Pastors Note (Page 6)

Pastors Note (Page 6)

Pastors Note June 2013

One of my favourite speakers and authors, Tony Campolo writes, Growing up, I knew a man who loomed larger than life to me. He was Edwin Bailey. He ran the astronomical observatory at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I would go there most Saturdays just to spend time with him. His encyclopaedic mind fascinated me. He knew something about everything. I was friends with him until he died several years ago. Once, after he’d suffered a serious stroke, I went…

Pastors Note May 2013

Blade of Grass General Robbie Risner was captured in the Vietnamese war. He spent seven years as a prisoner of war and later described it as ‘the essence of despair.’ He said, ‘If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-coloured, dingy and dirty.’ What’s amazing is how he survived. He pried the cover off a floor drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed…

Pastors Note April 2013

By the time you get this edition of the Link, Easter will be around the corner. Easter speaks of many things, of love, sacrifice, hope and new beginnings; it also speaks of reconciliation and forgiveness. Surely some of the most powerful words ever spoken are these: ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’ Imagine for a moment if you can the horror of what Christ experienced and yet his cry to the father is for…

Pastors Note March 2013

A flight attendant once said to the then heavyweight champion of the world, Mohamed Ali, please fasten your seat belt. He replied with a sneer, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” “Superman don’t need no aeroplane!” She responded. “Buckle up please.” Ever suffered with ‘Superman syndrome’? I guess we all have from time to time! I thank God for those who have had the courage to encourage me to ‘buckle up’ over the years. Why? Arrogance is never attractive. What…

Pastors Note February 2103

Shortly before his death Jesus turns to his disciples and says  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. Within hours Jesus was crucified, the disciples scattered, everything in their world came crashing down! Peace! How could they know peace in the midst of such pain and chaos? How indeed? I share with you an article I read some time ago by Ian Coffey who helpfully explains…

Pastors Note January 2013

Happy New Year! I thank God for our children; they have taught me so much over the years! One lesson that stays with me is our oldest son’s refusal to give up. We had bought him a skateboard for his birthday (they were all the rage at that time) and within seconds of opening his present he was out on the drive trying to learn how to stand on it. The inevitable happened of course, the skateboard went one way…