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Our Heritage

— Allan Pole Listen to our audio version below. Two penniless Hungarian brothers named Zsolt and Geza Peladi inherited £4 billion GBP [almost 7 billion CAD] from their long-lost German grandmother. The Hungarian press reported that “luck struck two homeless brothers, Zsolt and Geza, who survived from a precarious life”.  They lived on the outskirts […]

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The Life of Faith

— Allan Pole Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night Holmes said, “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.”  Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”  “And what does that tell you?” Holmes asked. “Astronomically, it tells me […]

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Blessing God’s Baby — Allan Pole

Most people miss the significance of Christmas. Is it all about Santa Claus, shopping, exchanging gifts or eating a lot of food? Is it about spending time with family?  Or even about the baby in the manger? Don’t answer this last question too quickly. Instead of focusing on the baby in the manger, I want […]

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May I Ask You A Question? — Allan Pole

Someone recently asked me what I thought they should do about a situation they faced. The answer seemed obvious to me, with several Bible passages coming to mind—which I had just shared with this person. I bit my tongue, resisting the urge to quote the Scripture and spoon-feed the answer. Instead, I counselled to seek […]

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Selective Speaking — Allan Pole

By Allan Pole, CESLM Board President King Solomon shares a great insight for relationships in Proverbs 9:8-9: “So don’t bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more.  Teach the wise, and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more.” You’ve […]

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Be Patient — Allan Pole

Be Patient By Allan Pole, CESLM Board President Be patient. I can’t count the number of times I’ve said this to others, and others to me. “I would have been a doctor, but I didn’t have the patience.” Ironically, not all doctors who have many patients, have a lot of patience. Several elderly church members […]

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Without a Passport

Keynote Speaker: D.H. Bud Fuchs (BS Ed; MA Ed) Bud and his wife Lois, live in Utah County, Utah. They are blessed with 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 10 grandchildren. Bud serves with North American Baptists Inc. as Cross-Cultural Trainer and in campus ministry with international students. He has been a pastor and missionary, reaching out to international […]

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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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