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Bill's Blog: Prayer and the Holy Spirit

Posted by donna on January 3, 2017

invitation to prayer.jpgThis year, from January 18-25th, believers in Christ around the world will observe the Week of Prayer.  The theme for this year is “Christian Unity.” This is also a time when the Protestant Church celebrates the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. At the heart of The Reformation is the reality of reconciliation to God through faith, apart from works.

As we contemplate this year’s theme, I want to direct our attention to the role the Holy Spirit plays in bringing about unity and reconciliation.

It is obvious that we need to be reconciled to God. Our sin and rebellion caused a depravity in our souls that separates us from God. Our soul must be remade. We must, as Jesus said in the gospel of John, chapter 3, be born again. By faith, we come to God and accept His grace in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit indwells, restores and remakes our souls into His own holiness.  This unity with God is the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Bill's Blog: "The Gift of the Holy Spirit"

Posted by donna on December 1, 2016

Manger.PNGChristmas is my favourite time of year.  Ever since early childhood, the anticipation of Christmas has been somewhat overwhelming. The thought of gifts and presents had something to do with the anticipation, but it was much more than that. It was the sounds, sights and smell of the season.  It was my keenness to be with extended family. It was Christmas concerts, with the memory of bags of candies being placed in my eager hand as I made my way out the door. It was simply a joyous feeling and it remains that way to this day.

Yet, above all else, it was the story of the birth of Jesus that impacted me the greatest. Even when I wasn’t faithful as a teen, the message of Jesus was truly overwhelming to me. God in the flesh. The incarnation. The walking, talking Jesus.  The very image of God and Man without sin. Such a glorious truth.

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New Christmas Book by AGC Author

Posted by donna on November 21, 2016

Laycock christmas book.jpgJust in time for Christmas, Marcia Laycock has published "Christmas: Short Stories that stir the Heart of Christmas".  Marcia's husband Spence Laycock is serving as Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church in Blackfalds, AB (AGC).

Click here to preview this book and order it on Amazon, and then head to Marcia's website to learn about her many other books including the fictional works "One Smooth Stone" and "A Tumbled Stone", and devotional books such as "Celebrate this Day" and "Spur of the Moment".

You can also sign up to received Marcia's weekly devotional, "The Spur"


Getaway 2016

Posted by donna on November 8, 2016

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Amazing reports have been pouring in to the AGC office about the 2016 Getaway Junior High Retreat! Kids enjoyed activities, great food, fun games, but more than that, they heard about a God who loves and values them.  

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Bill's Blog: "The Holy Spirit"

Posted by donna on November 2, 2016

Capture.PNGA key tenet of the Christian life is a clear understanding of our identity in Christ. In Christ, we are positionally and experientially in right relationship with God.  We are, through Christ, justified in God’s sight, and in a very personal and practical way, we have an intimate relationship with the Father’s heart and love for us.

Yet honestly, so many believers live with a cognitive knowledge of God and their identity in Christ, but have very little experiential knowledge of God’s presence.

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Bill's Blog: "The Gospel"... A Living Message

Posted by donna on October 5, 2016

circle hands.png“People do not care how much you know, till they know how much you care.”

Last month, I began a two-part message on the Gospel. In particular, I shared that the Gospel is the ‘Power of God unto Salvation’ (Romans 1:16) and the Gospel is the ‘Righteousness of God revealed.’ (Romans 1:17)

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Bill's Blog

Posted by donna on September 7, 2016

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“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes … For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.” Romans 1:16-17

In our current culture the word ‘Gospel’ is used for anything that denotes truthfulness or meaning. Often, it is used “tongue in cheek” to give a sense of religious fervor, which is not necessarily appreciated.

The Bible never uses the word Gospel in the way that our culture does. The word Gospel in Scripture is used as a noun that conveys the GOOD NEWS about who God is and what God has done on our behalf.

In the book of Romans, ‘Gospel’ is a single word to proclaim ALL that God has done for us in Christ’s death and resurrection. Paul calls it the ‘power of God’ and the ‘righteousness of God.’

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Bill's Blog: Summer Rest

Posted by donna on August 2, 2016

summer rest.jpgHow has your summer been unfolding?  Were you able to get away? Are you taking time to refresh, refocus and relax or are you just fooling yourself by thinking you don’t need it?

I struggled with this issue when Lois and I were overseas.  I remember a saying that was around back then that went something like this … “we need to come a-part before we come apart!” Kind of cheesy you might think, but there’s a lot of truth imbedded in it.


Fair Havens celebrates 75 years!

Posted by donna on July 28, 2016

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We are excited to celebrate with Fair Havens Ministries as they mark 75 years of conference, camp and retreat ministry this weekend!  

President Bill Fietje will be the featured speaker on Sunday morning, and there are many activities planned for Friday and Saturday.

Visit the Fair Havens website for more information.

Happy Anniversary Fair Havens!  Blessings for many more years of ministry ahead.


"Run the Race" Conference - Banff 2016

Posted by donna on July 26, 2016

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June 2-4, 2016, Banff, AB


Our time in Banff was phenomenal!  The messages from Tim Schroeder are posted below in both video and audio form.  

You can also download the full conference report book here.