Monday, 3/9/20 – Pressing on…

The saga of the fireplace trim…

Screenshot_20200308-153545For twenty-two years we enjoyed living in our little log home just outside Fredericton. We knew when we purchased it that the living room fireplace was unusable due to a prior collapse of the chimney liner. But, no worries, we would get an electric insert.

That day came and the insert was installed. Now all the fireplace needed was some mantle-matching trim around the insert. Sketches were drawn and the trim was installed, but not by the man with whom we had originally drawn up the plans. That man had got called out of town and he had sent another fellow to do the work in his place. The result was not at all what we had agreed upon.

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The first man came round, had a look, and agreed to correct the work. By now payment for the job had been made, and there was nothing further in writing about the needed corrections. Still, the man promised to honor his word. The repairs would be done.

Two years passed filled with repeated phone calls, excuses, and delays, but still the work was not done. Had to order some parts… had another rush job… got the pieces all cut out and ready for you… will be around soon… Time passed… It was not until we were ready to put the house on the market that the man finally did come round and do the needed repairs.

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Though the resulting work was lovely we did not recommend this man to any of our friends – not because of poor workmanship, but because of poor reliability. Had we had a written contract we could have forced the matter, we could have appealed to a higher authority and got the job done in shorter order. But we did not. What we had was a trust, a faith in a man whose faithfulness proved questionable.

God is not like that!

God is the Highest authority in Himself.

God has promised through Abraham to bring a great nation into this world through which He would bring humankind’s Saviour. He promised this by an oath,

“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” (Heb. 6:16-18).

And God has delivered.

While it is unlikely that I will ever trust this contractor again, it is assuring to know I can approach God with confidence knowing He is ever faithful.

More tomorrow…

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To hear Pastor Andrew’s Sunday message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 8 message.

Thursday, 2/27/20 – Discipleship – The Bible

Nature’s Signs

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Look straight ahead. Now, making a fist extend your right arm straight forward. Align the thumb side of your extended fist before the center point of some fixed object in front of you. As you look at the back of the fist you have made the distance from its thumb side to its pinky side will be a fairly accurate 10°. If you change your fist to a “Y” shape by spanning thumb and pinky as far apart as you can the distance between thumb and pinky will be doubled to a fairly accurate 20°. Moving your arm two “Y” shaped lengths plus 1 three middle finger spans (see chart) to the right will result in your arm pointing 45° to the right of the center point from which you began.

20200226_060553Three middle finger spans = 5°. A pinky span = 1°. Nine fist spans = 90°. Eighteen “Y” spans = 360° and so on… You can use these “human sextant” tools to determine heights of trees, buildings or other objects, and by using triangulation even distances across rivers and such.

I learned all this from reading in a fascinating book called The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, by Australian writer and navigator Tristan Gooley.

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God’s creation holds many secrets and speaks to us in many ways if we listen. In fact, scripture tells us that “God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Rom. 1:20). Jesus Himself often pointed to creation in His parables explaining the Love and Nature of God the Father.

In the beginning God spoke… and created (Gen. 1). Some 2,000 years ago this same Word became flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. Later the Word became text as holy men of God were inspired by the Spirit thereby creating the written Word of God, the Holy scriptures to guide us. Creation, Flesh, Book. But we must apply our ears and hearts, minds and spirit to grow. We must “have ears to hear,” as Jesus put it.

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Dig into the Word of God today. As Peter writes, “desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow” (1 Pet. 2:2). Jesus Himself pleads, “learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29).

Press on…

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