A 5 Day Easter Devotional Day 3: Will God Reject You If You Betray Him?

By Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor So if you really mess up, does that end your relationship with God? It’s a great question. The reality of most of our lives is this: we promise we’ll obey God, then we don’t. Does that ever mean God will simply reject you? That you’ve gone too far and it’s…

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A 5-Day Easter Devotional Day 2: How To Love And Forgive People Who Hurt You

By Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor Ever have a hard time forgiving someone? Especially someone who has hurt you … deliberately? It’s hard to imagine how Jesus must have felt the final week of his life. He had come to offer God’s forgiveness and grace to each of us, but the very people to whom he extended that…

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A 5-Day Easter Devotional — How God Uses His Power

Jesus at the last supper

By Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor If you had ultimate power, what would you do with it? My guess is you would change some things you’ve always wanted to change, likely for you and for others you’re close to. But then what? Interestingly enough, when people become powerful in this world (think business leaders, politicians and…

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Creating New Memories to Share this Easter Weekend

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Well, our second Easter weekend in a pandemic is upon us! Kind of wild, right? With limitations on gatherings and travel many of us are left to create new memories by adding twists to family traditions and brainstorming new ways to celebrate the season.   Easter has been one of my favourite holidays for a…

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Why Your Relationship Needs A Way Out Of The Fight Cycle

relationship communication fight cycle

When you notice that your car is making a new noise, do you drive directly to the mechanic or leave it for a few weeks to see if it goes away?  What about when you start to feel new pain or symptoms in your body? Do you go to the doctor to get it checked…

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3 Things We Learned From The Marriage Course As Newlyweds

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Deciding to take a marriage course as newlyweds may sound a bit backwards. What issues do you really have to work through so early on? What tests has your relationship truly faced?  At the end of last year, my husband Joel and I decided to take part in The Marriage Course that Connexus Church was…

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Why Your Calendar Isn’t The Key To Using Your Time Well

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Time.  You only get so much of it.  There’s an urgency to it, a scarcity. If you want to get more out of your time, you are likely to look to time management hacks and tricks. Many of them will start with your calendar. They’ll tell you to schedule everything in your calendar, to put…

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Why This Is The Most Important Year Of Your Entire Life

2020 will be a year you will remember for the rest of your life. It was full of ups, downs, anger, tears, and a lot of uncertainty.  However, while 2020 was memorable, this year will be much more critical for you. Here’s why. As you move towards the other side of this pandemic, a huge…

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What are Some Good Bible Reading Plans?

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If you have ever thought about reading your Bible, you’ve probably discovered the YouVersion Bible App for reading plans. But where do you start?

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Are Your Friends Actually Expecting to be Invited to Church at Christmas?

By Rose Meeder, Volunteer Host at Connexus Church in Orillia Christmas is such a cool time of year.  Of course, for me, as a Christian, it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and recognizing with awe, once again, that it was God’s plan from the very beginning to come and “be with us”. I…

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