Shame, Surrender and the Lumberjack

A few weeks ago, when I was in prayer, I saw Jesus walk across a field, in plaid lumberjack clothes and work boots, with a huge shiny axe on His shoulders.  Before Him was a massive tree, 200 feet tall and at least 10 feet thick, towering high against the blue sky. Etched in giant […]

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Dear Deb

  Last January, my friend was in hospital for six long weeks undergoing a bone marrow transplant.  I didn’t know how to help or encourage and feeling helpless, I stumbled into Faith Family Bookstore and asked a clerk for some help. “Do you have anything for someone going through cancer, that isn’t preachy or churchy?” […]

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The Thrill Ride

A few months ago, as I was enjoying time with the Lord during Sunday service, suddenly, Jesus showed up in a vision before me. To my surprise, Jesus whisked the kids and I to the top of a fresh virgin snow-covered mountain to enjoy the awe and glory of His creation.  Amazed, we gasped at […]

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The Race

Here is a story about a boy and his brother.  A story about running a race for the love of a brother, rather than the love of winning. A story about champion boys, rightly named Kid Athletes of 2012 by Sports Illustrated because they race for the love of family, for the dignity of a […]

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The Art of God Watching

I do not look for God like an avid bird-watcher, clutching journal, Collins Bird Guide, binoculars and camera. Instead, I clutch His Word,  lay hold of it as life-breath and read it with a reaching, expecting, blinding thirst that pleases.  Most days, the long drink at that well satisfies and I leave that place stronger. […]

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Rise of the Guardians

Basking like a lizard on a sun-drenched bench overlooking an ice-crusted pond, I sit here in Chapters surrounded by books of every size, subject and passion, reflecting on the artist’s privilege to illuminate, teach and inspire. Today, it is “The Rise of the Guardians” movie which has caught my gaze.“Rise of the Guardians” is an image-rich […]

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Dibs!

Mark Ellwood, our beloved pastor at Heights Community Church, has been preaching up a storm on the gospel of grace.  To sum up the inherent grace we can all enjoy through Jesus Christ, with strong South African gusto, Mark boldly announced, “You see, My Father has dibs on me!”  Like the pelican in Nemo, throughout […]

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The Power of Sight

I love this video.  The power of words to change perception, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage is unlimited.  Likewise, words can incite hatred, war, prejudice, tear apart a marriage, crush a child’s hopes.  All of us have encountered the power of words in our lives. Yesterday, I encountered the power of words differently.  I […]

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A Mighty Rushing Encounter

Here is Angus Buchan’s firsthand account of this amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit of God at the Ein Gedi Feast of Tabernacles Sunday September 30, 2012 hosted by the International Christian Assembly Jerusalem Dear Friends The young man that accompanied me on my trip to Israel, after experiencing the phenomenon that I am about to […]

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