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6 CUPS OF TEA

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Black tea and sugar never tasted so good. A steady downpour of rain chilled me to the bone. The fingers on my gloveless hands felt like icicles. Climbing steep, slippery, uneven steps at Petra, Jordan left me drained. The smell of smoke reached me before I saw its source. And then I heard, “Come and sit down. You must be tired. Here, have some tea.” 900 Steps Thirty two of us had journeyed to view one of the seven wonders of the world – the Treasury in Petra, Jordan. Now six of the group were pressing on to get a rare glimpse of the Monastery at Al-Deir. Nine hundred steps up a steep incline through rugged terrain deterred most people…

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WELCOME FORT MCMURRAY: ALBERTA STRONG

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Albertans have been opening their homes, cupboards and wallets for fire evacuees from Fort McMurray since the city’s 80,000 residents were told to flee Tuesday. Amidst the tragedy and anguish being felt in northern Alberta, there have also been tremendous and inspiring acts of generosity and kindness. Countless stories have emerged of rescue and help efforts from good Samaritans who have provided fuel, food, water, blankets, shelter, supplies and even cash to those in great need. North Pointe was volunteered as a crisis care center indefinitely to the pastoral and counseling staff from Family Christian Centre. They are reaching out to evacuees by providing counsel, prayer, hugs, coffee, gift cards and a network of support. Don’t lose track of the…

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WHEN FAITH DARES YOUR SOUL

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Faith is daring your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. Faith in God and your attitude will give a whole new perspective on facts. Facts are you friends. Faith uses facts and reveals your next step. 11 Quotes To Take You Beyond What Your Eyes Can See         APPLICATION: This post comes with a prayer for YOU. “Jesus is the Mighty Warrior for you today. Go beyond what your eyes can see.” Please leave a comment below. I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If this material is helpful to you, please follow me. Subscribe. I’ll put helpful content into…

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5 REASONS THIS PASTOR LOVES THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

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I love the Christmas season! I’ve only been doing the pastor thing for 36 years and I can’t speak for every pastor’s experience but my experience with Christmastime has been rich. 5 Reasons I Love Christmastime 1. The sounds of Christmas are glorious! How can you beat, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” or “Joy to The World” as calls to worship and devotion? Bring on the 24-hour-Christmas–music radio stations. Christmas carols are singable – even for those who can’t hold a tune. Most everybody knows at least the first verse from a dozen carols. The music is majestic and the lyrics are hallmarked by expectation, joy, faith and wonder. I get to work with some of the best…

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Father Gregory Boyle: Tattoos on the Heart

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Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest, has a wicked sense of humor and writes like Ann Lamott…only better. He has more tats than you can count but only because you can’t see them…they’re on his heart. His writing is peppered with an eclectic mix of quips from Dillard, Shelley, Borg, Gandhi, Eckert, Rumi and Jesus. Boyle can make you laugh out loud while blowing up your preconceptions with his insights into the character of God. He has faced down leukemia and the barrel of a gun. Boyle’s parish of over 20 years is in the capital of the gang capital of America – aptly named Boyle Heights, L.A. Father “G,” as he is affectionately known, is at home in the…

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15 REASONS DOING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU

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A woman was having terrible difficulty getting through the death of her husband. She said to her physician, “Please give me a prescription to help me with my sadness. Every day I go to the cemetery and I put flowers on my husband’s grave, but it doesn’t help. It simply drives me deeper into grief. Please give me a prescription to ease my pain.” The physician said, “Before I give you a prescription, let me give you a suggestion. Instead of placing those flowers on your husband’s grave, why don’t you bring them to the hospital? I have many patients in the hospital who nobody ever visits and if you would visit them and bring them some encouragement in those…

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