The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

At this time last year, I knew that my one word for 2018 would be a phrase prompted by this wonderful painting by Linda Klippenstein: Walking Strong in the Spirit. Walking Strong in the Spirit has been a great focal point for me in the past year: as I've continued to write and celebrated the … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Given the choice between reading a book that is new to me and one that I've read before, I would most likely choose the new one. After all there are so many books to read, and so little time! But I made an exception recently and re-read Hannah Hurnard's classic Hinds' Feet on High Places. The … Continue reading From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Walking Strong in the Spirit

Well before the start of 2018, I knew that my "one word" for this year would actually be five words that form one phrase: Walking Strong in the Spirit That's the title of this striking new painting by Abbotsford artist Linda Klippenstein, which I received as a special gift this last year. Last January, the … Continue reading Walking Strong in the Spirit

Hobbies With a Purpose

Hobby (noun) - an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. Hobbies are important to who we are and how we function as individuals and communities. How do our hobbies express our connections with God’s creation?  How do they help us celebrate our own uniqueness? How do they enable us to relate to others? When Purpose magazine issued this … Continue reading Hobbies With a Purpose

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Do What Is You – the Best Advice from Robert Bateman

The back-of-the-book promo announced: Artist and naturalist Robert Bateman's long-awaited memoir--intimate and visually stunning, with original artwork. Inside and out, Life Sketches by Robert Bateman (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2015) is a beautiful book, from the richly coloured cloth cover on the outside to the sketches and colour photos that appear throughout its pages. And just like … Continue reading Do What Is You – the Best Advice from Robert Bateman

So Much To Be Thankful For!

Yo tengo tanto para agradecer! In the words of our song with the children on Thanksgiving Sunday, I have so much to be thankful for! Our Thanksgiving worship display illustrated that beautifully by featuring foods and recipe books from around the world. Thank you to everyone who contributed and who so lovingly put together this … Continue reading So Much To Be Thankful For!

Is a Hidden Faith Just as Genuine as the Faith of a Martyr?

We admire those willing to die for what they believe, and we pay attention to the last words of those we admire. The book, Martyrs Mirror, consists primarily of final messages from Christians in jail, joyfully waiting to die for their faith. - Introduction to Martyrs Mirror I've generally thought of martyrdom as "the ultimate act of … Continue reading Is a Hidden Faith Just as Genuine as the Faith of a Martyr?

Wishing You a “Mary” Christmas

In view of Mary's special role as the mother of Jesus, she received a special name in the early church. Theotokos combines two Greek words: Theo which means God, and tokos which means one who bears or who gives birth. So Theotokos means “God bearer,” for Mary quite literally brought God into the world by giving birth … Continue reading Wishing You a “Mary” Christmas