Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tonight I went to Picadilly Circus and had fish & chips at Garfunkel's Restaurant. The mashed peas were different but not bad. I also went to a huge 6 storey bookstore where the new age and psychic section was about 5 times the size of the religion section. Sad!
Tomorrow I'll tour London on a double-decker bus. You can get on and off wherever you want and then get on another one when it comes along. I'm also going to visit the Metropolitan Tabernacle where Spurgeon preached so powerfully. They have rebuilt the church on a smaller scale than the original but I want to see it and check out their Christian bookstore.
I don't have wireless internet access where I'm staying tonight and tomorrow evening so I'm across the road at an internet cafe.
Thanks for your love and prayers.
Note - I've taken a lot of pictures but can't post them with this computer. I'll do that later.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
My flight leaves Toronto at 11:30 p.m. tonight. This time tomorrow I'll be sleeping in my London hotel after having tea with the Queen.
Thanks for your prayers!
Note: This is where I'll be staying for 2 nights while I'm in Bristol.
Thank you for your prayers, your comments, your best wishes and your kind thoughts as I prepare to leave tonight on my Pilgrimage to England. I've been too busy to respond to your comments but they are greatly appreciated!
Please check my blog daily for updates on how things are going. It has become a jam-packed itinerary but it will be a rewarding journey. Thanks again, dear friends, and please pray daily for me and also for Carol and my family here at home.
Much love in Christ,
- ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.
- I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN "WHERE'S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?" SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.
- IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?
- WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO "GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?"
- IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?
- WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?
- CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?
- IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?
- WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?
- HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?
- WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?
- ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.
- IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?
- WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?
and, as my friend Larry Andersen always asked:
- WHY DO WE DRIVE ON THE PARKWAY AND PARK ON THE DRIVEWAY?
Monday, February 26, 2007
This is the first time I can say, "Tomorrow I leave for England!" My itinerary is quickly becoming full and finalized. On Friday evening my friend Nathan Betts (who is studying at Oxford) and I will attend a lecture in the Oxford Town Hall (pictured) where renowned Christian apologist William Lane Craig will tackle the subject "Does God Exist?".
Saturday we will tour the home of C. S. Lewis.
I'll keep you posted...literally...with lots of posts as I make my pilgrimage. If those whose homes, gravesites, churches, etc. were to come to life during my visit I would meet Charles Haddon Spurgeon, John Bunyan, William Cowper, John Newton, William Carey, George Muller, John Wesley, Charles Wesley and others. What a Christian Hall of Faith!
Thanks for your prayers and your well wishes. Please pray for Carol and the children while I am gone.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Go Sens Go!
P. S. My friend, former Peterborough Pete Patrick Kaleta, (pictured) is suiting up again tonight for the Sabres after a smashing NHL debut on Thursday night. There'll be some mixed loyalties if Mike Fisher and Patrick are on the ice at the same time but, as they say, "Blood is stronger than water!"
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
During these uncertain days I'm cast upon the Lord like never before. May I learn to trust Him more, the One who is completely trustworthy, the One who changes not and always keeps His word.
Here is that post. May the God of all grace use it to challenge you today!
Time and time again I go back to a book, Bright Days, Dark Nights, penned by a favorite writer of mine, Elizabeth Skoglund (see my links). She writes on subjects such as confidence, depression, anxiety, change and transition using the writings of the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, to illustrate her point.
The following quote by Spurgeon mirrors a statement that I used to make quite honestly and quite often. But now, I must confess, I don't know that I'm able to truthfully say it any more. The ravages of uncertainly, the stresses of being "down to the wire", the scariness of "not knowing" have played havoc with "all I once held dear".
Admitting this is difficult! What I once declared may have sounded very "noble", very "spiritual", very "right" but the years have taken their toll.
Let me give you Spurgeon's quote before I continue... "If I might have any choice between having abundant wealth, or being brought to absolute dependence upon daily supplies, if, in the latter case, I could have greater power to exhibit and to exert faith in Christ, I must confess that I should prefer the mode of living which would give me most room to enjoy the luxury of depending upon my God. I believe it is more happy and more divine a life to live from hand to mouth, dependant upon the provinces of God, and having the confidence to trust Him, than it is to have all the abundance of this world, but to have nothing about which faith may exercise itself." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
There it is! As I said, I used to echo these thoughts although not so eloquently. Do I want to trust God implicitly? Of course! Do I believe that He can provide all I need? Absolutely! Do I want abundant wealth in a worldly way? Definitely not!
