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23 03, 2017

Praying the Question

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: General reflection, God, Prayer, Staff Diaries|0 Comments

Over the past few weeks a small group of us have met at Next Door to pray and discern the question, “as we are already engaged in Kingdom work, is the Lord calling us be a fuller expression of His church?” This question was formed as the first step in our discernment process, and while the wording of the question is open to some interpretation, it is essentially asking whether we should be more “church

9 02, 2017

Trail Running as Metaphor

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: General reflection, Serving, Staff Diaries, Stories, Withoutwalls|0 Comments

I enjoy running. In particular, I enjoy trail running and the sense of flow that comes with the twists and turns. Ask any trail runner, when you are in the flow you feel like you can run forever! However, there is an inevitability to trail running. The flow never lasts, and you know at some point the euphoria will be interrupted with the challenge of a grueling climb, a steep descent or an outcropping of

13 01, 2017

Personal Need

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: General reflection, Purpose, Meditations, Prayer, Prayers of the People, Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Heavenly Father, We come to you with hearts full of thankfulness. Thank you that you love us no matter what; nothing can separate us from your abundant love. Thank you that when we are weak, you are strong.  Thank you that you care about all the details of our lives, even the smallest things matter to you.  Thank you for your constant presence as you walk with us moment by moment, day by day. We

12 01, 2017

Global Missions

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Global Mission, Prayer, Prayers of the People, Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Acts 1:8: "…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" ForestView Global Missions Vision : To see People Groups worldwide being transformed by the love of Christ. To see the ForestView Community passionate for the nations, living and giving generously to fulfill the Great Commission. God is doing amazing things around the world through His people who have courageously stepped out in obedience

10 01, 2017

Emerging Generations

By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: General reflection, Purpose, Meditations, Prayer, Prayers of the People, Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Father, Each morning, I wait for my classroom of bustling students to arrive. As they enter the hallway, I listen. And so their stories are told. In their words and by their actions, I am reminded daily of the battles your children face. One where they struggle to accept their differences as beauty. One where their own communities refuse to accept their unique quirks and gifts as valuable. I hear it in the way they

9 01, 2017

Neighbourhoods, Networks & Communities

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: General reflection, God, Meditations, Palermo, Prayer, Prayers of the People, Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31 Neighbourhoods Take a moment to think about where you live. Your neighbourhood. Take a look outside and look at your street. Maybe you know your neighbours by name or you just know their faces or maybe you don’t know them at all. Take a moment and pray for them.  When we pray for those that we may

8 01, 2017

Vision/Mission, Leadership & Staff

By |January 8th, 2017|Categories: Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Good, Good Father, We come to you with thankful hearts, ready to start a new year in your Son's strength. There is so much to do oh Lord, and yet we know if we do not do it by keeping in step with your Holy Spirit that we will labour in vain. And so we ask God that you would attune us to your voice. May our choices reflect your will. We ask and pray

8 01, 2017

The Forgotten

By |January 8th, 2017|Categories: Prayer, Prayers of the People, Week of Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I remember a Friday night many years ago when friends going away for a weekend left without me simply because I couldn’t get off work till 6pm.  I’ve since recovered from that slight (even had a good weekend without them!) but it was no fun at the time to be forgotten. You likely have a story of being forgotten.  It may be a profound story that has shaped your life or an easily forgiven oversight

15 12, 2016

The Candle of Joy

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: God, Joy, Prayer, Prayers of the People|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE: The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - Matthew 4:16 Father, how much we need the reminder of our family history! - the good part, where You, the friend of sinners, call us Your friends, where You tell us

7 12, 2016

The Candle of Peace

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: General reflection, God, Prayers of the People|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE... Oh, King of Peace, Prince of Peace! Oh, this world needs You. Peace isn’t something that we’ve got too much of, that’s for sure. If we’re looking at the big picture of the world or the little picture of our own lives- to have peace characterize our lives and our relationships sounds like a dream. And that it would take a miracle. We know it’s not supposed to depend on