It’s been over four hundred years since Shakespeare wrote the words, “To thine own self be true.” A more updated version reads, “Be true to yourself.” We all get the gist, right? Being a people pleaser is a barren and tiresome...Read more
My son is a competitive swimmer and that means that he trains almost every day at the
Kinsmen Sports Centre. Recently he made the observation that each year in January he sees a
significant increase in people coming to the Kinsmen Centre but this wave of new enthusiastic
people predictably drops off fairly quickly. We all know what it’s like to make those resolutions to
start the new year off on the right note and sign-up again to work out regularly or lose the
holiday weight gain.
While many people make various resolutions, I have also found that more...
The 2019 election has come to an end. Millions of political conversations have happened; millions of Canadians have voted; millions of Tweets have been written. There are many statistics that could be mentioned and discussed, but perhaps one of the most important statistics, from a Christian perspective, is how many people prayed?
From October 7-12, 2019, House of Prayer Edmonton had the genuine honor of hosting a prayer gathering called The Assembly. It was made up of 45 churches and ministries working together in a single location, taking 2-hour...Read more
It’s election time here in Canada! October 21, 2019 will be the day when Canadians choose their new Member of Parliament and so we find ourselves in the midst of another election campaign. As Christians we have an important responsibility given to us in Scripture to “pray for all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Offering prayers on behalf of our government leaders is something that we are supposed to do on a regular basis; however, it is especially important when the country is poised to decide who will form the next government.
House of Prayer Edmonton is very excited to host...Read more
Recently we were looking at the Lord’s Prayer during our daily devotional prayer time and I would like to share a few thoughts about it.
The bible doesn’t specifically say this but I believe Jesus developed this ‘prayer’ language - Matt.6:9-13, at an early age, certainly before age 12. Because he was talking with the teachers in the temple and they were astonished at his understanding and Jesus said to His mom and dad - “ Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? Luke 2:46-49. This shows He had a relationship with His Heavenly Father. So I think He developed this at a very...Read more
Many times I’ve felt that I would be more “successful” in my walk with God if Jesus were with me in person. I want to physically walk and talk with Him. My logic goes something like this, “If Jesus were standing right in front of me, I could just ask Him what he wanted me doing in any particular situation and He would simply tell me. I could actually have a conversation with Him!” Jesus seems to see things differently. In John 16:7 Jesus was talking to his disciples and said, “It is actually best for you that I go away because if I don’t, the Counsellor won’t come. If I do go away,...Read more
We sometimes hear about leaning into His heart so I want to explore a bit about what it actually means to lean into His heart. He calls us to develop an awareness of, and sensitivity to, His touch and moving within us. From a physical perspective I have developed a skill over the years where I can put my fingers on someone’s shoulder, feel their centre of gravity, and move them around with my fingers in spite of them trying to maintain their balance. It may seem like a neat trick but it works because over time I have cultivated a deep awareness of how my body parts can function as an...Read more
Figuratively speaking, you know we have a God who looks over the balcony of heaven to see what we are up to. He really does want to participate in our lives - the ordinariness of it all.
So I thought I would share a few of them.
I was driving to work one snowy morning, nearing the windy part of Groat Road, when I had the urge to pray in tongues. I hadn’t been praying very long- a minute or two when the person in front of me suddenly changed lanes. There in front of me was a deer, running. He had probably come up from the river valley. I didn’t hit him, all was ok. Now wasn’t...
I am a worshiper. I attend church services, conferences and small groups. I sing and pray with the best of them. During one particularly enlightening counseling session I was confronted with the truth that what I most feared, avoided and gave power to in my life was pain. The fear of pain and the avoidance of pain dominated a large part of my thought life and heart. I hadn’t been aware of it but once the counselor verbalized it I knew it was true. I had lived to protect myself. At a different point in my story someone had said – you believe that there are more units of pain than there are...Read more