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Paul Martin
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Interest and Enjoyment: A Father's Day Thought
I was talking with a friend the other day about our fathers. The conversation moved to those men besides our dads who made a father-like impression on us. One of those men for me was my father-in-law, Bob Hueni . Bob was a man’s man. I mean, he was a little...

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Why is the Super Bowl on a Sunday?
The Super Bowl is tomorrow. Maybe you have heard about it? I was thinking about the big game today and got to wondering what I would do if the Toronto Maple Leafs were in a Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup. That would be the ultimate game of all time I would n...

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The March for Life Wrecked Me
The size of the crowd caught me off guard. Some early estimates placed it well over half a million. I am not one for crowds and find anything more than 6 kind of suffocating, so shuffling in line for 45 minutes to get screened and frisked in order to stand ...

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Weakness
Monday morning I went out to shovel the snow. It is Saturday evening and I am still a mess. All it took was one short push of a broom across the hood of my truck, attempting to clear the snow off my vehicle before I shovelled, when that electric shock zappe...

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Child Dedication Services: Some Friendly Last Words from Us Paul's
Many Points of Agreement and One Observation on Paul Carter’s Evaluation of My Article on Not Performing Child Dedication Services (Paul Martin) I really enjoyed reading Paul Carter’s engagement with my article on why we do not practise Child Dedication ser...

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Child Dedication Services Are Not Such a Good Thing
My good friend, Paul Carter, recently posted an article on Baby Dedication services that jogged a memory. I recall spending a lot of time thinking through these things when I was a young pastor. There seemed to be a great deal of confusion over what a dedic...

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Intentional Spiritual Friendships
Something we are going to seek to work at in the coming year at Grace Fellowship Church is what I like to call intentional spiritual friendships. We tend to let fear or fancy dictate most of our relationships - we avoid people that intimidate us and strain ...

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BOOK REVIEW: "Being There - How to Love Those Who Are Hurting" by Dave Furman
Dave Furman has written a helpful little book for the church. “ Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting ” is just what it sounds like - a how-to manual to care for the hurting. It may seem like this is unnecessary for Christians, what with the Gospel...

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Why Did the People of Lystra Think Paul and Barnabas Were Greek Gods? (Acts 14)
About 50 years before Paul and Barnabas entered the small town of Lystra, the Latin poet Ovid wrote his epic Metamorphoses . In it, he described a fictitious scene in which Zeus and Hermes took on human appearance and asked a thousand homes in Phrygia for l...

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Make Me a Barnabas
Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. (Acts 4:36-37) And when [Saul] had come to...
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