Weekly Reflections with Calvin & Hobbes: Give Thanks!


Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a Canadian holiday which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The Governor General of Canada issued a proclamation in 1957 stating that this would be: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”

We spent our day together yesterday with family and friends, gathered around a table for a traditional thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy – and of course don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

It takes no effort in our world today to find things to complain and gripe about. But instead, I choose today to think about the things that I’m thankful for. Here are a few things I’m thankful for in my life:


Family: The above photo is from an impromptu photo shoot last fall when we had the whole family together. Now, our oldest son Caleb is staying in the dorms at Pacific Life Bible College, and our oldest daughter Tori is off in University in Brandon.


One of our family’s traditions – whenever we do big family meals – is to always invite lots of people to join us. This Thanksgiving was probably one of the smallest ones we have had in a long time. But once we have our own place, that will all change! (Thanks to Auntie Jen for opening up her basement suite for our squad this year!).


Since we couldn’t see Tori this Thanksgiving, we had to be content to just FaceTime with her. But I thank God for modern technology that we are able at least to see her face and hear her voice, which will have to do until she comes out to BC for Christmas.

And those are just a few of the things that I’m thankful for this year. How about you?


Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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A Praise Report – The Good Samaritan from Surrey

Dear friends,

When Liza and I got back home after the car theft incident on Monday, I prayed Psalm 91:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” … Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you… For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

We were sure that the thief or thieves would likely discard Liza’s bag as most of the items in it were of little value (resale value for thieves that is, though of course they were all precious to Liza), and so we prayed that we would be able to find that bag.

When I was at work on Tuesday morning, I got a call from the church offices. (Regent Christian Academy shares the campus with Horizon Church). The receptionist said that someone had found Liza’s bag, and turned it into Coast Meridian elementary school (right around the corner from where it was stolen!). Apparently there was a Horizon Church notebook in the bag and that’s how they knew to call our church. Wow! I was so excited for Liza!

Apparently, the thief, had tossed the bag into the woods behind this elementary school, and one of the moms from the school had been out walking the next morning, and stumbled across the bag. She picked it up and turned it into the office. Our good Samaritan from Surrey – thank you and God bless you for your act of kindness and generosity!

When I went to the school to pick up the bag, we discovered that most of Liza’s things were still in the bag – her favourite shoes, her Bible and notebook and book. The only things missing were her iPad mini, electronic cables and headphones, and her favourite scarf. That’s amazing! The thief could have tossed all of these items out the window, in the garbage, or into a ditch somewhere, but they were all together still in the bag.


Well today Liza and I decided to go back to the scene of the crime, and I did a little walk through the woods to see if we could find her scarf. It was an expensive scarf she had bought from her brother-in-law’s store in Winnipeg, and would be hard to replace. I was pleasantly surprised when we found the scarf lying on one of those green power converter boxes right around the corner from Jen’s house. Another miracle!

But here’s the coolest part of the story. When we went through Liza’s bag, we couldn’t find a Horizon Church notebook, or anything in her bag at all that had the church’s name or number on it, or any other personal identifying information. How did the school know to contact our church? Could it have been His angels, watching over us? I don’t know for sure – it’s a mystery – but I still believe this was the Lord’s miraculous provision!

Sure, we didn’t get her iPad mini back, or her headphones or charging cables. But the Lord still encouraged our hearts and let us know that He is watching over us. God is Good! Amen…

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Weekly Reflections with Calvin & Hobbes: Bent but not Broken

Dear friends,

Last night, our car was broken into. Well, technically not our car – my wife Liza was driving a friend’s vehicle last night when the crime took place. She was parked across the street from our friend Jen’s house, and while we were inside watching The Voice, someone was outside smashing the window and running off with one of Liza’s bags.

Her bag of favourite things.

Her bag of things she uses every day.

Her iPad mini. Her coffee mug. Her Bible. Notebook. Homework from our Hearing God Seminar (true story, Pastor Craig – the dog didn’t eat it, a criminal stole it!). A pair of her favourite shoes, a favourite scarf, and an assortment of i-cables, chargers and head phones. Several hundred dollars worth of things.

What’s a criminal going to do with a Bible?


