Posts from September 2013

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Gone Silent

by Ladd
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Christianity in the western world is in trouble. It is not because of dwindling numbers that plod out to church each week or the dismal turnout for church functions, but the rot runs much deeper. Who can believe that the church has become so inward looking that there is no universal outcry against the slaughter […]

When We Mourn…

by Ladd
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The second beatitude is, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5: 4 For many years I use to believe that this text was talking about loss of loved ones or the pain of separation from someone or something we loved. Though my interpretation may have a secondary truth, it is […]

Cityscapes

by Ladd
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Ruth and I spent the last two days visiting our son and daughter in Toronto. Mine is a love hate relationship with big cities. I find them crowded, noisy, and as I grow older, more confusing than I once remembered. I am afraid that a world swirling around subway stops, concrete sidewalks, and dashing across […]

Test of Time

by Ladd
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A few posts ago I wrote about how you can’t go home anymore, but this weekend was about as close as I could possibly get to having to rethink that belief, because in a sense I did go home again. I had the privilege to spend a weekend with a group of old friends and […]

Spiritual Beggars

by Ladd
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Matthew tells us in the introduction to the sermon on the Mount that Jesus, “seeing the crowds,“ went up into the mountains around the Sea of Galilee, sat down and began to teach his disciples. The very first thing Jesus said that Matthew recorded were the words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs […]

Blessed are…

by Ladd
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Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when He sat down His disciples came to Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, […]

Love Touches Life

by Ladd
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I think this little video will bring you encouragement and the assurance that there is good in the world.

Time Well Spent

by Ladd
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Ruth and I have become part of a small group that meets every week for prayer, and Bible study. We begin our hour and fifteen minutes together with music, then pray for each other’s needs and finish with study in the Gospel of John. What makes our Bible study a joy is that we spend […]

Welcome Home

by Ladd
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A while ago, I walked through the old neighborhood where I grew up and I have to admit it was a sad experience. As I walked up and down the streets where my childhood memories were made I realized like Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again. So much has changed and though the houses […]

Whatsoever You Ask

by Ladd
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“And whatever you ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14: 13, 14 Jesus couldn’t have make it any clearer.  I have thought a lot about these two verses and have claimed […]