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Posted on November 6, 2017

Do you know God? I mean, do you actually know Him? You may know that He is a good good Father (thanks to the song by Chris Tomlin!), or as the Shepherd in Psalm 23. But beyond the common names for God, many of us struggle to think of more than a few of His names.

We are told over and over in the Bible to trust the Lord, to have confidence in Him, to live by faith. But how can you trust someone you don’t really know? Take, for example, a young child: his father places him on a small ledge and encourages the boy to jump into his arms - where, naturally, the father lovingly...

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Posted on February 8, 2017

There is a bible passage that says, “one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). A lot could be said about that but it’s true with the church in Edmonton. One church by itself is easily overwhelmed, two working together can do a little bit more and when a number of churches work together… well, a whole lot more can get done. Unfortunately, we aren’t yet seeing it on a large scale in our city. ...

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Posted on January 10, 2017

Hanging photo of Edmonton

In the fall of 2016, we began to hear God speak quite clearly about HoPE coming into a new depth of spiritual maturity. Our leadership team began to sense Jesus speaking about creating space for more diverse expressions of prayer and worship, as well as engaging again with God’s...

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Posted on July 27, 2015
We are all musical people, no matter who we are, because we are made in the image of God and God is a musical God! He created music and created us to respond to it in a particular way.

 

It is common...

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Posted on July 20, 2015
 
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. -2 Corinthians 4:1
 
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Posted on July 12, 2015
Recently in the prayer room we were praying through Jesus' teaching in Luke 6, which has been referred to as 'the sermon on the plain'. In it we find Christ's familiar teaching that we are to love our enemies and bless...
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Posted on July 6, 2015

Psalm 119 is filled with some extremely powerful prayers and spiritual insights. Here is an example of one that we recently prayed over in the prayer room:

   May your unfailing love come to me, O Lord,
   Your salvation according to your promise;
   Then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in Your Word. (v. 41-42)

The reality of life is that we all face pressure and stressful situations and circumstances. Hardly a week goes by when something...

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Posted on February 23, 2015

On Sunday morning I received word from a friend that a terrorist group called ‘Al-Shabaab’ had posted an online video calling for violent attacks on a variety of shopping centers around the world, including here in Edmonton, at West Edmonton Mall.

My initial response was surprise that Edmonton had been specifically named, however as I thought more about it, I understood that WEM is an internationally known shopping mall, similar to the Mall of America and others. I shared the information about the video with several people within HoPE and also with several pastors in the city,...

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Posted on February 18, 2015

This past weekend many in the world were shocked yet again by the release of a video tape by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, recording the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians
in Libya. When I heard the news and saw a few of the images of fellow Christian believers about to be executed, I was stunned. To be honest, the event has left a deep impact on me and I have found my self thinking about it fairly continually for the past several days.

As you would expect, there have been all kinds of responses to this horrific event. Government leaders across the world denounced it and...

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Posted on February 11, 2015

This week I have been really stirred by Psalm 8:1-2

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

God has chosen that His strength will be displayed through our weakness, when we engage in praise. Literally, the passage says ‘you have ordained strength’, but we know it is referring to ‘praise’ because Jesus quoted this verse when the...

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