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OneThing Conference

Today I’m heading across the street (384 Talbot Ave) to participate in a conference with 25,000 young adults in Kansas City!  No, I haven’t left the friendly Manitoba area code but, thanks to internet technology and a borrowed sound system from Winnipeg Centre Vineyard – I’ll join with some friends (and anyone else interested) for worship and inspiration.

A number of years ago I went to Willow Creek for their Leadership Summit and I thought that I could never repeat that experience without being there live – I was wrong.  Over the last decade I’ve attended the Leadership Summit by videocast several times and had a God-encountering time.  Last year, we did the same with OneThing – the annual young adults conference from International House of Prayer (

The conference by video is a great way to take in this experience – here’s a list of things I’m looking forward to starting at 2pm!
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OneThing Conference (by video)

Our second annual videocast of the OneThing young adults conference from Kansas City will happen December 28-31 at Community Life Church (384 Talbot Ave – Winnipeg). We fully participate in the conference (standing when they stand, taking offerings when they do, praying together…). And best of all, it’s free!

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Transforming hearts and cities with God’s justice through encountering Jesus

I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:8)

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Marco’s journey to Jesus

“I didn’t want to go.”
For 20 minutes, Marco sat in a church parking lot in Toronto, wondering if he should start this Alpha. He did. And simply coming in was “by far… one of the most profound decisions I’ve made.” His story here includes his dreams for praying back into the partying scene and shedding light into a dark place.

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Outliers – My book reflection

I’ve read a bunch of books this year and this was probably my favourite.  Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  First of all, an outlier is someone (or a group) who out performs others in an exceptional way.  Some of the examples from the book are: The Beatles, Bill Gates, Jewish lawyers in New York, violent hillbillies in the southern states, hockey players born January to April, The KIPP program and rice farmers.

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