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17/11 November

17/11 November

Spiritual Disciplines – Fasting

By Keri Vermeulen In the western world, the idea of giving up anything that makes us feel good, gives us comfort, or improves our social status seems preposterous. So, the Christian spiritual practice of “fasting”, or giving up food for a set amount of time, seems out of step with pop culture. The spiritual purposes […]

17/11 November

Underground university

Sunday November 12 is International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. For more information go to www.idop.ca or call 604-836-4546 ___________________________________________________________ by Greg Musselman They are not your typical Bible school students. Not only are they from one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a Christian – North Korea – […]

17/11 November

Mission & Ministry Spotlight

Samaritans Purse Time to pack shoeboxes Costa Rican pastor thanks Canadians for packing shoeboxes “In a lot of cases, that box is the only present they’ll receive this year”. At Torremelinos Christian School in Costa Rica, about one quarter of the 135 students are not Christian. These children are the mission field for Pastor Alvaro […]

17/11 November

Arts : theatre

Almost, Maine opens at Pacific Theatre by Keri Vermeulen Just in time for the onset of winter, Pacific Theatre brings to their stage a charming play, whose story is sure to thaw our hearts with the tender touch of love. Almost, Maine is set under cold northern skies, and weaves a magical tapestry of the […]

17/11 November

The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Life expectancy in Canada is on the increase. According to Statistics Canada, 20 years ago Canadians had an average life span of 78 years. Today it’s 83. More and more seniors are reaching age 90 and beyond. This has led to society having three categories of seniors;  youthful, middle aged and the […]

17/11 November

True dough for Trudeau

By Arnold Michel, CFP “Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, ‘what are you doing?’”  Ecclesiastes 8:4 Tax changes are afoot. Maybe you’ve heard about some of the proposed changes on the news or read about them on social networks or in newspapers such as this one. The proposals […]

17/11 November

In-laws wanted

by Sharon Simpson “What is the difference between an in-law and an outlaw?” the elderly senior asked me. “I’m not sure. What is the difference?” “The outlaw is wanted.” He melted into laughter at his joke. It was an unexpected answer and that caused me to laugh. As I left, I thought about it some […]

17/11 November

A time to remember

by Marion Van Driel Remembrance Day attends our hearts with a bittersweet presence – loss and gratitude intermingle in unusual companionship. The poignancy of remembrance is heightened by conflicts we see around the world even today, and we count ourselves blessed to live in Canada – a country marked by peace and peace-keeping. The increasing […]

17/11 November

The importance of grieving a loss

by Debbie Cazander It is an inevitable certainty that sooner or later everyone will experience a loss of some kind. As individuals we each have our own way of handling the associated feelings that accompany a loss, and over the long term some coping methods are more effective than others. This is the premise of […]

17/11 November

Viewpoint – What would Mr. Ghandi say?

by Varun Deepak “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic.” In these opening words of the Preamble to the Constitution of India, lies the hope for a modern civilized society. Today India is regarded as the world’s largest democracy with about 1.26 billion people, […]