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Not Playing Games Anymore

  NOTE: This was a piece out of my journal as I was doing listening prayer before the last Prayer Summit. This is what I felt Jesus was saying to me, and have re-written it slightly to reflect how I shared it last Sunday in one of our gatherings. Evangel, we aren't playing games in this business of "kingdom come". This is no walk in the park, you're in the enemy's camp. Sennacherib's army is set against you (2 Chronicles 32),…

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Why You Can’t Focus

Ever wonder why it’s so hard to accomplish things that actually matter? Why your “dreams” don’t come true. Why it feels like your a on a treadmill, worn out all the time and not going anywhere?    Heres a word for ya: F.O.C.U.S.    “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in…

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A Theology of Shiny New Things

We’ve been bashing consumerism in our church lately. I mean, really bashing it. A couple weeks ago I told our church, during a Sunday preach, that you wouldn't go to hell in hand-basket…quickly…for buying a new iPhone every two years. Key word: quickly. And I don’t apologize, 'cause we've become a culture completely given to the acquiring of stuff and more stuff at the expense of others (often third world factory workers). And at the expense of ourselves. Consumerism IS the…

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Need A Good Book?

Recently Tiana and I have moved out of our 1,500 square foot house into a 1970’s 176 square foot motor home for the summer. We have no TV, Netflix, Wii, Xbox or Wifi. So far we enjoy it and as a result, we are finding that we are reading a lot more in our spare time. Anyway, I thought that I would simply share a few of the books that I have been reading over the past few months because…

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Sunday Prayer Hub

We're really excited to be announcing the recent launch of the Sunday Morning Prayer Hub! For years we’ve talked about having a team of people praying throughout the Sunday morning gatherings – now it's reality!! Each Sunday there will be two teams, one for both the 9:30 & 11am gatherings. Teams will consist of anywhere from 6-12 people, with a leader present to give direction throughout the hour. The prayer focus will be for the gathering, those that have gathered, the ministry…

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A Letter to the House

Preliminary Remarks I shared this last Sunday morning with our church community, Evangel. Honestly, it feels almost too personal to throw out on the web, but here goes. The following is what I felt was a personal message for us from Jesus. Most of it I received in a "listening prayer" moment during men's early prayer a couple months ago, and some parts are taken directly from Revelation 2 and 3.  I believe that this letter reflects the heart of…

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Advent Conspiracy = TEN WELLS!!

    This Christmas was unique at Evangel for several reasons:   1)  We actually followed the Advent theme   Tradition is outside-the-box for us.  The usual is unusual.  So we ventured out into the unknown and took a shot at what “real” churches do at Christmas: Advent.     Advent simply entails the arrival of a noteworthy individual.  Obviously, that person is Jesus coming into the world that fateful day over 2000 years ago.  The special significance for us,…

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Prayer Summit – New Year’s Eve

The second event of it's kind at Evangel, where we come together as a house to pray. For years we've been praying in pockets all over our church community – it's amazing, but there's nothing like pulling everyone together under one roof to knock on heaven's door and seek the Kingdom – it IS effective and has mind-blowing results.  Our time together will include whole-gathering prayer and also small group prayer. The evening will kick-off with a time of worship,…

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Grand Opening – November 23

Don't miss this exciting day as we celebrate things God has being doing among us!   9:30 & 11am.  Two special gatherings with Guest Speaker Ken Russell (Langley, BC)   5-7pm.  Banquet Celebration and Opening Ceremony. Bring a dish to share for this massive potluck-style banquet.  During the evening there will be special music, and a brief ceremony celebrating the opening of our new facilities.   After dinner, kick-up your heels on the dance floor.  

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Evangel Family Dance

Come on out for a fantastic, family-friendly evening of dance and music! If you've ever experienced an Evangel dance, you know its a unique environment to connect with friends, laugh a lot, and even get some exercise (think Polka :). $10pp, or $25 per family.

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Evangel Prayer Summit

We're piloting a new idea with this event, where we come together as a capital "H" House and pray. For years we've been praying in pockets all over our church community – it's amazing, but wouldn't it be sweet to pull everyone under one roof at the same time?! Well that's what this is all about, and we sincerely believe that as we pray, it IS effective and has mind-blowing results.   Our time together will include whole-gathering prayer and also…

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Confession and Grace

This morning at church we spent a fair bit of time talking about what confession-of-sin is, and it’s place in a Christian’s life. One of the passages we used was 1 John 1:8-10:  If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and…

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The Absurd Gospel

This summer I got to spend a week speaking at a teen camp called BlueBerry Bible Camp. The series of talks that I had planned went as follows: my story, how to live like a kings kid, Jesus, and so on. While having my quiet time and trying to figure out how this thing called Gospel works and how I can share this story in the simplest and yet most profound way, all of the sudden I came to realize that…

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Delivery Boy Anointing?

