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May 29, 2013

A Message In A Dream.

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by Dick Hunt, April 21st, 2013.
In the small hours of this morning, a word came to me which I had never been aware of in all my years. That word is “Chicanery”. I awoke, startled, wondering how the word could have come into my consciousness. I lay awake for some time, wondering if I should write it down, finally going back to sleep again. When I awoke to face the day, it was still there, demanding to be investigated. I had a slim feeling that it had to do with human behaviour. So I went to my large dictionary and this is what I found.

“Clever but misleading talk, a fake argument, trickery, deception”. I then cast about in my mind to find whether, out of my experience I had any evidence of that application during my life. Out tumbled a great deal to clinch the given meaning of the word. I thought first of the world of business and advertizing. Living as we are in a world where most people are being widely convinced, in the so called ‘Developed World’, that we must have everything our eyes detect as delectable, modern, achievable ( with the “easy credit’ of our days in the Western World,) we are easy game for the advertizers and easy to bamboozle. “Recommended by leading Doctors”. (How are we being led and which leading Doctors and how many) “Recommended by Bankers and Financial experts everywhere”. (How many and how can we check their honesty and motivation”) And to quote Pontius Pilate, “What is Truth.” And king of them all, “is there anything that can be called Truth and trusted in our modern world as incontrovertible “TRUTH? Well countless millions of this planets’ citizens believe that in Jesus Christ, who died a aweful death because He loves us, we have the answer.
I have staked my life on Jesus, the Prince of Peace and the Author and finisher of His gift of Salvation for more than sixty years as a Preacher of that Good News and have never been in the least inclined to recant. He is always there for me and for all who turn to Him in penitence and the Faith that only He can reveal to Seekers after Truth. The source of that Truth for us is God’s Holy Word, printed in Holy Scripture, revealed to all the world in God’s Word REVEALED IN HUMAN FLESH, JESUS.

Yes, the Truth so revealed has also been reviled by hordes of unbelievers, many of them self styled reporters, researchers, pseudo theologians, and many in our day who are in positions of power and authority over churches large and small. When the roll is called, not up yonder as the Hymn says, but here where we live and move and have our being, we will be sorted in advance of our departure into the citizens who will be citizens of heaven (God’s Kingdom beyond) and those who spent their lives refusing to believe, for whatever reason. The debt is fully paid when we accept Jesus’ willing death upon that cruel Cross outside the walls of Jerusalem. There is no trickery in that. It is Good News. It is the Christian Gospel. It has brought Peace and security and great Joy to billions of people who have said yes to the One who loves us so. To have ones doubts about Truth swept away as we receive the assurance of Salvation forever is beyond argument the greatest of all “gifts” in a world looking for fulfilment of all our desires. Search for the Way, the Truth and the Life is beyond argument and doubt for those who say yes to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of all Creation. Only believe and you will know the Glory of God. How can anyone resist so great a gift, everlasting life with the Lord of all life.
Oh, What A Fall; In The Spring.
by Dick Hunt, May 17th, 2013.
Well, I am home and home never felt better. I fell while reaching for my walker in St. John’s Church on a Wednesday morning, the walker being out of my reach. I was wheeled off to the Hospital , X Rayed, bundled into a bed for a twenty day stay. Fortunately I didn’t suffer a fracture but deep soft tissue damage which is very painful and takes a long time to heal. I thank God that I didn’t suffer anything worse. I was given a good deal of Occupational Therapy designed to return me to reasonably mobile activity and for that I am very grateful. I am now back to home care with assistance morning and evening from Fraser Health Home Care, courtesy of Veterans Affairs.

I am grateful for the many visitors who came to cheer me while I was in Hospital; you are too many to thank individually, but rest assurred you are all precious to me. My family too gave me every help they could in the circumstances of their daily life, knowing that I was being cared for in Hospital. I have received stacks of get well cards and assurance of Prayers for healing. Thank you all, individuals and groups who cheered me greatly. I received Pastoral Visits from St. John’s Church staff and again I am grateful. I was able to spend prime time reading and studying in depth the contents of the Anglican “Book of Common Prayer” of which in it’s 780 pages covering all the ancient Services and aids to Worship and Praise is a full 80% straight from the Hebrew/Christian Bible. I also read deeply in a new book, “The Book of Common Prayer, Past, Present and Future”, an excellent study comprised of 15 Essays by fine Scholars to Celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the B. C. P.
And what is next? I look forward with keen anticipation to be able to return to Worship in my Church, in the warm fellowship in which I have been nurtured for nearly 93 years without halting or fail. And for the New Reformation based on Biblical Renewal to which I pledge my earnest support and prayers in this age of broken dreams, loss of Faith, Moral depravity gone berserk and terror being visited upon innocent people throughout the Planet. About 65 years ago when I was still immersed in Agriculture I was sharing a meal with neighbours when the husband voiced his criticism of the Christian faith as “having been a failure which never worked”. I said “Charlie, it is not that it hasn’t worked, it hasn’t been lived”. He was not convinced and he never tried it on for results.

