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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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New Westminster – snapshots of faith

click to go to: introduction & background uptown & downtown cranes follow trains churches five stones church Union Gospel Mission John Knox Christian School   QUEENSBOROUGH NEW WEST PASTORS & LEADERS PERSPECTIVES   Introduction & background Situated in the centre of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, much of the city is attractively located on a […]

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Church plants: Raising up leaders, reaching the unreached

By Jack Taylor Who would expect that a brand new church plant would see a young woman come to faith in Jesus, be baptized, and then go to serve as a missionary in Egypt, Cameroon and Jordan all within three years? Redemption Community Church held its first service on Easter 2013 as a plant out […]

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Thankfulness and unity in Abbotsford

by Debbie Cazander With the changing colours and the cooler weather there is no denying that summer is past and we are now in the season of autumn. For many in Abbotsford there is another visible sign of fall – one that can be witnessed by the single message displayed on the signs of many […]

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Connecting Mission and Intercessory Prayer

by John Hall To have effective mission, there must be intercessory prayer. We are called to be God’s representatives on earth, extending his Kingdom spiritually and physically. Our cities, our nations, our world needs Christians to be people of prayer Most Christians know the extraordinary promise of Jesus in John 14:12-14 where He says, “and […]

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Celebrating diversity

by Sue Hitchman When the School Board of a small community in the Lower Mainland sent a letter to parents entitled “Langley Celebrates Diversity,” a few sleepy eyes began to squint open. A handful of parents whose children attend Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School, and other schools began to meet, to shake each other […]

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Axis Church Online

by Angelos Kyriakides Over the past 50 years, the ‘Digital Revolution’ has made connecting around the globe simple and instantaneous. The Church is keeping pace by utilizing all the resources available.  There’s no shortage of technological wealth used to fulfill the Great Commission. The appearance of online churches is still a fairly new phenomenon. Many […]

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Getting free from addiction starts with connection

by Keri Vermeulen background In Surrey’s downtown core, in the Whalley area is a community of people who exist along one block of road, a piece of 135a Street. Most days, the number of residents on the block are just over 100 people, and while their population is small, the attention given them in the […]