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Christmas, prayer and good food

Too often the Christmas season can be disappointing. Instead of being a time of spiritual contemplation and peace, it can deteriorate into coping with chaotic commercialism and shallow sentimentality. Vancouver resident Greg Pennoyer hopes to counteract this trend. He has launched a book, God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, that he hopes will draw us back to God during this season, through meditation and prayer.

Trisha Romance, perhaps this country’s best-loved artist, has also released her first book, A Star for Christmas, to commemorate the true meaning of the season. In an interview with Karen Stiller she discusses her art and mentions her book – a work for children.
How do this week’s themes of Christmas, prayer and good food flow together? Perhaps they are all close to our hearts. We honour Jesus’ birth, want to see our prayers answered, and want to remain healthy.

Does God answer prayer? Of course, says Phil Callaway. Ask Midwesterner Earl Taylor, and he’ll tell you a story about it. But does God answer always? No, says Dr. TV Thomas. In an address to the School of Revival and Prayer, Thomas teaches that prayer is connected to purity of heart. He presents 15 ways our prayers may be hindered and exhorts us to keep a short account with God.  

Did you pray for the persecuted Church this past Sunday? The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s legal counsel, Don Hutchinson, reminds us to pray for persecuted Christians even if we missed doing so on the International Day of Prayer. He exhorts us to be a lifeline for those who suffer for the sake of the Gospel, knowing that perhaps one day we will need others to pray for us.

And then there’s food! It seems the Western world is obsessed with weight loss. Did you know that 80 to 90 per cent of eating disorders begin with a diet? Science writer Denyse O’Leary says there are healthier and happier ways to deal with our preoccupation with weight. Just like for The Salvation Army’s Cascade Culinary Arts School in Abbotsford, B.C., our secret ingredient is God.

These are great articles! Enjoy your reading this week, but in addition, please take a moment to scroll down for other informative and important selections below. 


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