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Consider Stephen Ministry!

The Lord has blessed me through the Stephen Ministry Program. It has enriched my relationship with the Lord, and improved my dealings and interactions with family and friends. Stephen Ministry uses Scriptural truths such as “be quick to listen and slow to speak” (James 1:19b), “pay attention to the plank in your own eye” (Matthew…

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Stand Against Sin

If you have been following the news at any point this weekend, you surely would have read about the riots and violence in Charlottesville. This evil, violence, racism and hate are all clearly sinful, wrong and, most of all, evil. Christians have stated this emphatically across not only the political spectrum, but also the theological…

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Celebrating the Good Decisions

Here is the truth about me and my parenting: I am far more likely to try to correct bad behaviour than to really praise good behaviour. And, what I mean by that is I tend to focus in on correcting poor behaviour and, while I’ll appreciate good behaviour, I can forget to really celebrate it. Of course,…

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Weekend Rundown: Moses

This past weekend, we looked at the story of Moses and his encounter with the burning bush. And, the lens we looked at this story through was how to make it out of the desert. A desert is a dry, deserted and difficult place. To be honest, I think we all encounter or enter desert…

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Moses

This weekend, we are looking at a pretty well-known Bible story that I want to unpack in a way that is maybe a bit unexpected. We will be looking at the story found in Exodus in which Moses encounters God in and through a burning bush. It’s honestly an amazing story that has so much…

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Hospitality – Creating Space for Change

I think that hospitality is probably the most undervalued, but necessary gifts in the Christian world. Hospitality is to create inviting spaces where people feel safe, welcome and loved. And, there is nothing more needed in our current world than safe places for relationships to be created and cultivated. Henri Nouwen writes: “Hospitality is not to change people,…

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How to Measure Success

This blog post comes after my last two – the first on obedience, the second on our culture’s obsession with self-assertion. I recently read this quote by Timothy Keller as he diagnoses our culture. He writes, “It is an embarrassment now to be merely faithful and not successful. This is a new weight on the…

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Prayer Changes Lives!

At Prayers and Squares we hear various stories of how the receiving of prayer through the tying of a prayer quilt has made a difference in people’s lives. Just today, I heard another story of a woman who was gravely ill about a year ago, who received a prayer quilt through the Prayers and Squares…

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Love, Sacrifice and a Better Way

Today, I want to blog about something a bit different. I want to talk about our cultural narratives, and do a bit of cultural analysis. I want to look at how our culture and world works, and what it promotes. Because, what I’ve started to notice is that our culture prides self-assertion – the ability…

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Combating the “Everybody Gets a Trophy” Mindset By Tim Ellmore

For more than a decade, articles have been written and conferences have been hosted to address the growing number of parents, coaches and teachers who promote the “Everyone Gets a Trophy” mindset. This mindset started around the turn of the century to reward kids just for participating. We saw the need to affirm students just for getting…

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