Christmas Tension

Tis the season to be jolly….well maybe for some but certainly not for all! Sometimes when I spell Christmas what I am really spelling is T-e-n-s-i-o-n! When I think of the word ‘tension’ the picture that comes to mind is stretched and normally more than I want to be!  I own something that is called […]

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Waiting For Christmas

  One year our youngest daughter said to me as Christmas was approaching; “ you know Dad, it is the day before the day before Christmas– I can hardly wait!” We smile at the sheer pleasure children get as they wait in anticipation for Christmas Day. We may also be a little cynical and think, “one day they might not […]

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Joy And The Options Of Life

  It seems that there are two options for any of us as we go through life. We can either walk by faith or by our feelings. If joy is dependent on our feelings then you know as well as I that we will be up and down like an airplane. There has to be […]

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What To Do With Christmas Anxiety

  This is a guest post by Judy Herman. She writes, counsels, and speaks from a holistic Christian view that empowers authentic living. She’s a therapist, consultant to pastors, entrepreneurs,  business owners, and others working in education and health care professions. judycounselor.com     I sat on a floor pillow in front of our ceramic […]

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A Reflection Upon A Surprise

This is a guest post by Stan Biggs We were invited to Botegga the other night to hear our friend Sheryl tell the story of her faith journey. Upon arrival, the hostess asked me to be prepared with a few words.  But time ran out and they stayed trapped until released in the piece below.   […]

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Perseverance

When I say the word perseverance it conjures up several word pictures. Finishing a research paper, a daughter who runs marathons, a friend who took months to rehab from a traffic accident, a marriage that a persistent spouse worked at rebuilding for 24 months and a ballet dancer we know who has practiced for years […]

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Who Cares?

Who Cares?

   I have never met a person who hasn’t wanted to “do life well.” But what does doing life well, really mean?  After all how do you define it and better yet how will you know when you have done it well?  Perhaps part of that answer lies in living in the “now” as opposed […]

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Encouragement

    Mark Twain once said that; “ He could go a whole month on one word of encouragement.” Well… that might have been good for him but personally, I prefer 3-4 a day! The Bible actually talks  about; “The ministry of encouragement.” 1 Samuel 23:16  “ And Saul’s son Jonathon went to David at […]

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Recognizing Canada’s 150th Birthday

              Did you know?… The founders of this country built Canada on the Word of God, as can be seen in many examples. The name “Dominion of Canada”, the motto of Canada, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea” and the phrase on Canada’s coat of arms “A mari […]

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How Do You Look?

    Often when I am heading out the door to a meeting or a public speaking event I will say to my wife: “ How do I look?” As a guy what I am looking for is to hear whether my clothes match, that my hair doesn’t look like Dennis the Menace and that […]

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Speak Life

I was a college freshman attending my first philosophy class. The professor, a Mr. Glen Taylor said something I have never forgotten. Looking out at a class whose minds were like empty sponges he said this; “ your words invite people to live or die.”  For years I have reflected on that statement. This morning […]

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Prayer

Imagine that when I was first married to my wife I said to her; “ I am committing myself to you and promise to love and care for you for ever…and if that ever changes I will be sure to let you know! In the meantime don’t expect me to talk to you except at […]

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Easter

  More than any other day on the calendar Easter stands out in front and center for this reason; Resurrection Sunday is what gives us hope. As gas is essential to a car, a hockey stick for a hockey player or an instrument to the musician so is Easter for the meaning and hope of […]

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The Hope of Easter

  Someone has said that you can go about 40 days without food, 3 days without water, 3 minutes without air but only 3 seconds without Hope. Emil Brunner once made this comment; “What oxygen is to the blood so is hope for the meaning of life.” Winston Churchill (British PM during WW2) once asked […]

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Anxiety

 Trade your anxiety for the peace he is extending to you. Your core is shaped by your choices. In other words – what you reflect as an individual is most often a result of a decision you have made. Most times we cannot change circumstances but we can decide how we will handle them. That’s […]

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Finding Direction

  I am so grateful for Roger Easton. He is the man who spearheaded the creation of the satellite system that lets us know where on earth we are. We know it now as the GPS. Easton has spared me significant embarrassment from the times when as a man I would have been forced to […]

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Comparing Problems

While we don’t like to admit it – we often find remedial comfort in knowing that someone else is going through deeper waters than us. Sometimes it is a plumb line causing us to reflect on our own complaining attitude. Hopefully, it will cause us to be thankful for what we have. Curtail our griping […]

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Thoughts On Change

Before change is good it is normally painful: Growing pains, romance pains, moving pains.  All those words remind us that change is painful. There are the awkward moments as we grow up. The difficult times in school when friends pick on friends – jealousies start up and new friends are made because some other people […]

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Don’t Be Nasty

 It is hard not to miss any or all of the back-splash from the US election. The language and comments between Trump and Clinton have caused me to cringe. Likely you have been left wondering what has driven us to such lengths where it is acceptable to many to simply shoot their mouth off at […]

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Keep Calm

It is easy to be overwhelmed by a situation. You may think that there is no way forward, no hope because of what you perceive to be impossible.  You have no faith for a miracle. Out of the life of King Ahaz who was one of the Kings of Judah we find perspective for what […]

