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The Whistler Experience

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Why do so many Greater Vancouver residents love to hang out at Whistler? For some, it is the skiing, others the bike riding, and some the water sports.  There seems to be something for everyone’s interests.  Since the building of the Sea to Sky Highway for the 2010 Olympics, Whistler has been transformed into a year-round recreational experience.   We recently spent a week in Whistler that we were given for free as part of trading our car in two years ago at the local Auto Mall.  All of our three adult children, their spouses, and grandchildren joined us for part of that relaxing week.   We particularly enjoyed the peaceful walks through Whistler Village, the delicious restaurants, and the creative playgrounds for our grandchildren.

Whistler was originally called London Mountain, a name later dropped because of its associations with dreary weather in London England.  It was given the name ‘Whistler’ in the 1960s because of the whistling, chirping sounds of the local marmot squirrels.  While at Whistler, I celebrated my sixty-third birthday.  As a Whistler birthday present, my wife fittingly bought me John Grisham’s new book The Whistler.  Ken Follett has called Grisham ‘the best thriller writer alive.’  His books have sold hundreds of millions of copies.  Reading Grisham’s Whistler renewed my long-term enjoyment of Grisham’s twenty-nine legal thrillers.  Whistler takes us into the life of a corrupt judge who is making a killing, literally, off casino corruption in Florida.  The Whistler in this story is not a chirping marmot, but rather an undercover whistle-blower who forces a reluctant bureaucracy to finally do the right thing.  Grisham, who has a strong Judeo-Christian faith, is passionate about the rule of law and the protection of justice, all which are key values for any healthy society.  Without an impartial judiciary, everyone suffers.  Without consequences for breaking the law, anarchy rules.  Janet Maslin, in a New York Times review, commented that Grisham “is at heart an optimist who believes that wrongs can be ferreted out and righted.” Grisham, said Maslin, has fought harder for truth and justice than anyone this side of Superman.  The most important event in his life, says Grisham, was when he accepted Jesus into his life: “I was eight years old. We lived in Arkansas at the time. Back then, my father often worked seven days a week. My mother had us bathed and scrubbed and in church every Sunday. She’s a devout Christian. I came under conviction when I was in the third grade, and I talked with my mother. I told her, ‘I don’t understand this, but I need to talk to you.’ We talked, and she led me to Jesus. The following Sunday I made a public confirmation of my faith. In one sense, it was not terribly eventful for an eight-year-old, but it was the most important event in my life. It did not readily change me, but it was very real nonetheless.” Grisham’s personal faith has led him to teach Sunday School and do mission service in Brazil to those who often suffer from injustice.

The preamble in our Canadian constitution expresses our commitment as Canadians to the rule of law and the supremacy of God.  If anyone can function above the law, no one is safe.  The supremacy of God reminds us that everyone of us needs to be accountable for our actions.  Every one of us needs to do the right thing.  The Ten Commandments were summarized by Jesus as essentially about loving God and loving our neighbour.  Love is about doing the right thing, the Christ-like thing, even when it may be hard.  The Whistler in Grisham’s novel paid a huge price to do the right thing.  May we too as believers have the courage to do the right thing, no matter the cost.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the October 2017 Deep Cove Crier and Light Magazine

-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. 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

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

 

 

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Praying for ‘Canada on Track’

Dear friends in Christ,
On this summer of Canada’s 150 Anniversary, let’s believe together for the discipling of the Nation of Canada. Let’s believe for awakening and revival across our land as we battle for the soul of Canada. Let’s pray for Mark Redner and team as they prayerfully cross by train  with Canada on Track from East Coast to West Coast this summer. 
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This is an opportunity to make HISTORY. To change the climate of Canada for the glory of God. God is about to do something amazing and you definitely don’t want to miss it.
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St. John’s  – flying
Charlottetown – flying
Halifax, NS to Moncton, NB – Sat July 15, 2017 (time TBA)
Moncton, NB to Montreal, QC – Wed July 19, 2017, @  17:32 PM
Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON – Sun July 23, 2017 (departure options available)
Gatineau, QC/Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON –  options available
Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MB – Tue Aug 1, 2017, @ 22:00 PM
Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK – Thurs Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:45 AM
Saskatoon, SK to Edmonton, AB – Mon Aug 14, 2017 @ 22:20 PM
Edmonton, AB to Vancouver, BC – Tues Aug 22, 2017 @ 7:37 AM
Vancouver, BC – return home following the last meeting
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The Flying Gaglardis of CLA