So, as I find myself in uncertain waters, I am crying out to God to be the Great Provider. He has been that in the past for me and He will never change.
Living on the edge has made me edgy and that can be a good thing.
1. I could be on the edge of another God-thing...another miracle that has no explanation other than that God did it!
2. I could be on the edge of a breakthrough where I experience deeper intimacy with God than ever before.
3. I could be on the edge of a new career path...a new vocation where God continues to be at the center.
Or, in a negative sense:
1. I could be on the edge of financial ruin.
2. I could be on the edge of unexpected grief or pain.
3. I could be on the edge of something that could shatter hope.
So, as I begin a new day with my hand held firmly by a Sovereign God I will say, "Surely God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid." - Isaiah 12:2
Yes, the unknown is scary! Yes, I want to truthfully say what Spurgeon said! But, for now, I will say this, "Moment by moment I'm kept in His love."
I'll choose to look at the positive "edges" and "expect great things from God."
Thanks for your prayers during my bumpy pilgrimage!
February 15th, 2007 note: I trust that you will be encouraged after reading this post in which I bared my heart and soul. Step out by faith and trust Him wholly. Because... "those who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true" as the hymnwwriter has so ably written.
Trust Him today!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
So, after battling the snow, I'm home again! Both David Shantz (pictured on the right) and I are disappointed. We were looking forward to getting together and getting caught up on things. Last year he played for the Peterborough Petes so we were together a lot. This season he's playing for the Florida Everblades so I haven't see him since last summer.
Oh well, the Lord must have something really good in store...down the road. He does all things well.
Thanks again, Terry, for rallying the troops to pray. Yesterday I was feeling so sick that Carol had to drive me home. Today I drove to Buffalo and back and felt great! God really does answer prayer!
Be encouraged, dear friends!
P. S. And, by the way, Terry and Debra, I waved as I drove by!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
You have such a longing in your soul to go to Bristol to see where George Muller's orphanges stood. Maybe it will happen someday and it would make us so happy for you. I wonder how Mr. Muller would feel if he knew how much you have always admired him? Sometimes heroes come and go in a person's life but this love of yours has never gone or ebbed! One thing is for certain though that you WILL meet him one of these days in heaven. Oh boy, David Fisher.. That will be even better than Bristol, England, and it WON'T be just a dream....Christian love from Terry
George Muller's legacy WILL live as long as there are people like you who are telling everybody about it!
So, as I reported earlier, the dream will become a reality. I leave Toronto for London, Lord willing, on Tuesday, the 27th of February. I won't rent a car and drive to Bristol though. I'll take trains or buses on my pilgrimage. First it will be to Olney to see the Cowper & Newton Museum, then over to Oxford to visit my dear friend, Nathan Betts, who's studying there. Then I'm off to Bristol.
Am I excited? Yes! Thanks for your encouragement, Terry! I'll be vicariously enjoying the trip for you!
God is good!
NOTE: If you haven't paid a visit to my George Muller site, please drop by for a look. It's at: http://www.georgemuller.blogspot.comNote: The first picture is taken at Ashley Down in Bristol where the orphanage building still stand. They are now used by the City of Bristol College. The 2nd picture is of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. This is NOT the original structure where Charles Spurgeon preached but it's a smaller replica. Peter Masters preaches there now. I hope to visit this church for two reasons. First of all, because of its historical connection and secondly, because there's a great Christian book store there.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I've dreamed of this for over 50 years and now it's coming to pass!
One of the highlights will be a trip from London to Olney to see the Cowper/Newton Museum. Of course John Newton wrote the famed hymn, Amazing Grace and William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper")wrote There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood, which is in my top 10 of all time favorite hymns.
Thanks for your prayers as I plan this trip. I'll be blogging throughout my travels to keep you up to date on what I'm experiencing. Hopefully you'll vicariously take the trip with me.