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What We Can Learn From History

Pastor Dave Webster

This Is My Story

We live in a country that is rich in Christian tradition and culture.  Our country has been founded on a rich combination of strong Christian leaders who were in business, politics and in education that really helped shape our nation into a thriving democracy that has been the envy of the world.  The bloody American Revolution helped bring Canada to become a nation in more ways than history would like to admit.  However, over all the tragedies and wars on this earth, there is a God who reigns in the universe over the affairs of men; we learn that fact from the best history book ever written-the Bible. Christianity is something every person can experience but few do. I want to share my story of how I became a Christian.  

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Two Jewish Heroes

The USA is a country with history riddled with conflict going right back to its beginnings.  The politics and history of the USA intrigues me greatly.  They have patriotism in that country that I envy and wish we had more of it in our country.  One big reason for their fervent patriotism is because the history of the USA is more aggressively taught in the schools of America.  The nation’s beginning was forged in the fire of war and conflict known as the revolutionary war from 1765 to 1783.  It was an 18 year long war against the British Empire the most powerful military at the time.  They prevailed, but at a great price, and a nation called the United States of America was born out of the fires of war.  They grew to be the most powerful nation on earth even surpassing Great Britain in glory and military might in a few short years.  Canadians have all benefited by being next door to the most powerful nation on earth.  Their peace and prosperity have really flowed over to us.  We shared in their Judeo Christian values, history and heritage.  Canada was fighting its wars during those early years of the two nations being born.  Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, to a great extent as goes the USA so goes Canada for better or for worse.  Understanding the history and beginnings of a country are important to a country’s survival into future generations. I believe our schools and the left winged media have destroyed the faith and loyalty to our country by not teaching a correct historic perspective in the last 50 years of more.  Our schools in Canada and in the USA have subtly removed important figures from our history books or taught false narratives about them that have destroyed the faith and contribution our founding fathers did to make our western freedom and democracies.   Destroy its history, and you destroy the foundation of a nation and there is a dark force trying to do that in both Canada and the USA today. When you destroy statues and anything that represents the foundation of a nation is the first steps to replacing it with something else. Learn from the example of Turkey or Venezuela as an example.  

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My Tent Meeting Visit in Hepburn

Canada and the United States have been a place of refuge and opportunity for millions of people over the last 200 years. Thousands upon thousands of people from troubled economies and people under threat of war or oppression have had one little flicker of hope in their hearts that maybe they can get to the freedom and opportunity offered in Canada or the USA.  This article will be to share the story of one such family who found freedom and opportunity in Canada in 1918.  I fear this wonderful place of refuge and opportunity may soon be gone if our country does not wake up soon. We sit and watch the insanity of gangs burning and looting cities with little deterrent from authorities.  We can try to console ourselves that this is happening mostly in the USA but I can assure you it will quickly dribble across in full force to Canada.  What happens in the USA will greatly affect us in Canada in short order.  I want to share a little visit I had last week with an 83 year old man in Hepburn, Saskatchewan.  While I listened to this elderly man share his family history I could not help but think to myself that we maybe closer than we think to the same thing here in our countries of freedom and opportunity 100 years later.   

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Sodom and Gomorrah

Genesis, the first book in the Bible, is the book of beginnings.  It describes the beginning of human history, recorded back to the first man and woman who ever lived.  In Genesis we learn history from a Biblical perspective about people, places, successes and failures.  We learn how the first creation totally failed and was destroyed. There was a second one, a restart, after the universal flood of Noah’s time.  Today we are going to learn about the example and legacy of two cities known as Sodom and Gomorrah.  

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William Wilberforce, the Man God Used to Defeated Slavery in Britain

In our day we are seeing lots of Black Lives Matter jargon.  We are witnessing the tearing down of statues of men who have made a significant contribution to history.  The rhetoric we are hearing from the Black Lives Matter crowd is bringing up issues relevant to slavery.  There is no question that slavery was a sickening evil that plagued the world for centuries. It was the driving force of the British economy for many years until one man decided to take it on as his life goal to defeat, along with a strong faith in Almighty God to help him prevail.  It took him his entire lifetime but he did prevail and his goal reached. Very few people recognize the name if it were mentioned.  However, his fight for the abolition of slavery and victory to attain it was actually the catalyst to end slavery all over the world in the 19th century.  His name was William Wilberforce.  Wilberforce was a brilliant, well-educated man who entered politics in his twenties.  He was from a wealthy family, a rising star in the political world, who showed all kinds of potential, in a time when England needed good leadership.  However, there were some things that greatly changed the direction of William Wilberforce’s personal ambitions.  

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Wednesday October 28, 2020