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When families break up, what happens to children? They have very few resources to help them cope with the crushing loss of a parent in the home. They battle fear daily, and often have no one to talk to. Several churches in the Fraser Valley have opened their doors to the program DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids with encouraging results. All children, including the unchurched who attend, learn that they are part of the church family and that their heavenly Father cares for them.

Abe Bergen, assistant professor of practical theology, specializes in youth ministry. He is concerned that children from Christian families may not be hearing a "holistic Gospel." If in our churches, Christian schools and at home we don't carefully teach them the whole Gospel, he says, then we risk watering down faith so that all it can do is promote personal well-being and teach our children that being "Christian" means being nice to each other.

It's exciting to see our children live their faith, yet we seem surprised when we see what a child with faith can do. Take, for example, 11-year-old Carrie-Anne Bauer. At her young age, God has touched her with love and compassion for suffering children. Her dream is to raise $50,000 to build a medical centre in Zimbabwe to help AIDS orphans. She's well on her way to achieving that dream!

Here's another story of compassion—this one from Africa. Jamie Hofland is a missionary there. Canadian writer Kristen Niehof tells a story of how Jamie's compassion has touched the hearts of many among a predominantly Muslim tribe. Jamie's love for just one woman whom all others rejected has sowed seeds for a much larger harvest.

Back in Canada, we hear stories continually of how believers in our churches are reaching out to friends and neighbours with God's love. Southside Community Church, Burnaby, B.C. believes we are to be, like Paul, all things to all people. Southside's five congregations intentionally build a Christian presence in their communities through relationships.

And here's something to ponder this week. Do you feel you're established in the calling God has for you? Perhaps you need His guidance. What should you do? Listen and you'll hear, says Rob Des Cotes. It's as simple as that.

Please enjoy these and the additional articles below. Have a good week.


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Other New Articles This Week

Euthanasia—Pre-empting the Next Battle
To pre-empt the next battle—the call for euthanasia—the Church will have to be visibly in the forefront caring for the vulnerable and demonstrating family and community responsibility.

Off the Map
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Is Being Saved the Same as Having a Personal Relationship With God?
We say that the heart of the Gospel is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, yet too often we don't relate to God in a personal way. Why is that?

When Your Kids Fight a Lot ...
Your kids are rolling on the floor in a fist-fight or calling each other names, and you feel like a failure. It happens to all of us. What should we do?

Searching for a Shared Ethics: An Alternative to Richard Dawkins' God Delusional Views
We need to search for a shared ethics that can accommodate many more people in a big ethical tent than is presently the case, says Margaret Somerville.

Falling in Love with Jesus
If it wasn't for God's people, His miracles sometimes wouldn't happen. Here is the story of Tanya who once was so lost, but now is saved, healed and delivered.

Religious Leaders Finally Get Some Respect
"It's encouraging to note that religious authority can be exercised these days without public scandal," says Ted Byfield.

Creation Museum Revives Christian Debates Over Earth's Evolution
Tours are booking fast at a $27 million creationist exhibition funded by evangelical Christians who believe in a literal biblical interpretation of natural history.

Presbyterians Elect Evangelical Moderator
Evangelicals within the Presbyterian Church in Canada are encouraged with the election of a local evangelical pastor as their new moderator





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