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A Matter of Life or Death

2024-04-07T00:03:29+00:00April 6th, 2024|Allan Pole|

To listen to the audio version, click the media link.   An Arab chief tells of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army.  This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black

God’s Heart For The Nations

2024-03-05T16:52:21+00:00March 5th, 2024|Allan Pole|

To listen to the audio version, click the media link.   The history books could have been rewritten in 1271 when Italian travelling merchants Niccolo and Matteo (Maffeo) Polo (the father and uncle of Marco Polo) were visiting the Kubla Khan. At that time, Kubla Khan ruled all China, India and the East.

Heaven’s Champions

2023-11-07T17:15:26+00:00November 7th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  Snow covered the ground where three boys were playing. A man asked them, “Would you like to try a race and have the winner receive a prize?” The boys agreed, and the man told them that his race was to be different. “I will go to the other side of

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All In

2023-06-04T21:10:32+00:00June 4th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan PoleServing others is challenging and rewarding, frustrating and fulfilling. We sacrifice time, energy and money to reach out and help. Why do we do it? I find the answer in Psalm 126:5-6: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will

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The Now and the Not Yet

2023-04-08T19:21:01+00:00April 8th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  The God of heaven and earth invites us into His family! The Apostle John describes who we are and what we will become in 1 John 3:1-3. Please take a few moments to read these verses. The relationship between Jesus and His people grows because of who we are and

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Grow With God

2023-03-15T21:46:49+00:00March 11th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  Many Jews expected the Messiah to arise in great glory and lead them in a mighty military victory over their oppressors. When would this king and His kingdom appear? How would God establish and expand His influence on the earth? While the people talked about a glorious, conquering king, Jesus

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The Call of God

2023-02-09T04:33:26+00:00February 9th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  When the American space program chose its first seven astronauts, an essential part of the screening process involved their answers to the simple statement, “I am ...” They asked each candidate to complete this sentence 50 different ways. After using the common responses “I am a man, I am a

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You First

2023-01-11T03:15:32+00:00January 11th, 2023|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  The Son of God could have stayed safely and comfortably in heaven, enjoying unbroken communion with the Father, the Holy Spirit, the angels and the saints who have gone before us. Instead, He put the needs and desires of others before His own to become a baby in a dirty,

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Give Birth to God’s Plan

2022-12-10T18:44:25+00:00December 4th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  Mary, the mother of Jesus, has received much attention. She is admired by many for her willingness to cooperate with God’s plan. Consider the qualities of the Messiah’s mother that prompted the angel Gabriel to greet her with, “You who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” Please take

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A Clear Vision

2022-11-08T16:42:31+00:00November 7th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  Having a clear vision is essential for progress—especially through difficult times. Imagine how difficult it would be to walk if your eyesight was poor, if it was dark in the room, or if you had your head down. It’s not difficult to imagine, because I have stubbed my toe in

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I Hope So

2022-10-12T03:33:01+00:00October 12th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  A self-made millionaire, Eugene Lang greatly changed the lives of a sixth-grade class in East Harlem, New York. Mr. Lang had been asked to speak to a class of 59 sixth graders. What could he say to inspire these students, most of whom would drop out of school? He wondered

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Small Beginnings

2022-09-08T02:59:43+00:00September 8th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  I am encouraged as I reflect on how far my relationship with the Lord has grown. I have come a long way from when I went to church meetings, Sunday School, kids’ club and camp as a boy. All this from small beginnings! The Lord’s influence in my life certainly

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The Joy of Serving

2022-08-14T12:45:35+00:00August 14th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole“I did all that for him, and he didn’t even say thank you!” I know people who raise children, serve in the church, volunteer in the community and serve others with little or no recognition. These are heroes amongst us who have discovered the joy of serving. How often have we complained about

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Let’s Work Together

2022-07-20T00:56:06+00:00July 13th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Lifeway research summarizes 7 Encouraging Trends of Global Christianity in 2022 as follows:   1. Religious faith is growing faster than the irreligious. 2. Christianity continues to grow. 3. Growth is fastest in the global South (especially Africa and Asia). 4. Christianity continues to spread out. 5. The percentage of non-Christians who know

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There is No Place Like Home

2022-06-07T04:43:45+00:00June 4th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 I enjoy travelling. I have discovered, however, that it is good to go away, and it is good to come home. Restaurant food can be good, but it can all taste the same after a while. I have recognized that there is no bed quite like my own. Yes, travelling is fun, but

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How to Build Bridges

2022-04-14T02:07:21+00:00April 9th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 It is always interesting to observe people’s reactions when they learn that I am a pastor. While these responses might be more exaggerated because I am a “man of the cloth,” every disciple of Christ tends to elicit different reactions when we reveal our relationship with Jesus to others. How do we deal

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2022-04-14T02:12:45+00:00March 15th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Here is the link to: How to Build Bridges There was a time of great stress and change for Israel more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul had died, and David ruled over the tribe of Judah from Hebron for seven and a half years. Then the other tribes decided to reunite

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First Love

2022-02-05T17:49:54+00:00February 5th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 A man bought a new hunting dog. Eager to see how it would perform, he took it out one day hoping to track down big game. No sooner had they gone into the woods when the animal picked up the trail of a bear, with the hunter following close behind. Suddenly, the dog stopped, sniffed

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Inner Strength

2022-01-18T15:42:42+00:00January 10th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Are you facing overwhelming adversity? How can you tap into God’s strength amid such challenges? Let’s turn back the pages of time to more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul of Israel was on the brink of disaster. He had chased the young warrior, David (whom he felt threatened by), out of

Good News

2021-12-11T17:27:49+00:00December 11th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 Most Christians today probably can’t imagine Christmas on any other day than December 25th, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, for the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The first official mention of December 25th, as a holiday honouring Jesus’ birthday, appears in an

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