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Oct 18

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Gratitude & A Pile of Rocks

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 107:1 I love Thanksgiving. A long weekend dedicated to eating lots of good food and hanging out with family is pretty great if you ask me! It’s also a time when we are reminded of the many […]

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Sep 18

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Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Today we join people around the world in praying this prayer for victims of human trafficking. (Click on the video to learn more about The Salvation Army’s efforts in this area.) Heavenly Father, We, your children, trust your words in Mathew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you […]

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Sep 18

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The Profound Simplicity of Prayer

September has arrived which means our Missional Focus for this month is prayer! Why is it that we have such a difficult time in appropriating the privilege of prayer?  You cannot read the Gospels without noticing how important prayer was to Jesus.  As you read the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you become […]

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Aug 18

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A Rebellious Son

Jesus tells a story in Luke 15 about a father and his two sons. It’s a very typical family with its own set of drama and family upsets which climax when the younger son asks for his half of the family inheritance to run away and party. By saying this to the father, the younger […]

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Aug 18

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Searching for Patience

The summer seems to be flying by faster (and hotter) than ever. I don’t know about you, but I really feel like the missional themes for August, patience gentleness and grace, are exactly what I need to be reminded of right now! I find it’s the little things that start to pile up which make me impatient. […]

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Jul 18

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It Will Shine in Your Eyes

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne What makes you happy? Is it being healthy, wealthy and wise? What would make you happy?  Winning the lottery?  Going on a dream vacation?  Finding your special mate? In everyday conversation, we interchange the words ...

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Jul 18

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Joy is an Act of Resistance

For those closely following the World Cup, today was either a day of happiness or sorrow. The world is a funny place. We put so much stock in things we can’t control looking for happiness. A team winning, the weather, the lottery, the newest gadget, the list goes on. But this happiness never seems to last, […]

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Jun 18

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Messengers of Hope!

I have spent almost 60 years ‘hoping’ that the Maple Leafs would win another Stanley Cup – and I am not alone.  The players, coaches, managers and even owners have changed many times.  Each new team enters a new season promising hope in September and ripping it from our psyche every spring. My harshest and […]

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Jun 18

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Why Hope?

Why? Why Hope? I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. (Rudyard Kipling) CBC has an investigative television show called W5. It is based on the 5 questions that are asked in almost any investigation. The first four […]

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Jun 18

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The Anchor of Hope

In our world, it seems that our experience, from the highest to the lowest, the richest to the poorest, fittest to challenged, is determined by the bottom line. Everything has a cost and these costs must be constantly reduced to improve the bottom line. The budget is a constant concern. As governments cut services, there […]

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