by James and Mary Wahl (St. Vital EMC)
Canada/El Salvador —“Obey My voice and I will be your God and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.”
These are the words of God the prophet Jeremiah brought to the people of Israel (Jer. 7). Yet we know they did not obey or incline their ears to Him. Instead they walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil hearts. In fact, they were moving backwards and not forwards, doing more evil than their parents. Continue reading Stepping Out of the Boat
by Terry M. Smith
God is at work in human history even if his ways are confusing—this is one lesson of Advent.
The prophet Isaiah said that God, who had made a covenant with Israel, was at work even though the nation had sinned and would enter exile. He who had created the heavens and earth, and gave breath to people, would bring forth his Servant: “My servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1-5). Continue reading Advent: A Promise of Light and Freedom
by Loreena Thiessen
When someone asks, “Who are you?” what do you say? You tell them your name, of course.
Your name identifies you. It was chosen especially for you. It sets you apart. It may also show something of your personality. Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?
By Rod Friesen
As I worked this morning (drywall taper), I had a question on my mind. Or, to sound more spiritual, it was on my heart.
Am I Awe-Full? As in, am I full of a sense of reverence and awe? My mind, as I worked, was questioning the word awful, and I was confused as to its origin and how it came to mean, in common use, something terrible. That is a bit off track, but it led me to this place: Do I live in a sense of reverence of our Creator and Sustainer? Continue reading Awe-Full: Remembering a Catholic Service from 29 Years Ago
by Terry M. Smith
A cartoon of years ago pictured a man seated in a pastor’s office. The pastor looked at him and said, “Give up your life of crime. Quit politics.” The Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is also a library of books written across many years in varied cultures, countries, and political contexts—which affects what political lessons we can take from it today. Continue reading The Spider Web of Scripture and Politics
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Abe Giesbrecht, the missions director of our sister conference—the EMMC—with which the EMC works as part of the MEM ministry in Bolivia.
by Abe Giesbrecht, Missions Director, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference
VILLA NUEVA, BOLIVIA – It was not that many years ago that our EMMC congregations first became aware of this new community being formed. Villa Nueva came about as a result of work being done with Low German Mennonite families who were no longer a part of the colonies in the area. Continue reading Villa Nueva Nurtures Families in Bolivia
by Janice Harder
BLUMENORT, Man.—On May 26, 2019, we had a baptism service officiated by Pastor Anthony Reimer. Katherina Sawatzky committed her life publicly before the Lord through baptism. Angela Doerksen gave her testimony, and both young ladies became covenant members here at Blumenort EMC. Continue reading Baptisms, Summer Programs, and Renovations