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Waiting for Christmas…

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird 

Every year I impatiently wait for Christmas.  I love Christmas, but I don’t like waiting.  The season of Advent (which starts this year on Nov 30th) teaches us a lot about waiting, not just to remember Jesus’ first coming in Bethlehem, but also to wait patiently for Jesus’ second coming.  Waiting in an age of instant gratification is hard.  That is why Advent rarely ever gets commercialized.

Impatience is one of those areas where God has been nudging me lately.  I am one of those people who like things to happen yesterday.  We Hirds are go-getter people who love to see things completed.  I am so often impatient with myself when writing a new book or newspaper article.   In my sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, I speak about Titus who was a first-century go-getter.  Titus reminds me of my father, Ted Hird, who always gets the job done.  At one of my father’s retirements, his company, Microtel, gave him a statue of a horse in memory of my father’s billing the company for a dead horse.  Working in Newfoundland for three months with the snowy roads sometimes impassible, my father hired a farmer’s horse to drag the telecommunications equipment up the hill. The microwave tower was finally finished, but the horse died.  Titus-like leaders make things happen against impossible odds.

Hidden in our strengths are our greatest weaknesses.  That is why we can’t see them, and often don’t want to change.  Persevering people rarely want to admit their stubbornness, and their need to be more flexible.  Administratively gifted people rarely see how painful they can be when they slip into micromanaging of others’ lives.  We Tituses are great people to have around when you need a job done. But we can be painful to be around when our impatience causes us to be too pushy, too controlling, and too anxious.

I remember impatiently waiting for Christmas as a little child.  I desperately wanted to see the Christmas presents waiting for me.  So we talked our grandmother into going into my parents’ bedroom to show us where they were hidden.  The famous passage 1 Corinthians 13, which is read at many weddings, reminds us that love is patient. True love waits.  Waiting makes Christmas that much better.  It is so hard to wait.  It is so tempting to take the matter into our own hands and prematurely solve things.  Recently doing my doctorate taught me that quick fixes fix nothing.  Genuine lasting transformation takes time.  Lasting change needs to be thoughtful and intentional.  We all want to be better people, especially at Christmas.  Becoming more Christlike however doesn’t happen overnight.   We can’t just wake up on December 25th and suddenly become the most patient loving person on earth.

What motivates me to become more patient this Christmas is realizing that my impatience has often hurt other people whom I care for deeply.  My wife has graciously chosen to forgive my impatience many times during our thirty-seven years of marriage.  I want to be a more gentle and kind person especially to my wife.  My impatience too often gets in the way of this desire.  God keeps telling me to give my impatience back to Him, to put my impatience on the altar, to let go and let God.  When I get out of the way, God often does things far beyond what I can ask or imagine.   God is remarkably patient and kind in a way that most of us don’t fully get.  Rather than pulling the plug on us when we are rebellious, God keeps on loving us, hoping that we will choose to return home.  God wants us to come home for Christmas.   God in a manger welcomes us home for Christmas.  The Christ child is patiently waiting for us this Christmas.  He really does love us beyond our wildest imagination.

My Advent/Christmas prayer for those reading this article is that we will all grow in Christlike patience and love.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

BSW, MDiv, DMin

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the December 2014 Deep Cove Crier

-Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is now online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebookform.  In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback and ebook.

It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperbackand 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 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 PAYPALusing the e-mailed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

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


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The real ‘Final Frontier’

edhird:

I commend to you Bob Grahame’s interesting reflections on Star Trek and the real final frontier. Will we ever reach a point when our computers cannot be turned off?

Bob, by the way, is also a gifted photographer whose photo is on the front cover of my sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit.

Originally posted on The Technojungle Project Blog:

As we hurl ourselves down the technological path toward a life assisted by artificial intelligence, we need to ask some questions that have been asked for decades by science fiction writers. These are serious questions that we all should be asking and considering. Turning our lives over to intelligent machines might just have some pitfalls that we may not foresee.

The truth is that we are not living simple harmonious lives with our technology. Our lives are complex, full of anxieties and overwhelming. Technology is developing faster than we can keep up. We simply ‘attempt’ to find a way of managing. In the midst of all the technology and information clutter, we are being led into a life where very smart, artificially intelligent, machines are going to be integrated ever deeper into our lives and in very important aspects of our lives.

