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06
Jan 2020
praying radically

Have you noticed something different at the end of our last decade? You can see it in services like Door Dash and Skip the Dishes. You can see it in demands for services like Amazon and Uber. You can see it in the way food is prepared in super markets. Many people have moved from doing it yourself to do it for me. When my daughter was young she got to the place where she would say “do it self.” She was about two. Now, her two-year-old is saying “do it self.”......

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19
May 2020

One of the challenges we are facing during the Covid 19 crisis is how to lead when we don’t know where to go and how to get there. In Genesis 32 we see Jacob wrestling with a stranger who wrestles with him through the night. Neither seems to be winning and the stranger asks Jacob to release him. Jacob won’t let go unless he is blessed. Then the one he wrestles with says “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and......

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18
May 2020

My palms burned as I held the tuning peg on my cello in a death grip, tightening it millimetre by stubborn millimetre. Would it stay put? Cautiously picking at the string, I heard a perfectly pitched “A” ring out. The moment I released the peg, though, it immediately backslid to the original position, leaving me with a string hanging limply by a piece of wood. As time-consuming as the tuning process took, there was no shortcut if I wanted the instrument to play decently. I just wished I hadn’t let it sit......

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18
Mar 2020
who is enough

“I’m too fat; I’m too tall. I sing off-key and I don’t fit at all.” So runs a rhyme I made up as a seven-year-old with a crippling case of self-doubt. For several years, I chanted this merciless mantra under my breath whenever I did something wrong, couldn’t find friends to play with, or “messed up” in one way or another. Why I enjoyed replaying this negative self-talk remains a mystery. What I do know is that replacing it with Biblical truths about who I am as God’s created treasure I and......

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16
Mar 2020
paid in full

I would like to begin with a story. Many years ago, I taught in Campbell River.   Enrolling students from other countries was just getting started and our school had several Koreans in attendance.  We did not have separate English Language Learning streams in those days so these E S L students were thrown in to regular classes, all taught in English. I got to know one such student quite well.  I spent many hours helping him after school.  Other teachers did as well.  He recorded his classes and spent hours and hours......

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31
Jan 2020
The Next Generation

Almost everyone loves a baby. Welcoming several into our church family through recent dedications has been inspiring. We readily stand as a church family and pledge ourselves to pray and to support the parents as they do the hard work. Then the teen years arrive and the wrestling for independence. What do we do with the next generation – especially when so many of them get busy and start caving to peer pressure? Researchers are optimistic and see this group as the most “connected, educated and sophisticated generation in history.” Tim Elmore......

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