After posting the above photo on my Instagram account (chrisjordan021 – follow me if you’re not already), several of our Christian friends on Facebook said things like, “Praying the thief will read the Bible, be convicted, and return all of your stuff!”

Anyway, this morning as I sat down to do my daily devotions, I was reading through Psalm 1, a part of our Hearing God Seminar homework. Our task was to read through the Psalm and have a conversation with the Lord, and hear what He would speak to us. This is what I wrote in my journal this morning:

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment… For the Lord knows the way of the righteous. (Psalm 1).

Me: Lord, what do you want to speak to me through this Psalm? How can these truths encourage me in my life today?

Holy Spirit: Think about the analogy of the tree planted by the waters. Did you know that the tree experiences the same wind that the chaff does?

Me: So the chaff (the empty husks of wheat and grains) that represents the ungodly is driven by the winds of adversity. But the righteous – those who delight in God’s Word and meditate on it and put it into practice – we are the ones who, though the winds of trouble and difficulty blow – we are not knocked over because we have roots that go deep into your love and your presence. We are fruitful and leafy and we bloom and grow stronger, and even though the wind may cause us to bend, ultimately we will not break. Amen! Thank you for that encouragement Lord!

That reminded me of something I read in my devotions from a couple of weeks ago, something Jesus said in Matthew 12:20: “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory.”

You may feel bruised and broken and bent today, but fix your eyes on Jesus, and allow Him to heal your broken heart, comfort you in the midst of your mourning, and give you His peace. Amen!


Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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Weekly Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes: First Things First

Dear friends,

Well another week has come and gone and I have fallen behind in my blogging! We have settled nicely into the fast pace of life on the west coast, and time is just flying by.

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This past weekend I had the joyful privilege and blessing of being able to minister the Word at Horizon Church. It felt so good to be back in the pulpit! Instead of my regular weekly reflections, today I am going to share with you the outline from my message, with the hope that it will challenge and inspire you to put first things first in your life. We will pick up our regular Weekly Reflections next week!



(Chris Jordan – Horizon Church)

INTRO TO TOPIC: Last week, Pastor Craig kicked off our new series:

  • “More: What if less actually gave you more?”
  • Jesus said: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
  • The enemy wants to steal your time, your energy, your hope, peace and joy.
  • What if we could stop that? That’s what this series is all about!
  • ILLUSTRATION: Yesterday, Liza and I went to Save On More. I noticed there were two prices in the store for many items, but to get the lower price, you had to have a “More” Rewards card. I got the card, and now I get the rewards every time I shop there!
  • Do you want to experience MORE – the abundant life Jesus has promised you?
  • Abundant = Greek perissos – superabundance, excessive, overflowing, more than enough, extraordinary, more than sufficient. Who wants that kind of life? Let’s PRAY.


  • For ten years, we were the youth pastors here at Bible Fellowship / Horizon Church.
  • The Lord’s call: For the past ten years, Liza and I were the lead pastors in Beausejour.
  • We’ve been through a very challenging season, and needed a rest from pastoral ministry.
  • Now = guidance counsellor at RCA; Caleb @ PLBC; Tori @ BU; Austin & Hannah @ RCA. Liza and I are leading RCA mission trip to Costa Rica, and are glad to be HOME.

QUOTE: “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” Charles Spurgeon.

Bible Falling Apart

  • Did you bring your Bibles today? I love the Bible! PREACH.
  • The B.I.B.L.E: Wisdom, guidance, freedom, hope and transformation.


1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ ” 2 And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” 3 So they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” 4 Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.” (Exodus 5:1-4, NKJV).

  • Shadows and types (symbolism) in the Old Testament: Egypt is a type of the world, Pharaoh a type of the devil, Moses and type of Jesus, and the Israelites are a type of us.
  • Jesus has set us free from slavery so that we can worship God and experience His love!
  • But the devil wants to steal, kill and destroy, and keep us from the MORE life.

5 And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!” 6 So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, 7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” (Exodus 5:5-8).

  • God wanted His people to worship Him and experience His rest and freedom.
  • But Pharaoh didn’t want them listening to the voice of God, so look what he did:

“Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words.” (Exodus 5:9).