David said, "I’ve been a shepherd…" ~ 1 Samuel 17:34 What if the anointing on your life is bigger than the task you’re devoting yourself to 24/7? What if the potential that God has placed inside of you is for something so much greater than what you find yourself doing right now, and will likely find yourself doing tomorrow? It’s just a question. In the pretext to the epic story of David defeating Goliath, we find the hero filling the role…

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Building Blog #21 – Clueless

I’m sitting here in a quiet house, drinking a strong coffee, the day before Evangel’s first Sunday in the new downtown facility. All of the checkboxes have been ticked, occupancy has been granted, final details have been seen too, the stage is set, and we’re good to go. At last. It’s been quite a ride getting to this point (to say the least). We have literally seen a dream become firm reality. Ironically, I’m really not stressed about our tomorrow’s…

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Build the House Report: Silver Lining in the Korean Community!

Came across this super cool story last week, another little silver-lining in this unique season where Evangel has been “homeless”. There’s a Korean community within the Evangel community, though you won’t necessarily see them in our regular Sunday gatherings. They have their own Korean-language meeting after Evangel’s regular Sunday gatherings. Of course, with Build the House, they too found themselves in a place of mobility, and opted to meet in Pastor John’s home. The number of people was relatively small,…

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Latest News & Announcements

Hi House! Hope you’re having an amazing summer. Sara and I just recently returned with our two youngest from a very refreshing time down south. I think it’s almost time to ramp things up again :), and we’re feeling ready for it! A few things: Church in the Park This Sunday (August 24) we will be having church in the park for the second time this year. Centennial Park, 11am. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on! At 1 pm,…

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Serbia Update

As many of you are aware, Evangel is supporting a brand new church in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia.  Paul and Mary Triller are our point people for the project, and will be giving us regular updates on happenings.  Check out the latest from Paul on this exciting opportunity!  You're making a difference!   Greetings Evangel Chapel!   Here’s where you support and prayers are making a difference….   What a great year 2014 has been thus far.  o    An…

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Downtown Revitalization – Christian, please read

Slogan for a recent initiative called Energize Downtown. I’m a pastor in Fort St. John. Have been for 11 years, and frankly, I’m tired of the never-ending stream of negative horsepoop that is spoken over our city, even if it’s only about the weather (how many times do you have to complain about the cold – If you don’t like it, well, leave or something). And of course, the new plan on deck to energize our downtown core is getting…

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The Beauty and Mystery of Life

Miles from civilization, walking along the Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park. I woke up to this one morning on the coast of Olympic National Park in Washington State. Like being submersed in a dream of mythical proportions, a heavy mist lay upon the shore, a quietude broken only by the sound of the waves gentling washing up on the beach, not another living soul in sight. We were on a journey from a trailhead at the meager hamlet called…

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Building Blog #20 – Are we there yet???

Remember asking that question as a kid on long (and even not so long) journeys? I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record to the guys that are front-running Build the House renovations. Are we there yet? The answer is, like it was when I was an 8 year old kid, difficult. We’re definitely moving in the right direction. Almost all of the light fixtures are now installed. Almost all of the flooring has been laid. Almost all of…

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Building Blog #19 – Evangel as a Third Place

Evangel's new facility on 100 Street will likely be known as Evangel Place, a multi-use facility that will serve as a "third" place in our community.           How amiable and warm is your dwelling place. ~ Ps. 84:1 Build the House – Embrace a City has been an incredible journey of discovery for our church community. Learning how to stretch beyond our comfort zones, experiencing a new kind of transience in the in-between, practicing patience with…

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Blended – FSJ Alliance and Evangel in July

Starting on July 6 Evangel will be joining our Alliance friends for Sunday gatherings (in their building) throughout the month of July, and likely into August as we wrap up the 1M renovation of our new facility on 100 Street. Now, if you're dying to hear the back-story, read on. "Let’s do Sunday services together for the month of July!” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Pastor Lloyd of the Alliance Church helping us set up to use…

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Zombie Gospel

A friend of mine, Gabe Voorhees, wrote this a couple days ago. Totally cool approach to the Gospel! Zombies Based on an extensive study of the modern zombie’s evolution over the past half century and on countless interviews with zombie fans and scholars across the globe, here is its definition: The modern zombie is a relentlessly aggressive, reanimated human corpse driven by a biological infection. By breaking down the definition into its component parts, three key elements emerge against which all…

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Evangel and FSJ Alliance Together?!

