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  • Jul23Sun

    Here in Canada..

    July 23, 2017
    Here in Canada, we are blessed to have so much variety in weather.  We always have something to talk about! I am a bit of a weather guy.  I regularly check the weather in Newfoundland (where my wife Jackie and I are going on our holidays), or in Yellowknife where our boys Jacob and Nico are working in Landscaping this summer. Though...
  • May5Fri

    Faith and Life Questions

    May 5, 2017 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    “This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24) When it is raining for days, it certainly puts a damper on our enthusiasm to rejoice.  But we still can rejoice because we are loved by God and nothing in this life can separate us from that love! That knowledge sustains us and...

  • Happy New Year

    January 4, 2017 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Blessings and Peace to all of you as we start this new year, 2017! I hope that the joy of Christmas and the celebrations of God’s love continues to warm your heart as you go forward into the year.

    The habit of daily devotions is an important habit to help us remain aware of the God’s presence in our daily lives. As we start a year,...

  • Dec10Sat

    We are not alone

    December 10, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    I believe that in the Christmas season, we are reminded of what is most important to us: that we are not alone in this world--that God is with us! In Matthew 1: 23 we read,  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,   and they shall name him Emmanuel,”   which means, “God is with us.”

    God came down...

  • Oct11Tue

    After Thanksgiving

    October 11, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we do not just move on to the next thing, but reflect on what we just celebrated! Thanks giving comes at a wonderful time of year to celebrate The weather is often not too hot and not too cold. Family comes together, and we affirm that God is good, and that God has provided...
  • Sep5Mon

    Labour Day

    September 5, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Today (Labour day) is the official last holiday of the summer. What a summer it has been! In my family, we planned and experienced a wedding for our daughter Elleana and our son in-law Alex. It is so good to celebrate and give thanks to our Lord! For some of you, however, this summer may have been a time of loss, of receiving...

  • Jun1Wed

    Someone

    June 1, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”

    Heat wave-and my air conditioner is not working! Then someone reminds us, “Be thankful, this is great beach weather. The corn in the fields need this weather to grow tall! It feels like holidays!” This...

  • Mar29Tue

    After Easter

    March 29, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Can you believe it? Easter Sunday has already past! The worship services have been meaningful as worshippers reflect on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord! How does this impact our daily lives? We are known and valued by God, more than we can even understand!
     
    Over the next couple of months, the theme for the worship...
  • Mar1Tue

    Some food for thought

    March 1, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoesktra
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    As I reflect on this blog, I was wondering what to call it?  In discussion with other staff at a meeting last week, everyone agreed that ‘Pastor Ed’s Blog’ is too generic.  It was suggested that since I have a love for the land, and I have a farming background, I could call it something in line with an agricultural...
  • Jan16Sat

    Happy New Year

    January 16, 2016 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    Happy new year! We are ‘hitting the ground running’ into 2016. In terms of our present worship services, we are engaged in a 5 week series on prayer (Jan 10-Feb 7). We know from the Bible that God wants to communicate with us through prayer. Prayer is where we build a personal relationship with our loving God.  Prayer is to be...