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  • Last Laugh

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 14, 2011

    LAST LAUGH Religion in its highest form is a belief in a being greater than themselves. There are some people who would deny this: they are called "atheists" and say that God in any shape or form is neither necessary nor possible, and so couldn’t possibly exist. When the Russians sent a more

  • Sowing And Reaping  PRO

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jun 23, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    SOWING AND REAPING There is a famous (and doubtless apocryphal) story about Horatio Bottomley, the politician and convicted fraudster, who was stitching mailbags in prison when a chaplain caught sight of him. "Sewing, Bottomley?" said the priest. "No," he more

  • Jim Elliot And The Ecuadorian Indians

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 19, 2009

    JIM ELLIOT AND THE ECUADORIAN INDIANS Jim Elliot was an American. He became a Christian at a young age and after university he became a missionary in Ecuador, South America. He, with a few other young missionaries wanted to reach a tribe of Indians who lived in a remote region beyond more

  • God's Calendar

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jun 22, 2009

    GOD'S CALENDAR Here’s my calendar for July. (………) I mark up the days which have a special meaning for me or an event to watch out for. Last month I did have a calendar event – it was my birthday! That was a ‘red-letter day’, something which marks an important day. I won’t tell you how many more

  • Children And Their Fathers

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jun 16, 2009

    CHILDREN AND THEIR FATHERS An old English proverb tells how important fathers are. It says: "A father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." Fathers are often more appreciated at different ages of their children. Mark Twain had the candour to admit a change in his perception of his father: "When more

  • Somebody Once Said, "We're So Busy Giving Our ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jun 16, 2009

    Somebody once said, "We’re so busy giving our children what we didn’t have, that we don’t have time to more

  • The Most Important Gift

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jun 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    THE MOST IMPORTANT GIFT Rob Parsons, the founder of "Care for the Family," asks the question, "What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?" He always gives the same answer: it is his unconditional love and acceptance. The key to a child’s heart is to let him or her know that more

  • When I Opened My Computer I Found Emails Sent To ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on May 6, 2009

    When I opened my computer I found emails sent to a friend but somehow also sent to me. I inquired as to the reason and was told that a hacker had got into his computer address book and was spewing out messages to all his correspondents. Fortunately it didn’t result in giving my computer a virus. more

  • Religion Of Itself Will Only Make Us Like The ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on May 6, 2009

    Religion of itself will only make us like the Pharisees, a contradiction of Christianity. No man can save himself. Nothing that we can offer can change a sinner to a saint! I remember seeing a carton showing a scholarly man sitting on top of a great pile of books, looking at himself in a mirror, more

  • The Death Of Jesus Christ Is The Propitiation For ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on May 6, 2009

    The death of Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins. ‘Propitiation’ is a difficult word and isn’t in everyday use. A minister tells the story of going home with a member of his congregation who had under one arm a gift-wrapped box and in his other hand a bunch of flowers. Both of those more

  • Volcanic Rock And Coal

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Feb 3, 2009

    VOLCANIC ROCK AND COAL When I went to Italy on holiday, one of the tours was to visit Mount Vesuvius. I climbed to the summit, and there was a huge crater with smoke coming out of it because, although the volcano is dormant just now, deep down in the earth there's molten rock. When the pressure more

  • Thou Wast A Bond-Man

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jan 18, 2009

    Thou Wast a Bond-Man John Newton, the former slave-ship captain, was so grateful for God’s gracious dealings with him that when the vicarage at Olney was refurbished he had two sentences from Isaiah 43:4 and Deuteronomy 15:15 painted over the fireplace of his study: ’Since thou wast precious in more

  • John Newton: Infidel Restored  PRO

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jan 18, 2009
    based on 9 ratings

    John Newton: Infidel Restored John Newton continued his ministry into his old age, turning a deaf ear to friends who urged him to accept retirement, as by the time he reached 80 he was almost blind and partially deaf. "I cannot stop" he replied. "What! Shall the old African blasphemer stop while more

  • The Ode To The Innkeeper  PRO

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jan 1, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    THE ODE TO THE INNKEEPER The Innkeeper stands, he is guarding the door He's got all he wants, he has room for no more 'O yes, there's a stable, not fit for a king Have that if you like, it don't mean a thing. But don't come inside, I've so much to do I haven't the time to listen to more

  • A Group Of Four-Year-Olds Were Presenting A ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jan 1, 2009

    A group of four-year-olds were presenting a Christmas Pageant. Everything moved along smoothly until the children playing Mary and Joseph arrived at the inn in Bethlehem. ‘Do you have any room for us?’ asked young Joseph. ‘No, the inn is full,’ replied the innkeeper. ‘But it’s so cold more

  • Xmas Or Christmas?

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Dec 15, 2008

    Xmas or CHRISTmas ? I used to get annoyed when I saw the word 'Xmas' as an abbreviation for 'Christmas' as it seemed to take something of the wonder out of the story of Jesus coming to our world as a baby in order to become the Saviour of the World. It was all part of the commercialising this more

  • Let's Be Like God

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Nov 30, 2008

    LET'S BE LIKE GOD There’s a fable of a couple living in poor circumstances who were given the opportunity to make four wishes, guaranteed to come true. They could ask for whatever they wanted and they would have them! It seemed too good to be true. They were rather modest at first and asked more

  • I Remember Seeing A Carton Showing A Scholarly ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 25, 2008

    I remember seeing a carton showing a scholarly man sitting on top of a great pile of books, looking at himself in a mirror, and above his head a question mark. He has mastered every subject of learning, but couldn’t answer the problem of himself! The infection of sin has warped human nature so more

  • A Cartoon Has Been Found On A Wall In The Ruins ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 25, 2008

    A cartoon has been found on a wall in the ruins of ancient Rome showing how crazy the Christian message seemed to the people of that time. It’s a caricature of Jesus’ crucifixion, showing a man’s body hanging on a cross - but the body has the head of a donkey! There’s also a figure of a more

  • I Read Of A Candidate For Ordination Into The ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 25, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    I read of a candidate for ordination into the ministry. He was having an interview with the bishop on the day before the ordination service. Feeling his unworthiness he said, "Bishop, if you knew how unworthy I am to be ordained by you, you would never lay hands on me." The dear bishop replied, more