Rainbows of HOPE & COVID-19

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I know COVID-19 has led to a long journey so far, and let’s face it, it’s been a long 2020 so far.  In Newfoundland, where I live with my family, we’ve already experienced unprecedented amounts of snow, and have already experienced a weather-related State of Emergency.  So, as we experience COVID-19, some are experiencing sickness, some have lost employment, or are simply worried about what tomorrow looks like. No one can blame you for being overwhelmed. I’m sure all of us have had moments over the past few days that have been filled with concern.

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That’s normal. It’s ok…

Our family has tried to limit activity to what we need to do (ie. Work and Groceries). I cautiously stepped into Costco this week. I felt like I needed to pray before I went in; it was probably the strangest experience I’ve ever had. Once I started putting things in my cart, something felt eerie. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until it dawned on me – it was strangely quiet. There were plenty of people around, but you could hear footsteps and employee radios. Suspicion was on everyone’s face; a single cough would grant you the right-of-way pretty quick. Even though employees acted very professionally, with extra cleaning, and offering Lysol wipes for wiping down your cart, uncertainty and concern was very evident. It’s normal. It’s ok.

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5 Ways You Can ‘Breathe’ This Christmas

Don’t just believe…breathe

Reading Time: 5 minutesEven though Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, we sometimes forget to breathe. Mark Schultz penned it the best — “we’re running just to catch ourselves.” We may experience moments of rest, but at the end of the day, Christmas can end up becoming more stressful than helpful. As Christmas Day approaches, I want to share five ways we can all breathe.

5 Ways You Can Breathe During Christmas

As a Christian, I find myself reassuring our family that we make sure to “keep Christ in Christmas.” Yes, it’s a cliché, but it’s impossible to focus on more than one aspect of Christmas. We can enjoy several aspects of Christmas that are outside of Christ, but we can only actually focus on one. Hopefully, we choose to focus on the mission of Christmas (Click here to read about what I mean).

When we learn to focus on Christ, we’ll learn how to breathe. Christmas will move from chaos to mission; from overwhelming to a blessing.

Based on Advent, here are five ways we can practically breathe during the Christmas season:

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7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Showing authentic appreciation for your pastor

Reading Time: 5 minutesPastor appreciation can sometimes be superficial. We often think we have to “do something special” in order for the pastor to understand they are appreciated. As a pastor myself, I won’t turn down baked goods or a restaurant gift card, but I’ve come to learn that honest appreciation is experienced through ministry participation and honest servant-hood.

7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Here are 7 things I love to hear from my parishioners (and I’m sure every other pastor can agree):

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

Learning to live by the Spirit

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe Fruit of the Spirit are certainly well-known, but I’m not sure if they are truly sought after.  Part of that issue is probably found in the fact that we misunderstand what the Fruit of the Spirit are.  The Fruit aren’t just ‘good ideas,’ they are the product of someone who pursues life in the Spirit.  They’re called ‘fruit’ because, through the Spirit, these attributes grow and mature in our lives as we let go of our selfish ambitions and human desires and allow the Spirit to guide us.

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

As Paul wrote, life in the Spirit includes:

“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).

These attributes are so important, we need to make sure we understand what’s actually happening when we pursue them. To help, let me give you nine things you probably didn’t know about the Fruit of the Spirit:

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REVIEW: All Saints, the Movie

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Reading Time: 4 minutesInspiring stories are great, but inspiring stories based on real life, are powerful. The All Saints movie is just that. It's a true story of how God inspired a pastor with a dream that, not only saved a small local church but, built a thriving faith community around an 'out-of-the-box' ministry.

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ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.1

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