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Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

During Lent I went through 6 verses from Mark and studied them, asking God to speak to me the words He wanted me to hear. These are my Easter Thoughts. You can listen them at Hope Stream Radio.

EAster Thoughts

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Here are my show notes:

The last passage I studied was Mark 14:66-72. – particularly verse 72.

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[a] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[b] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

It’s a familiar passage of Peter’s denial of Jesus – three times before the cock crowed twice.

As I heard my grandfather clock chiming the hour as I wrote this I thought of how Peter would have felt hearing that cock crow.

It would have been a piercing sound, bombarding his ears with the voice of Jesus – You denied Me.

It would have overwhelmed Peter to hear that sound – so much that he cried.

My NIV version says: He broke down and wept.

The Message version says: He collapsed in tears.

Peter had been passionate for Jesus, always giving a rallying cry.

Suddenly he feels all is lost. Empty. Alone.

Those 3 days must have been devastating for him. Worry. Fear. Sorrow. Regret.

Then – EASTER. The incredible news that Jesus is alive.

When Peter sees and recognizes Jesus on the shore – He jumps out of the boat to greet Him.

That reminded me of the time before the resurrection when Jesus asked Peter to come out of the boat and to walk on water. And Peter did – for a bit.

Now, and especially after Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit – Peter is again on fire, willing to jump out of the boat and to walk on water, to trust God with everything.

What can I Learn from Peter? What are my Easter Thoughts?

Do not be afraid – Jesus has conquered death. He will always look after me. He has conquered death for me too.

Do what Jesus calls me to do – no matter how impossible it may seem, do it anyway because Jesus can do anything.

Be passionate – When I heard God tell me what to be passionate about it has been like a fire running through me. The words I heard were:

Get all Christians to read their Bibles daily.

That’s my goal. My mission. My purpose.

Easter Thoughts

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That’s what I am passionate about. What about you?

Easter Thoughts: What passion has God put on your hearts? Are you going full out for Him? (click to tweet)

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we know that sometimes we feel we have reached the impossible spot. But nothing is impossible for You. Keep us remembering that and give us courage and passion to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, follow the passion the Lord has given you. Do it knowing that we have a great God who will strengthen and guide you. And remember to be in His Word, daily.

Can I do it Afraid? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

Can I do it Afraid? – HopeStreamRadio Podcast

This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about what I learned from Peter’s Denial. Can I do it afraid?

Can I do it afraid?

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Here are the show notes for this week’s program, Can I do it afraid? for those who would rather read than listen.

As I continued to study Mark for my Lenten study I read about Peter.

Peter reminds me of me. I get passionate and sometimes jump in where I shouldn’t. But I think passion is important. We need to find the heart beat of the purpose for our lives.

Michael Hyatt in his book Living Forward talks about the dangers of drift. (click here to tweet)

Life plan - Living Forward

If we keep living day to day without a passion we are drifting. I need something to be passionate about.

Peter was passionate about his relationship with Jesus. He vowed never to forsake Him

Mark 14:29 Peter says:

Even if all fall away, I will not.

And Mark 14:31 he says:

Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.

These are strong words, full of passion.

Then the events unfold and Jesus is arrested. The tables are turned. Reality has happened.

Peter denies knowing Jesus.

In Mark 15:71 Peter makes his 3rd final declaration.

I don’t know this man you are talking about.

Then the cock crowed for the second time.

And Peter remembered the words that Jesus had spoken:

Before the cock crows twice you will disown me three times.

Can I do it afraid?

Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox

As I studied this passage, I kept asking about my following Jesus.

Are there times I hear Him say to do something and I deny Him? (click here to tweet)


I say: “Oh Jesus doesn’t really want me to do that.”

Or “I can’t do that – I don’t have the skills.”

Or “I’m too old.”

Denial is fear.

Now when I hear His voice and I am faced with a decision I ask myself. What is the fear? Can I name it? What is the worst thing that will happen? Can I trust God to help me through?

Podcasting has been a brand new experience for me. This is podcast 52 – a whole year of audio production.

Was I fearful? Oh yes. Did I want to turn away? Yes a number of times.

But my passion was stronger than my fear. So I said, “Can I do it afraid?” (click to tweet this)

When I volunteered to lead a vacation Bible camp at our church I didn’t feel qualified. Did that stop me? No because I had a passion for the children to learn about Jesus. This summer will be my 6th or 7th summer running the camp. Every year, as I pray I wonder, am I getting too old for this. Every year, I do it afraid.

Peter may have denied Jesus but after the Lord’s resurrection Peter became a powerhouse for Him. He broke through his fear and trusted God. He was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Are there things that God has put on your heart but you have held off doing them because of fear?

Grace Fox has written a wonderful book called Moving From Fear to Freedom. She helps the reader see that we can do things afraid when we trust God.

