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  • New Year, New Hope

Happy New Year! As we move past the Christmas and Advent Seasons and into the New Year we celebrated Epiphany on Sunday. This day is so significant to the work we do because it reminds us yet again that Jesus came for the WHOLE world; for ALL people. As we enter a new year and […]

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  • An Event for Everyone

There were sheepherders camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been […]

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  • Joy While Waiting

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice! – Philippians 4:4 I very much love the Advent wreath. There is so much symbolism to it; its circular shape is meant to represent God, the Creator and Preserver of all things. God’s love has no beginning and no end; it is eternal. There are […]

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  • Sharing the Promise

Yesterday marked the second Sunday of Advent, each week continues to prepare us for the arrival of Jesus. Last week we looked on with hope. Hope for that which we wait for, hope for what is to come, hope for God’s promises to be fulfilled. This week is marked by peace. The Prince of Peace is coming, […]

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  • 400 Years

“Lord give me patience and give it to me NOW!” No one likes to wait. Today’s society values instant and on-demand. From microwaves to fast food, we are programmed not to wait. If we are at the supermarket and the lines are long, we complain that the store really doesn’t care about their customers, otherwise […]

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  • Internal Peace

I hope most of you were able to join in last week for some of the THHS Self Care week activities and the Staff Appreciation Party on Friday. It was truly a great week. It also fit so well with our monthly theme of peace. Caring for ourselves and finding internal peace can help us to […]

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  • Volunteering For Peace

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” – Romans 14:19 This weekend, which marked 100 years since the end of World War I, we remember the countless who fought for peace for their countries. Of the 619, 636 Canadians, over half of them volunteered to join the effort. They volunteered to […]

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  • Feel vs. Choose

There are many days I do not feel like celebrating. Last week my mother was in a car accident. We are thankful that everyone involved is okay. But we are not celebrating the fact that it happened, or the ramifications of someone else’s carelessness. Needless to say, I’ve struggled to figure out what to write […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 happiness and joy; often […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Time of Transition

Dear supporters of The Mission Matters emails, I’m writing to share an update as to where things stand with me. You’ll all likely know that my health took a significant decline over the holidays. I’ve been in a rehab hospital now since early February. The upside is that I’m ok. I’ve done a 3-hour cognitive […]

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  • The Power of Love

There are few events that bring people together quite like a wedding does. Especially one of such magnitude as the royal wedding. It was virtually impossible to not see it on the news, hear about it on the radio, read about it across social media, and see the reruns of the wedding throughout the weekend. […]

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