Strain, Stress, Seeking Shelter…

Ever had one of those days… with me it has been one of those weeks. The nature of my job, in claims support is taking initial claims reports and passing on the files to adjusters. First contact with people under stress can take its toll, espescially when there are CAT (catastrophe) situations.The dealing of the stress and anxiety that assaults us is not what I would consider “comfortable chaos” where we are able to juggle and multi task and sail through the situation. I don’t believe such a state in being actually exists or can be attained. I would venture to say that it is likely a delusional state.

I have been overwhelmed of late with work (too much of it and not enough of a meaningful break in between), planning and setting up a seminar, and the balancing act of trying to meet the needs of the important people in my life.

I am under strain and stress, no doubt you are as well. This is why I am running to my “Shelter”… Today I found comfort in the song by Brent Helming… Let this be a prayer today, for you and for me, and for all those who are needing to rest in Jesus…


Jesus, You are my shelter
In You I find hope
In You I find peace
Though I stumble
Your love never falters
In You I find grace
In You I find strength
You are my Rock of Refuge
And You shelter me

You shelter me
In the darkness of nights
Through the stormiest seas
The light of Your love
Is a beacon of safety to me
You shelter me

Jesus, You are a strong tower
All my enemies flee,
When I call on Your name
Yes, You are my Rock of Refuge
And You shelter me

May you feel and know the One who indeed shelters you.

Blessings from the eye of the storm,

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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding.  As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required.  With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]

God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].

I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.

God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].

In the eternal grip of Jesus,

Samuel M. Buick

Waterloo, Ontario

29 January 2018

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex Barry, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. I don’t mind labels, labels define what type of Christian I am: I am a creationist I am a monergist I am a Trinitarian I am an imputationalist I am a Calvinist I am a cessationist ~ Samuel M. Buick
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