On July 6, Evangel and the FSJ Alliance Church will be combining their Sunday gatherings for the month of July. Two services: 9:30 & 11am at the Alliance building on 99th Ave. There are several reasons why this is an incredible opportunity: 1) We have a great meeting place for Sundays while we finish our building. This will be a most-welcome-change from the school gymnasium (though we've so appreciated using it – thanks to SD60), and we'll get to hang out with friends too!…

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Egads! – Last Sunday In Central (June 22.14)

A church which pitches its tents without constantly looking for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling. We must play down our longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and experiment.                                ~ Hans Kung (The Church as the People of God) It’s bittersweet.   Most of us would agree that, though our time in the…

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Following Jesus: Brilliant but Dangerous

Following Jesus, is the counter-intuitive, but also brilliantly intuitive approach to life, where you actually believe that you can hear God’s voice and you follow that inner sense of guidance (Holy Spirit), wherever it may lead.  All the while shoring up confirmation in your life by walking in friendship and community with like-minded people, lining up with the unerring plumb-line of God’s Word, and connecting like a body-part to the local church.   But know this, the path is dangerous, narrow, and…

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Evangel Financial Gazette?!

What an awesome day in God’s presence yesterday!!  As we worshipped Jesus together, and gathered around His words to us (thanks for sharing!!), the morning became a living testimony to what it means to let Him shepherd us.  So beautiful. We made this handout available at the back, and I meant to highlight it, but didn’t.  It’s available here (EFG – June 2014), as well as at the church office and Sunday services.     In brief, a monthly “financial”…

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The Fault in Their Stars

You should always check the movies you wanna watch before subjugating yourself (and likely your family) to 2 hours of it.  You’re life is precious – no point wasting it.  Here’s here’s a simple two-step system Sara and I use for pre-checking movies: 1)  Go to pluggedin.com.  This is a Focus on the Family service, that will enable you to quickly decide if a movie is family-friendly and God-honoring.  What I like about this site, is that it’s not overtly…

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No WAY It’s Worth It For a Bigger Building!

I just spent the weekend with a number of great friends who lead churches just like Evangel.  It was a time of encouragement, learning, and accountability: as each of us shared our story – the victories and the struggles.  When my turn came, I shared how  my number one tension in pastoring these days has been coping with the size of the project we are now in (Build the House).  Of course that included accommodating growth, meeting deadlines, raising finances, interim…

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A Prophetic Picture of Build the House

There are no simple coincidences.   That’s how we all felt about an opportunity that came our way a couple years ago.  I’d met this short-in-stature, huge-in-spirit Oaxacan pastor in Mexico.  He needed a new church building, and badly, so Evangel picked up the baton and ran with it.  We pooled resources, assembled a team, and headed down in the fall of 2012.  It was the fastest church-build I’d ever seen, and the project was completely in 4 days, from…

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Giving Story (and it’s really true)

The last two weeks at Evangel have been interesting for two reasons. 1) Our attendance during Sunday services has been fairly low.   This is completely normal for the time of year as many of you take advantage of good weather to get some extra projects done around the house, or flee to beautiful, riverside campgrounds.  I don’t blame you one bit – been a long winter.   On that note though, I encourage you to make “the gathering” as…

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He is. That’s Enough.

Sometimes I catch glimpses of the depth of how much He cares. It makes me realize how often, in every day life, I lose sight of it. The best gift you can ever give someone is yourself. And that’s what He gave us. He gave Himself. And He’s giving Himself. I recently listened to a clip of Tim Keller talking about the biggest things people in ministry wish they did, once they’re old and nearing the end, and one of…

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When My Heart is Overwhelmed

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~ Psalm 61:2 (KJV) When my heart is overwhelmed… 1). I remember that others have been EXACTLY where I am at right now.   2). And I remember that they have overcome, in many cases in much more dire circumstances.    3). I remember that "life to the full" is lived on the edge, in the wild,…

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Outlast w/ Tony

Check out this message from Tony that'll give you some key insights to the upcoming Outlast Giving Opportunity on May 25, 2014!  Of course, you can make your contribution online, or at a giving kiosk on Sundays or at the church office during the week.

