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Emmanuel : God With Us

Part 1

We live in uncertain times. It seems that the world is heading into a greater time of instability than the current generation has experienced before. And it’s on that note, that so many felt that 2016 could not end sooner, in hopes that 2017 might bring better news and better days.
We hope that the weather gets better. We hope for happier times. We hope things improve. But hope, without action, can just be empty notions. You can hope to get a job, but you also have to put in work. You can hope to lose weight, but you have to put in the effort. The hope for the future, doesn’t just happen. It needs action.

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Nomads, Exile, and Alienation

Over the past few months, I’ve read articles debating the difference between immigrants and expats. The questions of refusing or receiving refugees. The place of foreign workers in countries, and problem of sending them back where they came from. I read a dissertation from a friend about the philosophical problem of alienation, and am eager to read another dissertation on the question of inclusion.

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Season of Prayer: Day 14

There are different times for us to come together and cry out to God in unity. Let’s enter a specific season of prayer, we corporately pray for God’s leading and provision into a new property for us. Praise Him, because we have exceeded the space in our current building, so let’s ask God where he wants us to go next. This time of prayer will unite our hearts, help us to hear him, and teach us God’s own heart.

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i9:2 – The Pursuit of Happiness

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

i92DataWhat makes you happy? What gives you pleasure? What’s the difference between happiness and joy? For most of us, “living the dream” is something that was mapped out for us — university, work, marriage, kids — but are those the elements that really make us happy? Even in our pursuit and following of God, sometimes happiness seems so elusive.

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Do Justly

A lot has been written about the terrorist attacks in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The death of the journalists and artists has been declared a war against free speech. And any attack against free speech is an attack on freedom and justice. Here in the west, we hold firmly onto the values of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet we live with this awkward tension between the defence of free speech and the defence against hate speech.

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forgetfulness

I think I’m becoming more forgetful as I get older.

I forget where I left my car keys. I forget where I parked my car.
I forgot what time my kids finish school. I forget what days they have activities.
I always forget something on my shopping list. Even when I write it down.
And people over 30 will agree with me, at some point we start forgetting how old we are. (though that might be a deliberate forgetting.)

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Micah 6:8 – 2015 Theme

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
-Micah 6:8

We spend a lot of our time wondering what God’s will is for our lives. I think it’s one of the most common questions people ask me. “What does God want me to do?” And many times it’s a legitimate question. We’re seeking God for his guidance in a particular situation, or wisdom in how to act.

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The Year In Review

Usually, in-between Christmas Day and New Years, I always tell myself I’m going to schedule some time for personal reflection about the past year. But I find I never get around to it. So today at the BCEC, we spent some time personally and corporately reflecting on our past year. I used these 8 questions as guidelines for thought, and encourage you to make some time to go through them as well:

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