made as righteous as if we had never sinned - and have peace with God. Also because of Christ's resurrection, we can be raised to newness of life. We can become new creatures in Christ with power to live in victory.
We can have "a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). Someone has referred to this lively hope as the expectation of the future made present. In other words, if all our sins are washed away by the blood of Christ and we have peace with God, we can have full assurance right now of living with Jesus forever in heaven. Does the resurrection of Christ really mean all this to us?
Cleason Martin - Stratton, ON
Christ arose that we might live with Him!
Friday, April 2, 2021
"Oh Jesus, Thou eternal good, who hast on this good, quiet Friday held still before Thy Father, and for my sake hast obediently born His wrath even unto death, grant that I also today may observe this fitting, good, quiet Friday with suitable thoughts and quiet devotion. Yea, that I might keep, observe, Thy great day of sacrifice and through true faith make myself partaker of Thy sacrifice and great payment, atonement."
Sunday, March 28, 2021
From Be Still and Know...
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:25
There is a great spirit of restlessness in the world today. People are like the restless sea, seeking peace, but finding instead turmoil and tension, fear and frustration. The world is in a state of unrest because individuals are in a state of unrest. Inner strain and pressure build up as a result of a constant round of frenzied activity.
While Jesus was here on earth He was aware that many people were burdened with the cares of life. "And what pity He felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn't know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36 LB). He could also look down the corridor of time and see that, even today, people would be carrying heavy burdens; burdens of fear, loneliness, bitterness, inadequacy, sorrow, guilt and sin.
From a heart filled with love and concern for people, He gave a simple invitation, "Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden, and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest - I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls" (Matthew 11:28 Amplified). Bible scholars tell us the word "come" appears in the Bible more than six hundred times. This invitation was not just for the people of that day. It was not just for a select few, but it included all people through all ages.
We do not find rest in the act of coming, but in the One to whom we come. He will release the tension and strain and GIVE us rest. Rest comes as we give our burdens to our Rest-giver. Yet many have not appropriated His provision for heart rest.
Today the world is full of heavy-laden people. They may have a smile on their faces, but hidden behind the smile is a burden almost too heavy to bear. You may be one of these people. He is saying to you, "Come to me. I want YOU." Your part is to come; His is to give you rest. He never turns anyone away.
Come Near to God - Charles H. Spurgeon
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." - James 4:8
The nearer we come to God, the more graciously will He reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal returns, his father runs to meet him. When the wandering dove comes back, Noah puts out his hand to pull her into him. Come then, let us draw near to God who so graciously awaits us, who comes to meet us.
In Isaiah 58:9 the Lord seems to put Himself at the disposal of His people, saying to them, "Here I am," as much as to say, "What can I do for you? I am waiting to bless you." How can we hesitate to draw near? God is near, to forgive, to bless, to comfort, to help.
Let us aim to get near to God. This done, all is done. If we seek the Lord alone, He will continue to come nearer and yet nearer to us by fuller and more joyful fellowship.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
A day out on Saturday, with Marnie, to the quaint village of Evandale...
Meanwhile...down at the river...all is well...
"The sky was clear and very, very blue, without a single cloud. It had rained the night before, for on all the trees and bushes thousands of water-drops glistened like diamonds in the light of the newly risen sun.
In the summer, how happy she was in those vast green Alpine fields, how magnificent that pure air, and that bluest of all blue skies! And in autumn!-- What a beautiful season was that, with nut-gathering and bringing in of the apples and the grapes."
- Paula the Waldensian by Eva Lecomte
Whatever season you are in...