August 22, 2018

Have you ever had a thought about your upcoming schedule and when you actually checked your priority manager, or day timer you discovered the event you were anticipating was actually an extra week away? Well this happened to my yesterday. I am attempting to gradually increase my daily activities without over pushing myself physically. Yesterday did not go as planned at all. Friends of ours got word that the doctors had pronounced there is nothing they can do, go home and set your affairs in order. Not the kind of result we were hoping for, for our friends, especially when my wife will be accompanying me as we wend our way to the specialist for a consult, as this blog is released.

While I was excited to learn the event I was anticipating was in fact a week later than I thought, there is still much that needs to happen this week. I am working at keeping my thoughts and words in a positive vein in the midst of much uncertainty. This is something you will want to consider when challenges come your way. Be thankful and grateful for what you can control and leave the rest with God. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” He did not say give thanks for all things, but in all things. Look for the gold in any situation realizing it is the joy of the Lord which is your strength.

August 21, 2018

Time passes quickly. It certainly did not take long to zip through 47 years. From anticipating a wedding to celebrating another anniversary. Yet it seems upon reflection that much took place in that short time. The question always before us: What will we do with the rest of our lives?

There are options as to how we will respond. Will we continue to dream and seek to be productive and be a blessing? Will we become bitter and blaming for what we think we missed in life? Will we become fearful and complaining? Or will we be grateful, thankful and joyful for a new day and a new opportunity to demonstrate the power and love of God to those around us?

You will find all the above options being expressed in the lives of those who are a generation or two older than you are. Just pay attention for a few moments. Remember, you reap what you sow. SO, sow carefully!

Since I do have to address a 47th anniversary, I have things to do in living my life. Make sure you have a terrific day and enjoy your now.

August 20, 2018

Saturday, September 8, we will be hosting an I Ching Systems open house in Shelburne, ON from 2 to 4 p.m. where you can come and use the instruments to determine the benefit of their use in your life without purchasing anything.

I believe the expression of practical holiness for today means when we discover something which may possibly be beneficial to our lives we have a responsibility to share the news and let people decide for themselves. That is what these open houses allow you to do.

Each person is responsible for what they do with their life. You are not accountable for someone else’s decision, but you are accountable for being a “watchman” and informing them of options they would not know about, unless they were told.

Remember to care, but not that much. Do not take their decisions as personal rejection of you. Jesus chose to fulfill His destiny, despite the fact He was abandoned, rejected and crucified on the Cross of Calvary. This is life transformational news for those who accept Him and what He offers.

Something to think about.

August 19, 2018

It is no surprise that this article arrived later than most. I am responsible for that. It seems with everything I was seeking to get done in preparation for the 111th anniversary for the congregation I pastor, writing my daily blog article never crossed my mind. It was only when I went looking for it that I realized, it wasn’t there.

I want to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who had a part in our special service and to all the helping hands and great food for the fellowship time. I especially want to thank my wife and daughter for all they did in making this a special occasion.

Today however was not simply about the past, it was also about the reveal of a new vision statement for our congregation moving forward into the future. The statement now includes our desire to specifically, “pursue and proclaim the universal truth of holiness with the power of God’s Holy Spirit in the energy of a new era.”

Today I also posted on Face Book a short pre-launch video for a soon to be released video series through social media providing short video presentations on the topic of “Practical Holiness for Today.”

My desire is for people to know and experience what God sets out as a standard for daily living when He declares in His Word in 1 Peter 1:13-16 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. {14} As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. {15} But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; {16} for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

Bob McLellan, sending blessings to you, pursuing and proclaiming the universal truth of holiness with the power of God’s Holy Spirit in the energy of a new era.

August 18, 2018

A couple of days ago I “felt” the need to cut the front and back lawn. It was long overdue to be cut, but I had kept putting the task off with my health challenges. It takes a full two hours on the riding mower to get our front and back yard cut and it was a challenge to stay with it. The back field and back side of the drive shed take another four hours to cut and I did not have the energy to attempt any more. Later that night it began to rain and rain and rain. At the time I am writing this, it is 4:30 in the afternoon and it continues to rain. Radar shows the potential for many more hours of rain before it stops. We have a pot out on our back deck. I have no idea why it is there, but it currently has more than five inches of water in it and rising.

Based on the amount of water now laying around on the ground there would be no way to cut the long grass with the riding lawnmower before weekend. The ground would be too soft for the tractor and the grass too wet to mow it. Getting this grass cut was important in preparation for the 111th anniversary of our congregation and the fellowship time that will take place this weekend.

There are times when God’s Spirit moves you to do something, or you intuitively get a certain feeling. When this happens, it is important that you follow through on it.

It was many years ago now that a friend “felt” the need to drive home a different way than he normally would from a meeting. His trip took him along a route that is not highly travelled. That night, in that situation, he came across a vehicle that had left the road. Having some training, he was able to help the driver in the accident and call for an ambulance. As he shared the story he kept saying, “I had no idea why I ‘had’ to go home that way, I just knew I must.”

Listen to the quiet voice within you when you hear it speaking to you. It just might be important in ways you cannot even imagine.