Although at the time of the Seaway re-construction of Morrisburg, the above paving job was being done on Park Avenue on November 12, 1957. Today, this is the west end of Maud Street. Note: the side walk is in and some of the mature trees of today have obviously not been planted.
TORONTO — The Legislature was very busy this week as the session wrapped up. On Monday, we debated many Bills including Bill 47 and Bill 34, which have attracted attention across the Province. Bill 34 […]
The Way We Live
The difference between the culture of God’s people, and the cultures of the world, must be clearly manifest. It is this clarity that allows for an informed choice, by those who would repent of their sin and turn in genuine faith to God for salvation.
If the difference is not clear the choice cannot be clear. The free will of man is not served by the unclearness of the issue. If men, being free moral agents, will be able to make a self obligating moral choice, they must understand the issue without ambiguity.
Therefore the Lord says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:7-9
The forsaking of one’s way of thinking, and way of doing things, is a major decision. But it is the decision called for in both the Old and New Testaments. It is certain that man’s way of thinking and God’s way of thinking, concerning matters of righteousness, do not agree.
Notice that in God’s salvation appeal to the wicked and unrighteous, the forsaking of thoughts and ways, precedes the returning and receiving of mercy and abundant pardon.
This reminds me of a time that a young man came to me asking how he could be saved. I asked him if he was ready to repent of his sin and he assured me that he was a “pretty good person.”
But if one would attain to righteousness by his own efforts he must be perfect. Jesus admonishes us in the sermon on the mount, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
It seemed in the young man’s way of thinking, that in comparison with others he must surely qualify for God’s salvation. But according to Isaiah such thinking is to be forsaken, because by holding such thoughts one fails to “return unto the Lord,” continuing to trust in his own works for salvation.
But the bases for mercy and abundant pardon may not be found in the good works of men for Isaiah also says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; (Isaiah 64:6) Therefore we must look elsewhere for any righteousness we may attain to.
So we are thankful that Jesus Christ has come, living the perfect life before the Father, that we could not; and by sacrificing His life, that was not deserving of death, Jesus has provided eternal salvation for all who will put their trust in Him. In Jesus we find the mercy and abundant pardon of God. (Romans 6:17-23)
As Christians we must keep the issue clear, and openly demonstrate the difference Jesus Christ has made in our lives. The way we think, and what we do, must demonstrate the difference to be expected by one who returns to the Lord. We must manifest the clear and present choice that is before the free will of each person every day.
Rev. George T. Frey,
Faith Christian Center
Back to School
I still remember my first day of school even though it was 50 years ago. My mom took me on the city bus, and we walked from the bus stop with another mom and her daughter Irene. She was my sweetheart for years.
In class Matthew, who sat in front of me, turned around on that first day and asked, “Do you want to be my friend?” It was a friendship that lasted through my grade school. Little did I know that would be the first day of 16 years of school.
School is a huge part of all of our lives, whether we like it or not. At least for a time, our lives and schedules revolve around it. It affects the rest of our lives: the job we do, the house we live in, maybe the car we drive, and perhaps even the person we marry. School’s a pretty big deal.
The point of all this?
How about… kids, easy on the video games; buckle down and do your homework.
And I guess it’s: parents, encourage your kids in their school work; better yet, work with them (without doing too much of their projects and homework as I’ve been guilty of doing).
And it’s wishing all you teachers well: wisdom and perseverance for the task. And loads of thanks for all you do. You are the heart of the school.
And maybe (for peace in the family, my wife being one of them) I should also express my appreciation for all those bus drivers who get our kids to school safely and without harming each other.
Yes, school is important. Yet there’s yet another ‘school’ that’s as important, actually more so. It’s what we might call the ‘school of the soul.’
In our culture we emphasize and invest so much in learning information and skills for life. But how much do we consider learning that fills the soul.
The Bible tells us that there is a God who’s obvious to all who have their eyes open (see Romans 1:20). And it says that we’ve been created to know this God personally (Acts 17:27). In fact we’ll never be fulfilled or at peace until we do (John 6:35).
For me, learning about God and discovering that I could enter a relationship with him through Christ (John 1:12) affected me more than all my 16 years of formal education.
It gave me more than a job, a house, and a car. It gave me things like peace within (you can’t put a price on that) and a sense of purpose.
Getting to know God also transforms our morals. It gives power to overcome addictions. It blesses our relationships. And of course it promises us the most amazing life after this one.
The point of all this? Whether we’re young or older, it’s wise that we consider the ‘school of the soul.
There’s really only one textbook (written by God himself with the help of a bunch of writers), the Bible. There are schools around to help. We call them churches. The best way to learn is in the company of other learners to wrestle and discuss with. And the very best teacher is God himself, what we call the Holy Spirit.
Being the beginning of September, I wish you all a great school year as students, families, bus drivers, and teachers. I also encourage us all to not forget to enroll in the ‘school of the soul.’ There’s tons of good stuff to learn. Dig in and enjoy.
Pastor Clarence Witten