Virtual House News – August 7,2009 – By Christianity.ca

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Friday, August 7, 2009

“I’d like to teach the world to sing / In perfect harmony / I’d like to hold it in my arms and keep it company!”

Columnist Diane Exner wants the world to consider that the way we treat each other is important. God was not a “respecter of persons,” and neither should we be, she exhorts. We all love to live, and should therefore “live to love.”

After all, in spite of physical differences, inside we are all the same. That’s the insight behind a film, The Just Us Project, to be released this coming October. Alex Newman writes for Faith Today that the main characters are “regular Rwandan people” who, according to the producers, “were so focused on others' needs instead of their own, ‘It was humbling.’”

There are needs all around us too, but Vision Ministries Canada identifies immigrants as a special group that can benefit significantly from our knowledge as Canadians and our love as Christians. Relationship, rather than church programs, appears to be key. Sandra Reimer offers suggestions on relationship building.

Relationship also proved to be central to a Dalhousie university student’s outreach. He realized that his secular friends, who were interested in talking about God and the Bible, would be uncomfortable in a church setting, or even a Bible study. What could he do? In the article Beer and the Bible, a Navigators’ leader shares the story of what can happen in the right place with love and persistence.

Who do you know that needs relationship? Perhaps you can glean from these articles, be inspired, and invite someone over for a backyard barbecue!

And here’s a historic tidbit:

In July 2005 Denyse O’Leary wrote for Christianity.ca that contrary to myths promoted for decades by materialists, modern neurological studies show that consciousness and free will are not illusions. Check out her article in our archives: “Science, Evidence for Free Will.”


Daina Doucet, Online Editor
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