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Words are known to have power. The phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” may have been coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, but the idea was repeatedly expressed centuries earlier. Friedrich Nietzsche said, “All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside-down.” We saw the unfortunate power of words in Nazi Germany when Adolf Hitler realized that “all epoch-making revolutionary events have been produced not by the written but by the spoken word.” Winston Churchill, an equally brilliant orator, used the power of words to rally Britain and its allies to defeat the Nazis despite overwhelming odds. Words plant ideas in the mind; ideas turn into thoughts and thoughts turn into actions.
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This post is based on a sermon I preached at Murray River Baptist Church on July 10, 2016.
In Deuteronomy 1:6-46, Moses recounts the Israelites’ first attempt at occupying the land God had promised them. Israel’s rebellion prevented them from occupying the land the first time. God punished the Israelites by making them wander in the wilderness for 40 years until the entire generation that had rebelled had died (with the exception of Joshua and Caleb).
We, both individually and as the Church, are like Israel in many ways. We regularly rebel against God and forget what God has done for us. We sometimes place our faith in people and things rather than in the Creator. In the New Testament, Paul tells us to learn from Israel’s rebellion so we can avoid the same pitfalls and temptations (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). The writer of Hebrews tells us the same thing in Hebrews 3:1-4:13. Jude 1:5 says, “So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful“, referencing the very history recounted by Moses in Deuteronomy 1. With this in mind, we can learn a few things from Israel’s experience. Read More
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Self-help gurus have been touting the benefits of positive self-affirmations for years. They claim that telling yourself positive messages will re-program your subconscious mind so you will naturally act in a way that makes those messages become reality. Studies have shown that positive self-affirmations can, in fact, be helpful for some.
There are other situations, however, where self-affirmations can cause more harm than good. In one study, people with low self-esteem who were asked to repeat phrases such as “I accept myself completely” and “I am a lovable person” felt worse afterward. Why? When someone repeats positive statements that come into conflict with their perception of themselves, it seems to reinforce their original belief about themselves rather than reverse it. These people actually felt better after repeating the negative statements about themselves that they already believed, but that’s not helpful if you’re trying to change your mindset so you can have a healthy self-esteem. Read More
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Wow! We’ve seen some pretty bad public relations missteps in the past week or so:
- First, it was the Pepsi ad that, amazingly, united the Internet in mockery and hatred of the ad to the point that Pepsi issued an apology and pulled it the day after it was released.
- Next, it was United Airlines forcibly removing an already-seated passenger from an airplane to make room for airline employees who were due to work at the flight’s destination the next day. The Internet responded again, calling for boycotts and smearing the airline’s image with snide memes and advertising slogans. The day after the incident, United’s CEO issued a public statement apologizing “for having to re-accommodate these customers” and an internal memo that defended the actions taken by employees, which was promptly leaked to the media. Backlash became even more heated and the resulting drop in United’s share price finally elicited a proper apology from the CEO a day later. Ironically, this is the same CEO who was dubbed Communicator of the Year by PRWeek only weeks ago.
- To top it all off, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a major gaffe on Tuesday by saying that, unlike Syria’s Assad, Hitler at least had enough decency not to use gas on his own people. It seems Spicer’s knowledge of history isn’t very strong considering Hitler made regular use of gas chambers during his extermination of German Jews (and other “undesirables” plucked from Germany’s citizenry). The only thing more stunning than the statement itself was its timing — the week leading up to Passover, a major Jewish holiday — and the number of follow-up statements it took for Spicer to issue a satisfactory apology for his inaccurate and insensitive comparison.
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Guest post courtesy of First Baptist Church, Charlottetown, PEI
Welcome to Holy Week, that deeply spiritual period that spans from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
I encourage you to enter into a time of personal preparation by using this devotional booklet as a passport to the passion of Jesus. All through Holy Week, the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Charlottetown, PEI, will be set up with various interactive stations designed to immerse you in the final days of Jesus’ life, from His Triumphal Entry to the Last Supper, the cross, and ultimately the Resurrection. You are invited to use this booklet as a self-guided “Journey to Easter”. Call the church office (902-628-2111) to book a time for your group or for yourself.
Eight contributors from First Baptist Church have penned these articles. May God guide you by His Spirit as you seek to walk the path Jesus trod into the joy of the New Life!
Download your copy of Passport 2017 – Journey to Easter.
