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God says the sun sets, but it also rises

Mark Pickup

March 21, 2011

Do old men have dreams?" asked Jeanette as she watched her 88-year-old father through the window of the cottage they rented for a week in the Rockies.

Bill Richards was standing alone on the deck looking at the natural majesty around him. It was dusk. The last vestiges of daylight were slipping behind a snow-capped mountain in the distance. It was the end of another day of more than 32,000 previous days that had passed in Bill's long life. There was something sad yet symbolic in the scene.

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True benevolent global villages need the fatherhood of God

Mark Pickup

February 28, 2011

The architects of a new world order often speak of a global village. Hillary Clinton tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. Are they speaking of the same village? more . . .

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Once an up-and-comer, then isolated by disease, now loved by Jesus

Mark Pickup

February 21, 2011

Young people live with the foolish assumption they will always be strong and healthy. Young men are particularly susceptible to thinking they are invincible. When one of their own peers is cut down by disability or a serious incurable disease - like aggressive multiple sclerosis - it shakes them to their core. After initial shows of support, they often avoid the hurt or sick friend. more . . .

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God comes to call in the silence of the snow.

Mark Pickup

Month Date, 2011

It has been the most incredible winter. I do not remember so much snow; people complained that they were running out of places to pile it. The snow was so high that I could barely see out my window, other than noting the occasional gust of snow blowing off the roof of my house. more . . .

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Christian faces death for blasphemy

Gordon Self

January 17, 2011

It all began with a silly argument in a field over water that resulted in a woman being sentenced to die by hanging. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth belies the wealth he gives his believers

Gordon Self

December 20, 2010

The Christmas season is meant for inexpressible Joy. After all, Advent marks the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to save humanity from the penalty of sin and evil. more . . .

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Only Christ's light can illuminate darkened hearts

Mark Pickup

December 6, 2010

We often think ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or social training. But if ignorance is not knowing, then not knowing God is the greatest human ignorance. In my opinion, the human heart's ignorance of God is the primary crisis of the 21st century. more . . .

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Strong family gives kids order, discipline

Mark Pickup

November 29, 2010

I have heard it said that if a sense of order and discipline is not established in a child's life before the age of seven, he is lost. I do not know where that pearl of parenting wisdom came from and I'm not even sure I believe the age part - but I think I understand the point that was being made. more . . .

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Advent’s meaning reveals God’s Love for us

Mark Pickup

November 8, 2010

The first snowfall of the season fell overnight. I suppose that children throughout the city awoke to the surprise and excitement of seeing snow on the ground. My grandchildren were no exception. They looked out the window and danced gleefully around the living room. My four-year-old granddaughter asked to hear Christmas music. Christmas music in October? Sure, why not! more . . .

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God was the 34th trapped coal miner

Mark Pickup

November 1, 2010

The world watched with rapt attention as 33 trapped Chilean coal miners were rescued from 2,000 feet below the ground. They had been captive for 68 days. Many rescue experts were skeptical a rescue could be accomplished. But one by one the miners were lifted to the surface, in a capsule that slowly travelled through a long, narrow tunnel the equivalent distance of two hundred storeys. more . . .

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