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STEVEN IRSHEID: A MEANINGFUL LIFE

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Steven Irsheid lived a meaningful life. Twenty-nine years of finding and giving meaning. Steven counted Marie Renaud, MLA for St Albert, Rev. Mark MacKnight, Vice President of Vanguard College, pastors at North Pointe and a few dozen staff at Lo Se Ca as friends and family. Steven’s Favorites He not only read the entire Bible, he graduated from Bible College. He never missed a Sunday at his church, North Pointe, unless he was sick. Steven had a passion for missionaries and experiencing a missions trip was on his bucket list. He supported a child through Compassion International. He cared a lot about people. Books were a special interest – especially the Harry Potter series. He could tell you any paragraph…

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12 WAYS YOU CAN HAVE JOY EVERYDAY

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Joy is more than a word on a Christmas ornament. Its a 365 days of the year source of strength. Much more than a mere emotion, joy is not happiness on steroids. Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of your life. 12 Insights To Joy 1. Joy is a choice. The choice to “rejoice.” “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Henri J.M. Nouwen 2. Joy does not mean feeling good all the time. Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life. 3. Joy is the result of applied faith. You can…

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THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF A BLESSING

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“You have my blessing.”  Sounds kinda old fashioned but there is incredible power in a blessing that moderns need. And the blessing’s not just for marriages. What You’ve Always Wanted A blessing is a good and perfect gift from God that comes through a person of significance. Think of it as getting better than what you’ve always wanted. 4 Expressions of Blessing A “blessing” is a word spoken for good that carries spiritual power and authority, and that sets in motion supernatural outcomes. Gary Smalley and John Trent wrote a book called The Blessing, in which they presented four distinct expressions of blessings. Meaningful Touch Touch imparts and releases life, warmth, compassion, and blessing. Pastors will impart a blessing through…

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COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT LIKE SETH

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People don’t follow the best leaders. They follow the ones who communicate the best. That’s because your brain is trying to conserve calories. So says Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow, Tribes, The Dip and 15 other best sellers. What important message or service are you offering that needs to connect with people? If you’re not a Seth Godin fan here’s why he can help you. Seth is an entrepreneur and speaker who knows what it takes to succeed in business and to be your own boss (and he rocks yellow eye ware). Over a million readers follow his blogs. By focusing on everything from leadership to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate…

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DAVID CHRISTIAN’S VIEW OF ORIGIN WITHOUT A CREATOR

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Watching TED talks while savoring scrambled eggs is a favorite change of pace for me on Saturday mornings. David Christian’s TED talk – Origin Story – had a tasty irony to it as he compared the impossibility of unscrambling eggs to the origin of the Universe. David Christian is famous for his rationale of creation without a Creator. On May 22nd, his latest book was released – Origin Story – outlining a big history of everything from nothing. Bill Gates recommended Origin Story in his 5 Books Worth Reading Summer 2018. The History Of Our World In 18 Minutes Christian explains: 1. We know in our heart of hearts that the Universe does not travel from mush to complexity. The…

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FROM BROKEN TO BETTER THAN NEW

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Most normal repairs of broken things hide themselves, like nicely sealed super glue fixes. The usual intent is simply to make something “as good as new.” Yet the art of Kintsugi reinforces a profound belief that the repair can make things better than new. Better than new. Soak that in for a moment. Broken Things An ancient practice called Kintsugi – meaning “to patch with gold” – is an age-old custom of repairing cracked pottery with real gold. Through turning what is broken into beautiful, cherished pieces, by sealing the cracks and crevices with lines of fine gold. Instead of hiding the flaws, Kintsugi artists highlight them, creating a whole new design and bringing unique beauty to the original piece and greatly…

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13 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOUR MARRIAGE

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I’ve been counseling couples for 38 years – just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. 1. STOP talking to improve your communication. Start listening. Your mother told you that God gave you one mouth and two ears for a purpose. Use your ears…and your heart to hear each other. 2. STOP bringing the worst out in your spouse – that’s too easy. Its a husband’s responsibility to bring the best out in his wife. Husbands accomplish that by helping their wives get what they want, as long as it…

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64 INSIGHTS FROM 64 YEARS OF LIVING

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Four years ago I started to record insights from life on my birthday. Number sixty-four is at the bottom of this post. 64 Insights 1. Looking forwards – life is a marathon. 2. Looking back – life is a sprint. 3. No reserves, no retreats, no regrets. 4. Fight the good fight of faith. 5. Don’t worry about anything. 6. Pray about everything. 7. The supernatural peace of God passes all natural understanding. 8. Peace will keep your heart and mind, quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. 9. A sister is like a rose that never fades. 10. Sons are an awesome gift from God. Daughter-in-laws are too!! 11. Grandchildren are life’s greatest joy! Now we…

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GOD SENT ME TO PRISON: RENA’S STORY

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My husband, Wayne, has been transferred numerous times over the course of his career. At last count, we had been relocated twenty-one times. It’s my contention, that should Wayne lose his job in the power industry, our experience in moving would put us in good stead for a career with Two Men and A Truck. (I’d be the unidentified female in the background, adept at packing boxes!!) One of Wayne’s work assignments took us to Perth, Australia. It was while we were there, that God sent me to prison. (Yes, I’m blaming God! I can’t account for this any other way.) It wasn’t because I’d committed a crime that I found myself in jail, but because of a story that…

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WHEN FEAR PICKED A FIGHT WITH THE WRONG GUY

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I never thought life would lead me to this moment in a million years. Ours was the “perfect” life. My wife walked with amazing courage and an attitude void of fear as she battled strokes and years later, cancer. When Heroes Fall But deep inside, like all of us, doubt and fear would creep in. My wife’s life was about to end. The courage and fearless fortitude it must have taken to accept her death and then to take her final breath is beyond my understanding. My wife was, and still is my hero. The fearless love we shared makes me stronger when I see her in that light. I look at what I had in life, and not what…

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