Our Second Love?



Jesus replied, “the most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, Oh Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

The second (commandment) is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-31


Earlier this week, a good friend of mine mockingly asked me the question: “If Christian’s are supposed to love others as they love themselves, well, what if I don’t love myself that much? Is it okay to just treat people to the extent of which I currently feel?”

I began to explain to him how much the second commandment hinges on the first, and how to love God with everything we are will lead us to the cross, and how important it is to start there first. Because think of it… All of our value and worth as Christians comes first from intimately knowing that God loved us so much that He would send His perfect, sinless, Son to take the utterly brutal and painful death of crucifixion, just to be reconciled to us for all eternity.

We were the prize set before him as he endured the cross.

We were the valuable possession worth leaving His heavenly glory to come find in all of our sick, depraved, self sufficient scheming.

Totally satisfied with that answer, my friend moved on to other conversations.

But later when I got home, the Word began to stir deeper in my soul.

It occurred to me… What if someone didn’t think really low of themselves, but instead, thought really high of themselves?

What if people didn’t love others as they loved themselves because they thought they were more significant, more important, more worthy, more faultless – than others?

I realized that the exact same cross would be the remedy for that too! It lifts the person who is low is self worth up to the cross… But it also brings those who are lifted high in pride and arrogance down to the cross, because the same cross that demonstrates the love of God for the unworthy, also demonstrates the disgust God has for even the smallest – if there is such thing – of sin!

Think about it…

The cross was necessary right back since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate some mere fruit that they were counselled by God not to eat of.

If eating fruit initiated a sentence upon mankind that only the cross of Christ was sufficient alone to justify, then even our little ‘white lies’ as we call them; even our folly, our half truths (which are no truth at all) – all merit the exact same punishment, and are all remedied by the exact same cross!

Therefore, may we never find occasion to boast in anything but the cross, because truly, we would all be utterly hopeless without it!





In a world with so much information at our fingertips, and all of the ancient documents now available online, you’d expect people would do their own research. After five years of a careful investigation of the facts, I’ve compiled these top ten reasons to say ‘goodbye’ to Islam this new year!

Although I could easily have come up with fifty reasons why Islam is false, I had to restrict myself to just these ten.

Check it out:

10. When I ask most adherents why they’re Muslim, they reply with how it’s the most ‘beautiful religion in the world’ or it’s the ‘fastest growing religion in the world’ instead of any *factual data* for why they believe it is true. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Islam is the fastest growing *’enforced’* religion in the world. Maybe if they stopped threatening their adherents with death if they leave, more people might have the opportunity to leave freely, and thus, their over-inflated statistics would quickly reflect their true conversion rate.) This is the first and most dangerous sign of a cult – propaganda without substance. Beauty or progression of growth are not indicators of truth.

My concern is that if a Muslim who thinks that the ‘rate of growth’ of a belief system, or ‘its appearance’ confers its validity as true, they are probably a person who is easily susceptible to all sorts of tempting offers instead of truth. By this sort of logic it means that if somehow one day Satanism began growing exponentially in followers, or could find the right sort of appeal, Muslims might abandon Islam to become satanists instead.


9. Anytime I begin to speak to a Muslim with Scripture teachings from the Bible or textual citations from the Quran, Muslims immediately reply, “I’m not a scholar but our scholars know the answer”, which means most Muslims are ignorant of understanding their beliefs – a blatant warning sign of a cult. (Important Note: I regularly converse with Islamic scholars who are no better at answering the questions than a Muslim novice.)


8. If you leave Islam, the Quran gives authority to kill such an offender. Most countries under Islamic law today still exercise this Islamic right – even against their own family members. However, since Westernized Islam is far more watered down than the eastern practices, you might just get outcasted or excommunicated from your family for rejecting or speaking against Islam. (Important Note: Western Muslims have still been killed even here in North America for renouncing Islam)


7. In third level jihad, or under Islamic rule if you won’t convert to Islam or pay the Jizya, the Quran gives authority to kill such offenders. Third level jihad is a time when Islam shows its true face in the attempt to overthrow a current system and replace it with Islam if Islamic law is not currently in place.


