Author Archives: raiseyourgaze

About raiseyourgaze

Freelance writer and columnist writing on inspirational themes from a Christian worldview. His latest book, "Raise Your Gaze . . . Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart" was published in August 2014 by Angel Hope Publishing. It is a collection of 52 of Black's community newspaper articles, sprinkled with brief inspirational statements called Words to Bless. His children's / family book, "Parables from the Pond," is described as mildly educational, inspirationally oriented and character reinforcing. It has been used in a variety of contexts, with a readership from elementary school age children to senior citizens. Occasionally writes inspirational songs. ~Professional Member of The Word Guild (TWG). ~Contributor to The Word Guild authors BlogSpot: http://twgauthors.blogspot.ca/ ~~+~~

The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Like a tenacious self-adhesive label, it stuck. Like a subcutaneous tattoo, it has never been erased from my consciousness. The late Dr. Oswald J. Smith, founding pastor of People’s Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote about “The expulsive power of … Continue reading

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Sacramental, Eucharistic Service

A series of hands outstretched in greeting, backed by smiling faces, welcomed us when my wife and I entered the sanctuary. I thrilled at hearing the magnificent organ skilfully played in prelude and wished, as I quite often do, that … Continue reading

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Remembering *Their* Pain, Too!

On Remembrance Day, Wei Chen, host of CBC’s Ontario Morning radio program, invited her listeners to email or call in, telling their stories about whom they would be remembering. Every now and then, she read out responses between news spots, … Continue reading

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The Building Project (Guest Post by Peter Cusick)

My friend Peter Cusick generously gave permission for us to reprint an article* he recently posted online. I like his to-the-point writing style and his engaging, inimitable preaching. (Peter is lead pastor of St. Thomas Pentecostal Church (in St. Thomas, … Continue reading

Posted in Advice, Building, character formation, Construction, Divine Wisdom, Foundations, Limitations, Matthew 7:24-25, Opinions, P-Pep! Column, Peter Cusick, Quality Tools, STPA | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Writing: Past Joys and Future Hopes

Burlington and Hamilton rush-hour traffic made for a late return home last Thursday, and so I missed the first fifteen minutes of the writer’s circle meeting in my home town. I waltzed in, apologized and heaved several objects from the … Continue reading

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The ‘Living’ Dead — A Legacy of Trees

Much has been made in popular fiction, film and television industries about “the walking dead“ and “the living dead” – tied to the idea of surviving in a world following a “zombie apocalypse.” (Confession: I haven’t followed the genre, myself.) … Continue reading

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Limitations Unlimited

We’ve seen them—many of them young, bold and vibrant . . . Some of them glowing, their faces registering the joy of achievement. The Special Olympics and similar sporting events, among other activities, geared to and convened for people willing … Continue reading

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