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July 29th, 2014

Overcoming Addictions: Rob Ford Reality Show

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ford-addictionOvercoming Addiction: Rob Ford Reality show

I’ve got to admit it that Rob Ford knows how to stay at the top of the news. Even Americans living in the state of Mississippi—who would be hard pressed to name even the Prime Minister of Canada—can readily tell you who is the current mayor of Toronto.  And when it comes to the BBC’s world report, in their editorial judgment the political theatre swirling about Rob Ford is the ONLY news currently worth reporting from otherwise boring Canada… Read more…

July 29th, 2014

What disqualifies a person from leadership? And, can they be restored?

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What disqualifies a person from leadership? Can they be restored?

senators-playing-cardsNow that they’ve taken their lumps—what is the best medicine that could be prescribed for Rob Ford, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, and Patrick Brazeau? What disqualifies a person from leadership? Can a fallen leader be restored? It would seem this is the hot topic in Canada these days… Read more…

July 20th, 2014

Gratitude to God: Preparing for the Kingdom

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Gratitude for God's giftsJeff Patton talks about “eucharistia,” that essential attribute of thankfulness for God’s graciousness that is a vital part of true worship. So do we know what God has done for us and will do in the future? Do we appreciate all of His gifts, and have we expressed our thanks to Him? Remember the saying,”Feeling gratitude and not expressing is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” In our lives are we like the one leper who was healed and turned back to give God thanks, or are we like the 9 who took God’s blessings for granted? How do we express our gratitude to God daily for all that He provides?

July 20th, 2014

The Power of One: Making a Difference

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power of one sugiharaThe prophets Obadiah and Ezekiel make  clear statements that God holds nations and individuals responsible for their actions. God looks for those who will “stand in the gap” and make a difference, those who will be the “salt” of the earth and a light in the world. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Leo Melamed, 82, a Jewish lawyer and the head of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, made a journey back to Japan to honor Chiune Sugihara, who over a period of roughly a month issued visas that allowed 6,000 Jews to escape war-torn Lithuania and the advancing Nazis. Can one person make a difference, like Dorcas in the book of Acts? Is there the power of one? God says godly love is expressed in the service of individuals who put loyalty to God first, and are willing to lay down their lives for others.

July 20th, 2014

The Will of God for Your Life

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sunlight - will of GodGod is offering you eternal life, but we must “continually believe.” It is much more than a mere verbal confession that we “believe in Christ.” If we really have belief, faith, God’s divine persuasion, it requires action. So what is the will of God for your life, what does He prefer, and how do we walk with Him? Let the scriptures make God’s will clear to you, so you can live in God’s light,  practice truth, and do the works God expects of those who love Him .

July 16th, 2014

Thankfulness: Showing Gratitude to God

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butterfly gratitudeOur gratitude to God, whether formal worship as the congregation of God, or living with a thankful heart for all of God’s blessings, is important to God. Are we among the meek, who express their appreciation to God, and who will inherit the promises? Do we have this dynamic relationship with God that will lead to eternal life? Are we living in a spirit of thanksgiving, listening to what we have heard from God, and submitting to God in obedience.

July 2nd, 2014

What is the Will of God?

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Marriage & DivorceWhat is the will of God? The apostles, Peter, Paul, and James, all wrote of the importance of knowing and acting in harmony with the will of God that we might inherit the awesome promises God offers. They also warned of the spiritual danger of adherence to cultural norms that are contrary to God’s will. A close examination of David and Christ give a greater grasp of God’s will in regards to the Sabbath commandment. As religious groups adopt non-scriptural practices like gay marriage, it is important to be grounded in the biblical standards of living and have a solid understanding of God’s will for us.