Don’t forget the Elderly!

Images-8 People frequently say, "Its a young person's world" and it many ways it is. Youth culture dominates our world and especially the entertainment industry. Yet, the largest and fastest growing demographic in many parts of our world is the elderly. With life expectancy continuing to grow, we will continue to see more and more seniors as part of our communities.… Read the rest

Jesus said “Come …”

As we read through the story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew we see that: Jesus shares his Messianic message about the kingdom of God (Mt.5-7), he engages in a ministry of miracles and signs (Mt.8-9), and he commissions his disciples to participate in his mission (Mt.10).… Read the rest

Fostering Creativity

Images-5 Here are a few thoughts on some ways we can foster greater creativity:

1. Make time for thinking creatively

Set aside regular time for “brainstorming” – by yourself and, better still, with other people and especially with any teams you are a part of.… Read the rest

Creativity Killers

Images-6 Here are a few examples of "creativity killers" – people who were NOT willing to think outside the box:

  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." [Charles H. Duell, Director of the American Patent Office in 1899]
  • "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." [Grover Cleveland, 1905]
  • "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" [Harry M.
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The Importance of Innovation

Images-4 Innovation is very important for any individual, group or organization – including the church!

A few quotes:

1. “In a period of rapid change, the only ones who survive are those who innovate and create change.” [Peter Drucker – Father of Modern Management in Management, p.357]

Change is the only certain in today’s fast paced environment.… Read the rest

A Theology of Creativity

Images-3 Let's talk about creativity …

1. God is a Creative God

God invented creativity. He thought it up. It was his idea. Creativity is part of who God is. The fifth word in the Bible is ‘created’ – “In the beginning God created … (Gen.1:1)” God started the creative ball rolling and it has been rolling ever since.… Read the rest

My Church

I pretty much grew up in church. When I was a kid our family went to church three times every Sunday – Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. When I was nine years of age (back in 1970), my family travelled to America where my dad was one of the speakers for multiple church conventions and camps up and down the West Coast.… Read the rest

A Season of Prayer

Images-2 Many individuals, groups and churches begin the year with a season of prayer. I think it is a great idea. Our church begins a 14 day period of prayer beginning today. We are encouraging everyone to take some additional time aside to pray – personally, with their family or in their small group. 

We are also having 30 minutes of prayer before each weekend church gathering during the month of February and we are opening a room at the church each midweek day for people to drop by and have some prayer. 

Why not engage in something similar yourself, if you aren't already doing so. 

Attached is an outline of a simple prayer guide we have put together. 

Here are a few Scriptures to encourage you in your prayer:

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The Power of Gratitude

Images-1 This weekend we took time as a church community to thank God for His blessing and favour, especially over the last 8 years in which we have been working towards our Vision 2010 statement. We want to be like the Samaritan leper who took time to return to Jesus and express his gratitude for the healing he received (Luke 17:11-18), not like the nine, who were obviously pleased to be healed, but who took no time to thank Jesus. 

Here are a few random thoughts and quotes on the power of gratitude:

  • There is an old story about two angels who were sent to earth to gather up the prayers of people.
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The Year 2011

Unknown This year will be an interesting one … in many ways.

We have four unusual dates:

1. 1/1/11

2. 1/11/11

3. 11/1/11

4. 11/11/11

Then for something really different …

1. Take the last two digits of the year you were born … 

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