CliffsNotes – January 19, 2021

PRAYER CHECK-IN As you know, in the FMCIC 3-Year Ministry Plan, prayer is a major focus. The goal is to help us rediscover what it means to be a movement of prayer, with each local Church being a “house of prayer”. Each local Church is to have appointed a liaison person and these “Prayer Point […]

CliffsNotes – January 12, 2021

Humility, grace, peace and love Apart from all that is going on in the news, it is the intensity of the confusion, anger, judgement, hate, and gloom that are causing me to experience a cosmic sadness. I just read an intensely angry and threatening note to one of our Churches about their “involvement” in a […]

CliffsNotes – January 5, 2021

What’s in store for 2021? Clearly, the Church has to pay attention to what happened in 2020, and how we must shift accordingly in 2021. I like this definition from Goggle: shift is “a slight change in position, direction, or tendency”. As Methodists it should be in our corporate soul – the ability to shift […]

CliffsNotes – December 15, 2020

  For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6   MEDIA CONNECTIONS  Church Health Thursdays – This Advent Season: News […]

CliffsNotes – December 8, 2020

I’m looking at my Christmas tree. Each Christmas we give our children an ornament from a special moment, adventure or achievement that year. Our tree tells our family story. There are tiny graduates, a soldier, driver’s licenses, sports figurines, compasses (engraved with a verse and reminder about “home”), bells (engraved with a Bible verse), camping […]

CliffsNotes – December 1, 2020

“It is my right to sing in worship, as a Canadian!” Perhaps, but does it matter? What I mean, of course, is that you have Christian family all over the world living in closed states which do not offer this freedom. Take a moment to remember how our brothers and sisters in closed countries approach […]

CliffsNotes – November 24, 2020

Last weekend I was with the Smith Falls FM for Pastor Aaron’s induction service. It was good to be there in person. Of course, when I arrived early the worship team was playing, I assumed they were practicing, but when I finally paid attention amongst all the happy greetings I was enjoying with people, I […]

CliffsNotes – November 18, 2020

Leaders pay attention to two events this week: Prayer Summit and Soul Care Retreat. Pastors please make sure that your Prayer Point Person or a rep is present this Thursday as we discuss the nuts and bolts of developing a prayer ministry. This is a free event on Thursday evening (be sure to register here). […]

CliffsNotes – November 10, 2020

If I were to ask you to pray right now, how would you begin your prayer: “Dear _______…”? Funny how we have a ‘go-to’ name, even though the Bible is filled with wonderful names for God. Take a moment and list names for God in the Bible. Take your time, and do this not as […]

CliffsNotes – November 3, 2020

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14). To be clear, “persecution” here is describing the hostility, and ill-treatment that early believers experienced simply for being Jesus-followers. It is the word for what your brothers and sisters in Christ experience in many countries today – persecution is one of the biggest […]