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Everyday Life

Footsteps of Ancient Greece

by Rebecca L. Rhoades   The morning fog has just lifted as our boat slowly makes its way around a bend in the coast. On the shore, a Byzantine cross (and a large chain-link fence snaking its way up the vertical cliffs) denotes the border to Mt. Athos, believed by some to be the most […]

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Stewards of creation

by Agnes Chung   Type in the word ‘food’ on the Google search engine, over one billion results will appear. A universal language, food transcends culture, gender, age, and economic status. Food calls people into community and friendships. An ingredient of life, food also defines our heritage and faith. There are many biblical illustrations on […]

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Helping homeless seniors

by Lilianne Fuller   Seniors are at risk of homelessness for similar reasons as younger people, reasons that include poor choices, economic downturns and hard luck. But for seniors, additional factors often include fixed incomes, the onset of dementia and poor physical health. The 2014 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver reported that since 2011 the […]

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What the Bible really teaches about money, part 1

by Arnold Machel   Let’s not sugar-coat it.  Money is important.  It’s pervasive.  It’s everywhere.  Most of us could not find a single day that goes by where money is not part of it.  We work (earning money) and/or we make purchases (spending money) and/or we use something (internet, phone, cable, etc.) that we will […]

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Tarnished Golden Years

by Lilianne Fuller The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope (in Langley) welcomes guests of almost every age, but even they were surprised when a 91-year-old woman and a daughter in her 70’s arrived, seeking shelter. Workers in the emergency shelter field say the number of seniors facing homelessness is increasing. Gateway of Hope’s Emergency Shelter […]

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Grandchildre, they are worth the effort

by Sharon Simpson They say that having grandkids is so great you should do it first! Grandchildren can play a significant role in the lives of their grandparents, especially when people enter the elderly stage of their lives. Over the years, I’ve seen oodles of teens and young adults move their grandparent’s homes into independent […]

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Reaping what you sow

Through the ages, relationships between diplomats, friends, lovers and families have been shaped over good food. Gathering together around nutritious, carefully prepared meals builds fellowship and intimacy. In BC we are blessed to have an abundance of green grocers and markets. Even so, there is something almost sacred about eating and sharing your own homegrown […]

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Supporting Local Businesses

Have you found in a crowded room, you’re missing some of the conversation? Perhaps you’re troubled by a condition called Tinnitus? Do you need a hearing aid but don’t know a trustworthy place to buy one? If so, then it’s time to visit your local Acoustica Hearing Clinic. With three locations in the Lower Mainland, […]

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Take a Sunday drive… any day of the week!

The sun is out and the days are stretching longer. Our spirits are lifted and we feel a new kind of lazy summer energy in our bones. It’s time to get outside! In the 1920s and 1930s when the automobile was used for pleasure (not commuting or running errands), the idea of a Sunday drive […]