Let's Understand This

The Lord was having dinner His departure close at hand And the format echoed Moses’ Tortured trek to Promised Land And the blood that worked Passover Now was in a cup Christ raised His a Life of selfless giving Coming ages thanked and praised. And a promise now so strangely To dear friends who scarcely knew That the Spirit’s help was coming More than meet to see life through. His a power of conviction Touching both the good and grim Citing sin and righteous victory Filling judgment to the brim. Yes to judge the Prince of Darkness Who has held sway o’er this place Jesus came and Jesus conquered Though it seemed all sad disgrace. Wicked men would raise Him cross-wise And would jeer at all He said But an empty tomb endorsed Life And brought ceaseless joy instead. Can you hear this? Prince of Darkness. And you thought this World was kind But it blinks at so much suffering That Love’s Gospel brings to mind. John 16: 8-11

Under Sovereign Skies

A New Blog:

Have you noticed a casualness in worship in this country? Oh yes people enjoy a sense of family in their gatherings. They long for relationship. Dress codes have loosened. A smile and a handshake are always waiting.

But the approach to God is too familiar. We come up with other names, comfortable names for Majesty and Sovereignty. Sermons attempt point-by-point to describe the indescribable One. The listener gets the impression that His always being on-call reduces Him to some sort of messenger boy or courier. Hold on folks!

We are talking about the All Mighty One, the Everlasting, the Un-created One, the Omnipotent and Omniscient One. He appreciates it if our approach is unvarnished, but not if overly casual/ disrespectful.

Sovereignty of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit creates a proper balance. This is addressed in our new blog "Under Sovereign Skies".

Under Sovereign Skies

That Name

Please always feel welcome to visit...Doug Blair

Controversial Treasure


The ages old debate over the Good News of Jesus. An ebook:

Only Just Now

Til now talk Has only been casual A neighbourhood Item or two. You chat and you go And scarcely you know The tunnels That he has come through. But today offered Something quite different. No work and The both of us home. A sickness come up Some dregs in the cup And hardship that Neither had known. Turns out that Each father knows Jesus And thrives In a faithful wife's love And put kids Through Home School And feeds on God's Word And takes time To launch hopes above. Took long enough Here for the Shepherd To urge two dear Sheep face to face. Might lawn chairs And coffee now offer Rich sharing of Goodness and grace? A change has been felt Spite our blindness And family ties Faith will see glow. And two men Transparent Or so they will try That God's kind of Love might show.

(Best wishes to my friend/brother a couple of doors away.)

Flat Down and Free

I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. At my family physician the last two PSA readings showed a modest increase in signal level. Sent to the urologist. Biopsy done and results showed malignancy.

There have been subsequently a bevy of tests and I am still waiting for a CAT scan. Stategies for resolution of the problem will follow with Dr. Blair Egerdie.

Just about a month now I have been wearing a catheter and bag...and hobbling. On indefinite layoff from my factory job. Employment Insurance Disability arrangements pending.

But the items of good news are many. Financial help. Love and support from family, friends, workmates and members of my new church. I have also tried to occupy as much as possible in a low-key way. Drives in the country with Hilary. Phone chats with my kids Lauren and  Jordan and my brother Scott. Publishing in hard copy with much delight several of my ebooks. Reading and reading (Nouwen, Tozer, Lucado, Chambers, Scripture, Longfellow, Angelou, Service, Anne …

Ears to Hear

Used to do lots more of this
Seeds of a message heard
Some sort of Heaven's kiss
And I would wake
And rub my eyes
And find where thoughts might take
A messenger and little more
And that was all the thrill
In what He had in store
Scrounging for likely reader hits
A vain sad garden path
Oft perused in starts and fits.
The numbers seemed to mystify
Most bloggers typed to score
But bottom line, not I
A few got back perhaps a note
On things I wrote
But that became much less the goal
A worship rare
In one quenched soul
And heard God did with joy
His whispers blessed
This odd newsboy.
Now thanks arise for sure
In yet more verse
In me a hard days' cure.

The Transaction

Oh but you have been in church service all your life and Mom and Dad before you.

John the Baptist preceded Jesus crying out Repent. Jesus arrived and reiterated John and added Believe the Gospel. What had changed? The arrival of the Man. His convicting presence and messages. His gracious daily walk and service. People knew that there was now a radical turn in the road...and more than likely despondency in the status quo.

And that is where you are. Stuck in false hopes in an organization or traditions or a warming family circle.

The process is called repentance unto life...or simply coming to Christ with empty hands. A simple personal duty and transaction. Please. Thank you. Praise you. Please equip me daily with Yourself Lord Jesus.