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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE PRAY

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Does prayer work? Can two or more people gathering together to talk to a God who cannot be seen make a difference in any way? And how could you prove that prayer did create the difference? Couldn’t answered prayer be mere coincidences? Prayer and Life What I know is that when I pray coincidences occur. Things that I ask for appear. Solutions that I am searching for show up – not always in the way that I ask – often better than what I asked for. And I know that prayer changes me because sometimes what I pray for does not come to pass. Then I face a choice that changes me – berate God or believe God. The One…

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MERCY AND VIRTUES: PATRICIA’S CONTAGIOUS DREAM

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Is there such a thing as a contagious dream? Patricia Ngwenya-Gumbo thinks so. December 2014, Patricia stood in front of a few hundred women at the North Pointe Women’s Christmas Event and shared her dream. She was nervous. And hopeful. A Contagious Dream Growing up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, she saw more than her share of broken women. Women who weren’t given the opportunity to grow, learn, and to find healthy ways to support themselves. Patricia was fortunate to be supported as a World Vision child by a family in Canada. God favored her when she immigrated to Canada, married, moved to Edmonton, and found employment with the Edmonton Transit Service. Patrica wanted to give back. Her dream was to build…

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11 FAVORITE SHEILA WALSH QUOTES

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Front stage or backstage, Sheila Walsh is genuine and all in. Millions of women attribute their breakthroughs to her influence. She is loved for where she has come from and what she leads others through. She can be in front of a thousand women and you’ll feel like she is speaking personally to you. Reflecting on her journey through mental illness, Sheila says of Jesus, “I never knew You lived so close to the floor.” That’s the favorite of my favorite quotes from Sheila. 11 Favorite Sheila Walsh Quotes 1. If guilt tells us that we’ve done something wrong, then shame tells us that we are something wrong. So many people feel isolated, not good enough, defined by the labels…

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IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK: SHEILA WALSH

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I thought back to when I thought I was the only one, the only Christian who struggled. The scars of all these long years of pain are good reminders to think again. Standing before 5000 women Sheila Walsh asked the question, “Is there anyone in the audience who has ever attempted suicide or been plagued by suicidal thoughts like I’ve been? Severe depression? Any kind of mental illness?  If so would you join me in the front?” Sheila had never shared that part of her personal journey. And now it was out. A Holy Moment Sheila reflects, “I will never forget the next few minutes. Women began to pour to the front of the stage. I stood with tears coming down my…

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BRITTNEY’S STORY: LEUKEMIA, LOVE AND A 100KM RUN

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Brittney Tancowny’s life changed the day she was told she had leukemia. The very sound was like a death knell. Newly married…an aspiring career…dreams of a family. What happened to her “happily ever after?” Brittney says, “My story involves leukemia but its really about how God has been doing his work in my life and my family and friends’ lives. GOD’S LOVE AND PROMISES The cancer took over so quickly that the 2nd day into my chemo my body began to shut down. The cancer was on full attack and determined to take my life. I was put into a temporary paralysis. I spent 6 months in and out of the hospital with 4 bone marrow biopsies, 4 rounds of…

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SICK NOT WEAK: MICHAEL LANDSBERG

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Michael Landsberg remembers the exact time that his life changed. Landsberg is best known in the sporting world as a TSN commentator. What follows is a moment that moved him to the front of the line of unexpected influencers trying to save lives. Someone Else’s Tragedy “It was the moment that suicide ceased to be someone else’s tragedy. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. It was 5:25pm on August 31, 2011. Up until that point, I knew of many people who had taken their lives; but I didn’t know anyone who had. That little word of takes it from the macro to the micro, from a societal issue to a personal issue, and from brainfelt to heartfelt. At 5:25pm with the…

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IN THE TRENCHES WITH JACOB RUBY

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He’ll squeeze all 315 pounds of his 6’7” body into a seat on the bus early Monday morning after a breakfast of five eggs, turkey bacon and yogurt. For Jacob Ruby the three-hour bus ride down the QE II will be reminiscent of high school football away games – the boys on the bus – all good. And then it’s all business. Labor Day Classics Labor Day weekend football games are most every Canadian’s favorite farewell to summer. The Banjo Bowl in Regina, the Ti-Cats against the Argos in Hamilton, the Esks taking on the Stamps in Cowtown and even a new rivalry between Montreal and Ottawa. Classics. Jacob (never Jake) and I recently shared football stories over coffee at…

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THE SURPRISING WAY OF ABUNDANCE: ANN VOSKAMP

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Have you seen nights that it feels like you could grab the Big Dipper and ladle up Light? Nights when you feel bathed in abundant light? Have you sat on the edge of a porch at the edge of all the things that have gone wrong in a day and watched the courage of the stars, blazing brave in the dark? The Way Of Abundance Welcome to Ann Voskamp’s world and the surprising way of abundance. My first reading of Ann’s book, The Way Of Abundance left me disappointed. I had high expectations because of Ann’s previous gems. On second reading I realized it wasn’t Ann that disappointed, but my hurried reading pace. You cannot gobble, gulp and go with…

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PRAYER MINUTE FOR JORDAN GAGNON

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Beautifully peaceful, loving, happy, and easy going, these are all words I would use to describe my daughter Jordan Gagnon. But here are some other less liked words, Terminal, GMO, patient #7, GAN. Those words I wish we could forget. Jordan was diagnosed over three years ago with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN). This currently is a terminal genetic condition that effects the nervous system, slowly cutting of every nerve in the body. On August 2nd Christa messaged, “Hey Pastor Bob, have you ever heard of a prayer minute done on social media? I had this thought yesterday that I could orchestrate a specific day and time for those that were interested they could pray for Jordan and our miracle. Has…

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HOW THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE SAVED MINE: MICHAEL PHELPS

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Michael Phelps had been turned into a flat-screen American athletic dream: A skinny boy with big feet (and ears) had been transformed by endless laps and a wise coach into a red-white-and-blue, gold-medal-winning machine. Michael Phelps The most decorated Olympian ever, Phelps entered the 2016 Rio Olympics with twenty-two medals, including eighteen gold to his credit. Originally, he retired after the 2012 London Olympics. But the competition bug got him in 2014. He attempted a comeback. On a late night drive home after a hard day of training he was pulled over by the police and arrested for driving under the influence. His September 2014 arrest was his second DUI. When his parents received the phone call from the police…

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