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Biblical Ethics

Evangel has developed a reputation in our city for being out-of-the-box, as far as churches go.  The rumours are probably justified.  We make no bones about it when we say that we are culturally liberal, taking as much liberty as we can to show the world around us God’s love.  And that impacts who we are and the image we put out there on so many different fronts.  For example: – You'll find a small group with winemaking as a relational hook…

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Beauty of Slavery

Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you. — Lynn A. Miller I pray early every Wednesday morning with a group from Evangel.  We often employ the technique of Lectio Divina (latin for Divine Reading) to guide our personal prayer time.  Almost every week, a Scripture passage is thrown out there for prayer focus.  It was my turn to choose a passage and I went with an unusual one: James 1.  I say unusual because…

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Dave Ramsey on Tithing

Dave, who is the founder of Financial Peace University, was asked this question on air.  His answer is pretty insightful and well balanced.  Enjoy! Is it acceptable to pause tithing in tough financial times? The Bible does not mention anything about "pausing" tithing. Neither does it say that we will go to Hell if we do not tithe.  The tithe, which is a scriptural mandate, was not instituted for God's benefit because He already has all the money He needs.  He…

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My Year as a “SOM”

My year as a “SOM” student… Wow. This has been one of the craziest years of my life. I went into this school year not really knowing what I was getting into, except that I knew I wanted to get into vocational ministry eventually and the opportunity to take bible college courses and get practical training, here, in Fort St. John was above and beyond awesome! Total God moment!   The Overview… Pastor Tony told us in the beginning that…

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Beauty of The Forgotten (By Breanna Froese)

"In a city mark and marred and scarred, a world of shades of grey, artificial graffiti colours the walls. In a crack a seed takes root, amid the blocks of cold pavement. A gathering of orphaned, whose hands have felt the sandpaper-grating of their very lives burn raw their skin. A people of loss and mistakes, a people of regret and pain. A people who, despite the sight they see through their eyes, are not lost to beauty and the…

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Where’s God?

Last week, I had the experience to go with 8 teens, and 3 other youth leaders, to the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, or the DTES. There, we did ministry, we prayed on street corners, and we even did manual labor. Originally, I had went down with the impression that I'd go, take care of my youth, and come home unchanged. It would be just another trip. It was the furthest thing from that. Once we were in Vancouver, we were…

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Another-Great-Meeting (AGM)

Or Annual General Meeting, but I like the creative title better :).  We're pleased to report that we had a great meeting, with a good turnout and lots of food.  Who’d of thought one year ago that our 2014 AGM would find us meeting in a school cafeteria?!  It IS very exciting living this journey that God has Evangel on!   Our meeting consisted of a few key elements that I’ll give you in brief here, along with links to PDF documents:…

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God Doesn’t Play Hide & Seek

When they brought the adulterous woman before Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees were clear that the Law of Moses called for her to be stoned. Yet they asked Jesus, "What do You say?" I love this because it's a picture of bringing sin to the judgement of the law vs. bringing sin to the judgement of Jesus. Jesus made it apparent in His response that He was the only one out of all of them worthy to judge her. When…

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Brought to Dignity (part 1)

Brought to Dignity (part 1)   ~*~ Worthy ~*~   God loves to stretch people, I can vouch for that. *Smile.* I don’t think I’ve ever felt qualified or ready or adequate enough for anything He’s ever called me to do. It’s part of His charm! He calls you to something and gives you strength you need on the way. But something He’s been stretching me in a lot lately, especially being a part of SOM, is how He qualifies…

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Keep your head up

This blog comes as a result of Tony asking a few members of the School of Ministry what they would say to a school of jr. high students)   God is incredible.   Look, people are dumb. People are complicated. People are stupid. I'm an actor. I did a show once that had the worst of the worst. It had violence against women, it had violence against men, it had drug use, violent sex, you name it, this show had…

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Evangel Downtown – The Dream

A year ago we sat down with some of the movers and shakers of our community, and entertained the idea of having a church in the downtown core at 10040 – 100 St.  At 3 Sunday morning services (to accommodate our growing church family), we really needed to consider a larger facility.  This building came up as a possible solution to a growing church.               "Does a church like Evangel fit the direction of…

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