Welcome to our new blog.   The staff will be using this space to share our thoughts and insights on the current sermon series, personal readings, and congregational campaigns like 60 Days of Prayer and ASKing.    We will also, occasionally, use the blog to tell stories and celebrate what is going on in different ministries in the church.    We pray that God will use this forum to inspire and encourage us all to dig deep into His Word, devote ourselves more fully to prayer, and continue to grow in faith.

To begin, I’d just like to recap a few resources that we have suggested for you over the last few weeks as you grow and stretch your faith.

  1. Prayer Devotional Booklet, available from The Connection Centre or by asking the office.   This is a resource to be used on your own or with your children as you help them develop a stronger prayer life.    It includes almost 30 days of different prayers.
  2. Praying the Bible, by Donald S. Whitney, recommended by Kerri Nickel                     “This little book is explosive and powerful.” R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    When you pray, does it ever feel like you’re just saying the same old things about the same old things? Offering us the encouragement and the practical advice we’re all looking for, Whitney, best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, outlines an easy-to-grasp method that has the power to transform our prayer lives: praying the words of Scripture. Simple, yet profound, Praying the Bible will prove invaluable as you seek to commune with your heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.  Search online to order a copy and/or sign up for a free 5-day email course on praying the Bible at https://www.crossway.org/praythebible/.
  3. Movie:  War Room – Discover the power of prayer through this compelling drama with humour and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. This will be for you two hours well spent.   It is available to borrow from the office. 
  4. Scriptures to Start Your Day – This is a bookmark of 15 scriptures that you can pray through one at a time.   You will go through them twice in a month, and it’s a great way to commit them to memory.  They are available at The Connection Centre or from the office.
  5. Journalling – Don’t forget to journal when you pray and keep a record of the ways that God has been faithful in answering your prayers.    When you hit a rough patch, you can look back and know that God has been faithful in your life.

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”

Lamentations 3

There is more than one way to pray, and I hope that you will explore prayer and find a way that is comfortable for you that can become a regular routine.  You may, like me, find that your routine becomes a constantly changing prayer life.    However you decide to do it, God will be thrilled to hear from you.

How do you like to pray?  What new way have you embraced lately?  What new way are you feeling called to try?   Feel free to share in the comments and be an encouragement to others!

Hope Pawlak