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Singing with Understanding: Giving Him My All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Like a Smug Six-Year-Old

by Brent Karding

At Kingston Bible College and Academy, we have an annual Thanksgiving Prepare-and-Share meal and devotional.  The following is the text of the devotional I gave last week. Good evening! Let’s turn to the book of Colossians, where we’ll read 4 verses that are the basis for tonight’s brief devotional. Colossians 3:12-15: “Put on therefore, as […]

Why Don’t Some Christians Go to Church?

by Brent Karding

“I don’t need to go to church; I can worship God at home.” “I’m too busy for church.” “The church is too full of hypocrites.” People make all kinds of excuses not to attend church. Perhaps you are one of those people, or you know one of those people. I’d like to suggest 3 reasons […]

He Will Not Leave You As You Are

by Brent Karding

The circumstances of his birth were unusual, to say the least. He was the younger member of a pair of twins. His brother was born first, but he followed right after, and as soon as he left the womb, his hand reached out and grabbed his older brother’s heel with a firm grip. “Awwww,” sighed […]

Who Are You?

by Brent Karding

Who are you? What terms would you use to describe yourself? What relationships do you have that define who you are? Each of us is many things at the same time. For instance, I am a man, a son, a husband, and now a father. I am also a pastor, a friend, and an employee. […]

Singing with Understanding: A Greater Gain

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

An Overflow of Gratitude

by Brent Karding

There is perhaps no more difficult Bible verse to live out than Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” So our expressions of thanksgiving to God are to be continual and all-encompassing. There is no moment of the day when we should not […]

I Vow to Thee, My Saviour

by Brent Karding

Two nights ago my wife and I attended the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. There was a lot of majestic music, fancy clothes, and moving presentations. One of the presentations was the singing of the song “I Vow to Thee, My Country,” which I always find deeply moving. This song is a song of loyalty […]

Junk Food and Junk Happiness

by Brent Karding

I love food. If you want to make my mouth water, tell me that spaghetti sauce is in the crock pot for tonight’s supper, or that marinated baby back ribs are currently on the BBQ, or that strawberry shortcake is on the menu for dessert. Isn’t it wonderful that God made food more than just […]

The Most Important Hours of Life

by Brent Karding

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who was executed in April 1945, just weeks before World War II ended, for his part in a plot to kill Hitler. I have been listening to an audio version of Eric Metaxas’s excellent biography of him, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and have been struck by his godliness […]