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Palm Sunday, April 9:
9:30 am at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Self-guided “Journey to Easter” interactive stations at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown; please call the church office at 902-628-2111 to book a time for you or your group
Maundy Thursday, April 13:
2:30 pm at Lady Slipper Villa, 490 Main Street, O’Leary
5:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown: Faith @ Home
6:30-8:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown: Quiet meditation and communion
7:00 pm at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 9 Cornerstone Drive, Cornwall
Good Friday, April 14:
10:00 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 9 Cornerstone Drive, Cornwall
10:00 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 295 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford
- 10:00 am at South Lake Christian Church, 31 Elmira Road, Souris: Drama presentation with lunch to follow
10:30 am at Summerside Baptist Church, 219 Church Street, Summerside
7:00 pm at Alexandra Baptist Church, 1140 Pownal Road, Alexandra
7:00 pm at Springfield West-O’Leary Baptist Church, 473 Main Street, O’Leary
Easter Sunday, April 16:
- 6:15 am at Alberton Baptist Church, 327 Church Street, Alberton: Breakfast included
8:00 am at Murray Harbour Baptist Church, 1414 Cape Bear Road, Murray Harbour: Breakfast included
- 8:15 am at Kingsboro Baptist Church, 3055 East Point Road, Souris: Breakfast
9:00 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 9 Cornerstone Drive, Cornwall
9:30 am at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown
- 9:30 am at Kingsboro Baptist Church, 3055 East Point Road, Souris
9:30 am at Springfield West-O’Leary Baptist Church, 473 Main Street, O’Leary
9:30 am at Summerside Baptist Church, 219 Church Street, Summerside
10:00 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 26 Brook Street, Montague: Easter egg hunt to follow
10:00 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 295 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford
10:30 am at Alexandra Baptist Church, 1140 Pownal Road, Alexandra
10:30 am at First Baptist Church, 235 Prince Street, Charlottetown: Special Easter cafe
10:45 am at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 9 Cornerstone Drive, Cornwall
- 11:00 am at Alberton Baptist Church, 327 Church Street, Alberton
11:00 am at Murray Harbour Baptist Church, 1414 Cape Bear Road, Murray Harbour
11:00 am at Springfield West-O’Leary Baptist Church, 473 Main Street, O’Leary
11:00 am at Summerside Baptist Church, 219 Church Street, Summerside
11:00 am at Tryon-Westmoreland Baptist Church, 21274 Trans Canada Highway, Tryon
- 6:30 pm at Alberton Baptist Church, 327 Church Street, Alberton
7:00 pm at Clyde River Baptist Church, 726 Clyde River Road, Clyde River: Gospel music concert
I’m a bit of a superhero movie nerd. I watch them over and over. I watched Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man so many times that the VHS tape wore out. I own Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the Iron Man trilogy and have watched both several times. With the advent of Netflix, I can binge-watch movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as many times as I want without even leaving my chair to switch from one movie to the next (assuming I can find the remote).
X-Men: Days of Future Past
One of the more prolific movie series based on Marvel comics is the X-Men series. There are currently ten X-Men movies and related spin-offs and there are five other X-Men-related films in development. One of my favourites from the X-Men series is X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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In the movie, Wolverine (pictured in the centre) goes back in time to try to prevent an assassination that will trigger the creation of highly sophisticated robotic weapons that target mutants and humans that carry the mutant gene, eventually leading to the annihilation of both mutants and humans. I don’t think I’m spoiling the movie too much to say that the X-Men are successful in their quest. I’ll let you watch the movie to find out how everything worked out in the end. Read More
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I will not disgrace myself or this website by mentioning the name of the so-called man who was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a woman on Stanford University’s campus in January 2015. I will not mention the name of the judge who handed down an extremely lenient sentence of six months in county jail and three years of probation when the recommended sentence for such a conviction is between eight and twenty years in state prison. I will not mention the names of those who have callously denied the seriousness of the crime by insisting that the attacker should not receive the recommended punishment; they believe the attacker is really a good kid who doesn’t deserve to experience the full consequences of his actions because it would ruin his potential. All of these people are already receiving more than enough attention.
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I will, however, name and honour the two Swedish men, Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson (pictured above), who saved the woman from further harm at the hand of her attacker. They are the male heroes of this story. I will also honour the female hero of this story – the woman herself, who continues to bravely face the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual consequences brought about when someone broke the 10th commandment and coveted his neighbour’s body. Read More
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At some point, someone in church has likely told you that you should be reading the Bible regularly. When I was a child in Sunday School, we even sang a song about what happens when you read the Bible every day (and what happens when you don’t). So why is it that so many people, whether they are regularly in the pews or not, don’t read the Bible each day?
Why We Don’t Read the Bible
First Things First
When I first volunteered for a children’s summer reading program that our church was offering to the community, a representative from the PEI Literacy Alliance came to explain to the volunteers why literacy is such an important issue on PEI. I was surprised to learn that almost two-thirds of Islanders have limited reading skills. It was then that I realized that when churches ask people to read the Bible, they may be asking them to do something they literally are not equipped to do. Read More
- Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) are responding through NorthLife Fellowship Baptist Church & the Salvation Army in Fort McMurray. You can give directly to the CBWC here: https://cbwcdonations.sunergo.net/qry/sd_donate.taf?dsfd=333
- Canadian Baptist Ministries is also accepting donations for the CBWC: https://secure2.convio.net/cbmin/site/Donation2?2480.donation=form1&df_id=2480
- The Canadian Red Cross is also accepting donations which are being matched by the Canadian government: https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=NO-DM&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639
Here is a post that appeared on the CBWC website today:
The CBWC is working with Canadian Baptist Ministries to provide immediate emergency relief and assistance on the ground in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Together, we are working with the Salvation Army, the local Fellowship Baptist Church in Fort McMurray, and others supporting evacuees.
The unpredictability of the wildfires that began this past Tuesday have led the province of Alberta to call a state of emergency, and all of its 80,000 residents have been forced to flee with the fires having burned through about 85,000 hectares of land already. Mass convoys and airlifts are now getting thousands of evacuees to safety further south.
We continue to pray for the safety of all those impacted by the fire, who have lost their lands, homes and communities, as well as for all the emergency personnel on the ground, including the fire crews, military, RCMP officers, EMS workers, and all those who are working tirelessly to control the fires and keep residents safe.
Make a donation to the Fort McMurray relief effort in Alberta today. Your donations will automatically be designated to help people in need during this crisis. We thank you for your crucial support in caring for those in need in times of emergency.