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.
L2: Learn – Lead will be broadcast to hundreds of locations around the world, but imagine the energy and impact of being in the room live as you learn practical tips you can implement immediately to grow influence as a leader. Learn from leadership experts John C. Maxwell, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Tim Sanders as they inspire you and share their expertise to help you succeed as a leader. This half-day premier event will definitely expand your capacity to lead.
Just a personal opinion*: The “water bucket challenge”, quite funny at first, has helped serve a very worthy cause. But it has fast become an acute form of collective navel-gazing – quite contagious besides… Especially considering the fact that a third of the planet does not have access to clean water…
Mark & Kimberley Pope - THAILAND: Please pray for Mark and Kimberley who will be coming to Canada from September 8 to January 14. Pray that they will be emotionally, physically and spiritually renewed and strengthened during their time in Canada. Pray for their safety and rest as they travel. Pray also that God will continue to bless and guide their ministry in Thailand, including as they transition to Bangkok in January 2015.
We have finally opened an English District Facebook page. Please help us promote it. Remember that the news on the French and the English pages and website pages are not always identical but complementary. Your help in making it meaningful and useful will also always be welcome.
Faithfulness is irreplaceable. And more than ever, we need examples such as theirs – faithfulness in life, family and ministry wherever the Lord may lead. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace… faithfulness.” Thank you, James and Lorraine. You are encouraging and challenging us forward!
Please note the following invitation for our anglophone credential holders and non-credentialed pastoral leader couples. Don’t forget to put September 25th on your agenda. Our guests will be Éric and Rachel Dufour who work with Larry and Lorrie Russell at Shepherd’s Heart Ministries. (Click here to read their brief bio.)
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.
Don’t miss this amazing report to the glory of God: “It is a wonderful thing when you see the church serving in a loving and caring manner and working together in one accord to be like our Lord and Saviour. It was my privilege to witness the church in action here in Guinea as we laid to rest our friend and colleague William (Bill) Pharand…”
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…”