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Visitor Information Centres Opening

The temperature was hovering at 0° on my drive into the office this morning. It certainly doesn’t feel like summer is on the way. But across our province today, Visitor Information Centres open for the summer season. These Centres are a great place to get travel information, directions, maps and local knowledge. Life has been…

Introducing Growth Groups

When the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff immigrated to the United States, he said that the thing he loved most about America was the grocery stores. He said, “I’ll never forget walking down one of the aisles and seeing powdered milk; just add water and you get milk. Right next to it was powdered orange juice;…

The Praying-but-Hopeless Church

In Acts 12, author Luke provides somewhat of a funny scene in the middle of serious one. James, one of the church leaders, has been murdered. Peter is arrested and waiting the same fate. But the church goes to prayer for Peter. This is the same church that had seen tangible displays of God’s power….

A Sight for Sore Eyes!

Here are Elim we are journeying through the book of Acts. In verse 19 of Acts chapter 11, Luke shifts the focus of the Christian witness to the church at Antioch. Antioch was a great, thriving, crowded, cosmopolitan city. Luke tells us that that many people, non-Jews, were turning to faith in Jesus Christ. Because…

The Last Day of Winter

On my drive into the office this morning I heard these welcomed words, today is the last day of winter! Show me the love button! It certainly doesn’t feel like springtime is just around the corner. It’s been an eventful winter here in St. John’s but for a moment this morning I thought about all…

God Works Beyond Expected Boundaries

Here at Elim we are working our way through the book of Acts. Acts chapter 8 records the first time the gospel moved outside Jewish territory. It was Philip who breaks a centuries old taboo, as did Jesus (John 4) and Samaria accepts the good news about the Jewish Messiah. The gospel is moving into…

God’s Handiwork

I read from Ephesians 2 this morning. Verse 10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works . . .” God has a plan for us that will take a lifetime to complete. As one writer says, “We often focus on the parts of ourselves that are weak, faulty, or…

All Things Work Together for My Good

I attended a city wide prayer gathering last night. During worship we sang these words, “You make all things work together for my good.” These hopeful words find their inspiration in Romans chapter 8 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called…

Asking the Right Questions

It’s been said that vision always starts with the right questions. As we venture out into 2014, there are at least two questions we should take some time to reflect upon: How is my city? How is my church? Do we want to know? The Old Testament book of Nehemiah is centered on the rebuilding…

God’s Guidance

I read a verse this morning from Psalm 119 that I prayed for myself. I think you should to. Psalm 119:66 says, “Teach me good judgement and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.” Good judgement and knowledge, I need that. It’s a relevant prayer for each new day. A prayer that God will help…