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Thanksgiving-Saying Thanks

If you haven’t started then it’s time this Thanksgiving weekend to build some memories. We all want to do family better – and so I want to encourage you at some time over the Thanksgiving weekend whether with your family or friends to go around the table and mention something that you are thankful for. […]

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Shelter And Shadow

When a storm hits you want to be in a safe shelter and when the sun is overpowering you, you want to be in the shade. Both to me are pictures of what we all want to have our “bases covered.” Is it little wonder that the writer found in Psalm 90 which talks about […]

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Keeping Tab – Part One

Likely we have all heard the expression of keeping tabs.  At one time it was common for stores or restaurants to keep a tab and the customer would pay at the end of the week or end of the month or end of the week. Often in relationships we keep tabs. More often than not […]

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Keeping Tab – Part Two

Luke 11: 4” Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” I like the first part of that verse because I have dealt with my own fair share of guilt and shame. – I want to be forgiven and when I experienced the forgiveness of Jesus it truly set me […]

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Perspective

   Today has been a perfect day for flying and my route took me from Vancouver to Winnipeg to Calgary and then Vancouver. Looking out the window of the plane I have been reminded of the word Perspective. There is an expression which says – you can’t see the “forest for the trees” But at […]

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God’s Happy Meal

I am writing this video blog from a Child’s favorite restaurant – McDonalds. Trying to figure out what makes them successful I have concluded that for children – it has to be the Happy Meal. I mean you get fries, yogurt, a drink, Chicken Nuggets and a toy. And who doesn’t like a toy? My […]

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Defining Moments

 Defining moments come along at key times in our lives and they shape us. In those defining moments, you discover that; “When you make a decision that decision will turn around and make you.” A defining moment can be the job you take, or how you handle bad news from the doctor. Perhaps who you […]

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Defining Moments Part Two

I continue to talk about defining moments. For many of us,  defining moments can be categorized in these three areas. Three Defining Moments 1. How you handle Pain or Success. We all want to be well, wealthy and wise. For you old Star Trek fans it is the Vulcan blessing…”Live long and prosper.” But no […]

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Rio, Olympics, Perseverance

With the athletes of the world gathering right now in Rio. It is easy to be inspired by the hours, days, months and years of training to be the best in their sport. But none of them will ever have a chance to stand on the podium if they look back. Looking back causes you […]

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Dallas Shootings

  The Dallas shootings and the subsequent deaths of 5 police officers – occurred only blocks from Dealey Plaza, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. It reminds us that the legacy of slavery – the economic and social division of blacks and whites – remains America’s great domestic social problem. It is the […]

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Your Reputation

A Great Reputation: Reputation is something that you can’t buy. You don’t get it by associating with the right people. It is really all about who you are when no one else is looking. Proverbs 3:3 states; “let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them about your neck write them on the table of […]

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Forgiveness

As we think of the incredible evil we have witnessed in the last weeks by shootings and bombs what does forgiveness look like for those left reeling in the wake of what has happened? But bring that subject close to your backyard. Think about Forgiveness in the context of your own story, what you have […]

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Orlando, Nice, Turkey, And Baton Rouge

With the killings that are happening around the world, racially motivated attacks against police officers, Isis Terrorist plots – one cannot wonder about ones safety but in a far bigger perspective what is going on in the world. Our prayers and thoughts go out to those who are the immediate victims as they try to […]

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O Canada

Not everyone who follows my blog are Canadians …in fact Mike’s Minutes are being viewed in 15 countries right now. So welcome to all who are watching. But for us who are Canadians – this is our National Holiday.  And in good Canadian style – I am out camping this weekend celebrating our countries 149th […]

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The EU, Stock Market, Political Turmoil

  Many of the things that the world looks to for stability have been pretty tipsy the last few days and even hours. What will be the impact of Britain leaving the EU? Will their prime minister actually resign? Headlines are reading that Global markets are plunging after Britain decides to leave.  Hey and then […]

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The Orlando Shootings

  The aftermath of the Orlando shootings this week is somewhat like the clean up of  a City after a devastating earthquake or fire. Trying to put pieces together, mopping up, consoling loved ones …but of course, this is different. Why is that? Because it was an intentional act of violence and evil! As I […]

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Unconditional Love

  I want to conclude our four episode journey on marriage by talking today about what unconditional love is and looks like. The Bible refers to this kind of love as Agape love. Agape love is self-giving love that demands something of us. Love that is more concerned with giving than receiving. This love is […]

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The Art of Listening

    One of the most “successful men who ever lived had to be a guy named Nehemiah. In a time of dire circumstances he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days – and they are still standing today. How did he do that? Well he did it by listening to the plight of […]

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Marriage 2: The Unselfish Leader

    The unselfish leader – Everyone wants their marriage to work! So a good question would be; What makes a marriage work?” In my last video, I mentioned that I would touch on three things that make a marriage work and so here is the first. For a marriage to work you need someone to […]

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Marriage Part One: For Better or For Best

  I was thinking about what makes a marriage work? Likely what influenced my thinking process was the fact that I am attending a wedding today.  Yesterday I spoke with a couple whose marriage was ending and today I am witnessing a new beginning. Everybody loves a love story – Harlequin romances, soap operas and […]

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