Author Archives: James Paulgaard

A Miraculous Rescue: Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

A few years ago, when I was in my previous parish, a member of the congregation, who was also friend of mine, asked me to go visit his Dad in the local hospital. His Dad has recently received a diagnosis of terminal cancer and he was very anxious and afraid. Fear is a very powerful […]

The Gospel: It is Bigger Than We Think

October 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, so you are likely to hear something about that over the coming year. Now you may wonder what difference a dusty, old historical event makes in your busy, fast-paced life here in the Lower Mainland of BC. Turns out, quite a lot. […]

The Cost of Forgiveness: The Passover

Years ago, when I was young, I was helping my Dad and our hired men move some equipment home from some fields of ours that were about 10 miles from home. I was driving one of our 3-ton grain trucks which had a 5-speed manual transmission. Most of the trip home was uneventful, but 1 […]

Remember the Rescue

One time, when I was a little boy, I was watching from the barn door as my Dad was working with a Red Angus cow and her calf. The calf was freshly born and my Dad was trying to help it get up and have its first drink of milk.  The barn door was open […]

Love Will Save the World

 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16) We cannot overstate the importance of love. Love will save the world, overcome all hurts and heal all wounds, but love needs to be […]

The Precious Light

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? (Mark 4:21) We have an abundance of artificial light in the world today. We simply flip a switch and a room can become lit up like it is daylight […]


Before He ascended into heaven, the resurrected Jesus told us what the focus of every Christian church ought to be. It is not about what I want or what you want or what the person sitting next to you during worship wants. The focus of every church should be making disciples, that is, students, or […]