  • Pharaoh called God’s voice “false words” and wanted to keep the people so busy so that they couldn’t hear the Word of the Lord.
  • The devil does the same thing today – he tries to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to pray, or read our Bibles, or go to church, or worship God.
  • Someone described B.U.S.Y. once as: Being Under Satan’s Yoke.

STORY: I know what it’s like to get too busy, even doing good things in the church. When I was youth pastor here, I thought it was godly to be busy. I was the youth pastor, Christian Education director, I taught two classes in the Bible College, did chapels and taught in the school. And I never took a day off. I thought I was being saintly! “No rest for the righteous!” No, the expression is, “No rest for the wicked.” God gives his beloved rest!

QUOTE: “Tragically, precious little in this hurried and hassled age promotes such intimacy. We have become a body of people who look more like a herd of cattle on a stampede than a flock of God beside green pastures and still waters.” (Charles Swindoll, Intimacy with the Almighty).


  • “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).
  • “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” (The Message).
  • If we want to experience the abundant life of Jesus, we need to rest.


25 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 26 Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. 27 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 28 All this time and money wasted on fashion – do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, 29 but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 30 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never even seen – don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? 31 What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. 32 People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:25-34, The Message).


38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42).

  • Which one are you in this story?
  • Martha was busy doing many things, and she was distracted, worried and troubled.
  • Mary was doing one thing – sitting at the feet of Jesus – and she was at peace.

THE BIG IDEA: The devil wants to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to experience the abundant life, rest and peace that Jesus offers to us.


  • Take a look at your schedule. Are you always running from one event to the next?
  • Take a look at your heart. Are you distracted, worried and troubled all the time?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: What can we do to change this?

  • What is ONE THING you can say no to or cut from your schedule?
  • First things first: Prioritize time with Jesus (prayer and Bible reading) FIRST.
  • PERSONAL STORY: After I shower in the morning, while my kids are getting ready for school, I use that time to do my Bible reading at the kitchen table. But YOU need to find a time and a place that works for you.

CLOSING CHALLENGE: (Matthew 10:28, The Message).

Jesus said: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”

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Weekly Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes: On a Shelf

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“What’s wrong?” My wife Liza asked me in the car as we were leaving Horizon Church on Sunday morning. It had nothing to do with the service; I very much enjoyed the passionate, vibrant worship and the powerful preaching. Pastor Craig kicked off a great new series: “More: What if less actually gave you more?” It was an inspiring message reminding us that Jesus has come to give us life, and that more abundantly. But I digress.

“What’s wrong?”

What’s wrong indeed?

It had been three weeks since my final service preaching in Beausejour. Three weeks since we moved to Surrey and I transitioned from being a full time pastor to being a school academic advisor and guidance counsellor. And I was feeling a little displaced.

Out of sorts.


After 24 years of being involved in full time pastoral ministry, now I was… what? Just a guy? I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was struggling with my identity, who I was, and where I fit.

As I contemplated my feelings (don’t get me wrong, that’s not something I do very often, but I was in one of those kind of rare reflective moods), I kind of felt like I was a vessel that had been put on a shelf. I thought about an encounter that the prophet Jeremiah had with God one day:

“The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the LORD gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. (Jeremiah 18:1-6, NLT).

Because God is the potter, and we are the clay vessels that he had formed and shaped for His purposes, He has the right to do with us what He wants to.

That’s what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 9:20-21: “Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? … Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?” Isn’t it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans? (The Message Bible).

Yes He does! And He has the right to do what He wants with me – whether it is to fashion me into a vase for holding flowers, or a pot for cooking beans. Whether it is to pastor a church in a little town on the prairies, or be the guidance counsellor for a group of high school students in a big city on the west coast.

And again, don’t get me wrong – I love my new job very much! I am so excited to be a part of what God is doing in and through Regent Christian Academy. But I realize that I had allowed a sense of my identity to come from what I did – pastoring – and not simply from who I was – a child of God, deeply loved by Him, accepted in the beloved, adopted into His family, and forgiven of all of my sins. THAT is who I really am!

And so, whether I am Pastor Chris, or Mr. Jordan (as the high school students now know me as), or simply Chris, or dad (to my four amazing kids), I. Am. Content. To. Be. A. Child. Of. God. Period.