6. Muslims claim that they believe in Jesus even though the Jesus they describe in no way portrays the Jesus described by those who actually lived with and walked with him for three years written about in the four canonical Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) Most of Muhammads ideas about Jesus were actually plagerized by 3rd century Gnostic gospels like the Gospel of Barnabas. A 3rd century account is not an eye witness account like the four canonical Gospels included in the New Testament and that’s why they were never canonized. Muhammad may have been illiterate, but he certainly was able to listen to folklore from others while growing up which he then incorporated into his so called ‘revelations’ when he claimed to have heard from God. (but didn’t)


5. Both Muslims and the Quran claim that Jesus is the Messiah even though the Quran then contradicts itself by claiming that Jesus never died on the cross. This is simply a fallacy of ignorance because if you know anything about the prophetic writings that we currently have in the Old Testament of the Messiah to come, they speak of a Messiah that would suffer and be killed. If Jesus did not die on the cross, he cannot be the Messiah. And if Muslims call him the Messiah, then a good conversation starter would be to ask them: ‘on what basis?’ (Important Note: expect the answer “because the Quran says so.” and use it as a great segway into explaining how cults are formed. If the title of ‘Messiah’ can be conferred on someone without them meeting any criteria to prove the validity of the claim, then just about anyone can be the Messiah.)


4. Muslims are taught ridiculous comebacks, instead of an actual apologetics for their faith like saying “show me where Jesus said ‘I am God, worship me.'” Many of you who are well versed in your bible can already think of many verses throughout the Gospels where Jesus demonstrates and takes ownership of, and receives worship as – God. But that’s not what Muslims are asking for. They’ve come up with their own sentence: ‘I am God, worship me’, and are asking you to find this man-made statement in Scripture in order to validate your belief in Jesus as God. That’s an abuse in the handling of *any* text of Scripture. We go to the Scripture to learn of God as ‘He’ has revealed Himself, not as we’d like to find Him.


3. When a Muslim cannot answer a Christian’s defence using the Scripture, they relegate to saying “the Scriptures have many errors.” But firstly, they cannot name one, and secondly, they use the same Scriptures to point to Muhammad as a final prophet. Apparently the verses in the Bible that they claim point to Muhammad are not in error… Just everything else. A very blatant tactic of a cult. (IMPORTANT NOTE: There are NO verses in the Bible that point to Muhammad. Based on the way that Muslims interpret the Bible, if it doesn’t validate Islam, it must not be true. These are more telltale signs of a cult. Instead of coming to the Scriptures with true sincerity to conform to truth, they want the truth to conform to their already held beliefs)


2. In an attempt to denounce Christianity as a lie, the Quran says that you shouldn’t believe those who take Jesus and Mary as gods. But Biblical Christianity doesn’t teach that Jesus’ mother Mary is a god. However, Roman Catholicism teaches this false doctrine. So if Muhammad was getting revelation from God that Christianity was not true, why was he getting revelations regarding teachings that Christians already held as false and equating them with Biblical teachings? This shows that Muhammad had no idea what Biblical Christianity actually taught so he was unable to refute it. It also shows that the source of his revelations didn’t know better either.


1. Islam teaches that Muslims believe in Moses, yet most Muslims I speak to have never heard of the Torah (the writings of Moses – the first five books of the Old Testament.) If they have perchance heard of it, they’ve never read it. Muslims are taught to depend solely upon the Quran recited by Muhammad, that was compiled in approx 600a.d to teach them about Adam, which is why most Muslims do not believe in original sin – because they don’t know the actual story of the Garden of Eden except by tradition. It’s also why with Abraham, most Muslims don’t know that it was Isaac – not Ishmael – that Abraham was asked to sacrifice. It’s also they have no clue who the Messiah should be, or why they cannot understand the sacrificial system of atonement that requires blood sacrifice that Moses wrote about, or why the Messiah should have to die and his blood would have to be shed to redeem us of our sins.

It all doesn’t make sense because if you start with the Quran, it’s impossible to understand all of these precursors to who Jesus and why He came, and most importantly, how we know with absolute certainty that He is God.


