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 post: Weekly 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!
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.