JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 STORIES
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THERE IS STILL POWER IN THE BLOOD—Another perspective on applying the blood of Jesus
Writing on the character of friendship, theologian Tim Keller says, “Friends become wiser together through a healthy clash of viewpoints."1 So it is in the pursuit of wisdom among friends that we offer this response to a feature article in our September/October 2018 issue. In this PERSPECTIVE feature, David Hazzard offers another point of view on “applying the blood of Jesus” in prayer. [Full content available to subscribers.]
1. Timothy J. Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (New York: Penguin Books, 2013)
SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR: MICHEL BISAILLON—Irony or grace? A district superintendent’s life journey
Michel Bisaillon’s journey has more unexpected turns and surprising outcomes than an Agatha Christie novel. You could even say that his life is a textbook definition of irony. But Michel uses another word to explain it—grace. In this edition of Seven Questions, Jordan Hageman interviews the superintendent of the Quebec District of the PAOC. Read more.
ADDICTED TO THE RIGHT THING—How modest steps can lead to dramatic life changes
Brian Chudy walked across a parking lot to go to church one Sunday. Bob Jones walked across the room that day to shake his hand. The dramatic changes set in motion by those two modest choices are proof that big doors really do swing on small hinges. [Full content available to subscribers.]
POVERTY AND THE GOSPEL—The church is God’s Plan A; there is no Plan B
Barry Slauenwhite has seen poverty. As president and CEO of Compassion Canada for the past 35 years, he has travelled the world and sat with the poorest of the poor. He’s convinced that God has a plan for redeeming His creation from the curse that creates poverty in our world. And that plan has everything to do with the church. [Full content available to subscribers.]
A ROYAL WEDDING—The story of God’s gracious gift to a five-year-old boy
To be woven into another person’s story is a privilege. When God steps into that narrative, the privilege becomes extraordinary. All we can do when that happens is to stand and bear witness to the wonder. That’s what Cliff Newbury is doing in this account of his journey with Tyrel McAmmond. Read more.
GOD’S UNEXPECTED VOICE—Recognizing the many ways God speaks to us
From the opening “Let there be light” of Genesis to the closing “I am coming soon” of Revelation, the Bible bears witness to the fact that God is not silent. Throughout Scripture, all kinds of people in all kinds of situations hear the voice of God. Does God still speak to us today? What does the voice of God sound like? Andrew Gabriel believes we hear God’s voice in a variety of ways—and often at the most unexpected times. [Full content available to subscribers.]
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: MISSIONS IN RUSSIA—Celebrating an amazing 25 years
Join Janet Bantseev, PAOC global worker in Siberia, on a journey of how God has guided and blessed her and her husband, Ilya, as they have ministered to the Russian people over the past 25 years, and what they are praying and dreaming for in the future. Read more.
MISSION CANADA: CANADA REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT—Every name has a story
In 2003, The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada became part of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program and signed on with the Canadian government as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH). Countless stories have emerged over the last 15 years since that decision—heartbreaking accounts recorded on government application documents. There’s a story behind every name. Natalie Rogge, the director of communications for the PAOC, and the strategic manager for Mission Canada, shares several of these stories. Read more.
ERDO: EVERY CHILD DESERVES HOPE—Education changing lives in Honduras
Living and working in Honduras, Kathy Mizen, PAOC global worker, sees the impact of violence on the lives of children and their families. In the midst of poverty, political tension and violence, innocent children become invisible in the eyes of society. When left alone, they leave school, their home, and often make the streets their home. By telling the stories of several children in Honduras, Kathy explains the benefits of and the impact of ChildCARE Plus sponsorship. Read more.
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