Pulse Podcast 017: Why People Stop Believing

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In this episode, we’re joined by Paul Chamberlain, a professor at ACTS and TWU. We’re talking about his new book: Why People Stop Believing. It’s an insightful piece, with first-hand accounts of people who have left their faith, sometimes at great personal cost.

We invite you to get a copy for this book for yourself: Click here!

Here is the full-length podcast in video form:

Here is the teaser/preview version, for your church or group:

And here is the audio version:

National Mission Project: Picturing What God is Doing in Quebec

I have a confession – My name is Neil and I am an Albertan.

Some of my fellow Albertans hold that claim up proudly and I understand, empathize, and often agree with them. However, there is this distinct red streak running across the back of many of our necks. That redneck mentality plays out in a variety of ways. One of them – we don’t always play well with others. When it comes to Quebec, well…oil and water probably have a better chance of mixing.

So, you may find it ironic that one of the deep desires of my heart is to see God at work in significant ways in the province of Quebec. I have felt this way for a long time now. It’s amazing what God’s love can do to break down our perceived prejudices and divisions. I have prayed, thought about, and even planned in regards to how this burden that I have for Quebec and my position as EFCC National Mission Director impact each other.

Francois Bergeron has helped me a great deal, to understand a bit of the need of Quebec and also to grow my love for the people of Quebec.

If you don’t already know Francois, let me introduce you to him.

Francois is a chalk artist and evangelist who lives and works in Quebec, sharing his love of Jesus with the people there. Because of his particular medium/message he has access to places that most evangelists would not, places like schools, etc.

Francois has done a chalk art presentation at a couple of EFCC conferences. If you were not there to see them, you missed something incredible. It was many years ago, that I first heard Francois speak about the need in Quebec. The statistic he put forward at that time rocked me – 0.4% of the population of Quebec is evangelical Christian.

That’s right, less than half of one percent.

It really is one of the most needy mission fields in the world. And it’s in our own country, not somewhere across an ocean. I believe we often perceive the needs of countries across the ocean as much greater than our own, hence the ability to miss opportunities much closer.

Francois is one of our EFCC missionaries. He has his own charity – Gospel Art Productions; but has always wanted to work in relationship with the EFCC, and continues to do so. His heart for Quebec is much larger than mine will ever be. He loves his people, his province; and desperately wants to see more people come to know Jesus, and more churches planted there. To that end, Francois has embarked on what might be one of his most ambitious tours yet. He has a whole new show complete with TV advertising that he wants to do in hundreds of places across Quebec, and even outside of the province.

I want to share his video with you.

I hope that will help you understand a bit more about Francois, the work he is doing, and the opportunity that we have to partner with him as he connects with people that you and I have very little chance of ever connecting with. If God lays Francois and Quebec on your hearts, please pray! I would also encourage you to consider supporting Francois as he shares the story of Jesus on this tour.

You can support the Bergeron family in this outreach by donating to their project page!

Pulse Podcast 014: Tearfund

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We at the EFCC have had a decades-long relationship with World Relief Canada. That continues on with their new name, Tearfund Canada. This name brings them into clear alignment with a massive global relief and development partnership. Tearfund has operations that span the globe, and intervenes directly when disasters hit.

Follow along as Neil and Brad get a taste (literally!) of what Tearfund is doing around the world.

 

Here is a handy shortened version that you could play in your church (or small group, etc.):

 

And here is the audio-only version:

The Pulse: A Resolution You Can Keep

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Dwight is our Stewardship Catalyst. He connects with donors directly to help raise money the EFCC needs to fund its operations, and he helps people develop awareness of, and skills in, financial stewardship.

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them? I remember reading that over 90% of people who make a New Year’s resolution will break it within the first month.

I have a New Year’s resolution for you to consider. Have you made your will, or have you recently updated it? Statisticians tell us that 50% of Canadians do not have a will. And even more alarming is that that same percentage also applies to Christians!

What’s the value of having a will and making sure it is up to date?

Let me suggest 3 benefits:

  1. Peace of Mind: If the Lord calls you home tonight, you know that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes, not the government.
  2. Provision: Your family, your church, the ministries you supported, the charities you gave to, will all benefit as to your directive and no one else.
  3. Protection: You want to make sure your assets will be protected to provide the maximum benefit to your family and loved ones.

The Evangelical Free Church of Canada has entered into an arrangement with Abundance Canada to assist our churches and people in the whole area of wills and estate planning. They have representatives across Canada who will come to your church and conduct “gift and estate planning” seminars. They will also meet individually with people to answer questions and help get everything ready and in order before going to meet with a lawyer. More and more churches across our denomination are availing themselves of this opportunity.

The feedback has been extremely positive!

On a personal level, both Bill and Deb Taylor and my wife Joanne and I have recently done this. We were both pleased and impressed! These reps are personal, professional, and are there to assist in any way they can. And they will come to your church free of charge!

Not sure about making a New Year’s resolution? I encourage you to consider either updating your will or making it for the first time! Read over the 3 benefits listed above. It’s all gain with no pain!

Check out the Abundance Canada website. Or contact me (via Home Office).

Wishing you a healthy and blessed New Year!

Pulse Podcast 013: Incarnation

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Viewer warning: There are some bad attempts at word play in this. Sigh. We can’t control each other. Or ourselves, apparently.

We want our podcasts to be generally applicable whenever they’re watched, or listened to, so while this is inspired by the Christmas season, it isn’t totally Christmas-themed; Incarnation is relevant all through the year, but especially at Christmas, when we reflect on how it all began.

We have a preview version here, which we invite you to play in your worship service and encourage people to check out the longer one:

And finally, we have an audio-only version: