08/03/2018

Words

Words By Kara BrunstingKara is 14 years old and lives in Waterloo, Ontario.Words. You. Us. Should. Must. Yes. No. Don’t. Do. Hate. Love. These words, on their own, don’t mean much. But what if I said ‘You aren’t coming.’ or, ‘Yes, I lied to you.’ or even, ‘I hate you.’ You’ve heard it. Or seen it.

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06/22/2018

Screenagers and the Need for Authenticity

Screenagers and the Need for AuthenticityWritten by Alex Street“We don’t just want your attention, we want you to be authentic!”The ResearchI had been doing some research on young adult ministry in the church and this sentence, proclaimed by a young adult with conviction in his voice, clarified ever

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06/22/2018

Dreams Uncuffed: The Legacy of a Life Cut Short 

Yeabsira Solomon Bekele was born in Ethiopia in 1997, relocated to Edmonton with his parents and his younger brother in 2007, and travelled across Asia to share the Word of God and a message of empowerment. In March 2018 in India, Yeabsira died trying to save his best friend from a high-voltage elec

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06/21/2018

1,000,000 Followers Later: Interview with Justin Stuart

Justin Stuart Interview with Conor SweetmanA popular Youtube prankster’s perspective on the depth of Christian life in a shallow culture.Check out Justin’s Youtube channels and Instagram profile here: Prank Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JStuStudios Vlog Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/

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06/21/2018

A Small Step in the Same Direction 

Written by Morgan MitchellStartled awake by the vibrating of my phone under my pillow. There it is again, that dreaded alarm that haunts me every morning. I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Then it happens again, that alarm goes off, I slide to open my “alarm” aka iPhone, and I am instant

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06/21/2018

Confronting Poverty through Technology

Compassion GenerationThis series is about youth who strive to make this generation one of compassion. They are responding to the brokenness in the world by taking action with Compassion Canada. We hope these stories inspire and encourage you.Confronting Poverty through TechnologyMeet three students

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06/21/2018

Be Social: For Creative Pastors

Written by Angel KiviaYour alarm goes off—what’s the first thing you do? Go on your phone to turn it off, duh. What’s the second thing you do? More likely than not, it’s the decision of which app to open first. Social media has become a part of the morning routines of those with smartphones and wifi

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06/21/2018

Loving Willowdale: Before & After the Van Attack

Written by Joel GordonThousands of people marched and sang in solidarity moving south on Yonge Street just a few days after the tragic van attack in Toronto. The day following this devastating event, on April 24, 2018, our neighbourhood gathered to mourn and grieve at a memorial located at the corn

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06/21/2018

Terror in Toronto: A Community Called to Action

Written by LauraPuiras April 23, 2018 began like any other Monday morning: rushing out the door to get to work on time. I made my way down to the Yonge and Sheppard area of Toronto, ready to start another busy workweek. Near the end of my shift, my boss told me that a van had gone off the road, driv

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06/21/2018

Starting with the Light

Written by Cassandra WolfeLike a mighty storm, stir within my soul!I recognize my own inner voice crying out to Jesus to stir within my soul as I awake from sleep in the morning. I surrender. I wanna know you, Lord. Hillsong’s lyrics echo my heart perfectly.I’ve set an intentional goal for myself in

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06/21/2018

“I never wanted to do this…” Following God’s Call on Your Life 

I never wanted to do this. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I made one decision fairly early in life: “I am not going to be a pastor.” Don’t get me wrong, I love my Dad and I never had—like many other people I know who grew up in a pastor’s home—a bad experience where he chose his ministry over us. I l

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06/21/2018

What Modelling Taught Me About Affirmation

Written by Katie Pezzutto Modelling is not as glamorous as it looks. It took me a year of sore-butt-from-makeup-chair-sessions syndrome, over a hundred awkward poses and enough nervous sweat to fill an Olympic swimming pool for me to figure this out. Modelling is also not as body-image bolstering as

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06/21/2018

Information Isn’t Knowledge

Written by Hannah Trail Growing up, my father was a pastor, and my family including most of my extended relatives were active, passionate Christians. Because of this upbringing, I had a lot of information floating around in my head about this religion, but until I was older and in university I wasn’

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06/21/2018

How Can I Help? Power in Christian Families 

Written by Kevin HaggartyPower and position. It’s how the world works. Presidents, CEO’s, politicians, teachers, managers, pastors—leadership roles come with influence and power, and it’s a power that affects others, especially if it’s misused. It’s also at the heart of most of our family problems.

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06/21/2018

Crowd Pleasers vs. Crowd Servers

Written by Grace HarmanThe way Jesus sought after the hearts of the people rather than the approval of the people teaches us an intense, humbling lesson about the world we currently live in. I am completely enamoured by the idea of how we use social media and technology. It has advanced in such a wa

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06/21/2018

A Refugee’s Miracle 

Written by Daniel Kim Every Friday, my Korean friend Joo-eun and I visit in the house of an older woman from our church to have fellowship together. Joo-eun and I are both from Korea, coming to Canada to study only a few short months ago. It was at Willowdale Baptist Church where we met Stefanie. Jo

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06/21/2018

Beautifully Simple 

Written by Josiah PiettThe Who, What, Where When and Why behind the Book Beautifully SimpleWhoTo start, my name is Josiah Piett. I am 22 years old. By the time you are reading this, I will have been married for almost a year now to my amazing wife Kara-Lee. She is a woman who is passionate about God

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06/21/2018

Social Media Does Not Know God’s Plans for You

Written By Angela JonesSocial media is a great tool, but it can also have a negative effect in the form of inciting comparison. I have a love/hate relationship with social media, and I don’t think I am alone! I love it when I am strong spiritually and emotionally and my response is celebratory when

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06/21/2018

Can I Be Confident in Knowing God’s Will?

Written By Erin FordI love the certainty of John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, when he writes to fellow Christians to assure them of the confidence they can have in prayer. John writes, “Now this is the confidence we have before him: Whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And

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06/21/2018

Do I Dare Go Public With My Faith?

Written By Corey PorterI kept my faith private in high school.In high school, I didn’t have close Christian friends. I didn’t feel like there was any place for my faith in the classroom or hallways. I didn’t dare speak of my faith for fear of mockery from my partying peers.My first weeks of universi

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06/21/2018

A Wild Ride

Written by Alex StreetThere is no end to the possible connections with the art, stories, and lives all around us. God can use just about anything to grab your attention on this wild ride, including a 40-year-old photograph, stories of Jesus, and a girl from Toronto.My dad, David Street, was a photog

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06/21/2018

Words from the Editor — Issue 28

Written by Conor SweetmanUnbeknownst to the writers, three of the articles featured in this issue open with the illustration of waking up in the morning and immediately filling our eyes with the artificial light of our mobile phone.This pattern shows the extent to which most of us live with our phon

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05/02/2018

How Do I Know? Walking the Line of Doubt

Written by Josiah Piett Many people claim to have their life transformed by Jesus Christ—myself included—but are there questions we should ask about that?I am the type of person who is skeptical about anything that sounds too good to be true. I ask a lot of questions. You can ask my wife or my prof

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04/30/2018

Words from the Editor — Issue 27

We’re on the brink of something.Though the seasons hang in the balance—snow falls mid-April as I write this—the sharp winter winds are dying down and spring is creeping in. As we look over the edge of one season into another, we’re fuelled by the anticipation of what is to come. Once we submit our l

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