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January/February 2015 testimony



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Equal Is As Equal DoesLiving out the higher principle of equality
Higher Principle Living: A Call to Redemptive Leadership is the title of a small book published by the PAOC and distributed to credential holders in the fall of 2014. Over the next few issues, we will be sharing condensed versions of several chapters with our testimony readers. In the first of these features, Lynn Kohls looks at the higher principle of equality. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Begin With GoodbyeThoughts on learning to leave well
January marks a season of beginnings. The calendar turns a year older. People make resolutions to change their ways or to start new projects. But every beginning includes an ending. Arriving requires leaving. David Kennedy works with people who are facing the ultimate “leaving” in life and offers his thoughts on what it means to leave well. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Living Without JimA memoir from the unexpected path of aloneness
At the age of 46, Sue Keddy began her journey on what she calls the unexpected path of aloneness. Following the sudden death of her husband, Sue recorded her thoughts and feelings in a journal she called“Living Without Jim. Living Without Jim: A Memoir was recently published and is reviewed by Robert Jones, longtime friend and colleague. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Remember VincentDoing good to all people, one person at a time
Ron Powell learned a powerful truth in church one Sunday. It didn’t come from a sermon or a Sunday school lesson. He didn’t hear it in the words of a hymn or a prayer. It came from the lips of a stranger. And he’s never forgotten it. Read more.
Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceDiscovering God to be more than enough
It’s not normally a place we choose to go, although our choices may be what land us there. Sometimes we end up there through no fault of our own—victims of circumstances or, worse, of someone else’s cruel decisions. However we arrive there, Sue Baxter wants to assure us that between a rock and a hard place is not a God-forsaken place. Read more.  

From Broken to BetterFinding hope when there are no answers
In the wake of his wife’s tragic death, Michael Voll wrestled with a world full of questions. Some well-meaning people offered him answers, but their words rang hollow. What he has discovered since that day of great sorrow is that some questions have no answers, and that life can go from broken to better in spite of that fact. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Departmental Stories

ZOE Projects is an initiative launched by the International Missions department of the PAOC. It consists of a network of Canadian churches that cares deeply about reaching, equipping and caring for women around the world. Keith Waara, the director of development and strategic initiatives for International Missions, interviewed Leanne McAlister, the Canadian liaison for ZOE Projects. Read more.  

MISSION CANADA: HANGRY, ANYONE?—Tune in to Your Hunger Pangs
Jessica DiSabatino, the ministry development specialist for Mission Canada, relates the links between being physically hungry and spiritually hungry and offers some suggestions on how we can remedy this. Read more.

ERDO: A POWERFUL INFLUENCE—The Monumental Impact of Child Sponsorship
It begins with a child, but many other people are involved. Learn about how sponsoring children affects everyone involved, changes them eternally and the importance of becoming involved with sponsoring your own child with ERDO. Read more.

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