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Prayer for Revival

It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken. Psalm 119:126 If there was ever a need to pray for revival it’s today. A revival is a time of quickening or impartation of life. As God … Continue reading

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Fear Keeps People in Boxes

E. Stanley Jones makes the point that Christians are people of the long view. By long view, he means that we plan not only how to live today, but tomorrow and for eternity. Our big enemy in long-view planning is … Continue reading

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The Art of Listening

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It happened, in the providence of God, that I, as a teenager, became a disciple of Jesus in a shabby little church in a northern paper town. This congregation, for the most part, wasn’t loud and irritating; it consisted of … Continue reading

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The Baby Stage of Wonder

One sunny June morning, I placed my helmeted two year-old son, Peter, on the child’s seat of my bike and we took off from the driveway for an hour joy ride. As we cycled through the neighbourhood, a warm breeze tickled … Continue reading

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The Gift of Encouragement

Discouragement often knocks on the door of the lonely, sick and elderly. For decades Hope interceded for her family, church and community. Through her strong witness many came to Christ. Now Hope sits alone in her living room lamenting that … Continue reading

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Humility and Pride: Two Responses to the Cross

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Humility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them. Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “There are many ways to holiness. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Problem of Guilt

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Sometimes we disappoint – bad behavior, unkind attitudes, unintentional missteps or outright sin – we slip up and our actions give others cause to say, “Huh. She’s not much of a Christian!” We’ve all been there. Some are gifted with the ability to shake off … Continue reading

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Just Tell Jesus

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Is it possible that the same God who with a single word set the entire universe in motion, is interested in my everyday needs? Does He care about jobs and headaches, a lost dog, housing, broken hearts and dental work? … Continue reading

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A Christmas Secret

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A few months before Christmas, Helen began attending our church. I introduced myself and found she had emigrated from Poland at the end of the Second World War, leaving all family members behind. At 63, without children, relatives or husband, … Continue reading

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Seeds Produce Fruit in God’s Time

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In the 1960’s two thousand year-old seeds were discovered in the excavated ruins of Herod the Great’s Palace. They sat in a drawer at Tel Aviv’s Bar-Ilan University until 2005 when a botanical researcher decided to plant one of the seeds … Continue reading

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