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The Holy Spirit of Christmas

Luke describes her as being “filled with the Holy Spirit”. He is talking about Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the forerunner to the Messiah (we know him as John the Baptizer). What does it mean to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”? Well, first off don’t think of “being filled” in the way you think…

Are you ready to believe?

We were looking forward to high school! We were so done with Prince Charles Public School. We couldn’t wait to move on and move up. That was until the day came. The excitement was pushed aside by fear and anxiety. What we had been anticipating we weren’t ready for! The priest Zechariah had a similar…

Read Less and Read Slower

How many times have we approached reading Scripture as if it were a task that needed to be over and done with. Our eyes survey the words, verse by verse, but our mind and hearts are hardly engaged. We are skimming not soaking, we are racing not reflecting. Once the task is completed we go…

The Little Things Matter

We were asked this past Sunday: What are some practical ways to start being a good neighbor right now? Great question! Jay Pathak and  Dave Runyon, in their book The Art of Neighboring, write: When it comes to neighboring, it’s important to figure out how we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.…

Silence and Solitude

One of the things we can do to battle ‘hurry sickness’ is to practice solitude and silence. Solitude is letting go of outer distractions so that we can be fully present with God. It includes people, plus our technology. Silence is letting go of our inner distractions. Our mental ‘to do’ lists, our excuses, our…

The right answer to the wrong question

Jesus does not answer the question put to him. The expert in the OT Law asks: “Who is my neighbour?”, but Jesus doesn’t answer that. Instead, Jesus responds with the Parable of the Good Samaritan and then asks who had been a neighbour to the man left for dead. There that is the right question…