Someone once said that they read a statistic that claimed 50% of statistics are just made up! Funny remark, but with the massive amounts of information now coming to us on a minute-by-minute basis from news feeds, social media, television and radio, how do we sort out what is true and what is not? A good place to start is with a deeper level of investigation. At first, the idea that God came down from heaven to save us may sound fanciful, but more than 2 billion people believe this to be true. Why? And what did the coming of Jesus Christ into the world mean? This is what we will investigate more closely this Sunday as we continue our Christmas series.
Remembrance Day is a day to remember and thank the men and women who have served our country during times of war and peace. The symbol of the red poppy is often accompanied by the phrase “Lest We forget.” A famous philosopher once said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. What we learn from poignant moments – no matter how powerful at the time – are soon forgotten unless we have some sort of plan to remember. So, for our nation, we set aside November 11 to remember those who gave their lives in war so Canada could continue its legacy of the true North strong and free. In the Bible, God often instructed his people to set up a memorial when an important event happened so that they could remember the lesson that was learned. What does God’s word say are the types of things in life that are really worth remembering? What memorials should we set up for our lives?
Why is it a good thing for us to pray for God’s will to be done…and to be willing to accept that will? If the thought raises questions or concerns, or even if you hesitate before agreeing, consider this perspective: Who do you trust the most? When you really need advice on where to turn or what to do, especially when a life altering decision is before you, where do you go? More than likely, you go to someone you trust, who will have your best interests at heart, and be someone you respect to be wise. With that in mind, we will talk about the concept of submission as we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer.
What is art? A giant blue bird sculpture was recently unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square sparking a lively debate on what constitutes public art. Apparently, the sculpture is meant to symbolise regeneration and strength. However its meaning was somewhat lost on onlookers. It’s not the first time that art has left people bewildered. Consider the parent or grandparent who does not understand the younger generation’s choice in music. What about other preferences, such as one’s choice in fashion or even furniture? Why do we have art as a part of our lives at all? Do we need it? What is it for? This Sunday we will look at what the Bible has to say about this subject. You might be surprised at what you hear.
When we get together with friends, we may talk about many things: How was your first day at school? How did your presentation go? Did you watch the game last night? But when was the last time someone asked you: Are you fulfilling your life’s purpose? That is not an easy question for most of us to answer, or a typical one to ask. It may raise a lot of unresolved issues… and more questions. For example, do I actually have a special purpose in life? How do I discover what it is, or do I just decide for myself and try to make it happen? Why is it so hard for me to match what I am passionate about with a role that is available on the job market? Or, how do I deal with the expectations of others who may be pushing me towards a career that I am not really interested in? You do not need to be confused about such matters. The Bible does have things to say about our calling and purpose.
When you are going through a rough time, who is in the best position to offer you some comfort or hope? Someone who cannot relate at all to your circumstances, or someone who has experienced a similar situation and can share how they made it through? Troubles come in many shapes and sizes – none of us are exempt; they come in the form of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, unkind words and actions, or devastating losses and heartaches. The book of James in the Bible says we can find hope in the midst of suffering… What did James know that we should know too?