NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 STORIES
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A SEASON OF WAITING AND SUFFERING—Experiencing God during 775 days of captivity in China
Kevin and Julia Garratt never set out to make international headlines. They had lived in China for many years, raised their family there and, in 2007, opened a popular café in the northeast city of Dandong. Julia taught at the local university. Kevin ran the café. All of that changed one summer evening in August 2014. That night they were thrust into a season of life unlike anything they’d ever experienced or imagined. [Full content available to subscribers.]
DRINKING THE POISON—The dangerous consequences of unforgiveness
Try looking it up in any English language dictionary: unforgiveness is not a word. In spite of its non-existence, we all use it and know what it means. But do we understand the devastating consequences of unforgiveness? Jon Stapley offers this personal account of his experience with this dangerous non-word. [Full content available to subscribers.]
SUPERNATURAL GIFTS FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE—A refresher on the purpose and function of spiritual gifts
This is not a yearning for the good old days or a criticism of contemporary methods of doing church. It’s simply a reminder that we need the gifts God provides to do the work He calls us to do. Here is a look at the use and misuse of the gifts of the Spirit and a clear call to a Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered Christian life. Read more.
WHEN LIFE SMELLS LIKE A STABLE—What to do when you don’t feel like doing Christmas
Despite the bright and cheery trappings of a modern-day Christmas, the season can be far from bright for many individuals and families. How do you find a way to celebrate Christmas when life smells more like a stable than a scented candle? The thoughts Marilyn Newbury shares in this LIFESTYLE feature didn’t come from a book; they’ve been gleaned from her own life experience. [Full content available to subscribers.]
MY FIRST CHRISTMAS—A Muslim man experiences the meaning of Christmas
Connect the dots between a struggling marriage, a caring friend, a listening pastor, a powerful book, a dream, a star, and a bumper sticker, and you will have an outline of Mohammed Tahir Nagiff’s faith journey. This is the story of a Muslim man’s first Christmas. [Full content available to subscribers.]
IMMANUEL EVERY DAY—Some seasonal thoughts on practising the presence of God
Immanuel is a word we usually associate with the Christmas season. It’s in the carols we sing, on the cards we send, and in the story we tell. But Lindsey Gallant believes Immanuel is an everyday reality we need to learn to live with. And she’s been on a journey to learn what that looks like for the ordinary person living an ordinary life. Here are some of the lessons she’s learned. Read more.
ERDO: GENEROSITY AT CHRISTMAS—Taking part in God's narrative of hope
What if we saw this season as a time when we get to be generous with our lives, bringing hope to others in a tangible way? What if we decided to engage in acts of generosity this Christmas season, even if they seem to be small and insignificant? Join Candice Mayers, the program analyst at ERDO, as she explores the opportunity to not only give gifts that bring joy, but also lasting change to people around the world. Read more.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: A CALL TO PRAYER FOR CHINA—The dawn of "religion management law"
Explore the real meaning of religious freedom in China, from a Restricted Access Nation global worker who ministers in Asia, along with her family. Read more.
MISSION CANADA: NEXT GENERATION MINISTRY—What is your growth engine?
A harvest. This is the goal of planting, investing, and being strategic in areas of our churches where the outcomes far outweigh the investment. In business, they call the outcome a “growth engine.” Learn from Andy Gabruch, the Next Generation Ministries director for the British Columbia and Yukon District of the PAOC and the chair of Mission Canada’s Youth Guiding Group, about some recent statistics from a national research project, around reaching the next generation for Christ in Canada. Read more.
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