Let this old proverb be true in our lives and ministries! For most of us, the days that are coming will be a crescendo in preparation of the “back to school” and/or to work days. This will be true at the personal, family and church levels but also with the various ministries we may be involved in. Many activities will start again and some new projects might be taking shape. We will be very busy, if we are not already. After all, we are told: “Make up the very most of time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5.16, AMP). But may we guard ourselves against slipping from business to… busyness.
We are very pleased to announce this seminar that will be open to pastors and their spouse but also to all the leaders in the local church with their pastor’s recommendation. A Life Counsellor can play a vital role in the life of people by being a confidant with whom one can share his/her personal, family or relational challenges.
The persecution of believers around the world has certainly increased drastically recently and made quite obvious by the media. We cannot afford not to make room in our hearts and our church agendas to inform our people and challenge them to pray for the over 200 million brothers and sisters who are suffering right now for their faith.
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the sudden death of our friend and colleague, William (Bill) Pharand. Bill and Bev have served for over 25 years in the country of Guinea, West Africa. Bill was a pioneer church planter who not only established a Great Commission Urban Church in Conakry, but also trained church planters and evangelists.
Recently a friend and I were talking about a third friend who is facing undiagnosed, yet very obvious, mental illness. Our mutual friend, “Bob” (real identity hidden), refuses to see a doctor. He thinks everyone in his world has a hidden agenda to harm him. In speaking to my friend, I said, “You know what Bob really needs? He needs a doctor like Patch Adams—one who can disarm him with laughter, win his trust, and then give him the treatment he needs.”
As we publish this article, please take note that things have gotten far worse yet. An official said on CNN that we cannot remember seeing so much horror on the face of the earth in a very long time.
ZOE Projects is a collaborative effort of Canadian women to support women around the world. Our desire is that women would experience the “absolute fullness of life” that they were created for. Drawing on our extensive network, our goal is to help women thrive through education, micro-finance, rescuing the sex trafficked, skills training and spiritual transformation.
On Friday April 26th, 9 Master’s Seminary Grads and 50 Master’s College Grads walked the line at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough, Ontario. It marked the 73rd time that this life-transformative institution has celebrated the accomplishments of a cohort of students who have followed God’s call on their lives to train for pentecostal ministry.
Certainly this wouldn’t be true of all our churches, but there is quite a message and a warning in these lines. “Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren’t singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with microphones…”
This has been a difficult month for Liberia, our partners and friends there, and for our global workers Dan and Donna Davies. Several significant events have unfolded which cause great concern. Please pray that God would intervene in the following crucial areas:
Lord, the eyes of the world are focused once again on Israel and Palestine. One of many tragedies filled with indescribable horrors that are tearing the world apart right now. Sometimes I don’t dare to pray for fear of appearing ignorant or unbelieving. After all, “the prophecies need to be fulfilled,” many will say, maybe a little too promptly. I have to admit I get lost among the many and varied interpretations that often end up as seeds of dispute and division. Many believers seem to be very fond of them. I tend to be more and more… indifferent to them.
WHO? Church leaders, laypeople, and a lineup of fantastic speakers and music.
WHAT? God has artfully arranged the moments of our history to create a movement that our forefathers and mothers could never have imagined. We invite you to celebrate the first one hundred years with us while we launch the next hundred years together. The Centennial is to be one of the most memorable events in the history of theAssemblies of God Movement with leaders from around the world gathering in one place.
Please pray for our general superintendent, David Wells*, who is serving as the Canadian member of the chaplaincy team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland (July 23 – August 3). “That will be the fourth Commonwealth Games I’ve participated in. The positive of that is it builds toward the Pan Am games which are right here in Toronto next year so I’m working with a number of the same athletes and the same organizers.”