The Heat is On

August 21st, 2019|

  When a tree's life is threatened—stressed by elements of fire, drought, or another calamity—it twists beneath its bark to reinforce and make itself stronger. This new inner strength may not be visible,

The Best Food

June 23rd, 2019|

    This scene got me thinking while we stayed in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia on a family holiday.  At our campground, I saw a big, beautiful slide-out motorhome with a Jeep parked beside

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A Fruitful Life

May 27th, 2019|

  Men and women are radically different. Now that I have your attention with this profound observation, let me explain how they are different. When you ask men what a fruitful life looks

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“He is risen!”

April 22nd, 2019|

    A. Cressy Morrison, an accomplished chemist and former chairman of the New York Academy of Sciences, wrote an article entitled, “Seven Reasons Why I Believe in God.” This is what he said:  “Consider the rotation of the earth. Our globe spins on its axis at the rate of one thousand miles an hour. […]

Don’t Jump to Conclusions

March 24th, 2019|

    Don’t Jump to Conclusions — Allan Pole Listen to our audio version below. I read a book about Steven Truscott when I was a boy. On the evening of June 9, 1959 Steven was seen giving classmate Lynne Harper a ride on his bicycle in Clinton, Ontario. They parted ways. Later that evening […]

Our Heritage

February 17th, 2019|

    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 […]

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The Life of Faith

January 13th, 2019|

    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?” […]

Blessing God’s Baby — Allan Pole

December 15th, 2018|

    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 […]

Selective Speaking — Allan Pole

October 24th, 2018|

    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 […]

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Be Patient — Allan Pole

September 20th, 2018|

    Be Patient — Allan Pole 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 were […]

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Be Gentle — Allan Pole

August 13th, 2018|

    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.” […]

Are You A Humble Person—Allan Pole

July 22nd, 2018|

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 […]

The Power of Touch—Allan Pole

June 19th, 2018|

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

May 16th, 2018|

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 […]

Be All There — Allan Pole

May 15th, 2018|

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 his father. He was anything […]

An Open Door — Allan Pole

April 17th, 2018|

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 […]

An Open Heart — Allan Pole

March 18th, 2018|

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 […]

Openness Starts Between the Ears — Allan Pole

February 18th, 2018|

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 […]

Kindness Bridges the Gap — Allan Pole

January 14th, 2018|

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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Wise Men Still Seek Him — Allan Pole

December 14th, 2017|

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house.  To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying:  “Free to good home.  You want it, you take it.”  For three days, the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it.  […]

Introducing the New CESLM Board

November 20th, 2017|

As fall transitions to winter, CESLM is entering a new season as well. This past year has seen many transitions in our organization. The latest is our new Board of Directors. Some of the faces will be familiar – we’d like to welcome back founders Madeline and Mel Johnson as well as our secretary Dale […]

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Do You See the Opportunities? — Allan Pole

November 20th, 2017|

In the fall of 2016 I sensed the Lord direct me to revisit the conversation that He had with the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4.  While the disciples went into town to buy lunch, Jesus sat down to rest at the well.  Seizing the opportunity for a life-changing conversation, Jesus started […]

Let’s scratch where it itches — Dale Fisher

November 20th, 2017|

One Day Workshop Fall 2017 A year ago, we didn’t have enough registrants to hold our annual Reaching Out With English (ROWE). It was a blow to us at CESLM, since we were proud of our 30-hour training, and saw that it was filling a vital need here in Calgary, training volunteers to start ESL […]

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