BENEFITS OF THE CHURCH IN EDMONTON

Religion has almost the same format in Edmonton and other Canadian states. Most of the people who live here are Christians, and they are known for their high church attendance. There are many benefits which the church has to offer Edmonton.

To start with, the church in Edmonton can be likened to a second home. This is a place where people can easily find solace and get it. People who have all sorts of burden are welcome to worship in the church at Edmonton, and they would be glad they did.

According to the Bible, this is one of the benefits which comes with belonging to the church, which is the body of Christ.

Hence, it is required that people look out for one another. If there is someone who is in need of welfare in the church, it is expected that the person receives his needs and desires accordingly.

People who also go to the church in Edmonton are more likely to have a better mental health than people who do not. The reason for this is not far-fetched.

The church is where the pastor could pass for an unofficial therapist or mental health counselor. He or she is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the members of the church have a sane state of mind.

Such people are known to have a more lucid purpose in life than other people. This is due to the fact that, there is guidance, direction and advice, and they all come for free, because it is the church, and given is done freely.

The church in Edmonton also helps people to draw closer to God. They are brought into the consciousness that there is a higher power who watches over them, provided they draw closer to him.

It would be a rare case for you to find depressed people in the church in Edmonton, and even if you do, plans are structured in place to ensure that they are treated accordingly.

There are professionals from all works of life who are found in the church, and they would offer some paid-for services for free.

CHURCH IN EDMONTON

In Edmonton, religion can be said to be quite similar to other states in Canada. A good number of people in Edmonton are Christians, and the population of those who go to church, are quite on the high side. Just like a conventional church would, there is a feeling of love and warmth which citizens of Edmonton feel whenever they gather together to worship. The word is shared, songs are taken, and everyone goes home happy.
The church in Edmonton gives room for people to mingle and interact with each other, as that is the intended purpose for which it was created. In addition to this, the church in Edmonton states that they are ardent believers in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they have a personal relationship with him. They also refer to him as having the most excellent and enjoyable persona.
Also, the church also declares their utmost love for him, by giving him the topmost priority in their lives, which is considered to be quintessential. They also rejoice in the reality of undergoing cleansing by the blood of Jesus, who happens to be the son of God, and that the divine life of the father has been bequeathed to them, alongside with the in-filling of the Holy Spirit.
The church in Edmonton also highly values the Holy Bible, which is regarded as God revealing himself and also stating his everlasting purpose. Also, there is the confidence which all believers have, which is the fact that they are holders of the faith which the Holy Bible talks about.
Hence, the Church in Edmonton meet and practice the singleness and oneness of the Body of Christ which is talked about in the Holy Spirit.
Below are the beliefs of the Church in Edmonton:
They hold the faith which all believers have in common
The Bible contains the entirety of the divine revelation given by God
They also believe that God is one, and yet exists as the trinity
That Jesus was also God, and had to come in the form of man
That he died for the sins of everyone, by paying with his blood
That he resurrected on the third day from the dead
That he also ascended to the position at God’s right hand
They also believe that anyone who repents and believes in Jesus Christ would be saved
Lastly, they believe that Christ is coming back soon for all believers