Can I do it afraid

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we want to be passionate in our following of You. Sometimes we hear Your call but are fearful. Help us to push past that fear and press on to do what You have called us to do, even if we do it afraid. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, as you read His Word and hear His voice, listen to His call on your life. Don’t be afraid. Or even if you are afraid – do what He calls you to do.

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Peter’s Lesson – Word of God Speak Linkup

Peter’s Lesson – Word of God Speak Linkup

This week as I looked at the verses Mark 14:66-72 during the sixth week of Lent I learned Peter’s Lesson.

Peter's Lesson

Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox

We are using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study  to study this passage.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept (Mark 14:72, NIV).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

The other Gospels give this report as well. Matthew 22:69-75, Luke 22:55-62, and John 18:15-27.

Jesus is called Jesus the Nazarene because he came from Nazareth (Mark 1:24)

Jesus tells Peter what will happen – that Peter will deny Him three times before the cock crows twice (Mark 14:30).

When Jesus had been arrested and they were interrogating Him, Peter was in the courtyard below with Judeans. They heard his accent and knew he was a Galilean and accused him of being a follower of Jesus. He denied that three times.

Denial – in psychology: a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc. is true or real.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

What did Peter learn?  He gained new found strength through prayer and the Holy Spirit. He became the pillar of the early church.

God uses our failures, problems and circumstances to grow us and to teach us to help others. He can turn us around. He can change us.

When He becomes our Rock, we can have the strength, vision, and power than only God can give.

Peter was weak and afraid. He had not prayed. He had fallen asleep while Jesus was arrested. (Mark 14:38).

But he did not runaway as others did. After he heard Jesus’ words in his mind when the cock crowed, he wept. He was overcome with remorse.

How often have I thought the “should haves”?

Probably too many times. Praising God for His grace and patience with me.

The Lord penetrated Peter’s heart.

Peter’s Lesson:

Even though we may deny Christ or disobey His Words, He forgives us and gives us a chance to work for His glory.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I heard God talk about FEAR.

  • I remembered how I used to control my children (through my fear of something happening to them). I wanted to be sure they were safe. But I smothered them.
  • I remembered that I held back from pursuing my passion to paint because I didn’t think I would be good enough.
  • I remembered that I hadn’t done any podcasting or video because I felt too shy and didn’t think I could do it.

BUT: Then I remembered Peter’s Lesson – do it anyway, fearful or not.

  • I remembered how I spoke up against gossiping at the curling club.
  • I remembered I did start to podcast at Hope Stream Radio
  • I remembered that I did start to paint seriously and really enjoy it.

I heard God say, “Foxes chase chickens. Do you want to be a chicken or a lion?(tweet this)

Peter's lesson

Watercolour by Janis Cox

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Father, thank You for helping me push past my fear. Thank You for helping me try new experiences and speak out for You. Continue to guide me in this way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What about you? Have you fallen away from trusting Jesus completely? If you fell away and then came back tell me your story.

I would love your thoughts about my post on Wednesday – about the importance of Daily Bible reading.


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How to Hang On

How to Hang On

by Brenda Wood 


Have you ever been in a hopeless situation?
People pray but God doesn’t respond. 

That’s where Peter was. In Acts 12:1-5, Herod beheaded James and arrested Peter. People prayed but Peter was still in prison.

Just in the nick of time, an angel arrived to ‘save the day.’ This is not as wonderful as it sounds. The angel swatted him awake, and told him to get a move on. (Verse 6-8)

Peter thought it was a dream or a vision. Surely God didn’t answer prayer like this? Did He? (Verse 9)

Peter had trouble convincing others that he was free. (Verse 13-17)

In spite of the miracle of freedom, Peter is still in danger. See how carefully the writer couches the truth in verse 17b. ‘Then he left and went to some other place.’

Prayer isn’t answered where, why, when, or how we think it will be.

Our job is to pray, hang on through the situation, recognise the answers when they come and move forward into obedience.


Lord, remind us to pray fervently and persistently no matter what your answers might be. Amen (From Acts 12:5)


Do you think prayer is answered exactly how we think it should be answered? (Tweet this)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

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Are You Afraid of the Night?

Are You Afraid of the Night?

by Susan Harris


Which are you? Some people are early risers and are most productive in the morning while others, like me, are night owls and our energy comes out best during the dark hours. At night stores close their doors and staff head home. Homemakers defer work to the next day, and traffic gets slower as the rush hour fades into night.

For those on the graveyard shift, it can be a long and tedious task. Machines work tirelessly, oblivious to the fatigue of their human company. Elsewhere people watch television, some read, others cry, and yet others die during the night. To the person who is ill, the night could be a long and loathsome period. For another group the night is the time they have been awaiting: the thief anticipates the cover of darkness to assist his schemes. Witches practice evil works, and necromancers visit the graveyards to engage the dead in their ploys.

