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Broken Families Can Still Be Great Families

This blog originally appeared in Parent Cue and was written by Kristen Ivy, the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange and co-author of “Playing For Keeps,” “Creating a Lead Small Culture,” and “It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It.” I have great parents. Don’t tell them I told you so. They would never believe…

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How to Lead Meaningful Conversations, Share your Faith, and Build Relationships in Small Groups

Rose Zacharias Meeder, one of our Groups Coaches, shares her tips based on many great personal conversations with friends, neighbours, coworkers and group members.  Rose and her husband Rob have lead groups for many years at Connexus.  Groups provide people with community, support, friendship and spiritual growth.  If you have questions about joining a group…

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Why Christians Should Stop Saying “Prayer Works” (And 2 Other Things)

One reason people stay away from Christianity is not because they don’t know any Christians. It’s often because they do. Our actions and our words as followers of Jesus have the power to attract or repel people from Christianity. The number of people who never go to church or follow Jesus keeps growing. And their thinking keeps…

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Invest in the Emotional Well-Being of Your Child: Teach Them to Forgive

This originally appeared in The Parent Cue Blog and was written by Kendra Fleming. A while ago something painful happened to our family.  It hurt. It was a betrayal. It was out of our control and it was someone else’s fault.  It left our whole family reeling. The details of what happened are not important, but…

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How Your Heart gets Hard and What You can DO about it

I don’t know about you, but as for me, the longer I serve in leadership, the more intentional I have to be at keeping my heart open and fully alive. That’s a polite way of saying that the longer I do it, the more I have to guard against my heart becoming hard. Hardness of…

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How to have a Fantastic Family Fight

I talk to so many people outside the church who say they get along better than people in the church. If church people behaved like they tell other people to behave, they might come. I’ve met so many Christian couples who just couldn’t work it out. Famously, the Christian divorce rate is almost identical to…

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What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

I thought missing a Sunday morning service wasn’t a big deal. I have worked at Connexus Church for 8 years and would only miss a Sunday because I was away on vacation.  Quite honestly, I didn’t think missing a Sunday was a big deal. It’s not a sin. It’s not earth-shattering. No one notices (or…

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The invitation that changed a life.

Easter is one of those special weekends that comes around each year. It’s a time to remember the sacrifice God made on Good Friday, and to rejoice in celebration at the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday! The journey from complete despair to everlasting hope, over a 3 day journey. It’s truly incredible! For Shane, Easter is…

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How to Egg Your Neighbours House

Spring has Sprung! There is so much excitement in the turning of the seasons from Winter to Spring. As chicks are hatching, trees are beginning to bud, and the snow is finally melting away, new life is springing up all around us. As someone who’s favourite season is Summer, the changing of the seasons from Winter…

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Choose Less Stress

We know that stress can feel like it’s almost inevitable when you have kids, especially if they’re still living at home and rely on you for their daily routines. As we prepare for the interview Carey will be doing with Dr. Rob Meeder, a local paediatrician with a primary focus on children and teenagers with mental health,…

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