Windsor Road Baptist Church blog

Advent

Can you look amongst the stateless and the many fleeing war, feel the fading hopes of refugees, and still see a stable door? Can you gaze on earth’s spoiled bounty, over parched and barren land, and pray that new creation comes, through God’s restoring hand? Can you...

A Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother

Tomorrow is the birthday of a very close family member. I remember their birth date as if it were my own. For 21 years we shared the same bedroom. People know us but are often not aware we are related. We don’t look alike, and we have few common interests. And, though...

God’s Wisdom – The Real Treasure (Job 28)

In May of 2012, a 32-carat Burmese ruby diamond ring, designed by the House of Chaumet (a jeweller founded in 1780 that’s based in Paris), was sold for US$6.7 million, a new world record price for any ruby sold at auction. It was part of the collection of the late...

I Need Thee Every Hour

Many years ago, Sue and I (we only had Stephen and Melissa with us at the time) moved to Singapore to serve with a mission agency. The moment we landed, we encountered one obstacle after another. The biggest of them all was getting a longer-term visa for Sue and the...

We Need Help

I have a friend who reads a lot of self-help books.  It’s quite handy because she usually shares the best bits with me and they often contain profound insights and practical ideas for better living.   The problem is, no matter how many she reads, no...

It is well …

It would be of no surprise to those of you who know me that I love music – music of many different styles and genres.  And I find it helpful to recall lyrics of Christian Hymns and Songs, particularly in reacting to what is happening in my own life or in the life...

Growing in Hard Times

This past week, Sue and I caught up with an old friend whom we’ve not seen for around 25 years! It was a breath of fresh air. Some friends are like that. You simply pick up where you’ve left off. One of the things we discussed was pension! We couldn’t believe our ears...

Keeping faith in God during hard times

Not long after the tsunami that caused the deaths of more than 200,000 and displaced millions more in Southeast Asia the day after Christmas in 2004, a commentator in The Herald of Glasgow, Scotland wrote, “God, if there is a God, should be ashamed of himself. The...

Faith and Suffering

For some Christians, faith and suffering are a contradiction in terms. If you are suffering because of sickness or other causes, they would say you haven’t got enough faith in God or you’re doing something wrong. But if you put your faith in God and live good lives,...

Providential Relationships

Last Sunday my throat was in the final throes of recovering from laryngitis, so I was in church, with a mask on, and not able to sing out loud (but, hey, I sang out loud in my head!) Because I was quiet, I clearly heard better the many reminders during the service of...