Symbolically the night is a time of heaviness, a time of battle and discomfort, of terror and fears. (tweet this)

Sounds are magnified. Shadows look monstrous. Adrenalin pumps. Bad news can come any time during the twenty fours, but when the phone rings during the darkness, there is a premonition of the worst.

Friend, you do not have to fear the Night.

Luke chapter 2 accounts that one Night, shepherds were tending their sheep when the angel of the Lord appeared and told them to ‘Fear not,’ because Jesus was born. He would bear their sins. He would be their friend. He would be a miracle worker. And because of Him they would become citizens of Heaven.

News unparalleled shook the world in the year 4 B.C. Newsrooms could not have wanted a more coveted theme, and telecommunications could not have flashed a more arresting headline.

That Night was the divine shaping of history,
God was fulfilling prophesy, and the old was being separated from the new. (click to tweet)

Dear Friend, someone capable and efficient watches over your family in the Night. When you take the subway or other public transit, the Night guard Jesus goes ahead like a fire, and He burns up the enemies (Psalm 97:3.)

The Lord watched over Peter and delivered him in the Night (Acts 12). While the guards dozed, Jehovah was at work. He sent His angel to release Peter. Imagine guards trained to be alert, sleeping through chains clanging to the ground! Peter walked out free and two soldiers were jobless the next day.

Friend, when Jesus works for you in the Night time, He deadens the senses of the enemy who cannot be roused until He is finished. Are there problems in your home, job, or church?

Father God can put the enemy to sleep and break the chains so that freedom can flow. (tweet this)

That’s how He works the Night shift for you. He wants to bring peace and reconciliation, compromise, and solutions.

So sleep in peace and rest, for Jesus is keeping the Night watch.

(Excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 17 – The Night Watch.)

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Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.


Submit – who me?

by Jan Cox

Heron between the lakes








We were talking in our women’s Bible study the other day about submission to our husbands. We studied 1 Peter and there it was in black and white – right out of the Bible:

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. ” (1 Peter 3:1-2).

This brought about much discussion. Some women thought it was for the “olden days” only; others thought that pastors should preach more on the following Scripture:

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7).

Then I spoke up and related the story of my learning to “submit” to my husband. I am NOT good at it and it is a work in progress.

Before coming to Christ I domineered much of our married life – I wanted my way all the time; I whined when I didn’t get my way; I slammed doors and generally was a pain. When I first became a Christian I joined a Bible study and we  started working on this topic – about 12 years ago – I did NOT like this at all.

I bought a book called “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian. I thought, “Great – here will be the prayers so I can change my husband to understanding me.”

It didn’t work out that way. The book taught me to see myself – really see myself. As I worked through the prayers I started to change. Stormie says her favourite three-word prayer was “Change him, Lord”. Then she says her prayer became, “Change me Lord.”

So anyone who thinks that their husband/wife needs changing had better start to look more closely at themselves. And for the men readers, there is another book called The Power of a Praying Husband, too.

What I can tell you is that this revelation made quite a difference in our marriage. I am not perfect – I make lots of mistakes but I can see myself as the culprit sometimes and ask forgiveness.

Have you asked God to change your attitude? Can you and your husband find the mutual respect that Peter is talking about in this book? It is in humbling ourselves that we can find forgiveness, love and caring in a marriage. You can read the first chapter of Stormie’s book and see for yourself – do you need a changeover? And for the men here is the first chapter of The Power of a Praying Husband.

It is not wrong to pray for someone to change – just check out your motives first. Make sure your request is authentic and not a way to get something from that person. Be real and true with God.


Help us in our marriages, Lord, to see the other person. Help us to act respectfully at all times and to treasure our spouses. Help us to love as Jesus loved. In His name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – On to the second thousand – I am at 1065

  • Zumba for free at our church
  • A Hot Epsom salts bath after Zumba
  • Seeing the movie Freedom Writers
  • My favourite heron sitting between the lakes
  • Great dinner dance with friends
  • Slow dances with my hubby
  • Dealing with the loss of a friend
  • Great sermon on courage
  • Watching a friend play in her first tennis final
  • Hubby is keeping his cold to himself
  • A tall erect white egret
  • A quiet evening to paint by myself
  • I can play a grade 5 piece called Rhumba on my keyboard
  • Tap dance – good practice to focus
  • Learning insurance pitfalls in Financial Peace
  • My French conversation lesson in the steam room
  • Snowball’s friend, Corbie, came to visit
  • Walk around the lake with new friends
  • A warm evening – only wore a light sweater
  • An “Old Hams” performance – well done

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.