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What’s happening this fall?

Here is a quick overview of some of the key things starting up this fall at PDAC! DivorceCare starts meeting weekly in the FEC wing of the church Tuesday, Sept. 13 Stoney Creek Seniors Christian Coffee Hour, meeting at Winona Vine Estates, gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 13 Bible Study Fellowship begins their weekly study for…

Soul Fatigue

Soul fatigue is more than being physically tired, it is a fraying of the integrated self. We no longer can keep ‘it’ together. We are off-kilter, our relationships off-centre and God is off-stage. What do the symptoms of soul fatigue look like? Check out this list: lack of emotional resilience – we are irritable, short-fused…

Keepers not Captains

The UEFA Cup is ramping up for quarter final play. This post has nothing to do with goal keepers or team captains. It has everything to do with our relationship to our souls. A man from the crowd wants Jesus to play Judge Judy and settle an inheritance dispute (Lk 12:13). Jesus sidesteps that to…

3 Keys to Being a Neighbour

When asked “Who is my neighbour” (Lk 10:29) Jesus told the story we often call the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus did not answer the question he was asked. That was the wrong question! What Jesus was illustrating in his story was how we can be neighbours to another. It isn’t about defining neighbour…

What is a breath prayer?

Overwhelmed with life right now? Feeling out of breath? Then breath prayers are definitely something you should practice. A breath prayer is a short request of God that you can express in one exhale. A traditional example would be the Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Many…

If God has a plan, why should I pray?

We believe God is full of plans, cosmic ones and particular ones. Whichever it is, God’s will comes to pass. Our praying about it does not seem to matter. That is what we tell ourselves, not because it is so, but because it makes our prayerlessness easier to justify. A bug in that ointment are verses…

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How to pray for unreceptive unbelievers

To pray that God would ‘bless’ or ‘help’ an unreceptive unbeliever is not the way to go. Two reasons: Those kind of prayers are too generic. How will we know if God answers. How will we know if we are praying according to God’s will. Those prayers are framed as if the unbeliever was a…

Eternal Living

Eternal life is not about going to heaven. If that goes too far for you, then I will back off a bit and say that eternal life is not just about going to heaven. Why do I say this? John, a disciple of Jesus, writes to a group of churches to assure them of their…

Joy – Winning at life the Jesus Way

An encounter with the risen Lord left the women full of joy. Their positive outlook is not a perspective that is limited to the main actors of the first Easter morning. Joy can be, or better stated, should be, a legitimate label applied to our disposition too. But more times than we like to admit,…