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Every Day Faith
One doesn’t need to look too far to be reminded of our need for God’s grace and strength to be poured out in not only our own lives, but in the hearts and circumstances of so many around us. We value your participation in the PAOC’s discipleship ethos, Every Day Faith, which reminds us of the importance of becoming grounded disciples of Christ. March is full of activity in our lives and churches as we gear up towards Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. We encourage you this month to consider four brief words:  He Gave. We Give. Paul’s words to the church in Galatia (Galatians 1:3-5) pinpoint exactly why He gave. It was the Father’s will. Christ became a “sin-offering” to God on behalf of all mankind, that we would know salvation—that we would be rescued from the sin that surrounds us every day. 

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the
will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Because Christ gave, we can also give. We give the message of salvation and forgiveness of sins to those who must hear it.  We give of ourselves, our time, our talents, our treasures, our very lives, for kingdom work.  As we live out a faith that is real every day, the message of the Cross can shine through. People are naturally drawn to those with generous hearts. May your hearts, your homes and God’s house overflow with generosity as you share the truth about Easter in the weeks ahead. Let’s focus on the significance of the Sacrifice. Let’s pray for a harvest of new believers, let’s give endlessly of ourselves, let’s share stories of life change and let’s read of His sacrifice together with a new understanding. This is who we are.  We are a generous people.  We give every day.

Be generous in all things as God has been generous to us. 
Give Every Day

Give Every DayEveryday StoriesWhat’s Your Treasure? Bob Osborne, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Westside King’s Church in Calgary, AB recently shared some insightful thoughts with testimony magazine (March 2013 issue) on defining meaning and purpose of material things.  “The Jesus way is the continual use of material things for the help and blessing of people.” In his article, Bob suggests that the way of Jesus is strengthened by a few simple practices—five points that may help guide a future sermon or conversation about giving.  To read more in testimony’s new Every Day Thoughts feature, click here.

blogGive of yourself and your writing to others.  Steve Kennedy, editor of PAOC’s testimony magazine, is on a Canada-wide search for our Fellowship’s greatest online bloggers.  If you are one, or follow someone regularly, please let us know. Plans are in place for a new blog-related column in the magazine and you may just find yourself or a blog friend being featured. Send your favourite blog URLs to testimony@paoc.org.
 

computerLet us save you time searching for that right video on Easter, the giving of ourselves and our obedience to Christ, or simply giving our story to someone else so they, too, can know eternal life.
Video: “Life with God”Click here to view.  
Video:  “Lord, Lord”Click here to view.  
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Video: “Tell Your Story”Click here to view.

Give where you can make a difference and in obedience to what the Lord desires of us.  Visit www.EveryDayFaith.ca for Giving Opportunities within the PAOC or for more on how the Bible instructs us to give. 

 
mentoringLifeGIVING MENTORS: A Guide for Investing Your Life in Others.  Mentoring is vogue today. People everywhere are interested in mentoring relationships. Sadly, it is also vague today. Most don’t have a model for how to experience “life-giving” relationships. This valuable resource on the subject of mentoring is compiled with endless practical tips and guidelines for success and written by Dr. Tim Elmore, president of GrowingLeaders.com. A must-read for those training and equipping student leaders.  Available for purchase through Wordcom Christian Resources. 


Missed getting to Verge2013 or watching the live webcasts?  It’s not too late.  You can order a Digital All Access Digital Media Pass, even after this DiscipleMaking  Conference. Visit http://the-verge-network.myshopify.com
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Read!

The Story of Easter, A 7-Day Reading Plan for the week of Easter

How would you spend the last week of your life knowing that it was your last? The last week Jesus was on earth in human form was filled with memorable moments, fulfilled prophecies, intimate prayer, deep discussion, symbolic acts, and world-changing events. Designed to start the Monday before Easter, each day of this reading plan walks you through the chapters from the four Gospels that tell the story of this Holy week. Challenge your small group, congregation or family to read together daily. Click here for more information or to begin reading.
 
