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Endorsement by Ron Hughes of Restoring Health: Very inspiring

 

Reading “Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit” by Ed Hird was a great way for me to start the new year. Ed’s insights based on scripture, historical research, and personal experience bring Paul’s letter to Titus to life.

Ed points out that Crete’s 1st Century pirate culture and North America’s 21st Century post-modern, highly-individualistic, pleasure-driven culture run on uncomfortably close parallel lines. The apostle’s advice to Titus serves us well today. It is especially appropriate for encouraging young leaders, but any serious Christian will benefit from reading it.

Doctrinally sound and vividly written “Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit” was so inspiring that by the time I was two thirds of the way through it, I had begun using the book as a springboard for a couple of talks I had to give.

I commend this book highly to anyone who wants to understand and engage secular culture while building up believers who are seeking to live in Kingdom culture.

 

Ron Hughes

Author of Living at the End of The Rope

President
FBH International is a multi-language internet and radio ministry


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New Beginnings in a New Year

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Change is rarely easy.  A change has Brucecome to the Deep Cove Crier with the retirement of the publisher Bruce Coney and the appointment of a new publisher Justin Beddall.  We give thanks for the twenty-nine years of faithful service of Bruce Coney to the Seymour/Deep Cove community.  Bruce has been like George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ who has made a significant difference in the building of the Seymour/Deep Cove community feeling.  Without unselfish people, little is built that truly lasts.  The Deep Cove Crier is a unique paper that has helped us all feel like we belong.  It is very easy to feel like an outsider in this fast-paced urbanized metro culture.  The Deep Cove Crier reminds us that there is more to life than just getting ahead and being successful.  Life is about relationships, about commitment, about love of neighbour.

016In this new year, we all have an opportunity to make new beginnings.  What kind of fresh start might we want to do?  For some, it is about losing a few pounds gained through too much delicious Christmas cake.  For others, it may be about finally giving up smoking, or perhaps going to a twelve step group to work on one’s addictions.  All of us have the potential to become a better person, a more loving person, a healthier person.  This never happens by accident.   The New Year gives us a special opportunity to decide to be different.  We may be involved in a relationship that has become very toxic.   This January may be an opportunity to finally go for counselling to work out one’s future.  It is remarkable how much people spend on a divorce that they were unwilling to spend on counselling appointments.  I often say to people that even if you cannot ultimately save your marriage, you will bring healing to your body, mind and spirit, if you do the hard work of personal transformation.

Jesus the Great Physician was always challenging people to become healthy, to choose life, to learn to forgive.  Imagine how our lives might change if we actually applied Jesus’ practical advice in the New Year.  Imagine what might happen if we choose to read a passage of scripture like the Sermon on the Mount, like Gandhi did every day, and actually apply it to our lives? Imagine what might happen if we became honest with God and told him what was really going on in our lives?  Sure, God already knows.  But when we open our hearts and minds to God, it is amazing what may begin to occur.

What kind of new beginnings would you like in 2016?  What kind of sacrifices are you willing to make so that practical changes actually happen?  What kind of person would you like to be by the end of 2016?  My prayer for each of us reading this article is that we will seize the day, and embrace new beginnings in this New Year.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the January 2016 Deep Cove Crier

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback andebook form. In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 1008- 555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 2J7, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ‘Ed Hird’, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. TheBattle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of theBattle for the Soul study guide :  Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide


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Check out Ron Hughes’ Living at the End of the Rope

My Word Guild colleague Ron Hughes‘ new book is out. Living

at  the End of the Rope  is all about going on when things aren’t getting better.

You are encouraged to check out the details (and a gripping free sample chapter) on his website.

If you are struggling with a painful relationship, this book will give you hope.

LATEOTR cover


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A great writeup on Embrace Rwanda on the AMiA blog

A great writeup on the AMiA blog about Embrace Rwanda http://blog.theamia.org/2015/12/10/embrace-rwanda-blessed-to-be-a-blessing


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Unwrapping Christmas

By Rev. Dr. Ed and Mark Hird

 

If the wise men at Christmas had been wise women, they might have brought Jesus practical Christmas gifts like baby toys, food or clothes (not myrrh, frankincense and gold).  These wise men had no idea how their initial gift-giving at Christmas would eventually fuel the world economy, helping many businesses go from red into the black in December.  Why is it that gift-giving at Christmas has become so entrenched in most people’s lives?  Why is it that many of us struggle to unwrap the gift of Christmas?  Why is it that Christmas, the most joyful time of year, is also the most depressing time of year for many?

