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To what do you run – to escape pain or avoid conflict?

by Ken Dyck When life becomes difficult, relational conflicts emerge and tensions rise or you simply become bored, what do you turn to? TV, food, alcohol, work, blaming, pornography, performance, manipulation, your hobbies, masturbation, romance novels, social media, rescuing, the affirmation of others or…? Seriously, take 30 seconds to think about it right now and […]

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Are you lonely 1?

[READ LONELINESS 2] by Jenny Schwyeer There are more ways than ever before to stay connected to others:  smartphones (with text messaging) email, and Facebook is ubiquitous. For those who prefer live encounters over electronic ones, even the smallest of towns have civic, activity-based and social clubs and churches filled with presumably friendly people. Most […]

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May the force (of habit) be with you

by Arnold Machel, CFP “Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”   Jeremiah 13:23 (NIV) I believe that God’s main purpose for the Bible is to reveal Himself to us. But when He gave us His Word, He gave us more than a revelation. He also gave us words of wisdom. He gave […]

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Boosting immunity during flu season

by Agnes Chung While flu season has not officially arrived in Metro Vancouver, now is a good time to prepare. Being prepared lessens the impact of pesky viruses on your health, home and workplace. The contagious respiratory disease affecting the nose, throat and lungs – is caused by various types of flu viruses.  It takes […]

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The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Today’s medical technology and scientific advances have led to people in North America living longer. Many are living into their 80’s and 90’s, with some reaching that milestone age of 100. A handful of people are going beyond, as centenarians. This has led to a new phenomenon. Today, society has three generations […]

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A land of contrasts: Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

by Angelika Dawson   Rugged, rocky mountains. White, gold, silver beaches. Blue, teal, crystal clear water. Peat bog, grassy dunes, flower-strewn machair. Narrow, twisty, single-track roads. Vast sky. Wind. This describes Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in 25 words or less. My husband John and I explored this archipelago of islands in June. We began our journey […]

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Hostile Headlines

by Arnold Machel   “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 (The Living Bible) Tuesday (9:32AM) – call from J.S. “Hey Arnold, I’m hearing terrible things about the US. I think I want to pull any US investments and re-allocate them to Canada. What do you think?” Tuesday […]

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Great is God’s faithfulness to fathers

by Sharon Simpson   Every Father’s Day on our campus of care, we invite the men from the apartments to join in a special Father’s Day brunch. The food is delicious and the men appreciate enjoying the time together while our staff honours their role as father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Poems, tributes, recollections and memories […]

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Investing vs speculating: don’t go for broke

by Arnold Machel, CFP®   “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” – Proverbs 8:12 (ESV) It’s an interesting anomaly that when the word “investing” is used, some equate it with saving while others’ thoughts immediately go to gambling or speculating. My suspicion (from many, many client interviews) is that this […]

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Coping with scent sensitivity

by Jack Taylor   The first time I saw someone sitting in my church with the bottom half of a Darth Vader-like facemask, it took me by surprise. I’d seen some of my Asian friends wearing white masks usually associated with doctors or painters, but this black breathing device was a significant step up from […]