BENEFITS OF CHURCH ATTENDANCE TO EDMONTON RESIDENTS

There a good number of benefits which are inherent in attending church in Edmonton, and those who attend church regularly are more likely to benefit than others whose attendance at church programs, is not really continual.
First and foremost, the church in Edmonton offers a family-like atmosphere, where people would always find solace. The church reminds one of the benefits of belonging to the body of Christ, and it is expected that people reflect this by looking out for one another. In cases where any one lacks anything, the church would be in place to bridge that gap. However, this can only get easier, if one has been regular at church program.
Also, it has been researched that those who are regular in church, have a higher tendency to rest and sleep well than others who do not attend that often. People who are more religiously-inclined would definitely display better healthier sleep results than their counterparts who are not really serious with church attendance. Involving yourself in religious activities, has a positive effect on the psychological aspect, which ensures that you have a balanced and more relaxed lifestyle.
In addition to this, those who attend church regularly, are more likely to have a clearer purpose for their lives than others. This is hinged on the fact that there is a platform for advice, guidance and direction, which goes for free. This is one benefit which the church gives liberally. For instance, in the church, there is a mix of all kinds of people, professionals and experts in various fields, who would readily answer questions in the church, rather than any other place.
Furthermore, with the rate at which depression and suicide is on the increase, those whose attendance at church is regular, would most likely not suffer from depression which could lead to eventual suicide. The factors which lead to depression are part of the issues which the church talks about from time to time. So, hardly would anyone feel the urge to commit suicide.
In conclusion, for those who are married, there is a higher chance that they would have happy marriages and happy homes than others. This is because, in the practice of their faith, the quality of keeping relationship undergoes a continuous increase. Couples who attend church programs together would most likely have a blissful home, with fewer disputes and misunderstandings.

AN OIL INDUSTRY IN NEED OF THE LORD

The major economy mainstay of Alberta, is Edmonton which is its capital. It is the chief hub of the oil and gas industry. Experts in the oil industry have the conventional view that, achieving success in the long run, is hinged on innovation which is in tune with the ever-changing times. It is usual for any industry to rise and fall, in any given nation, and the same can be said about the oil industry.
In countries who have oil as one of the constituents of their economy’s mainstay, you would observe that the growth has not really been steady. As a matter of fact, some oil industries in some countries have fallen and risen over time, and only some of them have been able to retain their heads above the water.
Edmonton for example, has had its oil industry revived, and the prices have increased since it last crashed in 2014. However, the future of the oil industry does not look really bright yet, as there are variations and instabilities in bureaucracies, technology and transportation.
With the current state of things, there is an intended focus on making operations more effective irrespective of the aforementioned uncertainties. Oil producers in Edmonton, are making conscious efforts to seek market for oil, in a bid to entice big-time investment and to compete with the government’s levy on carbon dioxide discharges.
A good number of drilling companies which are situated in Edmonton, are concentrated on the oil and gas sector. However, there are evolving opportunities for the drilling technology in Alberta, which transcends and affects a couple of other sectors.
One opportunity which Edmonton must lay hold on, is developing the geothermal energy production technology, which they can sell to countries who have normal geothermal reserves.
People are getting aware of the fact that Edmonton has a lot to offer, as there are new products which are being manufactured regularly, the same applies to the number of jobs, technologies and growth as a whole.
However, for Edmonton to harness the possibilities in all these opportunities, there is a need for concerted efforts from the government, interested private individuals, and even universities.
Axel Meisen who happens to be a chemical engineer and consultant to Alberta innovates, states that in times when the demand for gasoline is regularized, and even drops, the prospects of the oil industry in Edmonton are still very worthy.
It can be said that the oil industry in Edmonton, needs an extra touch for its advancement to be certain and quick.

Unto the Fold

Once, when I was a child, around 8 or 9, my Mother brought me with her when visiting a sick member of our church. The sick friend, we’ll call her Patty, was dying of cancer, although at the time I didn’t know what that meant. I knew Cancer was bad, because it sounded a lot like “cancel” and whenever my plans were cancelled, I wasn’t happy. I always heard the word “Cancer” in my head with a capital “C” at the front, because I knew it was capital “B” Bad. I
remember worrying on the ride over- was it safe to visit? If I touched Patty, would I get Cancer too? If Patty ate the food my Mom prepared, would my Mom get cancer too?

I was too young to understand that Patty’s prognosis wasn’t good. Even though I knew that Cancer was serious, I figured that we were all christians, and that God wouldn’t let Patty die. Otherwise what was the point of believing?

