Ordination

imageOn May 31, 2014, I was ordained in a beautiful country church just outside Stonycreek, Ontario, Canada. The ordination service was officiated by the gentleman in the photo with me, Rev. Nicholas Murray.

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Grace TV in Toronto

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On the set of Faith on Fire with host and pastor Dale Hoch, in Toronto, On., Canada at Grace TV in April, 2014.

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Biker Sunday

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Sharing my testimony at Crosshill Mennonite Church on May 18: Biker Sunday

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50,000

My greatest joy in life can be found in the act of blessing others. Perhaps it’s because, for so many years, or maybe decades, I took, rather than gave. Maybe at the age of 53 I’m finally beginning to grow up. Maybe I’m beginning to master the art of life and living. There is much I do not know and never will. I do understand and embrace, however, the life truth or principal, which is also a biblical truth, that it really is better to give than receive.
I love giving away free copies of my book, Journey to Redemption, and I was able to do so today at a restaurant. I truly believe that there is something in the book for everyone, regardless of ones background, age, race, faith beliefs or non-beliefs. My goal, with Journey to Redemption is to give away, free, 50,000 copies.
I’ve been asked, several times, in interviews and otherwise what I hope to get from writing the book. And so, there is my answer. I hope…no, I pray that I get to give away 50,000 copies to total strangers. Strangers who may never or seldom wander in to a book store. Strangers who seldom or never go to church. Strangers who would seldom or never, otherwise chat with me about life, what it means or doesn’t mean to them, God or no God, heaven or hell. Strangers who, for whatever reason can’t afford the book but would enjoy a copy.
50,000 copies. One person at a time. One family at a time. Who? How? When? Where? I don’t have the answers but I do have the vision. One day at a time. One book at a time. One human being at a time. The art of life…

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Talk Radio-New York

I was recently interviewed by a senior reporter from MarketPlace Talk Radio in New York for a piece she was working on called, “Whatever happened to good old-fashioned bank robbery. I was happy to help with the article and my book, Journey to Redemption, was given a plug in both the audio and text version of the piece. This is the link. Enjoy!
www.marketplace.org/topics/business/whatever-happened-good-old-fashioned-bank-robbery

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Choices

Many of us are where we are, who we are, because of choices or decisions that we have made in the past. Every decision we make either nudges us a little further ahead in life-be it physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually or holds us back in all of the same ways. When we look back on the path we have chosen in life, we may very well see, perhaps with glaring clarity, circumstances and situations that we found ourselves in that were, at one time, completely out of our control; where we were born, the family we were born in to, the neighbourhood we grew up in, etc.
As we look beyond that however, at the more recent years of our adult life, we can, if we are honest with ourselves, join the dots of the choices we have made in the past week, month, year and/or years, decades in fact, and clearly see that the path we’ve been on, the steps we have taken or not taken, have largely been ordered by the choices WE have made, rather than made for us by others. (I’m in no way being insensitive to those living under or in extremely oppressive, abusive, closed and/or communist nations, etc.)
I have been very fortunate indeed to have lived all of my life in a country that enjoys relative freedom and peace. That being stated and clearly understood by this writer, I must then, if I am to demonstrate at least a small measure of integrity, take full responsibility for the choices that I have made in my life and accept the fact that who and what I am, where I am, what I’ve done or have failed to do, can be clearly seen in the day to day moments of my thinking, my decisions, my choices and not others.
Circumstances are one thing, choices another. While we may very well be or have been victims of the former, the latter does afford the opportunity, at times, to change our circumstances, whether temporarily or permanently by making better, wiser or more informed decisions. When we begin to take responsibility for the choices that we have made in our lives, some good and some most definitely not so good, we begin to move out of the realm of helpless and into the arena of hopeful. One train of thought is negative while the other is largely positive. The choice is ours to make.

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Forgiveness

Forgiving someone is a beautiful moment in the life of the forgiver.

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Amazing Grace

A Christian book and bible store that I robbed thirty seven years ago (I was caught by the police but the store owner wouldn’t press charges…she said that I was a “good boy” and hadn’t meant any harm.) is now carrying my book, Journey to Redemption.
” Amazing grace, how sweet the sound”…

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The Chess Player

Gordon played chess…a lot of chess, against a diverse group of opponents of varying skill levels from ages eight to eighty. Gordon himself was no “spring chicken,” being at least seventy-five when I met him for the first time.

He was sitting in his usual spot at the mall, chessboard set up, waiting patiently for someone to sit down and join him for a game. Someone always did sooner or later. It could be a teenager, eager to show the old timer a thing or two about aggressive queen play or a middle-aged gentleman thankful for the opportunity to kill a little time while his wife did the shopping.

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