The House of God
The House of God

By Rhoda Klein Miller What’s the one thing you would ask God for today? Last Sabbath we looked at the one thing David would ask – to dwell in the house of the Lord every day.  Our Western minds picture a house as a solid structure but the...

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The beauty of life
The beauty of life

By Rhoda Klein Miller “In Japan the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a...

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Full Eclipse Day
Full Eclipse Day

By Rhoda Klein Miller I began attending OAC just before the news broke its beloved pastor Manuel Silva was battling cancer. He loved puns and began to publically share his journey in a blog under the charming name “SilvaLining.”  His...

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Supporting Health Workers
Supporting Health Workers

By Robert Bestwick In just a couple of hours, over 300 hot drinks were served to Vancouver General Hospital’s workers paid on their behalf by our church with the only goal of recognizing, supporting, and thanking the frontline health workers for...

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No hands but ours
No hands but ours

By Rhoda Klein Miller  There’s a church in Germany with a statue of Jesus by the altar. The building had been bombed in the war and the outstretched hands of Christ were broken off in the shaking. As the church was repaired and...

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What Jesus would do
What Jesus would do

By Ryan Brousson What are we to do in times of crisis? In times of need? Are we to look out for ourselves, clearing store shelves of food and necessities? Hoarding everything we can so we can stay secure, like we see people doing during this...

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Unfamiliar Strangers
Unfamiliar Strangers

By Rhoda Klein Miller Its 1am and all fire alarm bells within three floors of hallways are ringing.  I pull myself out of bed while my husband insists he’ll remain under the covers “to keep the dog calm”.  Slipping into a coat...

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Posture of Welcome
Posture of Welcome

By Colin Griffiths The practice of shaking hands extends back at least to the 5th century BC in Greece. It indicated the greeting was made with peaceful intentions, showing the extended open palm carried no weapon, and the shake revealed none...

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God’s Ways
God’s Ways

By Colin Griffiths One of the reasons we have been talking about fighting for the last few weeks is that we all have power and sometimes we use it in unhealthy ways. We have this love hate relationship with power – We hate it when people...

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Stories of forgiveness
Stories of forgiveness

By Rhoda Klein Miller  There is something powerful about stories of forgiveness. Who can read Corrie ten Boom’s words in The Hiding Place about taking a leap of faith to forgive her former concentration camp guard without getting misty...

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His desire in us
His desire in us

By Laurel Mason There is no lack for stories in the news of an outcry for social justice. Whether it is in the form of kneeling, wearing a neon vest or general protest, people are coming together to demand better distribution of wealth...

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Frenemies
Frenemies

By Rhoda Klein Miller  The scene played out on crisp black and white video captured by a nighttime camera focussed on a culvert opening beneath a highway in California. The movement of a coyote triggered a sensor and began the recording. What...

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