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Sunday greetings everyone!

It was recently announced that Dr. Ravi Zacharias, of the most respected thinkers and apologists of this generation, is terminally ill with cancer. In this week's video share (a new habit or tradition it seems I've started on my Sunday mailings),  I thought I'd share this video from Dr. Zacharias; "Truth in a Time of Crisis."

Rev. James Snyder and his wife have been keeping company with each other quite a bit and that has him thinking a lot about time. You can read "What’s Time Got to Do with It?" at:
www.cybersalt.org/gods-penman/what-s-time-got-to-do-with-it

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, Chicken Thursday!

rowboatOne of the new (to me) quotes from the last couple of weeks is "We're not all in the same boat, we're all in the same storm." I was reminded of this today when I received a call from a refugee who was obviously having a very low moment. He, his wife and 4 children live in a 10 foot by 20 foot single room apartment. They face a huge fine if they are caught taking their children outside during their current quarantine. Their children have been inside for 6 weeks straight.

This is a blessed family because they do have a church who wants to sponsor them to come to Canada, but they still face a hard road because when refugee interviews (conducted by the Canadian government) are able to resume, there may still be a 2 year wait for their interview, and during that time they will be in danger of being arrested and sent back to their persecutors. In this storm we're all in, let's be grateful for what we have and also pray for and be practical towards those with smaller boats than ours.

Wash your hands, keep safe and enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone!

Today is Mother's Day and with the worldwide pandemic it will be a very different one for most of us. Today, let's also remember that Mother's day was already difficult for many and, if that is true of you today,  I pray that your hearts will feel the love and comfort of Jesus who sees you.

With these thoughts in mind I am sharing this video with you. "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" is a favourite of mine and this rendition by Whitney Houston is a great one, not only because the singing is great, but also for the same reason many of you are thinking, "But Pastor Tim, Whitney Houston [insert comment here]!"

I am well aware of the story of Whitney Houston's life, but that doesn't change the fact that Jesus eye is on even the sparrow (Luke 12:6). The Bible is not true only when perfect people preach it or sing it - or those pretending to be perfect do the same thing. It is true because it is true and all of us, especially when our lives are hot messes, need to remember that so we can sing them and even cling to them in our hardest days.

Rev. James Snyder and his wife have been sheltering in place together, and their place is definitely benefiting from it. You can read "There’s Always Tomorrow" at:
www.cybersalt.org/gods-penman/there-s-always-tomorrow

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, Chicken Thursday!

Down through my life many people have wished I would cover my face when going out in public. Wish granted!

tim and susan masked

Grandma Cybersalt and I are very thankful to a friend of ours who sewed these masks for us. It seems odd to think about going out in public wearing them (our provincial medical doctor is still asking us to wait two more weeks before "doubling our bubble") but not as weird as risking the lives of others or ourselves.

Speaking of weird, I've noticed a very strange new type of person on my TV. People who claim to be pro-life while at the same time arguing for the sacrifice of the elderly and weaker members of society for their own gain and comfortable standard of living. Just imagine the thoughts of those who sacrificed their own lives in WW2, so their children could live long lives in peace, if you were to tell them a future generation would sacrifice those same children as seniors for a haircut and a hamburger.

Wash your hands, keep safe and enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone!

The other night I was in the kitchen with Mrs. Cybersalt when I realized the next day was Saturday, which meant it was Friday night and that meant  . . . . .  actually I could not think of anything that meant. Another isolation Saturday would be just like all the others. I'm still OK with that because these days are a necessary season that will pass too. Days running into days, running into days, put me in mind of this hymn written in 1865 by Lina Sandell several years after she had witnessed the tragic drowning death of her father.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_by_Day_(hymn)

The truths sung in this old hymn hold true whether it is one day or a thousand that sets us on our heels:

Rev. James Snyder is celebrating his role in the purchase of the new van in his driveway after a year of searching. You can read "Old Deals, New Wheels" at:
www.cybersalt.org/gods-penman/old-deals-new-wheels

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Chicken Thursday Benny and CindyOh look, Chicken Thursday!

Thanks to Benny and Cindy T for today's chicken picture. Just look at those saucy hens turning their egg makers toward them!

Wash your hands, keep safe and enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone!

I don't know if you have ever watched the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day," but I can definitely identify with the main character in that movie who wakes up to live the same day over and over again with no end in sight. I'm not ready to take the groundhog for a ride to the quarry yet, but a new career as concert pianist may still be within reach!

On a more somber note, yesterday I learned of the sudden passing of a lovely man from my former church. We had a fun connection, sharing the same birthday. I'm not sure what shape remembering his life is going to take, but with gathering restrictions and wisdom in place, it will be something virtual. The pandemic has left little untouched with its arrival (I don't think we're in its wake yet), however I am encouraged and thankful that there remains an important truth it can never touch.

With that in mind, this week I thought I'd share a video with you that was created by an online friend. He has been putting together virtual choirs long before that was the only choir we were allowed to have:

Rev. James Snyder recalls some of the fun memories of his opinionated Uncle Frank and fed up Aunt Betty. You can read "In My Humble Opinion" at:
www.cybersalt.org/gods-penman/in-my-humble-opinion

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Chicken Thursday Don NOh look, Chicken Thursday!

Thanks to Don N. for today's chicken picture which he found along the way on Facebook. Neither he nor I could find the origin of this image so just like this chicken I'm going for it! You should too today - as long as you do so 6 feet away from others and without touching your face.

Wash your hands, keep safe and enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

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