For far too long, many leaders in the Churches have tried to woo the public into the Faith by seeking to erase the differences between the opinions of society and the beliefs of the Church. The results have been dismal and destructive. The Church of the ages teaches that there is one God, the Father and Creator of all that is; one Saviour, Jesus his Son and one Holy Spirit who empowers and teaches the people who turn to Him in Faith and Obedience. And why NOT turn in Faith and Obedience to the GOD of all creation. His Son Jesus who loves all of us humans so deeply, He willingly suffered cruel death on a Cross , bearing all the worlds sins on his own shoulders, ‘though He himself never sinned. Sealed in a stone tomb in his death, God raised him from the dead on the third day, the first Easter Sunday. And so we are assured He lives forever, having defeated Sin on the Cross and Death itself in His rising from the dead. Only believe and you will know the Power of God. HIS LOVE FOR US IS FOREVER.
Real Bread??????
By Dick Hunt, Monday, May 20th, 2013.
Some years ago I read an account of a large company of hikers, making their way together through the Forests of the Basque region in Spain, thoroughly enjoying the spring weather and the fellowship of being together. They travelled with tents and purchased provisions along the way. Chief among their foods was included whole grain bread, made by the bakeries of the various small communities they passed through. They were a healthy vigorous group and very happy together.

Contrast that adventure with a report, current at the same time and relatively near at hand, of an incident which occurred at the American Army base near Gibraltar, of the landing of a large transport jet aircraft, stuffed to the utmost wth sliced white bread, made from bleached white flour, to enable the Troups to know what ‘REAL BREAD IS.’ All the life giving ingredients had been removed from the flour before it is made into bread; What we all know as Bran – What many people may not know the Wheat Germ being the life giving, vital core of renewal and ability in the whole grain to sprout and produce crops, had been removed. The flour consisted almost solely of starch

Here is a relevant story. A man was walking along Georgia Street in Vancouver one evening when he was held up by a man with a gun. The man demanded he remove his suit, shoes shirt etc. as he wanted them for himself. Then he felt sorry for the man and gave him back his tie, saying, ‘there, you are enriched’. That is what it is like to remove all the goodness from flour and then sprinkle in some enriching content.
I grew up on a Cattle Ranch in east central Alberta. We grew crops on about 2500 acres of land – wheat, oats, barley and flax. Much of the grain was fed to the livestock . We hauled our high grade wheat to a grist mill to have it processed into flour and we brought it back in 100 pound sacks for storage in an attic for aging. All the Bran and wheat germ etc. came back too and was used in our bread. It would he hard to imagine anything so delicious as the aroma of home-made bread baking in the kitchen. Mother made huge batches of whole grain bread every week in the process of feeding up to 20 people a day with large appetites, family and Ranch hands.

Breakfast normally consisted of Oatmeal Porridge, home cured bacon or sausages, eggs, pancakes, toast etc. Hot dinner was at noon with roast beef, potatoes and vegetables grown in our own garden and prepared fresh and mature each day. We preserved root vegetables, cabbage etc in root cellars for winter. We worked very hard, burned a good deal of energy and were always healthy, hardly knowing what illness was. Supper at the end of 12 hour work days was always adequate and we slept like logs. We arose with the dawn, and after looking after the livestock, milking the cows etc. went cheerfully to work, taking real pleasure in our employment in the great outdoors. The rising sun in the morning and the setting sun at the end of the day, gently regulated our lives. We didn’t learn to play. School in our one room school pitted us in competition one with another with ten grades in one room with 36 pupils and one young teacher. That left little time to play and the younger pupils learned ‘ahead’ to some degree as we listened to the teaching of the older pupils. I have nothing but praise for those young women teachers.

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