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Spiritual practices for the year: Solitude

by Marion Van Driel   Being alone is uncomfortable. Being alone in total silence can be terrifying. And yet, solitude is considered a spiritual discipline. In his bestselling book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster writes, “Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude . . . Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.”  Our dependence […]

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Praying for God to intervene

by Katie Pearn   We’re standing beside an empty plot of land in Calgary’s Beltline, just west of the downtown core. Most people wouldn’t give it a second glance, but to the members of The Walk team, this empty land is a sign of God’s faithfulness and the power of prayer. “This used to be […]

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Ask God to show you the next step

by Caroline Georgieff   That is the question that was asked by the sweetest stranger I have ever met.  This treasured older sister overheard me talking with a couple of ladies in Sunday class as I shared a personal struggle with them. She then followed the Lord’s prompting to approach me.   She explained I […]

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A minute for the persecuted church: – Somalia

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   A small community of 30 elderly Christians in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, lives in constant fear of militant Islamists and even their relatives.  “Those born in the 90’s have become intolerant and do not understand their elders who profess Christianity. Therefore the elders flee, go away from […]

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The Apostles Creed: the third day He rose again from the dead

by Mark Grilus   That Jesus rose bodily from the dead is a central doctrine of the Christian church. Everything stands or falls on this event. Paul the Apostle states that if Christ is not risen then your faith is in vain, and they are false witnesses (1Corinthians 15:14, 15). He then states that if […]

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The Church and the post-truth world: a better way forward

by Abdu Murray   Today’s post-truth mindset has made it far more challenging to share the objective truth of the gospel. The reason is that a post-truth mindset elevates feelings and preference above facts and truth. Ironically, what has brought this new post-truth mindset about is something as old as humanity. The fundamental problem of […]

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The Apostles Creed: He descended into hell

by Mark Grillus   We now examine the most controversial statement of the creed. 4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell. The meaning is not clear. The earliest form of the creed from Marcellus of Ancyra 337A.D. does not list this expression. All of the earliest forms by […]

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Is Christianity a death cult?

by Frank King   The meme, posted in an atheist Internet community, was startling. “CHRISTIANITY IS A DEATH CULT,” it screamed in capital letters. “They waste their lives looking forward to their deaths and the central figure of their religion is a human sacrifice.” How could anyone so thoroughly believe such a notion that they […]

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A minute for the persecuted church: Egypt

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   With over 10,000 Copts and Catholics, as well as Protestants of all ages and backgrounds, flocking to the Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church (KDEC) in downtown Cairo, from all over the country, it becomes clear that churches in the West could learn a thing or two from this, […]

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Using our gifts to serve

by Laureen F. Guenther   Special Needs Ministry at Calgary’s Centre Street Church (CSC) has expanded since 1988, when two children with special needs began attending Jodi Graff’s Grade 2 Sunday School class. Following the philosophy, “See a need, meet a need,” Graff adapted curriculum to meet the children’s needs, and more children with disabilities […]