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Marcel Kurtz: Most Interesting Book all year…

By Marcel Kurtz on Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

Really enjoyed this book, I would have to say it was the most interesting book I have read all year. Dr. Ed Hird made the book of Titus really practical and I liked how the book was holistic, mind, body and spirit. I highly recommend this book.

Associate Pastor, Valley Church, North Vancouver

Marcel was born in San Jose, California but spent his formative years in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and then moved to Victoria when he was a teenager.

After high school Marcel went to FGBI (now Eston College) and studied Theology.

After College (May of 1996) he went back to his home church in Victoria and became the Youth Pastor. He also married his wonderful wife Kristina. They had their first Child in 1999.  In November of 1999, they came to Valley Church where Marcel became the Youth Pastor. In March of 2001 they had their second child Jordan, and in June 2008 Marcel became the Associate Pastor here at Valley Church.

Questionnaire

What is your favorite quote?
“Men don’t care what’s on TV, they only care what else is on TV” – Jerry Seinfeld It’s not my favorite but I like it.

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop?
Starbucks is my fav. coffee shop. Stephos is my fav. res. (Cheap Greek food)

Who is your hero?
My wife – she told me to put this in

Who inspires you?
People who live by what they believe rather then how they feel

What is your favorite meal?
My wife’s Shish-kabob

What do you not like to eat?
Tomatoes and Mushrooms

What is your favourite book – other than the bible?
“The Testament” by John Grisham

What is your favourite junk/snack food?
Popcorn and Coke

What is your favourite outdoor activity?
Picnicking at the beach with my family

What is your best thing to do on your day off?
Picnic at the beach with my family

What do you avoid doing?
Cutting the lawn

What is your favorite childhood memory ?
My dad bought a big van and our family took a three week road trip through the states camping in the van.

If you could pick a super power, what would it be?
I would like to be invisible

What was your nickname when you were a kid?
I didn’t have one

What did you want to be when you were 6?
A Pro Football player

What was your childhood ambition?
To become a pro football player

What was your first job?
Working at a restaurant as a bus boy, I was 14

What is your favorite word?
“Yes dear” i know it is two but I say it all the time

What word do you dislike?
Don’t have one – well at least not one that I can send you on email…

What sound do you love?
Ocean waves, and birds first thing the morning

What profession would you choose if you didn’t do what you do now? Either the King of England or Maybe the Pilot who flies Air force One

What is your favorite characteristic of Christ?
His Grace

 


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Pastor Owen Scott endorsing Restoring Health

Owen Scott has been the Senior Pastor of Valley church since 1986. Owen was born and raised in Davidson, Saskatchewan. After high school Owen attended and graduated from Full Gospel Bible College

Owen then got married to a wonderful woman whom has never left his side since. He then interned in Regina, Sask, pastored in Fruitvale, B.C and Calgary Owen then taught at Full Gospel Bible College for 4 years Owen and Val then moved back to Regina where he was Associate Pastor for 6 years. Finally in 1986 they came to Vancouver and Valley Church and they have been a blessing to Valley Church ever since.

Questionnaire to Pastor Owen Scott

What is your favorite quote?
“He flung himself from the room unto his horse and rode madly off in all directions”

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop?
Pajo’s at Steveston for fish & chips…The Red Onion for hot dogs…almost ANY coffee shop will do!

Who is your hero?
Ernest Shackleton (led an expedition to Antarctica)

Who inspires you?
SULLY – successfully landed a plane with 155 passengers in the Hudson River recently

What is your favorite meal?
Macaroni & cheese with a hot-dog on the side!

What do you not like to eat?
Cottage cheese

What is your favourite book – other than the bible?
“A Prayer for Owen Meany”

What is your favourite junk/snack food?
Black Licorice (ie Panda…in case you were thinking of getting him some…)

What is your favourite outdoor activity?
Walking/hiking

What is your best thing to do on your day off?
Walking…exploring…finding a great coffee shop or bakery

What do you avoid doing?
Going anywhere near snow…

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Opening Christmas presents

If you could pick a super power what would it be?
??????? I have a SUPER POWER living within me!!!

What was your nickname when you were a kid?
Didn’t have one

What did you want to be when you were 6?
Cowboy

What was your childhood ambition?
To join the circus

What was your first job?
Setting pins at a bowling alley

What is your favorite word?
Can’t think of one…how about JESUS!

