Category Faith Questions

Poverty – Part 1: Why should I be concerned?


This past July, as my family and journeyed to Alberta for our annual pilgrimage to visit family and friends, we past a single vehicle rollover on Highway # 1 west of Salmon Arm.  Always when I encountered such a scene, the question that runs through my mind is, “Should I stop to help?”  We slowed […]

Poverty – Part 2: What can I do?


Jesus is the one who gives us forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.  As we respond to the richness of his gifts with a desire to share them with others, there are several things we can do to help the poor: pray, pray, pray – Pray for the poor in your personal devotions, your family devotions […]

Questions: What about anger?


During the summer we have been doing something that’s a little different:  we have been giving you the chance to choose the theme for the sermons. People have been sending in their questions and then we pick one of those questions as our sermon theme.  We may not get to all the questions but we […]

Should a Christian marry or date a non-Christian?


(This was written in response to a question about whether a Christian should marry or date a non-Christian) I briefly referred to the topic of Christians and non-Christians marrying in the following sermon: https://jamespaulgaard.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/questions-how-do-you-know-if-you-are-following-gods-will-for-your-life/#more-390 The bible verse that I mention is 2 Corinthians 6:14 which reads,  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what […]

A Christian Preamble for a Will


PREAMBLE First, realizing the uncertainty of this life, I place full confidence and trust in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who promised: “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). […]

A draft of a Health Care Directive


(This is a draft of a Health Care Directive that I offer as a resource to you as you prepare your own directive.  Please make sure that you have this document reviewed by a lawyer from the jurisdiction where you live before using it.  Modifications may have to be made to comply with the laws […]

Cremation & Making Final Arrangements


(This was written in response to a question about final arrangements and cremation.) It is good to talk about wills and final arrangements ahead of time, and it is especially good to do so when everyone is feeling fine and the sun is shining.  It is part of the stewardship of the life that God […]