EMMANUEL BLOG

New Year, New Me

Recently at a Jr High youth event, Youth Director Jori Dueck presented an excellent talk based out of Ephesians 4:22-24.I’m sharing an overview from my notes because it’s good material for all of us as a new year begins.With the turning of the calendar some of us...

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Book Recommendation for Parents!

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community by Reggie Joiner and Carey NieuwhofThis is an overview of a book that I think would be helpful for parents to read. At the time of this writing, I am working on Chapter 3 of this book with a...

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Do Men Cluck Like Chickens?

I titled this blog, "Do Men Cluck Like Chickens?" because of a strange experience I had in my life many years ago.In 2004 I was part of a team that promoted the work of Youth With A Mission Turner Valley. As part of this responsibility, I often attended mission...

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Fan Into Flame series | Part 4: Tend the Fire

Have you ever built a fire with a group? Last winter our Sr High Youth went on a retreat to Red Rock Bible Camp. One of the activities was an Amazing Race style game with teams doing different events all working towards the final activity which was to build a...

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Swords or Medicine?

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Proverbs 12:18 NIVIn the Bible, the book titled “Proverbs” is a source of many wise sayings. I recently completed a Bible reading challenge called PROvember. You can do it any...

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Fan Into Flame series | Part 2: 10X More Bold

“Are you scared?”“Yes, of course, I am, I’m a parent!”It takes courage to be a parent. It takes courage to be a parent that boldly follows Jesus and speaks up about him. Letting your kids see your fear about this and your desire to grow in boldness could be a powerful...

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Developing a Growth Mindset For Your Family

I’m in the middle of reading a book that I am very excited about. It’s called Mindset by Carol Dweck. The two mindsets she explains and illustrates in the book are a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The fixed mindset is based on the belief that talent and success...

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Leadership Workshop Coming to Emmanuel

Why leadership? In God’s economy, one of the most critical roles in a church is leadership. I have written previously on our blog about that exact topic. It is the leaders of the church that determine the health of a church. They initiate and embed the culture, they...

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Resource Allocation and My Family

How do you decide what is the most important for your family? Families everywhere face the challenge of limited resources and a host of competing priorities that vie for first place. A conversation about resource allocation might help! In my quest to become a better...

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Say “Grace” Like a Superhero

When our kids were small, we made a trip to visit my cousin and his family. Between our two families, there were eight kids and when it came time to eat, craziness ensued! Amid the wriggling, fussing, teasing, and playing it would have been easy to skip the prayer of...

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Being an Incredible (Hulk) Parent

The Incredible Hulk is in my office right now. If you know me, you’re not shocked to hear that I have a variety of action figures, toys, and other immature or unnecessary items in my office. One of these items is a 12-inch tall plastic Hulk. My wife found it for me at...

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Responsibility? What’s That?

Most parents want their children to become adults who are able to take care of things. We often need our kids’ labour to stay on top of daily life by doing chores and learning to work. Some parents try paying an allowance, or other incentives, to urge their kids to...

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Begin Studying Your Bible

Christians should be known as people of one book. Sure, we can read, study, and share other books. But the book we must care about more than all others combined is the Bible. Without knowing it, we too often contribute to the issue of biblical illiteracy. LifeGroups...

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