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Have you heard of the life-changing Five Languages of Apology?

Many people know about Dr Gary Chapman’s Five Languages of Love, but not his amazing sequel Five Languages of Apology. I commend to you a link to a great summary of the five languages of apology. http://www.themarriagelibrary.com/Matching/5ApologyLanPacket.pdf

As we taught tens of thousands in Africa, we ended up invariably teaching on the Five Languages of Apology. By a show of hands, we found that few, even as Christians, had gone beyond the first language of Apology “I’m sorry (regret)”. What was encouraging was the willingness of the African Christians to start trying out the other four languages of Apology. Often we apologize, if at all, like our family of origin, has done it.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,

Ed Hird


What is the truth about modern-day yoga?

Here is the video of my talk at the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship in Langley on ‘The spirit of #yoga: serving two masters?’ Is yoga merely a popular #exercise technique? What is its connection to #Hindu #meditation and becoming God? Why is yoga recommended as a way to ‘kill the mind’? Is Christian yoga #christian?

You are welcome to read my yoga critique article read so far by over 130,000 people

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Video clips of the late Rev David Cline

This short clip wonderfully illustrates so much of what was celebrated at Rev David Cline’s funeral by his children Alva Cline, Anne Campbell, Janice P Hird, and John Cline. We give thanks for his wonderful humour, wisdom, kindness, and honouring of others.

The three Cline brothers (David, Fred, & Steve) are delightful to listen to in this short video with their humorous family stories. Did you know that Rev David Cline’s first sermon happened in a snowstorm when the preacher couldn’t turn up? His dear mom said that it was the best sermon she had ever heard.

You can see from this short video clip with Ric & Anne Campbell’s daughter Jane & her new husband Paul why so many hundreds of couples asked Rev David Cline to take their weddings. There was such a deep kindness and love that flowed from David, even as his health was challenged. What a blessing to end well, becoming sweeter rather than grumpier.

Watching a short video of Rev David Cline’s 90th birthday five years ago at White Rock Presbyterian Church brings back many memories, as many of those people were also recently at his funeral this week. In this video, Janice P Hird, James Hird, & Mark Hird lead the congregation in singing Joyful, Joyful. You can see various Cline family members like Alva Cline, Boyd Dun, Anne Campbell, John Cline, Karen Cline, Matt Cline, Lori Cline Flath, Jayme Cline, Erin M. Campbell-Crenshaw…

Such sweet stories in the short video clip with the Cline brothers sharing how they were called to ordained ministry. Vera Cline was key to David’s calling, and a prayer group after a Crusade was key for Fred. My question to Alva Cline, Anne Campbell, Janice P Hird, and John Cline is what they might want to add to this fascinating story.

Great reflections in this short video about their Mom Edna Bishop Cline by the four Cline sons. Alva Cline, Anne Campbell, Janice P Hird, and John Cline, What do you remember about your grandmother Cline?

Isn’t it great that Rev David & Una Cline were able to attend Jereme Doole & Rebecca Doole’s 2013 Edmonton wedding? Who do you recognize in the short video from the extended Cline Family?

Isn’t it amazing how God can bring such blessing on a family heritage? Rev John Cline, son of the late Rev Dave Cline, shares in this short video of how a humble Sunday School launched four Clines in ministry.

Rev David Cline’s 2016 Remembrance Day presentation on a short video

Memorable. This may have been the late Rev David Cline’s last public address, as he told a moving story of older Jewish people escaping the Nazis through a mountain pass. When tempted to give up and die, they were given young children to carry. All made it to safety. Similarly David Cline gave his last remaining strength to generously give to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to carry his family and place them in Jesus’ loving arms.

Rev David Cline reflects in a short video on the Greater Vancouver 1984 Billy Graham Crusade


Faithful Father-in-Law

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By the Rev. Dr. Ed HirdCline family2

My late father-in-law David was solid like a rock. I have been married to his daughter for 41 years. David joked that he has never quite forgiven me for taking his daughter away, as she was the lead soprano in his choir. To make up for this ‘theft’, I have paid him back by ‘giving’ him three grandchildren. The nicest thing about grandchildren, of course, is that you can fuss over them, and then send them back home!

Over the years, my father-in-law showed great wisdom in dealing with impossible situations. When others give up, he kept on moving faithfully forward. I experienced my father-in-law as someone who never stopped expecting the best from you. Many times over the years, my father-in-law opened doors for me to speak in situations that would otherwise have been closed. He has been a true Barnabas, a Son…

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