World Hunger week 2: God is at work!

On Sunday, October 27, 2013 Christ Community Church continued in a World Hunger Campaign using material provided by World Renew. Pastor Chelsey was joined by Ron and Lauris Fuller, members of our community that regularly volunteer with World Renew. Together, they shared parallel stories of God at work from Scripture and the modern world, specifically looking at Acts 6.1-7, 2 Kings 4.1-7, Isaiah 41.17-20, and the story of Joseph in Genesis. You can hear their conversation “World Hunger Campaign Part 2” on our website (or search for it in the archives).

World Renew provides a number of stories of how God is at work through their organization on their website. To get you started, check out “Making Dreams a Reality: Village Savings and Lending in Malawi.”

After the service, our community ate a ration meal together. While we ate a simple bowl of rice and beans, we answered together a number of questions about the experience. To be guided through something similar, check out the following guide.

Do you think that you understand hunger? Canadian Foodgrains Bank explains the difference between acute hunger (what we normally think of) and malnutrition as hunger in “What is hunger?”

Next week we’ll be sharing a number of resources of ways to show and give love.

 

This post is a continuation in a series that relates to Sunday morning worship services at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It share ideas and stories about world hunger.

Abide in and with love

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he aides in them.
-I John 3.23-24a

 

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, we began a three week World Hunger campaign through World Renew. To learn more and to find resources, visit the World Hunger site.

Pastor Chelsey shared a message from I John 3.11-24 about abiding in God’s love. To hear “World Hunger Campaign Part I” visit our church’s current series website (or search the archives.)

The word “abide” means to have a memory or feeling that lasts– that doesn’t fade away. Take the time to read “Dad loves Ellie” and reflect on how God’s love abides and spreads.

What about ways to show love and that you abide in Christ? Take a cue from the “5 Love Languages of Leviticus.”

Continue to reflect with, “What Does Fruitful Look Like?”

 

This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It shares teachings and ideas about God’s love, service and aid.

Sunday Follow-Up: Practicing Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Sunday, guest speaker Peter Sinclair shared a message at Christ Community Church from Philippians 4 entitled, “Practicing Thanksgiving.” Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties recording the message.

Peter talked about how true, noble, reasonable, and godly giving thanks is. He encouraged each of us to write or express gratitude to at least two people who have been used by God to shape us throughout our lifetime.

Here are two stories about expressing thanks at work, and thanking a stranger for being kind. Both are light-hearted and highlight a very interesting design plan by the Creator: giving thanks makes us happy.

Don’t believe so? Watch this video. (warning: there is a minor incident of PG language)

This post is a follow-up to a message preached by Peter Sinclair at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on Sunday October 13, 2013. It provides encouraging stories and information about giving thanks and being grateful.

It’s Thanksgiving, eh!

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Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. More than just a day off of work or school, it’s a holiday that reminds us of what motivates everything in our lives: thankfulness to God.

But the holidays aren’t always easy– juggling in-laws and schedules, strained family relationships, steering clear of hot-button issues… Russell has some ideas on dealing with family tensions at the holidays in a godly manner.

Does listing the things you are thankful for make you feel childish? Does thanking God for rainbows and ice cream seem too trivial? Jean shares how she worked through this issue to see the blessing of counting your blessings, naming them one by one… Read more in: “Thanksgiving: it’s not trivial.”

Finally, Ann shares 15 ideas for parents to encourage and teach thankfulness to their kids.

Married people’s work

When you’re married, you have the joy of an intimate relationship. Sometimes, though, that relationship takes a little work to cherish the love and to reach understanding.

Take, “It’s Not About the Nail” for instance:

Use “Home Improvement Project” to think through the way you are communicating with your partner.

Or, consider these findings about the power of prayer on intimate relationships.

Looking for a resource to use? Check out this review of the book How to Turn Your Marriage Around in 10 Days by Philip Wagner. It just may be the sort of thing you’re looking for.

 

This post share stories, resources, and ideas on how to improve communication between married partners.