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Shortlisted three times for the Write! Canada awards

My wife Janice and I are grateful to have been short-listed three times in the Annual Word Guild ‘Write Canada’ Awards. Two times, our God’s Firestarters book was shortlisted under the categories of “LIFE STORIES–BIOGRAPHY” and “DEBRA FIEGUTH SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD”. It can be purchased on Amazon.
Our Light Magazine article “Phil Callaway: Missionary Comedian” was shortlisted under the “COLUMN SINGLE” category.

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Christ and politics???

E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the American Road, 1944

“Can the government of this country be christianized? Not denominationalized,nor priest-ridden, or pastor-ridden, but can it function in an effective, Christian way? (…) It was good for church and state to be separate. In being so, each could possess its soul. But now the matter is clear: they have become too separate! The power of living Christian faith has not been turned into the public life of this country to purify and dedicate it to great ends. Only incidentally has religion been a purifying force as it purified individuals going into public life. Now the purification must be deliberate and intentional, not only of individuals, but of policies which those individuals hold(…)

Christian faith and government processes must come together —not formally but forcefully,not verbally but vitally. The Christian movement can prepare for this new vital alliance by two steps. First by giving up its attitude of aloofness —the attitude that says, “We cannot have anything to do with politics.” Can’t have anything do do with politics? But politics has something to do with us! It regulates our lives, tells us what to do and not to do, what to eat and not to eat! Abdicate there? Then you abdicate at the place where life is vitally determined for millions. Purify politics, or it will stain you! (…)

The call to put Christian principles into public life is just as sacred a call as to utter them from a pulpit…Those elected to public office should go with a sense of mission —a sense that they are being sent by God, and with the backing of the prayers and moral convictions of good people.

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Join us this Sunday

I’m happy to announce that we’re having Church@Church this Sunday. This week we’re celebrating St. James, the brother of John who wrote the Gospel. James and John were two of Jesus’ closest friends; they went with him everywhere! We read in scripture that James was murdered by Herod Agrippa I (Act 12:2). To honour St. James, we’ll remember him this week. I will also preach a sermon explaining how to become a Christian and what living as a Christian means. I do this twice a year, and it is a wonderful opportunity to invite your family and friends.

So come, join us as we worship the the triune God together. Here’s the announcement:
Church @ Church this Sunday—the 24th July at 10:00am

In case you missed it, you can find the service from last week by clicking HERE or from the previous week.

Don’t Forget:
This Sunday, after the service, we’re going to have our Picnic Pot-Luck in the parking lot of the church under the shade of the trees. Bring lots of food to share. Remember, however, that the forecast is for hot weather, so make sure you can keep your food cool before you bring it out for the picnic. This is another opportunity to invite your family and friends to church. Of course everyone is welcome!
If you have any further questions about these events, or anything else for that matter, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you Church.
Stay vigilant and prayerful.
Love each other deeply and keep Jesus at the very centre of everything you do.
Blessings on all you do.

The peace of our Lord,

Peter Klenner
Bishop and Pastor
All Saints Community Church
Crescent Beach

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The YouTube chats by Pastors Giulio & Lina Gabeli

Dear friends in Christ,

The 2022 BC Christian Ashram talks were such a blessing.  You are encouraged to watch them and pass them on to others.
Here are the Youtube links your excellent talks with subtitlles:
#1 Opening Talk by Giulio Gabeli 
 #2 First Talk by Lina Gabeli 
#3 Giulio Gabeli: Thy Will Be Done on This Earth
#4 Lina Gabeli: The Goodness of God’s Will for Us
#5 Giulio & Lina Gabeli Leading the BC Christian Ashram Healing Service https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA5NrQKuaVM
#6 Guilo Gabellio: Living in the Atmosphere of Heaven’s Will
7# Catherine Morris’ Witness at the BC Christian Ashram retreat
8# Ed Hird leading the BC Christian Ashram Communion & Commissioning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0D_VUxl41w

Ed Hird, Director