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My Installation as Minister of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

My installation was on Friday March 6, 2015 We arrived in Calgary on January 22, 2015, and I commenced my pulpit ministry on the Lord’s Day, January 25. The first few months in any new country are filled with practical matters: government paperwork, driver’s license, becoming familiar with the stores for groceries and other practical…Continue readingMy Installation as Minister of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

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My Ordination

My ordination service was a great blessing In a day when it has become all too common for people to enter Christian ministry to be self-determining their ‘call,’ an orderly approach to the Christian ministry and church planting is welcomed. Like much of our modern world, people demand things occur much faster than they did…Continue readingMy Ordination

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How Do I Know I’m Saved?

Although I have touched on this topic before, it has been coming up frequently in recent conversations with other Christians. With the continuing trend of fruitless Christianity, more of God’s people can discern that something isn’t quite right. People “get saved” and after a short period of keen interest in Christian living, they revert back to living…Continue readingHow Do I Know I’m Saved?

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Our Eternal and Federal Union with Christ

If there’s one doctrine I’ve been trying to understand more fully recently, it’s the doctrine of the believer’s union with Jesus Christ. It’s the source from which every spiritual blessing God has provided is produced, and is therefore, of the utmost importance. In fact, the doctrine of our union with Christ cannot be separated from…Continue readingOur Eternal and Federal Union with Christ

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Faith Alone, Never Alone!

Several years ago, I had a conversation with a Christian friend which I’ll never forget. He did a lot of work for a Christian outreach centre for the youth, and one particular week they had a mission (a period, usually 1-2 weeks, where there are meetings every night with a distinct evangelistic slant). Now during…Continue readingFaith Alone, Never Alone!

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Five Spheres of the Spirit-filled Life in the Christian

As Christians, we’re all very aware of our need for God’s help in everything we do. To deny that is unthinkable for a Christian. But do we really rely upon God in everything we do? I’m inclined to think we often rely on God to get us out of trouble, or to make us feel…Continue readingFive Spheres of the Spirit-filled Life in the Christian

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“TO THE UNKNOWN GOD”

What is it about us that we become so easily content with our devotion to God, and so easily discontent with the temporal and worldly circumstances that we find ourselves in? I remember listening to a sermon by A. W. Tozer one time, where he was dealing with godly living, and one of his points was,…Continue reading“TO THE UNKNOWN GOD”

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Traveling to Tasmania (and the Longest Sleep Ever)

For my age, I’m a fairly seasoned traveller. I’m not Michael Palin, but I’ve seen my fair share. However, the trip from Northern Ireland to Tasmania was my longest continual journey so far. Here’s a little insight into what it was like, just so you know what you’re getting yourself in for if you ever…Continue readingTraveling to Tasmania (and the Longest Sleep Ever)

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Flights, family and friends, fun, and the future

No, I’m not dead, but I have been quieter than I had expected. After the fortnight in Perth, we began our 40 hour journey back to Northern Ireland, which included an 11 hour stop in Singapore. Actually, if you ever have to spend an extended time in an airport, Singapore is the place to do…Continue readingFlights, family and friends, fun, and the future

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Looking Back on My Time in South Australia

There’s such an irony about what we know as, ‘the pain of parting.’ On the one hand, it’s a horrible feeling, because you’re leaving something or someone that you love very much. On the other hand, if you didn’t feel that pain, you probably didn’t enjoy whatever it is you’re leaving behind. As I sit here…Continue readingLooking Back on My Time in South Australia