What word do you dislike?
Dysfunctional

What sound do you love?
Birds singing

What profession would you choose if you didn’t do what you do now?
Running a hot-dog stand

What is your favorite characteristic of Christ?
His grace

Obscure Info about me:
Enjoy making folkart…reading…watching a good movie…taking road trips…

Pastor Owen Scott - Head Pastor of Lynn Valley Full Gospel Church


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Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

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Who in their right mind would want to be sent to a toxic island where everyone was a pirate, including the grandmothers, grandsons, and everyone in between?  Who would want to be sent to an island where all islanders were liars, evil brutes and lazy gluttons?  The Island of Crete which my wife and I visited had been a pirate stronghold for over 800 years.  While in Crete, we learned about Titus who was just the man for the job.  He did not flinch.  Titus taught toxic Cretan pirates how to become radically healthy: how to love, how to lay down their lives for another, how to be the faithful husband of but one wife, how to be gentle and patient.  He taught the female pirates how to be best friends with their husbands and their children.  This is true health.  If the wisdom in the 45-sentence book of Titus can revolutionize a pirate island, it can even transform a pirate continent like North America.  Signs of our North American toxicity include gun violence and the insanity of the shooters, obesity when there is no shortage of food, and a wealth of communication tools while many are no longer talking any more.

Is it a mere coincidence that the late Steve Jobs defined Apple employees as pirates, even raising a pirate flag with the Apple logo as the pirate eyepatch?  It is better, said Jobs, to be a pirate than join the navy.     In the 1999 movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, Jobs accused Bill Gates of ripping him off by producing the Microsoft Windows mouse-based graphical user interface.  Gates, the wealthiest person on earth, memorably said to his outraged fellow pirate Steve Jobs: “we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”  Ironically Jobs loved to quote Picasso’s comment: “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”  So do great pirates.

Titus was a first-century go-getter.  He reminds me of my father, Ted Hird, who always gets the job done.  At one of my father’s retirements, his company, Microtel, gave him a statue of a horse in memory of my father’s billing the company for a dead horse.  Working in Newfoundland for three months with the snowy roads sometimes impassible, my father hired a farmer’s horse to drag the telecommunications equipment up the hill. The microwave tower was finally finished, but the horse died.  Titus-like leaders make things happen against impossible odds.

If the toxic Cretan pirates can become healthy, anyone can become healthy, even North Americans.  Dr. Brene Brown, whose TED talk has been seen by over sixteen million people, said that we in North America “are the most we are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in (our) history.”   In an age of many regrets, Titus is a symbol of hope for healthy leadership in the twenty-first century.  With the huge global changes happening, the need for healthy leaders like Titus has never been greater.  A key solution to our North American toxicity is rediscovering Titus, the epitome of integrated healthy leadership.  Titus planted significantly healthy communities by identifying and training indigenous leaders in every one of the over hundred Cretan cities.  The book of Titus gives you the keys to healthy communities, healthy families and healthy lives.

The book of Titus calls us to become whole people – in mind, body, and spirit.  That is the theme of my brand new book ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit.’  So often we North Americans are toxically fragmented in areas of our lives.  We need the Great Physician to give us a full check-up to determine whether our lives, our marriages and families, our churches and communities are sound and healthy.  Many of us are out of balance in our health emphasis, neglecting either the body, the mind or the spirit.  Too many good people have bought the lie that they can eat anything they want and not bother to exercise.  The Bible says that our health choices have consequences.  We reap as we sow.  People who neglect their bodies lose the ability to travel cross-culturally as they get older.  People who neglect their minds go stale and have nothing worth saying.  People who neglect their spirits go shallow and self-absorbed. Healthy leaders embrace their bodies, minds and spirits for Christ’s sake.

My prayer for those reading this article is that we will choose the way of holistic health in every area of our lives.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission Canada

http://stsimonschurch.ca

-an article for the November Deep Cove Crier

-Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is now online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebookform.  In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in  paperbackand 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 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 PAYPALusing the e-mailed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

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


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Restoring Health with His Publishing Group

Check out His Publishing Group for the Restoring Health paperback  and ebook.  Larry Luby our publisher has done a phenomenal job. http://www.hispubg.com/wpcproduct/restoring-health-body-mind-and-spirit

Product Details

Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit

Strengthening a New Generation of Healthy Leaders

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird -

The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, Ed Hird shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life.

Amazon – Paperback and Kindle eBook

Barnes & Noble – Paperback and NOOK eBook

iBOOK – coming soon

Click here for an autographed copy from the author.

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