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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.

Blessings,

Ed Hird+

p.s. To learn more about our Oikos Project, just click here.


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Nine Lessons and Carols service

This Sunday we celebrated the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It’s a special traditional service called “9 Lessons and Carols.” We lighted the Advent candle of Joy and we read and sang together to tell the story of our Saviour. This year, many of our new church family participated in the service.

Praise the Lord!” 9 Lessons and Carols” is a wonderful service in which friends and family can easily participate. Why not invite them next Sunday morning? I also concluded my 4 week series on the Foundations of the Faith. And as a special treat after the service, we served warm fruit mince tarts and hot spiced apple juice.

We look forward to seeing you next Sunday morning . What a privilege it is to gather with the saints to worship the God-man who came to earth as a little baby! (In case you missed it, here is the recording of our service from last Sunday, the 12th December 2021. You can find the service by clicking HERE.)

Don’t forget our Prayer and Fasting vigil every night at the church at 7:00pm. We’re going to pray and fast until God tells us to stop. You are welcome to join us any night at the church for prayer.

Finally, can I also ask you to continue to pray for Project Oikos—our strategy for paying off our building. Christmas is a time when people make generous donations to the church. Please pray that our friends and neighbours will be generous this season. (If you’d like further information about Project Oikos, don’t hesitate to call me.)

Thanks Church.Stay vigilant and prayerful. Love each other and keep Jesus at the centre of everything you do.Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or needs. Lord willing, I’ll see you soon. Blessings on all you do.

The peace of our Lord,

Peter Klenner

Bishop and Pastor All Saints Community Church, Crescent Beach

604.209.5570






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Sally Start on God’s Firestarters

Here is Sally Start’s Amazon book review for our new God’s Firestarters book. Amazon USA or Amazon Canada
“What an inspirational read! In “God’s Firestarters” my friends, Rev Ed and Janice Hird, have highlighted 20 laid-down lives that God used to fuel revival over the last few hundred years. It is fascinating to learn more details about these godly, yet quite ordinary, men and women, so many of whom have been a personal influence on me in my journey as a Christian.
I commend this book to you as an encouragement to pray for revival in our midst. I was stopped in my tracks to read ‘Out of the ashes of the failed hippy dream emerged the unexpected Jesus Movement’ – a genuine revival of 2 – 3 million – larger than The Great Awakenings. This has encouraged me to redouble my prayers for the self-declared ‘spiritual but not religious’ Millenials. May they encounter Jesus at their festivals! Come Holy Spirit! Awaken hearts! Start another fire we pray.” —Sally Start, former National Alpha Canada Ambassador & Co-ordinator.


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Faytene Grasseschi on God’s Firestarters

Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarters, a great Christmas gift.

You can purchase it at Amazon USA or Amazon Canada

Lena Klassen5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and InspiringReviewed in Canada on November 12, 2021I really enjoyed reading through the book and was quite inspired by the people and their stories. It is encouranging to know that despite their struggles and flaws, they went on to do great things for God. It is a great reminder that having flaws and struggles of my own does not disqualify me from serving in the Kingdom of God. I am thankful to have read this book.

Dorette Calderwood

A historical book featuring twenty chapters of extraordinary Christian’s whose love and obedience of God fostered tremendous fervor and revival in their respective eras. These beautifully written biographies reveal a deeper understanding of the fact that though we are created to swim upstream in our world, with God anything is possible. Could not put this book down.

Faytene Grasseschi

Having known Ed Hird for decades, I have always admired his passion for the Lord, and authentic honour, for those of generations past who have impacted history through their consecration hearts and laid down lives. This book reflects, with vigor, that passion and is nothing short of a treasure chest of revelation and inspiration. Like master excavators, Rev. Ed and Janice Hird have chiseled out of the rock of history gems that reveal what God can do with humble, devoted, individuals — many of whom are profoundly relatable. These stories both inspire and invite each one of us to step into the storyline of history in a way that will echo through eternity, by God’s grace. I believe these pages will leave every open heart aflame with fresh fire and passion!” — Faytene Grasseschi, 4 MY Canada / V-Kol Media / Faytene TV


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Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarter: Violet Nesdoly, Marina Ireland, & Dr. Leonard Sweet

Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarter. It makes a great Christmas present. You can order the ebook or paperback at https://amzn.to/3vrwibu (Canada)or https://amzn.to/3EcQKAg (USA)

Violet Nesdoly, author and painter

https://violetnesdoly.com/

5.0 out of 5 stars

Entertaining and Inspirational

Reviewed in Canada on November 10, 2021Did you know that Katharina was the one who proposed marriage to Martin Luther, that Charles and John Wesley met with scandal and opposition in America, or that John Newton was a bad-tempered, rebellious alcoholic. Ed and Janice Hird reveal these historical bits and many more in their recently released book God’s Firestarters—Preparing Our Families for Coming Revivals.In twenty fast-paced chapters the Hirds delve into the lives and impact of twenty giants of the Christian faith. These stories span centuries from Katharina Luther (1499-1582) and Susanna Wesley (1669-1742) to the 21st century and Chuck Smith (1927-2013), John Wimber (1934-1997), and J. I. Packer (1926-2020).The accounts are tightly written with the abundant corroboration of a Wikipedia profile (there are a total of 717 endnotes). This is testimony to the rigorous research that has gone into each story. That’s a good thing too, for some of these accounts are almost unbelievable in the way God worked—through unlikely people, doing unlikely things, in unlikely places.Though the stories are interesting and many entertaining, the Hirds’ real motivation in writing this book was not merely to relate lively histories, but to spark in readers a desire for more of the same surrender, obedience, faith, and audacity that was present in these revival firestarters. I would say it succeeds.The book concludes with this prayer expressing the heart of the authors: “Wake us up. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Send the fire once again. Revive us, transform us, renew us, refresh us in Jesus’ name. Amen.”A section of Discussion Questions precedes the Endnotes, making this a great choice for Bible study groups or book clubs.

Marina Ireland

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book worth the read!Reviewed in Canada on November 8, 2021This is a wonderful book, well documented and extremely interesting. It is a book that is hard to put down and one that challenges us to aspire for more of Him in our lives and those of our families. Read it – you won’t be disappointed.

Dr. Leonard Sweet, former Dr. E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism

A captivating gift of story-telling wrapped in historical exploration and riveting case-studies that brings out multiple elixirs for revival today and ecclesial empowerment. —Dr. Leonard Sweet, best-selling author (Rings of Fire), professor (George Fox University, Evangelical Seminary, Tabor College), and founder of The Salish Sea Press and preachthestory.com1 CommentLikeCommentShare