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Opening the Eyes of Our Heart

Dear friends in Christ,You are encouraged (if you live close enough) to join us this morning at 10am January 9th for worship at All Saints Community Church. My sermon topic from Ephesians 1: 15-23 will be “Self-Awareness: Opening the Blind Hearts of our Heart”. Our address is 12268 Beecher Street Crescent Beach in Surrey, BC.If you are unable to join us in person, I encourage you to check out our local online All Saints services.

Jesus is Lord!

See you there.


Ed Hird+

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Three more book reviews

Three more God’s Firestarters book reviews

David RG Hunt

Amazon.co.uk book review

a fascinating read

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 January 2022

“The marital and family lives of 20 of well-known figures from Christian history, spanning six centuries from Martin Luther to Jim Packer, are brought to life in this book with some fascinating details. For instance, did you know that Martin Luther changed his bedsheets only once a year before he was married? Subsequently, they were changed more frequently!

The book demonstrates time and again that God delights to use fallible people to achieve extraordinary advances for his kingdom – what an encouragement to all of us!

There are no fewer than 717 footnotes, spanning 38 pages, for those wishing to dig deeper into the fascinating lives of these servants of God.”

David RG Hunt

“Firestarters gives thumbnail sketches of well-known revivalists. Their dedication often came with a price to their health and private life. Yet their passion for Jesus was undeniable, and they shaped history in a way few others have done. I found it particularly fascinating how close the relationship was between Ben Franklin and George Whitefield. I give this book five stars. It should be part of any serious historian’s collection, as well as a great educational tool.”

Susan Reinhardt, Novelist

She is represented by Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency.

“In the Bible, Mordecai reminds Queen Esther that she has been placed in her position “for such a time as this.” In their book, “God’s Firestarters”, The Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird recounts the stories of twenty Christian leaders in history who were challenged by the times and circumstances that they faced – plague, illness, death of loved ones, financial hardships, marital problems, persecution, and much more, and how through faith and perseverance they became overcomers and firestarters for God. A well-written and easy to read book, this is one to put on your library shelf to have for personal meditation, for quick historical reference of twenty famous Christians, and for encouragement to see how others throughout history, facing many of the same challenges that we are facing today, were able to be victorious. I pray that it will lead us to realize that whatever our circumstances, we have also been placed here “for such a time as this”.


Bev Lombard, WEC missionary for many years

P.s. You too are encouraged to get God’s Firestarters for yourself and others in either ebook or paperback by clicking on

https://amzn.to/3EcQKAg (USA) or

https://amzn.to/3vrwibu (Canada)

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CS Lewis’ favorite book

I just listened to “Until We Have Faces“, CS Lewis’ favorite and even finest book, according to his friend JRR Tolkien.
Have any of my thousands of FB friends read it? What did you think of it? It is not an easy read. A key comment is that God will not show his face until we have faces (an authentic self-awareness). Here is the link to the audio book.