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Bob Jones

DEPRESSION / HOPE IN 5 WORDS

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Depression is not a choice. Too many suffer in silence. In a war with myself. I have a black dog. It won’t leave me alone. I’m tired of fighting myself. Trying my best to live. A lifelong battle with myself. Will I ever make it? Its OK to not feel OK I am not my anxiety. Mental issues have no color. I will be OK someday. Life is tough, I’m tougher. A day at a time. Recovery is not always straightforward. With support I get stronger. Your story is not over. Fix my eyes on God. I’m starting to make progress. My soul longs after God. The Bible records raw emotion. Not all of the experiences of Bible heroes are…

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WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO

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“You have cancer.” What else could bring a deeper chill on a hot summer day? The Phone Call My friend Cindy was in a comfortable cabin at a beautiful lake enjoying a family holiday. Her doctor’s phone number appeared on her cell phone screen. “Why would my doctor be calling me?” A deafening silence followed his word “cancer.” Unable to speak she listened to him say, over and over “I am so sorry. I am so sorry.” “I didn’t think anyone could cry as much as I was during it all, buckets and buckets. Horror and sorrow. Your world comes to a complete stop. You have no idea what is before you and the unknown is scary.” I was amazingly…

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PLANTING SEEDS OF KINDNESS

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My sister is a creator. The seeds she planted in me were ones of kindness. She’s a master gardener and horticulturalist for the University of Alberta Botanic Garden and teaches for the University of Alberta. But really, she’s a creator. Out of A Seed She creates from seeds. Sowing seeds and nurturing them while they grow and develop, she patiently prunes, faithfully feeds, and arduously attends. From here, she creates.  With the seeds germinated from birth, she creates art, food, and beautiful serene places of peace. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson Art Although she attended Ontario College of Art in Toronto, art picked her first. She’s been…

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SIGNS AND WONDERS TODAY

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Supernatural manifestations or signs and wonders, as described in the Bible, will always capture the attention of people. A sign or wonder in the life of a hurting individual effectively communicates the love that our Father has for mankind. Signs And Wonders I had just entered the Spirit-filled life and, of course, all of this “supernatural stuff” was totally new to me. One particular incident tremendously impressed me. Two brothers I had recently met became dear friends of mine. Both were filled with the Holy Spirit. I decided to “hang out” with them in order to learn as much as I could from them – a good strategy because the things of God are more likely to be caught than…

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DO YOU SEE ME GOD?

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Every now and then it’s important to be reassured that God cares about you. That He will see you through the most difficult moments of your life. Do You See Me, God? Mid-day on a recent Monday I was driving back to my office after guest teaching at Vanguard College with my friend, Jeremy Gifford. I felt prompted to ask God for something. I prayed (with my eyes open) that He would do something special for me. Nothing expensive (but not opposed to that). Or flashy. Simply something that would instantly and unmistakably assure me, God’s got His eye on me and He will see me through. You’ve Got Mail Minutes later, back in the office, I felt prompted to…

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CHOOSE MERCY – 2018

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No mercy. Those were the code words for a no holds barred, anything is permissible, cutthroat kind of clash. Battling to the end. Only one walks away. Deadly. My Thai opponent and I always drew a crowd. Good thing the battleground was simply a competitive game of Ping Pong. The Air We Breathe Ironically, our “no mercy” competitions occurred when Prayoon and I were classmates in Bible College learning about the mercy God. And I learned so much more after Bible College – in the school of hard knocks – about God’s mercy. Mercy is in the air we breathe. Every morning brings new mercy. What Mercy Is Mercy is love with two hands attached. These are hands that are…

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SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY

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On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.” My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass in my sigmoid colon was operable. They found what was causing my grief and it was going to be removed.  This was my FIRST Silver Linings moment. What’s A Silver Linings Moment? The easiest way to explain a Silver Linings is when people are put into difficult situations, they need to look past the hardships and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Its about turning their negative situations into positive ones, finding their inner peace and the “will power” to overcome anything. When handed lemons, make lemonade!…

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THE 5 MOST POPULAR STORIES OF 2017

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So which subjects did our readers find the most interesting and engaging in 2017? Unsurprisingly, the most frequented blog posts on our site involved stories of people who are real. And calls to action. #1 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT RISK IN CANADA Is Trinity Western University a canary in the coalmine? Bob Kuhn, president of TWU certainly thinks so. On November 30 and December 1, TWU brought their arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada to defend their right to be a faith-based, accredited law school in Canada. Kuhn says “the very essence of religious freedom in Canada” is being threatened. Why I agreed with him. Read more here. #2 MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were…

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OWN THE BIBLE READING PLAN 2018

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Let me guess why you stopped reading the Bible – you’re ticked off because its hard to understand. Its got monster words like “propitiation” and “justification.” Don’t even get you started on the book of Leviticus. And you’re just too busy. I get it. I am you. Readers Funny how I can’t get enough of reading blog posts, sports summaries, biographies and leadership books. But reading the Bible? What would happen if you read nothing but the Bible for a year? OK. How about – if you read the Bible for a year? OK. What about – if you read the Bible today? I guarantee that 2018 will be different for you if you take eleven minutes each day to…

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17 LIFE LESSONS FROM 2017

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Its holiday time and that means time to reflect on 2017. 17 Lessons Learned In 2017 1. Time doesn’t fly. Is it really the end of December? Times doesn’t fly – its on warp drive. 2017 taught me to be fully present in the moments of every day in the years ahead. And friends gave me Carl Lentz’s book for Christmas to ensure I own the moments of 2018. 2. Vulnerability opens doors to healing. Brock Harrison struggled with depression but even more with the vulnerability of letting others know why he was struggling. In January he chose vulnerability over anxiety and said, “Let’s talk.” Even he was surprised by the gratitude expressed by others across Canada who opened up…

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