The Bible Mini-Series
THE BIBLE on DVD.  Bible reading comes alive in new ways when accompanied by compelling visuals.  Sunday, March 3rd was the launch of THE BIBLE, an epic 5-part, 10-hour mini-series, made for TV with visual effects spanning Genesis to Revelation, designed to reach a younger generation and capture those unfamiliar with the Bible. http://www.bibleseries.tv/
 
Accompanying Products: 
A Story of God and All of Us (Novel) - a sweeping narrative that dramatizes some of the most important events and characters in the Bible in novel form. 

A Story of God and All of Us (Devotional) - 100 devotionals based upon content from the newly created 10-hour mini-series THE BIBLE.  
 
To order, call Wordcom Christian Resources at the PAOC International Office at (905) 542-7400 x. 4248 or click here to email your order today.
Share

How do you share the next step after salvation?
This booklet lays a firm foundation for new Christians to build their faith. Its easy-to-read style is organized by questions every new Christian wonders: What happened to me? Where do I go from here? What does God expect of me? How can I understand the Bible? How can I pray effectively? How can I know the will of God? What are the two baptisms?

The answers are clear and point to the Bible for more discovery. It’s the booklet you want to give every person who comes to salvation through your ministry…and it’s economical enough to do it! A great follow-up after Easter.  Also includes suggested daily Bible readings from the Book of Mark, a pattern for study, weekly scripture reading and Bible memorization.   Consider getting The New Believer’s FRIEND Handbook and journeying closely with someone who is brand new in the faith. 


Because Christ gave, we too can give.  Give of yourself to those who matter most -- share grace with your family! 
Take a few minutes to check out the Family Matters Minute with Dr. Tim Kimmel – an online radio feature that brings hope and purpose to the family. Everyone wants their family relationships to be an avenue for joy in their lives. But, navigating the rough roads of parenting, grandparenting and marriage requires guidance and tenacity. The tremendous grace that God has bestowed upon us must be the lens through which we view all of our relationships. The Family Matters Minute will help you create an atmosphere of grace in your home which will permeate all areas of your life. To listen online, click here.
Pray!
Prayer Points for March
Let’s join our hearts and voices together this month in prayer for the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice to be understood and reflected more in our lives. Click here to learn more.
 
Prayer Resources:
PrayTo order monthly Pray Every Day bookmarks for your church congregation or yourself, click here
PrayTo download monthly Pray Every Day bookmarks, click here.
PrayHelp those new in their faith as they learn to pray. Prayer Tips found at Every Day Faith’s Prayer 101.  

Coming in April: Take up the 30-Day Prayer Challenge

Plan now for next month.  The month of April has been designated by the PAOC as an opportunity to pray for those in the 4/14 window, an age that is most receptive to the message of the Gospel. Watch for a 4/14 Focus on Children being sent to local churches to incorporate as you see appropriate. Plan to take up the 30-Day Prayer Challenge to pray daily for the next generation. Click here to obtain April 30-Day Prayer Challenge Calendar.

Global 4/14 Day
Mark your calendars now for two weeks after Easter and make preparations now to participate.  April 14, 2013 is Global 4/14 Day
 – a day set aside globally to pray for the next generation. There are 2.3 billion children on earth under age 15 and they represent the largest unreached people group in the world.  To read more, click here
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CalendarWatch for the April e-blast with a focus on PRAYER.  Our children need our prayers more than ever before.  Let’s call out to God corporately for a generation of children who choose to follow in His ways. 

WordcomVisit www.EveryDayFaith.ca/Resources for a selection of resources that will help you live out an everyday kind of faith. 

Inspire!Like what you have seen in this e-blast or maybe you have something that could be shared with a broader audience (ie. videos, sermon outlines, stories, web links, etc.)?   Every Day Faith invites you to become a part of Jesus’ Great Commission and our missionto be a community of disciples who makes disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit. Inspire others in just one simple step:  www.EveryDayFaith.ca/Inspire


 
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