Christian Living

Reflecting on the past year

2011 has been interesting. I’ve had many opportunities to grow. How ’bout you? I’ve been reflecting on this past year. Here’s 11 random things I learned in 2011: “I cleaned my room” is a matter of opinion. Grade 4 is a tough transitional year, for kids. Driving a stick shift while drinking coffee results in…

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Peer To Peer Mentoring

Peer To Peer Mentoring

It has been an amazing summer, here in the Okanagan. I love the pace. Late morning get-ups. Sipping my coffee, rather than gulping it down. Lazy afternoons spent floating on the sun-sparkled water. Kelowna is synonymous with freshly grown fruit and veggies. The peaches are to die for and there is nothing like a casual…

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Is God too Controlling?

Is God too controlling? Is Christianity all about adhering to rules? Or does God have a better motive than simply controlling your every move? Our experience in this world is that obedience – especially to God – must lead to a miserable life. We are our own boss. We don’t have to listen to anyone.…

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The Power of Forgiveness

It is not uncommon for Christians to have questions about forgiveness. For most people, the natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection, or retaliate, when wronged. Forgiveness doesn’t seem to come naturally. Do you know the power of forgiveness? When someone betrays, or hurts you, protecting your heart, your way, can leave you in a…

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Do Not Rejoice When Your Enemy Falls

Osama Bin Laden Dead

“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.” (Proverbs 24:17) On May 2, 2011 the reports began to filter in. People gathered and stood breathlessly still, daring to hope. Then came the awaited confirmation from the US President, Barack Obama: “Osama Bin Laden is dead.”…

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Take time to notice God.

It’s no news that people are far too busy. In their mayhem the wonder, where is God? Is He still present? Does He care. What’s He doing? However, I wonder, does anyone take the time to notice God? Stuck in traffic, sandwiched between a broken-down car and all the other vehicles surrounding me, I sat…

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Christianity: When it's not what you expected.

Couple walking along nice path.

A lot of life is unpredictable. You’ve probably noticed, things just don’t go the way you planned. What happens to your faith when Christianity isn’t what you expected? It’s not what I expected. I’m not really sure what I expected, if I had any expectations at all. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t know what…

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Dont Worry Be Happy

Image of Man Worrying

Worrying is something we all do but it is also something we’re all commanded not to do. Do you start your day, much like I do? 6:45 Pour coffee in cup. Stumble to the couch and sit down. Open bible. 6:46 Take first sip. Eyes pop open. Read words on page. 6:55 Caffeine has it’s…

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Worship God in the Midst of Chaos

We Three Kings

The past few weeks have been tough. My washer and dryer broke down. My stove caught fire. My vacuum cleaner died a slow and painful death. While I was making cookies for the school bake sale, my hand mixer fell apart in my hands. Those are some of the easy things that I’ve had to…

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