This new year, if you love your Muslim friends and relatives, then pray for opportunities to have the often long and difficult but very necessary discussion with them about the historical Jesus.

Their whole eternity is at stake by getting this wrong.

I implore you,



Because for the most part it is unknown to us in our deepest inward parts what sort of wretched creatures we truly are, it behooves us in our darkened perceptions to the weight of wretchedness for which we are in desperately need of redemption.

Some may affirm their wretchedness as the odd abrasive and unloving response; others some unforgiveness, and yet another, a mean demeanor. But the true recepients of grace are those who understand that their every breath exhales death deserving desires and deeds.

What appears as interest in that which belongs to another on the surface can actually be rooted in deeply darkened covetousness.

What appears as admiration can be in reality nothing more than the blinding allures of lust.

The depth of depravity we truly possess from our fallen nature has sunken into our every range of thought and emotions and has perversely blinded us from the reality of our true motives behind our every vain ambition.

Even many who profess themselves to be a ‘work in progress’ with only the appearance of humility can actually be completely oblivious to the true depth of their very real need for grace.

For example, while only desiring some fickle or superficial victory with maybe ‘saying the wrong thing in public’, a person can be completely oblivious to the fact that they say the wrong thing because what they actually desire is contrary to what they ‘want to appear’ as wanting; the marks of a desperately wicked heart that no one but the Spirit of God alone can fully ever know.

If I’m wrong, then you’ll have to explain to me why men and women say ‘I do’ at the altar – claiming that they’ll selflessly love each other forever, and then separate at the first sign of real turbulence;

why people proclaim that ‘beauty is on the inside’ while sporting the latest fashions and accessories, aiming for the latest cars, striving for the nicest homes, and posting only their nicest pics seasoned with superficial happiness and excessive face paint;

why people claim to want faithful loving monogamy but can be neck deep in bondage to pornography and/or secret romances;

why we claim we want peace yet we do all the things that would hinder any such peace from ever truly existing: lying, cheating, gossiping, slander, carrying malice and hatred;

why when you ask people how they’re doing, they’ll reply ‘I’m fine’, yet can be drowning in alcohol or drug addiction, or struggling with thoughts of suicide;

why people can be long time avid church goers, yet be the perpetrators of some of the most heinous acts of debauchery and depravation known to mankind.

And yet, God looked upon this world with all of its warped and wicked corruption, and said to Himself that each and every one of us would be worth sending His Son to die for, so that we could all not only avoid the punishment we clearly deserve, but then to also receive an inheritance that none of our works have ever merited – eternal life – the very epitome of mercy and grace!


If that doesn’t sound like Good News to you…

If that doesn’t sound like the GREATEST news you’ve ever heard…

Then you’ve taken the time to understand the Gospel!


And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him 

Hebrews 11:6




Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, although he existed in the form of God

   did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 
but emptied Himself,
   taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.
   Being found in appearance as a man,
   He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, 
even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:5-8


I learned about the incarnation when I kept a salt-water aquarium. Management of a marine aquarium, I discovered, is no easy task. I had to run a portable laboratory to monitor the nitrate levels and ammonia content. I pumped in vitamins and antibiotics and sulfa drugs and enough enzymes to make a rock grow. I filtered the water through fiber glass and charcoal, and exposed it to ultraviolet light.

You would think, in view of all the energy expended on their behalf, that my fish would at least be grateful. Not so.

Every time my shadow loomed above the tank they dove for cover into the nearest shell. They showed me one ’emotion’ only: fear.

Although I opened the lid and dropped in food on a regular schedule, three times a day, they responded to each visit as a sure sign of my designs to torture them. I could not convince them of my true concern.

To my fish I was deity. I was too large for them, my actions too incomprehensible. My acts of mercy they saw as cruelty; my attempts at healing they viewed as destruction.

To change their perceptions, I began to see, would require a form of incarnation. I would have to become a fish and ‘speak’ to them in a language they could understand.

A human being becoming a fish is nothing compared to God becoming a baby. And yet according to the Gospels that is what happened at Bethlehem. The God who created matter took shape within it, as an artist might become a spot on a painting or a playwright a character within his own play. God wrote a story, only using real characters, on the pages of real history.

