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 […]

CliffsNotes – October 27, 2020

Your Board of Administration and the National Leadership team met this weekend (Friday and Saturday) by Zoom. We received 2 major reports: one from the task force examining our movement’s commitment to women in leadership, and the other from the task force considering FMCIC’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. We decided to spend another session […]

CliffsNotes – October 20, 2020

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” This is attributed to Augustine, and I hope that it is true for FMCIC. The fascinating cultural phenomenon is that “essentials” are debatable. Another old adage, this time from a US politician, “you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to […]

CliffsNotes – October 13, 2020

Hi my friends, Our pastors and delegates have much reading to do in order to prepare for the meeting this Saturday, so I will not contribute to the reading load. Also remember the National Prayer Summit this Thursday evening – please register in order to join us for the 1.5 hour event. Bishop Cliff MEDIA […]

CliffsNotes – October 6, 2020

Prayer & Prayerfully Prepared Services “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus We have a few “rest” opportunities for you in the next few months! Obviously, the Saturday October 17 General Conference meeting is not a rest time, and perhaps you feel a little tired […]