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The Holy Spirit is Working Still

by Ray David Glenn

This is Ray David’s cover article from the Pentecost By George Newsletter.

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And ... more


Why Does St. George’s Exist?

by Ray David Glenn

Why does St. George’s exist? If we shut the doors tomorrow would anyone, other than our members, notice?

Our upcoming move into our new ministry center in Alton Village gives us this unique opportunity to ask, study and pray through these questions.  Ultimately we want to understand who God is calling us to be and what that looks like.  Really, so much of this is already implied in our life together.  The answers to these questions form the unspoken reasons why people join, or leave St. George’s.  The task is not to re-invent the wheel.  Nor is the task to ... more


But Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

by Ray David Glenn

Last week, David Mainse gave me the written testimony of my paternal grandfather, which he found in his old bible school’s yearbook. Below is the salvation story of my grandfather.

Listen to the sermon it inspired here.

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Maundy Thursday: Less is More

by Ray David Glenn

Any child can tell you that 613 of anything is more than 10 and that 10 of anything is more than one.

But Maundy Thursday is an annual reminder that sometimes less is more.

Picture the scene.  It is the Thursday night before Passover. Jesus is gathered with his best friends, his disciples, and they are eating the Passover meal.  On that evening Jesus redefines the Passover bread and cup of wine showing his disciples that he is the fulfillment of the Passover.  In other words, God using the blood of a spotless lamb to deliver His people from death, ... more


Dream Builders #2 – It Requires People to Make the Dream a Reality

by Ray David Glenn

This was the second Walt Disney quote I saw on a poster in Disney World.

There are two main concerns I carry in this building project.  First, I am flooded with horror at the thought of us moving into our new church home and ministry centre only to discover within a year or so that we built too small.  Having said that, I know that we are taking a massive step of faith in the size and cost of the project.  The Lord will provide space and means if He brings too many people too quickly.  Second, I have a ... more


Dream Builders #1 – You Don’t Build It For Yourself

by Ray David Glenn

If we are friends on Facebook then you will already know that Matt and I spent time in Disney World last week.  It was healing and inspiring.

Disney World was always our family vacation, but we had not returned since Rhonda’s died almost 3 years ago. Honestly, I didn’t even realize how important it was for Matt and me to go back to Disney, tie up some emotional loose ends and begin making new memories.  In that way it was healing.

While Disney World is not the vacation I would choose for myself, it remains a trip that I enjoy ... more


Daily Family Advent Readings

by Ray David Glenn

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Some have asked me to recommend daily readings for family devotions during Advent.

There are loads of resources available but I highly recommend Good News of Great Joy.  I plan to read these daily devotionals to Matthew at our breakfast table.

Would you do the same?  You can do it.  Set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier and spend that time preparing your heart to celebrate Christmas.  If breakfast time will not work, then do it at the dinner table.  The important thing is to lead your soul and lead your family in preparation.  If you live on your ... more


A Lamp to My Feet

by Ray David Glenn

I wake up before dawn.  It is especially dark, now that we are nearing the end of October.

Every morning I walk downstairs in the dark to find the coffee-maker.  Without turning on a light, for fear of disturbing my son’s sleep, I make a cup of black coffee.

There is a chair next to the fireplace in my den.  I sit there, in the dark, and say a simple prayer, thankful for a night of rest and asking for my God to speak to me through His word. I read my ESV Bible from the glow of my iPad.  ... more


Blair and Joe Gave Me A Gift

by Ray David Glenn

So many have emailed, texted and Facebooked me over the past 12 hours asking for the latest on Blair and Joe.  Now that the dust has settled there is nothing to really update.  In fact, it will be good news if there are no ‘updates’ on either Blair or Joe over the next week.  They will, Lord willing, both progress through their recovery steadily and incrementally.

No news is good news.

Rather than an update, I thought I’d share an insight I had yesterday.  Joe gave Blair a new liver and Blair gave Joe the opportunity to discover deep purpose ... more


Prayer for Blair and Joe

by Ray David Glenn

Friends, be in church this Sunday.

I have never asked you to be in church services. I am this week.

This Sunday will be unlike any other Sunday.

Hundreds have read Bryan’s blog and are otherwise familiar with Blair and Joe’s upcoming surgery.  If you haven’t, you can read it here.

At one level, Joe is giving part of his liver to Blair.  It is a surgical procedure that will cost Joe weeks (maybe months) of discomfort and recovery, while giving Blair relief from his years of suffering. Considered from this level, Joe is a modern-day hero.  He is sacrificing ... more


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