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When You Can’t Hear God

'Why can't I hear God?' 'Where is the Holy Spirit?' 'What happened to my joy in Christ?' All these are questions that I've asked myself many a time throughout my Christian walk. Perhaps you have as well. It can be frustrating and discouraging. You want to experience God, but so often prayer feels like a chore, nothing more than words spoken into thin air. Meanwhil...

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When the wind and waves begin to blow

Planting in a pandemic In 2016, while still living in Australia, my wife and I felt an overwhelming burden to follow God's call into church planting. For both of us, there never really was any opposition to the call except for the where: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Let me just paint a picture before going any further. Not only did we both feel the call to church pl...

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Gospel Contextualization: Labrador

Last month, myself and Steve Bray had the opportunity to travel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador. This is my second time and Steve’s first to Labrador, a vast and expansive land that often gets forgotten about, not just by the rest of Canada, but even by Newfoundlanders themselves....

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Missed Opportunity

Everyone I know has spoken about an opportunity in life where a wrong decision was made causing an unwanted result that brought months or years of regrets. For believers, this often involves an opportunity to share our faith in Jesus Christ with an unbeliever. The Gospel message is for everyone to share, not just deacons and pastors. We must make the best of the opportun...

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Correct Diagnosis, Tragic Cure

Yesterday, the team here at Mile One Mission were listening to a short clip of a TED talk, and the topic of this talk was happiness. Essentially, it's something everybody is searching for, yet few seem to ultimately attain. The central theme of this talk was that happiness is not the goal, which is why so few people are happy. What we actually need in life is meaning. ...

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Don't Be Afraid of New Ideas...

But don’t rush in to accept them either. You don’t have to look very far, especially on the Internet, to find “new” ideas and approaches to Christianity. People struggle with the faith they grew up with, which I think is a good thing, and wrestle with what scripture says vs what they’ve always been taught....

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Stuck or Sent?

Have you ever felt stuck? You know that feeling that creeps in when a situation or experience or decision suddenly becomes so overwhelming that you break out in a cold sweat and you feel absolutely helpless?...

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Encountering Criticism

Let’s face it, everyone is a critic. Everyone has something to say and everyone has an opinion. And if you, personally, don’t have an opinion on something, then you can be rest assured that someone will give you their opinion for not having an opinion....

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God knows what He's doing

Earlier this year I had an amazing opportunity to participate in a virtual talk with TGC Canada on church planting in a pandemic. Myself and three other pastors/planters across Canada joined together to discuss our experiences starting a church on the heels of COVID19. I don’t think any of us – going into 2020 – anticipated planting in a pandemic. But here we are, N...

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A Glimpse of Downtown, St. John's

When you think of downtown, St. John's, a number of things go through your mind: jellybean row, the shops and restaurants, George Street, Mile One Stadium, Signal Hill, The Battery, and the waterfront. It's a beautiful place to visit and spend an evening. One thing that probably doesn't enter your mind is the actual neighborhood of downtown St. John's. Mile One Mission ...

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