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Yes, but…

Are God's promises for real?
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“I know that Jesus died for my sins and all that, but what, if anything, does that have to do with how I fill out my income tax return?”

“The Word says that Jesus “will supply all my need”, but just in case He doesn’t, I’d better have a backup plan.”

“Trusting God is all very well, but what happens if it doesn’t work?”

“Prayer is important and good, I suppose, but let’s be practical here in figuring out how we’re going to meet our church budget.”

Have you ever said, either out loud or under your breath, any of ... more

Reluctant to Pray

The fundamental reason many of us don't pray
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– Originally published in the ANiC December 2016 First Friday Call to Prayer.

One of the most predominant themes that emerged from our recent diocesan synod in Vancouver concerned the desperate need for us all to grow in our experience of prayer. Bishop Charlie Masters, in his annual Charge to Synod, exhorted us specifically to be “praying for an open door for the Gospel (Colossians 4:2-4)” so that the Good News can be preached with power in our parishes, hometowns, and across our continent. He also reaffirmed his deep desire for us to be praying that his five ... more

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Labourers Few

ANiC's First Friday Call to Prayer.
by Garth Hunt

For many months, I have been seeking to exhort ANiC parish members and, indeed, myself to take seriously the desperate need for us to pray for revival – a Great Awakening in our day. We have shared together on the plight of our North American culture that seems bent on self-destruction like so many civilizations of the past. Sinful humanity, driven by greed and fear, refuses to learn from history and rebels against any restraints whatsoever. At one level, it has always been thus, but this is our generation, our responsibility, and the Lord has placed His church in the

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I Just Can’t Do it!

Struggling with atrial fibrillation and what God is teaching me
by Garth Hunt

Last week I celebrated my 72nd birthday. Now that’s not really old by many standards, but it’s definitely older than I’ve ever been! As some of you may know, I’ve also been struggling with the results of a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation – a fancy medical term for a rapid and irregular heartbeat. It’s not serious if dealt with, but as the treatment process unfolds over several months, I have found that between the results of the condition itself and the prescribed meds, I am extremely weak, short of breath, and have very little energy, even for ... more

A Church at a Critical Crossroads

by Garth Hunt

The worldwide Anglican Church is at a critical crossroads that is coming to a crescendo this month. The Archbishop of Canterbury has requested a gathering of all the primates (the lead bishops of each “province”) to meet in Canterbury for five days beginning January 11. At stake is a basic church-defining principle: Will Christ rule our life and witness through His word, or will our life and witness be conformed to the global ambitions of a secular culture?

If your ANiC parish is anything like mine (St. George’s, Burlington), there are many members who come to your church, not necessarily ... more

“If My People . . .”

by Garth Hunt

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me”. Revelation 3:20 ESV

This well-known verse from Revelation has been a comfort and blessing to millions of Christians over two millenia. It has also given inspiration over the years to several famous paintings. Many evangelical churches have prints of them hanging in their Sunday School classes.

Because the paintings depict Jesus standing at a door and knocking, I have always assumed that it was about the individual unbeliever being ... more

Guardians of the City

by Garth Hunt

Over the past few months, we have been pressing the people of the Anglican Network in Canada to pray with a growing sense of urgency. We have exhorted every member of ANiC parishes to begin to pray for revival within our churches and across our continent. Bishop Charlie Masters has passionately asked us to pray into being his Five Ministry Priorities, like spiritual midwives as it were.

One cannot look at our secular culture and world events without seeing that the darkness is getting darker, even as the Light is getting brighter. Many Christians are sensing that God is preparing ... more

A Pentecost Prayer

by Garth Hunt

Dear Friends, by the time you are reading this, we will have recently celebrated Pentecost Sunday in our churches across the land and around the world. Depending on varying theological emphases and worship styles, services on this day will have taken many different expressions, and the sermons will have had a vast range of themes and scriptural interpretations. Unlike Christmas and Easter, this festival of the church seems to present thorny issues for some.

As “a cradle Anglican”, growing up in a Bible-believing, evangelical Anglican church in west Toronto where my dad was the rector, we called this Whitsunday in ... more

Revival: The First Step

by Garth Hunt

In my last post, I made this statement: “True revival, I believe, has nothing to do with schedules, programs or eloquent oratory from visiting preachers. No, it is a sovereign act of God that completely resists our desire to package and control. We cannot make it happen, and yet it does seem historically that God desires us to ask Him for it.”  The more that I have meditated on the subject and discussed it with others, the more I believe that the above statement is true. It would be so much easier to research the data developed by the ... more

The Revival Challenge

by Garth Hunt

“Show me a people on their faces before God – gripped in the unction of prayer and I show you a people ready for revival.” Duncan Campbell, 26-year old leader of the Hebrides revival in 1950

As part of my Lenten devotional time this year, I have been reading a daily meditation on revivals throughout the history of the church. Inevitably, I have been struck by a seemingly undeniable fact – without prayer there is no revival.

It’s not the first time that I have read about revival through the course of my ministry, but this time it has not ... more

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