As a post-script to this week’s reflections, this morning I got an email from my pastor, asking me if I was interested in speaking to the church this coming Sunday morning. When I shared that with Liza, she said to me, “Just a thought that maybe God is saying, “You are not on a shelf, and I’m not done with you!” Just saying…” Wisdom from my wife… Amen!

And God’s not finished with YOU either. Maybe you feel like you’re on a shelf, or in a valley, or some sort of dark storm, and you wonder where God is. May this quote, which I read during my devotions the other morning, encourage you as it did me:


“In times of dryness and desolation we must be patient, and wait with resignation for the return of comfort, putting our trust in the goodness of God. We must animate ourselves by the thought that God is always with us, that He only allows this trial for our greater good, and that we have not necessarily lost His grace because we have lost the taste and feeling of it.” (St. Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises).

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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Weekly Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes: The First Chapter

Dear friends,

From the time I started this blog, I have had two regular weekly features (in addition to several other random offerings). One was my sermon of the week (with a link to the audio MP3 and message outline), and the other one was a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. However, now that I am no longer a pastor, nor am I preaching on Sunday mornings, there will obviously be no more sermon of the week! And so, I thought this would be a great time to create a brand new postWeekly Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes.


After every weekend (usually Sunday or Monday), I am going to share with you my thoughts and experiences from the previous week, including a weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. I might include some snippets of what I’ve learned at church, or some of our family’s crazy new adventures on the west coast. Feel free to give me feedback and let me know what you like, and what you’d like to read more of!

So for the first weekly reflections, let me share with you some of my thoughts since moving our family back to Surrey, BC. We have been here for about 10 days now, and settling nicely into our new lives. Austin and Hannah have begun their new adventure at Regent Christian Academy, where they now have to wear uniforms to school. We have been down to the pier at White Rock to see the ocean and enjoy some fresh fish and chips (see the sunrise photo below). Yummo!

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We have been attending our previous church – Horizon Church (previously known as Bible Fellowship), and have been enjoying the worship there and reconnecting with our old church family. This past Sunday morning, Pastor Craig Millar shared a message from Matthew 6:16-18 called: “When you Fast.” He talked about how if you don’t do regular maintenance on your vehicle, it will eventually break down. Likewise, we must maintain our spiritual devotional lives in giving, praying and fasting. Because Jesus said, “When you fast,” that tells us that fasting is something that should be a regular part of every Christian’s life. As Jenetzen Franklin said, “So many people have lost the edge in their lives… but fasting can change all of that.” It’s time to seek the Lord in fasting and prayer – not to twist God’s arm, but to draw close to Him. Amen!

It’s been one week since I stepped into my new role as the guidance counsellor and academic advisor at Regent Christian Academy. The first week of school was a very busy one, dealing with dozens of students who wanted to change their courses, or simply meet to talk about what sort of courses they will need to graduate or get into the university or college programs they hope to attend next fall. It’s great to be back at RCA!

Because it is a Christian school, we started off the year yesterday and today with a spiritual retreat up at Charis Camp with the grade 9-10 students (my daughter Hannah is a part of that group). Our activities included everything from a rock climbing wall, swimming, ropes course, beach volleyball, and gym time, to a chapel with worship, a guest speaker (Pastor Jason Ballard) and the presence of the Lord. The retreat was cool for me because I had a chance to meet and mingle with several of the students, to learn their names and faces, and hear some of their stories.

And that kind of brings you up to speed on the first chapter of our new life on the west coast. Watch for another weekly reflections coming soon…

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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A New Beginning: A Pastor No More!

For fourteen years, I served as a youth pastor at two different churches in Surrey, BC: Four years at Victory Christian Centre (now called Relate Church) and ten years at Bible Fellowship (now called Horizon Church). After that, I spent the past almost-ten years as the lead pastor of Beausejour Community Church in Beausejour, Manitoba. And so for the past 24 years, I have been involved in full time pastoral ministry.

But not anymore.

On August 28th, I preached my last sermon at BCC.

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Tomorrow morning, I will begin a brand new adventure in a whole new vocation, as a guidance counsellor and academic advisor at Regent Christian Academy in Surrey, BC. I have several years experience working at RCA from the past – as a guest presenter in the classroom, a Bible teacher, yearbook editor and chaplain. But this will be something different. And I’m excited about it!

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“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19).

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