Showing posts from April, 2009


Connie Hale is director for Faith Kept Ministries, a chaplaincy initiative to strengthen the visitation ministry of local churches. She sent me the following piece written in the last week. Her husband Tom has been given three months to live. When you read this, please pray for Tom and Connie and their adult sons.
The telephone rang, it was the doctor. He had looked at my husband’s CAT scan and confirmed that his cancer had indeed metastasized to his brain having only 3 months to live. I hung up the phone and proceeded into the bedroom and sat at my husband’s bedside to deliver the devastating news.
Only the sound of inconsolable sobbing from two people could be heard from that room. It was the ‘terrible beautiful’ moment. Even though we had to look at death’s terrible face, the cold reality of its finality, we had a chance to take our eyes off this world and truly look eternity in the face to see His plan of salvation.
Tom talked about heaven about how Go…


John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Of all the places for this conversation to take place, it happens at Jacob’s Well.Jacob their forefather had dug this well to sustain his people and their flocks.Centuries later it was still a source of water for the Samaritan village of Sychar.
This was not just any water in Jacob’s Well—it was holy water!It…


Jesus had been raised to view Samaria as ‘enemy territory’.Jesus came on a mission that had no enemy territory.Why did he need to be threatened by Samaritans?
He ends up at Sychar, a village that was in proximity to Jacob’s well.
Jacob was the great patriarch that Jews and Samaritans traced their lives to.They were aware of God’s dealing with an unscrupulous man named Jacob (the deceiver).God had changed the man and renamed him Israel.He was their common ancestor.
This was not enemy territory to Jesus.This was a place that reminds God’s entire plan of salvation for the world.It is a sad indictment when Christians think of people and places outside the flock as being ‘enemy territory’.The enemy has lost his territory and Jesus is the new Lord bringing God’s reign.
It’s possible to be in an unusual situation that God leads you to and never get past being a passive observer.Sometimes we need to be in places simply to see.Jesus would have missed the opportunity if he kept his mouth closed.


In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain's motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was "Ne Plus Ultra," which means "No More Beyond." The word being torn away by the lion is "Ne" or "no," making it read "Plus Ultra." Columbus had proven that there was indeed "more beyond."[i]

The world is discovered because people like Christopher Columbus are willing to take some calculated risks into the unknown.In pursuing the will of God, ‘Plus Ultra’ is a great motto.There is more beyond the familiar, safe path we always travel.
While this is true in the macro level, it is learned at the micro level.Do you remember the first time …


John 4:27-3027 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?" 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" NIV

Isn’t that like Jesus?His friends ask Him something simple and He turns it into a mystery.“Are you hungry?”“I have food that you don’t know about.”
Jesus takes the simplest things of life and uses them to teach the deep ways of God.
We, on the other hand are easily focused on keeping it shallow.
What was Jesus’ food?…


He has spied the apple of His eye and it is you!He’s waiting for you to fall from the history you’ve grown up in.He’s looking for your readiness to be consumed in His Love.

John 4:25-2625 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." NIV

And the apple fell from its branch…Jesus had found the apple of God’s eye and reveals to her who He is.
It was a rare occasion when Jesus would reveal His true identity as Messiah.He did not go about proclaiming, “I am the long awaited Messiah.Yield!”
The true worshippers would figure it out with their spirit, not just with their ideas and teachings.Jesus knew that she was ready to find out the real truth about God and so He revealed His true identity.
You can’t come to faith just by reading the Bible and studying.That will hopefully plant seeds of thought and desire in you.There is a spiritual reality of b…


In Grade three and four, I lived in Galt.Every day, I walked past a huge apple tree on my way to Tait Street Public School.At the right season, my friends and I would go in the yard and look for a juicy, red apple to devour before getting to school.
Sometimes I found apples that were twice as wide as the ones you buy at the store.
I wasn’t very old, but I knew that the best apples were the latest to fall from the tree.If I grabbed one from the branches, it might still be green and not good for eating.If they were on the ground too long, they started to rot.
You had to know what you were looking for to get a good tasty apple.
A trained eye and a couple bad experiences are usually all it takes to judge an apple ripe for the picking.The same can be said of strawberries, peas, corn and most foods that grow from a seed.
Jesus was always on the lookout for opportunities to gather people into the Kingdom who were ripe for the picking.If nothing much was growing in them, he would deposit a se…