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Be Gentle — Allan Pole

Be gentle. I have said this often to young children when touching newborn babies or animals. It seems that we never outgrow the need for this occasional reminder. Paul the Apostle provides such a reminder.  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” —Ephesians 4:2 NIV A pastor was on […]

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Are You A Humble Person—Allan Pole

 Perhaps you know of a friend or family member with qualities that make them attractive, yet these qualities have nothing to do with appearance, talent, intelligence or wealth. The Apostle Paul describes three such qualities in Ephesians 4:2. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Let’s talk about the […]

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The Power of Touch—Allan Pole

The Power of Touch—Allan Pole

I drove by two middle-aged men standing on a sidewalk in Calgary.  They were kissing each other on the cheeks and my first thought was, “They must be gay.”  I took another look and I remembered seeing similar looking men greeting and kissing each other in Ukraine. The kiss in the ancient world was both […]

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ELL Bible Study the Simple Way — Dale Fisher

This year, we were pleased when a family from our Monday night ESL class decided to join our church. They were from a Catholic background but seemed comfortable at our Anglican church. The children quickly fit into Sunday School, and the family said they enjoyed the service. After a few months, I asked them if […]

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Be All There — Allan Pole

An obscure gardener died in a small town.  His name was Hubert Bales, and he was one of the shyest men around.  When he talked, he squirmed, blinked his eyes rapidly and smiled nervously.  Hubert never ran in influential circles.  He grew shrubs and trees, working with his hands the plot of land left by […]

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An Open Door — Allan Pole

When a guest was received in Palestine 2,000 years ago the host performed certain courtesies.  There was the kiss of welcome.  Water was provided to wash the dust from his feet, and oil to anoint his head.  The guests would recline at the meal and there was free access for the passer-by to stop and […]

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An Open Heart — Allan Pole

I am, by nature, a shy introvert.  It’s not that I dislike people.  I wouldn’t want to live out the rest of my days in a cabin on a mountaintop.  However, I have been hurt and let down by people.  So much of leadership and making disciples rests in the hands of others who have […]

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Openness Starts Between the Ears — Allan Pole

Marty was touring Europe just as they were breaking down the Berlin Wall.  Wanting to get some historic pieces of the Wall, he headed for Berlin.  Because he found the hotels there beyond his means, he asked a young policeman if he knew of an inexpensive place where he could stay.  The policeman told Marty […]

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Kindness Bridges the Gap — Allan Pole

When I was a boy I suffered from asthma and hay fever.  Being allergic to hay and growing up on a farm was a tough combination during the summer months.  When the air was thick with dust and pollen I would suffer through some sleepless nights coughing and sneezing.  I vividly remember my mom enduring […]

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