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An invitation

  • I am in Toronto airport awaiting a flight to Chicago for a quick meeting before going on Winnipeg for two Seminars tomorrow about 16 hours ago

In case you missed your invitation, Michael Harvey, author of Unlocking the Growth, will be at the Pastor’s Prayer gathering (9:30am at Church of the Rock) and giving a seminar at noon at Portage Avenue Church (MB).  Both events are free, more information on the seminar can be found here.Michael Harvey flyer

Here’s a brief bit off of Michael’s website

Invitation and Church Leadership Continue reading



6 Reasons to give to your favorite charity today

Finished my taxes yesterday, a great relief and now we have some money coming back – so what to do with the refund!

As a giver and receiver of charitable giving I was reminded again that giving is something we often avoid talking about.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of places asking for money and it’s easy to just wait until the end of the month to see if we have any money left to give.  As a young man I made the decision to be generous with my money and to give the first part of every paycheque back to God (by giving to my church, the poor, other charities).  Some years I’ve looked back at my finances and found that I’ve given much more than I planned.  I love being generous and I have a plan to be generous with my money, time and resources.

As spring arrives here in Manitoba I’d like to encourage you to give today, here are 6 of my motivations:

1. Giving to charity drops significantly in summer
2. Many charities are great at delivering service but are challenged at connecting to the hearts of donors – help them out.
3. Most of us have intention to give but forget to follow through
4. Summer workers are getting valuable experience in service and employable skills
5. By planning to give you can outgive the average Canadian (Manitobans are most generous by giving $0.80 for every $100.00 earned).  Many Christians start at $10 for every $100.
6. We like to think that we are and will be generous people.  Giving today (and I mean today) is the only way to know that you will give more when you have more to give.

BONUS: Living with less allows space for God to blow my mind with his generosity.  I dare you to try to be more generous than God.

Many people are beginning to give online but still most gifts are mailed in.  If you’d like to make a special gift to our work with Alpha Ministries here’s a link to help.

Gotta go, I need to drop off a cheque.

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Joy and Thankfulness

This is from a series of messages I taught last year leading up to Christmas. Most of us would like to have more joy in our lives, Jesus promised that we have joy but we don’t feel happy – what’s the problem?

Jesus said:
“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” John 10
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15

What we have started learning:

Giving thanks to God is like opening the door for joy.

Is it giving thanks that brings us into Gods presence or is it his presence that brings thanksgiving into us? Either way, the result is joy. Psalm 100

Repentance is noticing that an enemy of joy has taken an improper place in our lives and telling God that you are sorry. Then throwing the enemy out (together).

Before we can repent, we need to feel sorry of relating sin rule our lives. All the enemies of joy are sin – you might not feel like it was your fault or your choice to let it in, but it’s there. You can feel sorrow for this and you can repent.

Repent: stopping and changing direction. It’s abrupt. And it makes room for joy.

Singing and songs are the number one way that joy is returned because thanksgiving is often a theme.

Night and day prayer might seem a little extreme, but the devil never sleeps. Disciplined and scheduled thanksgiving is like inviting Joy over for every meal. Eventually, she just sets up in the guest room.

Every time revival broke out in the Bible, 24/7 prayer and worship also started. (David, Hezekiah, Josiah, Nehemiah)

When Christ is preached, people hear and some believe and are filled with joy. So tell people about Jesus – to increase joy.

When a Christian serves the poor in love, the one who is served experiences joy and expresses thankfulness to God. So serve the poor in love – to increase joy.


Birthday Parties

It’s the season of birthday parties at our home.  Cakes and activities are at the center of discussion.  For Silas it was bowling and Transformers and for Orien it was soccer and Angry Birds.  Lots of fun and only 2 more to go!

I am so thankful for my boys and that they have great friends to celebrate with.

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Some pacifists are so compelling

I receive a daily email from inward/outward and this is a post I found compelling and challenging.  I think Jesus might have actually been a pacifist.

A Revolutionary Message
Wendell Berry

The gospels, and sometimes the epistles, are pretty revolutionary. They propose a revolution of about 180 degrees. Christ was quite explicit, for instance, about his pacifism. You can’t be more explicit than “Love your enemies.” He did run those people out of the temple, but he didn’t kill them. Continue reading

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Praying with Alpha Churches for Canada

Here’s a short video from Pete Grieg ( inviting churches to waste a week praying.  In 2012, Alpha groups in many nations are signing up to pray for renewal, revival, awakening, salvation.  Each nation is taking one week: Canada is September 9-16, USA is May 20-27.

More to come!  I’d love to hear from you – do you think your friends could do a week of prayer, even 24 hours?