Ryan Poehling’s Response to His First NHL Game

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I’m a hockey fan. A Montréal Canadiens fan, to be exact. Now, before all you Hab haters stop reading, give me a chance. What I’m about to share really has nothing to do with my unwavering commitment to the Canadiens, and everything to do with a rookie’s view of a highly successful first game in the NHL. The game may have meant very little to 2018-2019 season; however, in my opinion, it meant EVERYTHING to the start of Ryan Poehling’s NHL career.

Ryan Poehling's Reponse

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Weed: Is It for Christians?

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In Canada, it’s only been a few months since the federal government made cannabis a legal substance. It’s difficult to imagine really – one day illegal, the next legal. So, whether you call the drug – weed, grass, pot, marijuana, or cannabis, many are left wondering how to approach the issue. So, the question that’s often asked me: “Since, it’s no longer illegal, can Christians use cannabis?” The last time I was asked, I said I would articulate my answer a little better in a post, so hopefully this post can bring some clarity. 

Weed Is it for Christians

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A Denomination Is No Longer Effective When…

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Jesus didn’t establish denominations, he established the Kingdom. Jesus didn’t die and conquer death for policy, he did it for people. Believers created denominations and political order to make sense of the unimaginable grace that Jesus gifted us. Sometimes denominations are wonderful organizations that help build the Kingdom and extend that grace, while other times, denominations become derailed and ineffective, protecting the organization instead of the mission. No doubt there’s a cycle of effectiveness, but the question is: Do we allow ourselves to recognize, filter, and change, so as to pursue being effective again, or do we ignore problems, retreat, and remain, so as to protect what once was safe and familiar?

A Denomination Is No Longer Effective When

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The Kingdom Is Too Valuable to Become Bitter

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What happens when your leaders leave you heartbroken? What happens when people cause pain, undue stress, and unnecessary chaos? What happens when these people are fellow Christians? What do we do with that? I wish is wasn’t true, but my wife and I can now speak to this from experience. One third of our 2018 was consumed with potential bitterness. We experienced rejection, lack of transparency, dishonesty, and otherwise political engagement, that left us simply heartbroken and dumbfounded. The next step was bitterness.

The Kingdom Is Too Valueable To Become Bitter

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5 Reasons Why Small Groups Are Vital

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You may have heard of small groups before. At True Life, where I serve, we call them Life Groups. It’s not a new concept; Jesus himself had a small group (aka. The 12 Disciples). But in a world where authentic relationships and in-person conversations are becoming scarce, the need to embrace small groups continues to rise. Committing to small group may not seem that important, but I argue that it’s probably one of the most important decisions a Christian could make.

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Christianity started and grew as small groups. In many areas, early believers were forced into small groups due to persecution, but it didn’t stunt growth. In fact, the Church grew rapidly!

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