I remember entering the room Patty was in. She sat at her desk, in trousers and a blouse, and when I was introduced she offered to shake my hand. Not wanting to be rude, I shook it, all the while wondering if this was the moment I’d remember as the start of my own Cancer. Mom put the food she had brought in the fridge before we left, telling Patty that we’d pray for her.
As you’ve probably guessed, I didn’t develop Cancer from shaking Patty’s hand. Neither did her ingestion of my mother’s food cause Mom to be sick. But while I walked away from Patty as healthy as I’d ever been, I had learned an important lesson about community, and the importance of congregation.

It’s hard to postulate what-ifs, but I often think of how different Patty’s might’ve been had she not been a part of the church. Would she still have had family to comfort her? Would her husband, a devout believer himself, have stood by her without his faith? What would her last months have been like had she been forced to cook and care for herself? The congregation of God is a beautiful thing to see in action but for all we know, Patty would’ve been just as loved and cared for had she not been a christian. But what we can know is that if she hadn’t believed, I wouldn’t have met her. I wouldn’t have shook her hand. My mother wouldn’t have spent hours cooking for a woman she barely knew. Without the church, and without god, the love that only my mother and I could bring into Patty’s last months would never have reached her. Love your church family. Cherish your congregation. Invest yourself into your church and it will be returned to you 10 fold.

Sanctuary

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

There comes a time in the life of every man, woman and child, a time when the path forward is unclear; the road behind fraught with misery and sorrow; the ground where they stand shifting and unstable. There comes a time when the pressures of the world seem so great as to break the back of the strongest person; when evil surrounds and tears at our souls, and the light of our God seems distant, so far away.

Its times like these when the House of the Lord serves its true purpose. “Come to me,” he says, “come to me and I will give you rest.” Where can we go to find this promised rest? Where can we go when the shadows are nipping at our heels and this bleak world has us by the throat? The church is an extension of the Lord, his physical footprint in a barren world.

The Sanctuary of our Lord is just as physical as it is spiritual. In a spiritual desert, the church serves as a bastion against the forces aimed against us. The walls of a church are those of a fortress; it’s tenants warriors armed to the teeth and willing to fight. The church invites all who are willing to listen, and through the church the Lord delivers the gift of faith, the gift of protection, and the gift of peace.

Remember the church, in your darkest hour. Remember the servants of the Lord, remember the words of love and kindness that light your way home. Come back to your family, come back to your faith. We are waiting to welcome you with open arms.

All who seek the comfort of the Lord will be accepted, none who seek the gift of faith will be refused. Peace is within your grasp, all that’s left is to reach out and embrace it. How foolish it would be to stay away- let not fear nor pride stand between you and the oasis of the lord. The Lord is waiting, calling, saying “Come to me; I am here; I am here; I am here.”

Guiding Your Family to the Church

One of the most frequently asked questions from new believers goes something like this: “I want to share my faith with my family, but they refuse to come to church. How can I bring the light of the Lord to the people I love?” This is an excellent question, and one of the toughest to answer! Faith is a gift, and not everyone wants, or is able to accept it. Still, there are a techniques we can use when wanting to draw our loved ones into the fold. Here’s just a few:

1) Live God’s truth. As any christian will tell you, the best way to witness is to be the best witness. Examine your life. Is the light of God shining through your actions? Are there areas that could use improvement? Trick question- as fallible sinners we are always trying to improve our lives and bring them into closer alignment with God’s chosen path. Thankfully, God doesn’t demand perfection, and neither do our loved ones. If they see you working towards a goal- becoming a more charitable person, living a healthier life, interacting
exclusively in kindness and love- what a glorious opportunity to share the gospel! Don’t back up your testimony with actions, back up your actions with testimony.

2) Ask- don’t demand- for their church attendance. Show them the joy and peace that being embraced by the fold brings. If you make attendance a chore, then that’s how it will stay. Let yourself be drawn into the community of god before trying to drag someone in, and instead of hauling them through the door with ropes of guilt and shame, let them be drawn through the laughter of the people and the love they show. Find a community you love, and then share that love with the people you love.

