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Final Hours

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It's the last day of the year, and I read a devotion from John Piper's Solid Joys that really got me thinking. The devotional said;  "The 365 days of the year are like a miniature lifetime. And these final hours are like the last days in the hospital after the doctor has told me that the end is very near. And in these last hours, the lifetime of this year passes before my eyes, and I face the inevitable question: Did I live it well? Will Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge, say “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)?" So as I looked back on my year, I asked myself - did I live it well? Would I hear the words "well done, good and faithful servant?" Accordingly to Dictionary.com, ' Faithful ' is defined as "steady in allegiance or affection, loyal; constant". And I don't think i've been faithful. I've found that this past year, i've chosen flesh over faith, and, after catching up with a friend, i'v

A Year In Review: 2016

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In my birthday messages or my christmas cards, I often encourage one to reflect on God's faithfulness and goodness to them that past year. Why? To give thanks for the grace God has shown to us - all we have comes from the LORD, none of it have we earned, none of it do we deserve - each breath we take is because God gives us each breath. It is also important to remember as we move forward. There will be times when God seems distant, when we may doubt or question His faithfulness, and it's in these times that we must remember how He has been faithful so we can continue to trust that He will be faithful.  As the year closes I took some time to reflect on these past twelve months and highlight 16 instances - not to boast in how great my year has been, but rather remind and encourage myself and others that God is good and that God is faithful!  1. Convocation This year, I wrapped up another season of life. After studying at the University of Guelph for four years, I gra

2017 Goals

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2017 is upon us! Within 7 or 8 days, it'll be January and we'll embark on another 365 days. For many it's a time to create New Years Resolutions; eating right, get that new gym membership... and though some may not think it's worth doing, I always think its good to set achievable goals as well as challenge yourself to build up one's discipline by setting resolutions. It's a time where everyone's doing it, so you might as well? Reading The Whole Bible Ambitious right? I remember the first time I read through it was with "The Daily Message", a one year bible given to me for my baptism back in 2008. I was pleasantly surprised with how I was able to keep up with it, even though none of it probably stuck with me - in fact fairly quickly, it became more of a chore - but I still did it! I do remember hearing that one has to read the whole bible over a couple of times before truly getting a full understanding. But that's not the main reason why i&

Millions of Years Ago

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Just about a month ago, I was assigned my main project for my one year internship at The Arboretum. My task was to create a 6 part interpretive sign series based on "Prehistoric Plants" or "Living Fossils". The focus was on trees, ferns, vines etc... that were around for a long long time, millions of years - according to the evolutionary theory. Some of the plants we picked can be found in the fossil record, and have remained unchanged, trees such as the Gingko / Maidenhair Tree.  I remember hearing the assignment and thinking "oh no, how is this going to go down". Even the topic itself, "prehistoric plants" - has tons of implications of true evolution and old earth theories that completely contradict and oppose our beliefs as Christians.  True evolution (I say true evolution because the word 'evolution' has been equivocated today to encompass more than it really should me, but that's a different story) is an idea that came up