As a child, I loved looking forward to opening Christmas presents waiting under the Christmas tree.  Our public school still had actual Christmas pageants in which I took my part as a Christmas shepherd.  As a teenager, opening Christmas presents was still fun, but it started to lose its Christmas wonder.  I still unwrapped the Christmas presents each December, but I never stopped to unwrap Christmas itself.  I never stopped to ask why we were making such a fuss about the Christmas season.  I will never forget when my mother had me go to church on Christmas day.  It felt like a radical intrusion into an important holiday time.   Why would someone go to church at Christmas?  Even though I had been raised in church, I had no idea that God came to earth at Christmas, that God became a little baby in manger.  I never rejected the meaning of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.  I just never thought about it.  It was so familiar to me that I was blind to Christmas.

Home blindness, the tendency to become oblivious to what is in front of us, is a phenomena recognized by social scientists.   People often say with regret that they never really appreciated what they had until they lost it.  Each Christmas, there are a myriad of Christmas movies that express the theme of loss at Christmas, and rediscovering the joy of Christmas.  The Christmas blockbuster ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ [originally called the Greatest Gift] went unnoticed at its 1946 release, so much so that the copyright license in the late 1970s was not even renewed.  This meant that television studios could show the movie for free at Christmas.  After a few years of this, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ became a cult classic.  Who can forget the conflict around the Christmas tree as Jimmy Stewart/George Bailey was close to committing suicide?  Who can forget the final scene around the Christmas tree when all his friends come together and unite in support?  Who can forget the joyful Christmas Carols sung by Jimmy Stewart, friends and family as they thanked the baby Jesus for the true meaning of Christmas? This Christmas, let not forget to unwrap the true gift of Christmas, the Christ Child come to earth to save us.

The Rev. Dr. Ed and Mark Hird,

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the December 2015 Deep Cove Crier

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form. In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 1008- 555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 2J7, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ‘Ed Hird’, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. TheBattle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of theBattle for the Soul study guide :  Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide


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The Internet of Things Part 2 with Bob Grahame

Bob Grahame is writing an upcoming book on ‘Being Human in the Technojungle.’ You are invited to check out his Coffee Shop reflections on the Internet of Things Part 2.

About Bob Grahame, author of the upcoming book “The Future Never Arrives”

The future never arrives… at least not as expected… it brings baggage. Living in a jungle of technology—the Technojungle—can be stressful and dehumanizing. This blog and the books I am working towards are about reclaiming our humanity in a technology dominated world.

 

I have been writing a blog for some years as just casual writing about my life and topics of interest or observations about the world I live in. Some months ago, I was encouraged to focus more on technological change and dehumanization. As I wrote a few more articles, the idea of writing a book emerged.

It is one thing to write a few article now and then about something. It seems to be another thing to write a more lengthy work. One must become more of an expert. Maybe the task of working toward the more lengthy work, results in a journey to becoming more of an expert.

Either way, the task mushrooms and one reason is the velocity of technological change. As I devote more attention to what is happening, it seems that I hear of something new on the horizon and suddenly, it is here. It makes things a bit more difficult to aim at, since the it is a moving target.

When I decided to take on this endeavour, I realized that there was quite a bit already being written about what is developing and quite a bit about what we will be able to do in the future. It dawned on me that I was still hearing those idilic promises I began to hear as a kid about what technology was going to do for humans.

This gave me a good idea for a starting point. I, a boomer, grew up hearing about the future. I was always looking for that which was futuristic. Then I realized something. This is supposed to be the future—now, today. But where was it? This isn’t the future I have been envisioning for so many years from the promises made by scientists and futurists.

So, that became the focus of the book. In a eureka moment, I realized that the future never arrives. At least not as expected. And, it seems to come with unpredicted baggage.

By the time that sank in, I was already on my way to writing and planning a pretty daunting book for my first effort. I decided to break it up and get a smaller book done to sort of test the waters. It is still a slow process for me, however, I am hoping that, since it was writing a blog that got me going on the book, perhaps doing a dedicated blog as I work on the book will help keep me on track.

One more thing about my approach to this. I want to sort of zoom out and take a more general view of what is happening with technological change. I figure I might make something that would have a longer shelf-life that way.

Thus, this blog come website is my way of generating momentum for my writings about the adopted topic(s). Perhaps others out there may chime-in from time to time and that might help with my direction and focus. I think the books will emerge from just regularly writing and remaining emerged in the stream of technological change.

 

Robert Grahame

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