3) Understand that faith is a gift, a gift only given by God. The greatest tragedy of our world is that not everyone is able to let the love of God into their heart. This does not mean stop trying, stop witnessing, or in anyway give up. No, instead redouble your efforts. Make every interaction a beacon in a dark world, and understand that after being surrounded by darkness, the light often burns the eyes.

Talk with your pastor about outreach programs, Let your life be the greatest ministry it can be. Never forget to express yourself with love, and redirect all praise to God.

Edmonton Oil and the Lord

In 2013, Rush Limbaugh famously said on his radio show “If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create.” This was in response to John Kerry’s belief that climate change was “a challenge to our responsibilities as the guardians–safe guarders of God’s creation.”

Edmonton is no stranger to the battle for the environment. Our city is tightly interwoven with the oil industry, and as the 2014 recession showed, their pain is our pain. As the global demand for oil goes down, how can we stay true to who we are without excising a vital part of our identity and our economy? As the demand for cleaner energy surges in response to the growing threat of global warming, do we choose to follow the words of Rush Limbaugh and let
our faith blind us to the realities of science? Is there no other option than to turn a blind eye to rising tide of evidence supporting the theory of manmade climate change?

We believe that the answer instead lies in aligning our faith with science. The word of our Lord has never demanded our blindness- would not the Lord have us revel in the natural wonder he has created for us? Did he not give us eyes to see his grandeur in the mountains? Ears to hear his voice through the music of birds and bees? Skin to feel his touch in the flow of a stream or the gentle caress of the wind? We cannot be deaf to the destruction of his creation.

Instead, we must become what God intended- guardians and care takers of his beautiful creation. Our challenge becomes reconciling our personal and social dependency on oil with the divine directive to protect. Christians across the world need to take up the cause of environmentalism, and insist upon cleaner energy. How can we be a shining light to the world if there is too much smog to see? How can people hear the word of God if they cannot breath the air around them? Oil is not the enemy. Edmonton is not the enemy. Our beloved city is at a crossroads- whether to double down on our oil dependence, or to find a better, more Godly solution. By working with the oil industry, and leading the way through the light of Christ, we can make our city a beacon for the world to follow.

Addiction and God

Can the Lord help with Addiction?

I’ve lived an extremely blessed life; I have money to eat, and a roof over my head, and a body that is fairly compliant with what I need to do. More people than you’d believe can’t say the same. But something that keeps me up at night, the terrifying thought that haunts my dreams, is that one day I’ll find myself battling a chemical addiction. I’ve been too close to too many people who have had their lives destroyed by drugs and alcohol for it to not frighten me, and Christians need to change how we talk about it.

Ever since the 80s, with Reagan’s “war on drugs”, the prevailing conversation surrounding drugs has been one of personal failing, that an addiction is a personal flaw, a sign that there is something deeply wrong with the person in question. We’ve been taught that addiction is a choice, because using drugs is a choice; we’ve been taught to see the suffering of people battling addiction as their just punishment from god, a divine retribution for past mistakes.

I ask you this: Is this the God you know? Does the God we love and worship shrug his shoulders and say “Well, they decided to take drugs, and this is what they get?” Of course not, and neither should we. It’s time we start talking about addiction as the disease it is, not a personal failing, not a character flaw. It’s time to stop turning a blind eye and instead extend a hand of friendship and kindness to those fighting a battle we can’t see or understand.

I had a friend go to rehab once. When he came out, I tried to reach out to him, but quickly realized he was avoiding me. When I finally cornered him at a cafe, I asked him why he hadn’t wanted to see me and he said something I’ll never forget- “I didn’t want to see you because I thought you’d treat me like a sinner.” I went home, and I got on my knees, and I wept for God’s forgiveness. Who was I to multiply my friend’s suffering? Who was I to pass judgement? That is
not my job. As Christians, this is not our calling. Through my actions and  speech, my friends had come to believe that my faith would cause me to shun him, and so before I could do so he tried to shun me instead. We need to find within ourselves the power to change the conversation around addiction. We have to find a way to love our struggling brothers and sisters, because that’s what God does.

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