The Word became flesh.
– *Excerpt from ‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ by Philip Yancey*


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the Only Begotten, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Trust Jesus!


Work willingly at whatever you do, *as though you were working for the Lord* rather than for people.

Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24


The command to ‘do everything as if doing it unto the Lord Jesus Himself’ is far more easily said than done, I’ll admit.

Mostly I think, because we always expect favourable conditions when submitting ourselves to serve others, and our obedience is often only conditional upon what we get out of the deal.

But despite the difficulties, when I came to faith I had made up my mind that I would be in earnest pursuit of doing all things as unto God Himself – starting afresh with each new day, even if I failed the day before. And yesterday, to my surprise, I received a truly awesome encouragement from the Lord Jesus that reminded me to Whom I belong. 

I was hired on fulltime at DB Schenker in June 2011, and so June 2016 marked my 5 year anniversary with the company. 

It was a pretty important milestone for me since I had never stuck it out at any job for five years consecutively previously in my life.

It was actually during my employment with Schenker in November of 2012 that I came to faith in Christ and for the first time in my life had learned from the Bible that I could show my devotion to God by how well I worked at my job and served my employer.

Beginning to recognize how undeseving I was in many ways to even have a great job that I enjoyed, I never approached my work as ‘putting God to the test to see if He would bless me.’ I would instead do my best at my job out of gratitude *for all that Jesus had already done* in taking the punishment I deserve by dying on the cross in my place. 

When other employees reached their 5, 10, 15, 20, & 25 year anniversaries at work, I saw how the company would break out the gift cards, bonus cheques, and almost always have cake. 

But since those things aren’t especially important to me (although unexpected cake is always a wonderful treat!), when I approached my 5 years of service I was really just hoping for zero fanfare and attention.

And surprisingly, I got it!

In fact, there was no mention of my five year anniversary at all. No card, no cheque, no gift card. 

But since I was living a life completely abandoned to God and instead being daily thrilled by supernatural encounters, opportunities to reach others and experiences of grace, I hardly took notice and very quickly forgot about it altogether. I was a man just committed to serving the risen Lord. 

Earlier this year with everything from dreams and visions to divinely timed confirmations, I knew it was finally time to move on, so I left Schenker and accepted a new position with Prison Fellowship Canada. 

But in November 2017 – this very week, my previous manager reached out to me to let me know that there was a cheque that he stumbled across that was actually made out to me that he had somehow forgotten to give to me, along with a card.

Since I work relatively close by, I made the arrangements and walked over to pick it up. I was extremely grateful for the unexpected surprise, but since I am someone who has clearly seen time and time again just how intimately acquainted God has been with every detail of my life – and what significance and meaning each detail contained, I asked the Lord, “what purpose did it serve in receiving this cheque at this particular time, almost a year and a half later?”

Then I opened and read the card which said:

We are pleased to congratulate you on your 5th anniversary of employment with DB Schenker. Please find enclosed a token of our appreciation for the dedication you have demonstrated over the years.”

As I stood there reading, I heard the Lord say to me, “Happy Anniversary” and it suddenly dawned on me… November 2017 would be exactly five years since I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus – surrendering my life to love Him and serve Him according to His good pleasure!

I was once again confronted with proof of the Biblical truth that in serving others, just as the Scriptures have said, we are indeed serving the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and therefore will receive an inheritance, just as He promises!

If we set ourselves to understand His ways; if we continue to seek Him out, we will certainly see that He continually gives us great assurances of the very certain hope we have in Him in whom we have trusted!


So I want to encourage all of you today in whichever place the Lord Jesus has placed you – who are living faithfully but battling with doubts and discouragement when it appears that your labours are going unnoticed or unappreciated… Obedience to Christ is a sure reward! The One whom you are serving is the omnipresent Son of God! And you will surely receive your prize if you continue to persevere and do not give up!


But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

Colossians 3:25

Trust Jesus!

