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My personal vision statement
Therefore there is now no condemnation for
those who are in Christ Jesus, because through
Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. - Rom 8:1-2
It's June 19, 1984, QPR stadium, London. I am here with thousands to see Luis Palau, evangelist.
Ten years before I was a convinced atheist - certain there was no God and anyone who believed otherwise was in fantasy land.
Luis's message of redemption in Christ convicted me. His cool logic appealed to my engineer's brain. I now wanted to do something with my new faith. Actually it was God who laid His hand on me that night. Luis was His agent.
How wonderful it is that so many people believe in God. If you believe, what could be more important in the universe than He, since He made it? If you knew someone was in danger, but didn't do anything to save them, how would you feel? If you know Jesus, but not how to show others how important he is, are you being true to yourself? Don't just have a nominal belief in God. Find out more! Your whole future depends on it. By the way, a good start to finding out about these things is The Alpha course. Check it out.
The Billy Graham Mission to Ottawa took place June 25 - 28, 1998. For many, and certainly for me, life will not be the same from then on. I commend all activity of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
In 1997 I took the Alpha course at Trinity Presbyterian, Kanata. Wow! Am I glad I joined Alpha. Here's a good description. I then helped as a group leader at the next Trinity Alpha course in February 1998, and in Nov / Dec 98 co-led the first Alpha at Glen Cairn United Church. Do Alpha, whatever step of the faith ladder you are on. It will really make a difference in your life.
The Heart of Ottawa Mission, Sept 16 - 20, 2000, brought Affinity Group Evangelism to Ottawa led by evangelists Leighton Ford and Lon Allison. This was a rare chance to invite pre-Christian friends to any of the Common interest groups. I had joined the Christian Businessmen's Committee earlier in the year and my suggestion to host an affinity group with Lon Allison as speaker was followed through.
After convinced atheism in my 20's, (following on from a Christian childhood) God found me around 1975, and started me on my Faith Journey beginning with a jolt in the area of prophecy, and culminating with Luis Palau's Mission to London, which I first visited 19 June 1984. It was from Luis that I received the basic grounding in my beliefs today. He undertook another mission in UK in 1998.
I am Church of England (= Anglican) and since coming to Canada in 1987 have worshipped mainly in the United Church of Canada, until June 2002. Laurie-Ann, my wife, is an evangelical charismatic, worshipping before our June 1999 marriage mainly in Woodbridge Presbyterian Church, Vaughan, near Toronto. She has previous background in the United Church, Baptist and Vineyard.
I held the chairs of Worship and also of Stewardship at Glen Cairn United Church, Kanata, and was webmaster. I occasionally preached when the minister was away. Laurie-Ann worshipped at GCUC for a year and helped introduce contemporary music very occasional. Sheila Currie-Alder originally suggested I set up an IP Area on Freenet, and this grew first into "Kanata Churches," following which I developed the GCUC web site, also on NCF.
The then moderator of the United Church of Canada, Rt. Revd. Bill Phipps, caused a stir November '97 here in Ottawa when he elaborated publicly about his personal faith - or lack of it - in some of the traditional beliefs of Christianity such as the virgin birth, the resurrection and the full divinity of Christ. This sparked a national discussion both inside and outside church circles, and fired with my enthusiasm from the Alpha course, I set up the Moderator Web Site to chronicle the debate, which attracted a fair amount of feedback.
As a delayed reaction to the Phipps effect and the influence of freemasonry in GCUC I decided to leave the United Church in 2002 and after a telephone survey of most of the Kanata churches decided to come home to my roots and join Laurie-Ann at St. Paul's Anglican. June 9th was the first time we had driven to our regular church together in two years. It was a warm feeling, though I have very fond memories of the folk at GCUC.
I was introduced to some of the research being done on apparent subliminal coding in the Bible though a program on 100 Huntley Street when the Grant Jeffrey, the author of "The Signature of God" was interviewed. Dr Jeffrey Satinover and others have further researched this, some refuting the previous claims. The movie The Omega Code on the same subject is already the most successful Christian movie ever. L-A and I watched it on our first night on our New Orleans holiday on 6 April 2001 where it was in the timeshare video library. We have since viewed "Megiddo" - Omega Code II - on DVD in March 2002, available from your local video store, and enjoyed it a lot. Interesting to compare these with "Left Behind" another very successful end times film which we had seen on DVD, and was the first of the "Left Behind" series of books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.
The most common objection I face when speaking to non-believers is that to quote the Bible to them makes no sense. They don't believe in the Bible. So it seemed to me that in my own personal defence of the truth of Christianity I should avoid basing my arguments on what the Bible says. Maybe my words would then be more acceptable. Later, when people want to know more detail, we introduce them to the incredible riches that make up the old and new testaments. I have use the medium of literary criticism to develop my logical arguments fot the truth of Christianity, although of course it can never be scientfically proved. Firstly I criticised the book The Truth Seeker, which came out in 2012, and is written by my son James. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Read my criticism here. In discussion with James as I read his book and suggested I might review it, he bargained that I should watch the Bill Mahar documentary Religulous. So I did, and have also reviewed it here. These reviews will extend and improve as I receive other insights.
Have you tapped into the incredible power of prayer?
I love Christian music, traditional and modern, from hymns via gospel to Christian contemporary pop and rock. CHRI-FM 99.1 here in Ottawa has really boosted my love for this genre.
I took the Ottawa Pastoral Care Course in 1994, and served as a Pastoral Care Team member at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Kanata.
Something new and exciting! Marketplace Ministries.com of Dallas places chaplains in companies and businesses in many cities, including Ottawa. Chaplains spend several hours a week chatting to staff on their concerns, helping them with stress, and providing a Christian perspective if appropriate. Military chaplains have been doing this forever. Industry is catching on. This bucks the trends for faith symbols and practices to be removed from society.
I want to commend the vital
work of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, whom you can hear most days on
hundreds of North American radio stations. She visited
Ottawa on Sunday May 3, 1998. I have listen to Dr. Laura's
phone-in program frequently, and believe that single handedly she's
doing the work of churches (all churches/synagogues; she's Jewish) for the
of today's generation, who didn't have the privilege of growing up in a
religious environment, and she's doing a
good job teaching morality.
Links to items of renewal, evangelism, faith, etcDisclaimer: Although the sites below are selected because their content seems to me to me based on pure Christianity, some links could conceivably lead to less savoury destinations. Should you find such a link that is not helpful, I would appreciate your feedback.
Evangelism and outreach
Ottawa missions to addicts, low income and homeless
Marketplace and campus evangelism
Churches and schools
Christian media: - Magazines, Movies, TV, Radio, Web
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