Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Looking Back Over 38 Years

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on the John Badham Show on one of our local radio stations, Extra Talk Sports 90.5

John, an excellent interviewer, took me back to the early days when Epistle Sports Ministries was founded in 1976.  We spoke of my involvement in sports chaplaincy with NHL, OHL, NBA, CBA, MLB, NASCAR and LPGA sports chapels.

The station sent me the link for the interview that I'll share with you.  Thought you might enjoy listening.

Thanks for your support and encouragement over these many years.

Here's the link!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Great Transfer

This is another of my favourite scripture verses.  He took us from a bad, dark, desolate place and transferred us to His kingdom where Jesus, the Lamb, is Himself the Light and everything is good.  

Thank you Lord for this Great Transfer!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Lord is Good

My Grandma Fisher taught me this verse when 
I was a young boy.  I've never forgotten it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Choice

Marion Perrott Donaldson

My candle flickered in the gloom
as, huddled in my dismal room,
I gloated in its warmth and light,
a golden circle in the night.

A gentle knock came at my door.
A sweeter Voice than heard before
said, "May I share my Light with you?
My Life is full; My Love is true!"

A harsh voice whispered, 'Keep Him out!
He means to snuff your candle out,
and take your warmth and light away,
Or - wait, at least some other day.'

My choice I made. My door flung wide.
I welcomed Christ Himself inside.
All shadows fled before His Face.
His Love now warms my dwelling-place.

Penned years ago by Marion Donaldson as an expression of her experience when she came to know the Lord as her beloved Saviour.

Marion's son Stephen works with me at FRIENDS Peterborough.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Identity? Who Am I?

For most of my life as a child, teen and adult my identity has been wrapped up in who I was related to and/or what I did.  That wasn't always a bad thing.

For example, I was Ches and Jean Fisher's son and I was always proud of that fact.  I still am although dad has gone "home".  Mom was the one and still is who pointed me to Jesus!

In recent years I've become someone else through somone's prowess as a hockey player..  Mike Fisher's uncle and through marriage, Carrie Underwood's uncle.  That's a pretty noteworthy association too!

For 29 seasons I was known as "the chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays".  Those were great years. In additon to my duties as "spiritual caretaker" of the Jays I was asked to speak on literally hundreds of occasions over those years.  Sunday church services, youth groups, father and son banquets, men's breakfasts, 100 Huntley Street guest TV appearances, service clubs, Sunday Schools, Christian Women's Club guest nights.  They all were anxious to book a "celebrity by association". My itinerary was a mile long...well, not quite.

Then everything changed!  I resigned from Baseball Chapel at the end of the 2005 season.  A decision made after much prayer.  My chaplaincy days with the Blue Jays were over.  The phone stopped ringing.  The invitations dried up.  Suddenly I was a nobody.

Why?  My identity was wrapped up in what I did, not who I was.  

So who am I?

Well, that list is a mile long just like my itinerary was.  Perhaps the graphic below best illustrates who I am.  I am all these things in Christ Jesus.  It's not what I do or what I've done!  It's what He has done.  

Thank you God for giving me true identity in Your Son!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hope as an Anchor

What an incredible gift that God has given those who trust Him!

You cannot buy this kind of hope.  It's freely given by the Giver of Life to anchor our souls during the turbulent times of life.

This hope is strong and steadfast, never failing.

Avail yourself of all the Savior offers you!

It was paid for at Calvary when He shed his precious blood to redeem YOU!

THANK YOU, Father, for giving us Your Son!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hurried Moments

George Muller penned these challenging words..."And is it not the case now that you begin the work of the day after having had only a few hurried moments for prayer, and when you leave off your work in the evening, and mean then to read a little of the word of God, are you not too much worn out in body and mind to enjoy it, and do you not often fall asleep whilst reading the Scriptures, or whilst on your knees inb prayer?"


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Random Scribblings...Catching Up

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram I've been lax in posting here on Pilgrim Scribblings.  This blog was launched in November of 2004 and now with over 2,200 posts I find myself spending most of my time posting on Facebook.

This Pilgrim Scribblings site will always be close to my heart because I have shared so many glimpes of my pilgrimmage here.  Fond memories of days gone by.  I often log on and randomly pick out some previous posts and reflect on my journey.

So, please forgive me for not posting very often but allow me to update you on several things.

On January 27th, 2014 I underwent spinal fusion surgery on my lumbar 4th & 5th discs.  Recovery has gone well and now, after 6 weeks, I'm back at the job I love at FRIENDS Peterborough.

Carol and I stay busy co-ordinating the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.  Now in our 5th season of play we have 4 teams with 60 players.

The Lord has been faithful and we continue to trust Him as we look to the future.  He has provided for us in remarkable ways and we praise Him for that.

Please check out my Facebook page for daily updates but...I promise to post here from time to time.  Thank you!

God bless you and make you a blessing!