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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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  • Dignity for All

“Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” – Matthew 19:26, The Message Wouldn’t it be great if there were no poverty in Canada at all? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there […]

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  • Hello Spring

As we continue to focus on humility and servanthood during April, I keep thinking about Jesus; there’s really no better example than Him. As this Easter season continues, and as we finally begin to experience the warmth of spring, I can feel the new life and new hope that comes with this season. When Jesus […]

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  • The Potato Rant

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in […]

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  • Easter Prayer for Reconciliation

Across the barriers that divide race from race: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide rich from poor: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide people of different cultures: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide Christians: Reconcile us, O […]

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  • Peace & Palm Branches

“See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey…He will proclaim peace to the nations” – Zechariah 9:9-10 Yesterday, Palm Sunday, marked the beginning of Holy Week. Christians around the world follow Jesus’ final footsteps to the cross in an effort to remind us of the beautiful example and […]

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  • To Do Justice

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 During the season of Lent, as we prepare for Easter, we focus on Justice & Reconciliation because it is the example Jesus lives during His ministry on earth. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He focuses on […]

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  • Justice & Reconciliation

It’s already March. The sun is shining brighter, the days are longer, spring jackets are coming out and winter gear becomes less and less frequent. Does anyone else feel like this year is zooming by? Easter is just around the corner! As we move into March and look at some of the things happening this […]

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