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Words Have Power

Words have power. With our words we can bless or curse; build up or destroy. Terry Bone and his wife Melissa have been searching for a deeper understanding of the Father heart of God. Their quest has resulted in the rediscovery of the powerful Scriptural principle of blessing. They will be sharing this message on the 100 Huntley Street TV broadcast during the month of August.

Words shape lives and destinies. Isaiah asks, "Do you suppose that mere words of the lips can pass for warlike counsel and strength?" (Isaiah 36:5) Of course, the answer is, yes! That's the very reason a Pakistani Muslim whose goal is the "global domination of Islam" and extermination of Jews, was banned from Vision TV recently. We believe in religious freedom, but in this case we might ask, should there be some limits to it?

Words are also convenient vehicles for manipulation. It used to be in the old days, says Barbara Kay, that atheists "abandoned organized religion, but sought no quarrel with those who stayed." Not so anymore. Atheists are coming "out of the closet" now. They are appropriating "martyrish victimspeak—the kind that other collective rights groups have successfully leveraged for political gains."

Words certainly convey influence and authority. It may not be a well-known fact, but a woman—a preacher from rural Ontario—eclipsed men like Pierre Trudeau as one of the 20th century's most influential Canadians. According to National Post columnist Jonathan Kay, she "reinvented American Protestantism."

These are great articles, and we encourage you to check them out. But here are a few more that might be of interest.

Writers of two of our featured articles report on the observations of several prominent Christians. One asks, Are Mormons Christians? and quotes a preeminent U.S. Evangelical who doesn't think so. He says Mormons believe in a "false gospel." The other quotes the harsh words of the Human Life International President who calls the abortion industry a "perverse form of worship to the devil."

And finally, here's another inspiring article by Phil Callaway titled A Very Unlikely Mission Leader. That was a good way to describe Doug Nichols. He was a character. In college he majored in two subjects: women and alcohol. In Callaway's words, "God took that character and built real character in him."

Have a good week, and please scroll down to our other special selections below.


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Other New Articles This Week

Creating the Ethics of Synthetic Biology
We don't own life, life owns us—and our recently acquired ability to alter life is a huge responsibility.

Warning: Kids Home Alone with the Internet
A Bill that could help protect our children from Internet luring is delayed in Parliament.

Storytelling offers children 'living proof' of the grace and faithfulness of the Lord.

Does God Care About National Boundaries?
Letter to the Editor: A reader contemplates how national boundaries of nations founded by humankind relate to the vision of spiritual revival.

God at Work in Denominations: Vision Ministries Canada
Church leaders are busily focused on their own congregations and communities. Why should they sacrifice time to participate in the efforts of a larger network of churches?

Finding Your Coffee Community
The need for companionship is so easily met by a coffee shop.

Worthy Recipients for the Order of Canada
Certain distinguished Canadians deserve to be among the recipients of the Order of Canada, says Rory Leishman.

What Scandal? Whose Conscience?
Some reflections on Ronald Sider's Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.





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