Radical Christianity

But wisdom that comes from above is…. *Without partiality*…. 
James 3:17


PARTIALITY – unfair bias in favor of one thing or person compared with another; favoritism.


I find it interesting what we do with the words of Jesus.

We take Jesus’ command in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations and we say, “That means other people.” But we look at Jesus’ command in Matthew 11:28, “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” and we say, “Now, that means me.”

We take Jesus’ promise in Acts 1:8 that the Spirit will lead us to the ends of the earth, and we say, “That means some people.” But we take Jesus’ promise in John 10:10 that we will ‘have abundant life,’ and we say, “That means me.”

In the process we have unnecessarily (and unbiblically) drawn a line of distinction, assigning the obligations of Christianity to a few while keeping the privileges of Christianity for us all.

In this way we choose to send off other people to carry out the global purpose of Christianity while the rest of us sit back because we say we’re “just not called to that.”

Now we know that each of us has different gifts, different skills, different passions, and different callings from God. God has gifted you and me in different ways. This was undoubtedly the case with the disciples. Peter and Paul had different callings. James and John had different callings. However, each follower of Christ in the New Testament, regardless of his or her calling, was intended to take up the mantle of proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth. That’s the reason why He gave each of them His Spirit and why He gave them all the same plan: ‘make disciples of all nations.’
– Excerpt from “Radical”

   by David Platt


Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
James 4:17

I implore you,

Trust ♔ Jesus!




Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The LORD said to him, *”Who gave human beings their mouths?*

Exodus 4:10-11


Four years ago I had to complete the licensing process all over again from the beginning. In my previous life before faith in Christ, I had made a number of poor decisions regarding it that were in dire need of redemption.

As I prayerfully leaned on the Lord to work these things out in me, I had finally got to the day when I was set to complete my G test.

Looking for some sort of encouragement in God’s Word, I sought Him and came across this verse above in Exodus chapter 4.

I was sort’ve puzzled at first at how such a Word could be relevant for my driving test, but instead of rejecting it, I simply nestled it away into the quiet meditation of my heart as I went about my day.

When the driving examiner approached the car, she looked angry and annoyed. As we began the test, her demeanor was exemplified in her attitude. Short razor-sharp remarks followed a darkened seriousness and a strict focus.

The entire test was made up of her criticisms; pointing out driving errors and writing on my examination paper.

A moment of despair crept in as I imagined already failing the test and bracing myself to receive that news when all of a sudden the Word God spoke to me earlier that morning came bubbling up in my Spirit…

*”Who gave human beings their mouths?”*

I immediately realized that God was once again using this every day situation to demonstrate to me His *Sovereign* rule over *all* His creation.

Joy began to replace those brief thoughts of despair, and peace flooded my soul as I dared to believe that God had brought me this far and was going to complete the work He had begun regardless of what anyone had to say about it! I smiled as her critiques intensified toward the ending of the examination.

Sure enough, we pulled back into the ministry as she completed the rest of her marking and then handed me the paper marked, “Pass!”


Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,

    for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Why should the nations say,

    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
    he does all that he pleases.
Psalm 115:1-3


This event also reminded me of a passage in Scripture where God used the murderous plan of the High Priest to prophesy the very way Jesus would die. (John 11:49-50) Think about that for a second…

The Spirit of God spoke prophetically through Jesus’ enemies to declare his future destiny which he came to accomplish!

If then, God controls the outcome of His every spoken Word to us to ensure that His purposes alone come to pass, how much more could God then make the meaningless rant of those who oppose or speak against what we are led by the Spirit to accomplish come to nothing?

When I revisited the passage in Exodus, it actually broadens the scope of God’s Sovereign rule over His creation. It says:


Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? *Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see?* Is it not I, the LORD?

Exodus 4:11


As the enemy stands ready to assault us with doubts and despair when we judge the outcome of our life’s situations based on our present circumstances or by the misplaced opinions of others, take a deep breath and remind yourself in these very moments Who is *actually*  in control of your life and purposes it for His good pleasure.

Whether it’s a matter of a simple driving examination, or leading two and half million people out of captivity, I encourage you to make a choice to believe by faith.

I implore you,

Trust ♔ Jesus!