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God Of Our Fathers, Ancestors, and Social Media…

There is a trend growing among millennials who frequent social media hubs and also value their relationship with God. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like are now becoming platforms for people to put their relationship with God out there for all to see. Posts can…

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A to B, and In-Between

  This summer I had the opportunity to go spend some time with B*rmese believers in Thailand and Mya*mar on MB Missions’ Action program. Part of our assignment was a ten day evangelism trip into Mya*mar where we encouraged believers and shared the gospel with…

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A Christmas Prayer

Recently, I received a newsletter from the Northumbria Community, in which the following prayer caught my eye—and heart. Written by Pete Askew, these words capture many of my desires at this time of year. I’m spending my days grading, preparing courses, and writing and rewriting—while also 

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Prayer: who answers whom?

Many Christians say that they pray because God answers prayer. In prayer meetings and home groups, I’ve heard people tell each other their ‘prayer requests,’ which are then addressed to God for God to answer. I was once part of a group that kept a weekly…

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Feelings and Prayer

“What are you feeling?” As the other participants in the assertiveness training seminar answered the facilitator’s question, I was at a loss as to what to say. When my turn finally came, I said, “I’m feeling a sense of questioning about this seminar.” The teacher…

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Old Testament Praying

Which prayer is best: spontaneous prayer or prepared prayer? Which prayer is most effective: the deeply-felt utterance, sent like an arrow directly from the heart? Or a carefully prepared, thought-filled, written prayer? Which is more meaningful? I feel the tension between these polarized perspectives when…

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Can anything good come out of Gretna?

“Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.” – Mark 5:19 With a population of 574, Gretna Manitoba is not a large town. Nor is it deemed the most spectacular destination…

Recharging spiritual batteries

Executive Director Elton DaSilva explores an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as the source of spiritual renewal.

Family Gatherings

ACTION: “A beautiful kind of family”

Family gatherings can be a great occasion to celebrate, connect, and enjoy the company of loved ones you don’t see regularly. Tables covered in great, home cooked food, lawn bowling and board games, different generations mingling in conversation; gatherings can be a rich time to…

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Repetitive Prayer: Vain or Meaning-full?

Several years ago, during a worship service, I heard a retired man stand to tell his congregation how God had healed him from cancer. The man’s prognosis for recovery had been dismal. Alone in his hospital bed one night, he felt completely overwhelmed. In response, he spent the entire night repeating the name…