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Image result for Phil Gaglardi

On this 150th Celebration of Canada, we remember a remarkably dynamic couple, Phil and Jen (nee Sandin) Gaglardi.  Jen with her co-worker Laurene Schneider (Drury) started the 80-year old Christian Life Assembly (CLA) megachurch in 1937 with street meetings in front of Fullers Meat Market in Langley. Jen played guitar while Laurene led the singing with her accordion.  Jen’s favorite scripture which she quoted at every street meeting was ‘Seek ye the Lord while he may be found.  Call upon Him while he is near.’  They invited onlookers to evening meetings at a rented Sunday School hall.  Initially no one turned up.  Finally one or two would join them. Eventually many more would follow.  Eleanor Mark, their first convert, said “The Lord honours small beginnings that have been watered with tears, much hard work, and faithfulness.”  Claude Adams, who played his accordion at the street meetings, said that ‘you couldn’t say no to Jennie’.

Phil & Jeannie Gaglardi, 1971Someone else who couldn’t say no to the Swedish Jennie was Phil Gaglardi, who later became known as King of the Road as BC Highway minister under Premier WAC Bennett.  Of Italian Roman Catholic background, he came to personal faith in Christ through Jennie’s earlier ministry in Mission BC.  Phil had been a hard-drinking logger and construction worker who would fight at the drop of a hat.  Jen particularly appreciated Phil’s ability to both preach and fix their Model ‘A’ Ford.  She agreed to marry Phil on the condition that he became an ordained minister as well. “My mother was the drive behind my father,” son Bob Gaglardi remembers. “It’s hard to understand that considering how strong a personality my Dad was. She was the boss at the end of the day, but she allowed my father to be at the forefront.” Phil and Jen were both passionate about missions, prayer, and revival: “Are we calling for fasting and prayer? We know that we need a revival more than all others know. Come! Let us break up the fallow ground.  This is a clarion call to prayer and consecration.  Let us move forward on our knees.  Pray as you have never prayed before for revival! Revival! Revival!”

Image result for Christian Life Assembly LangleyA major breakthrough for CLA occurred in 1942 when the Gaglardis brought in Dr. Charles Price for a series of meetings, described by Dr. Price as ‘the most outstanding he had ever seen in all of his ministry throughout the world’.  Phil and Jennie Gaglardi went on in 1943 to pastor a booming congregation in Kamloops.  Jennie’s cofounder Laurene and her husband Bill Drury became the second-generation Pastoral Couple at CLA.  Phil Gaglardi was elected as a Kamloops MLA in 1962, serving for twenty years as the Minister of Highways. He miraculously spent five days a week at the Legislature while still leading a thriving congregation two days a week.  Phil established the BC Ferry Service, the Deas Island Tunnel, and the Rogers Pass. Gaglardi Way, a major thoroughfare in Burnaby, British Columbia connecting the Trans-Canada Highway to Simon Fraser University, is named for him.  In his rushing back between Victoria and Kamloops by car and plane, he became known as Flying Phil, perhaps because of a number of speeding tickets.  Jennie had an amazing gift of ministering to children, birthing burgeoning Sunday Schools in both Langley and Kamloops, with a fleet of eleven buses to pick up 9000 children, the largest in Canada at the time.  Phil, while pouring more blacktop than any other politician in the world, also managed to help plant new churches throughout the province.  He ironically said: “If there are two things I hate in life, it is a minister of the gospel and a politician, and I ended up being both.” Whatever Phil did in church life or politics, he did it fast and got tImage result for Phil Gaglardihe job done.  Phil and Jen never let the naysayers stop them.  Phil saw his duty to keep the highways “in such shape that motorists will avoid the language which would deny them access to the highway to heaven.” What an amazing team that Phil and Jen were!  May they inspire us to fly to the altar of revival.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the Light Magazine

-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. 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

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