In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent launches a new year. The primary theme of this season is one of expectation for Jesus to come. Unfortunately, for many of us in Canada, we tend to be so busy with the full to-do list of the season that we miss out on this expectation of excitement.
We make holiday plans, we shop for gifts, we put up decorations, we make sure cards were mailed on time, and all of that, while keeping to our budget. It’s no wonder that Christmas has become one of the most stressful times of the year for many of us. Sadly, because of our busyness, we forget to spend time with the Person who really matters: Jesus.
This Christmas, we challenge you to make this season less stressful and more Christ-centred. Here are a few suggestions:
Jesus exhorts us to, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19.14 ESV). That’s why it is a huge part of the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) to reach out to the next generation with the Word of God. This past summer, CBS partnered with summer camps across the country, making the “Adventure for Life” Bible available to children and teens. For some of these children, the Bible they received at these camps was their first-ever copy.
It is hard to imagine what soldiers experience during their military service. May we never forget that many acts of courage have served to protect us and help write the history of our country.
We may never experience what it feels like to be in the frontlines, but we hope that the following selected Bible verses will give us an understanding about our men in uniform’s important calling and sacrifice. May these verses serve as a reminder to honour the memory of those who died serving their country and to pray for protection for those who are in active duty.
It’s not easy being a mother. And to be a mom and a student at the same time is doubly challenging. That is why we rejoice with mothers who work so hard to complete their education.
Recently, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) was invited to the graduation ceremony of Toronto City Mission’s (TCM) Role Model Moms program. This program aims to equip moms who are at least 18 years old and have not completed their high school education with the academic knowledge, confidence, and life skills necessary to successfully pass the high school equivalency exam regulated by the government of Ontario.
CBS representative, Tanya Prinsep, who was at the ceremony to present Bibles to the graduates, shared, “I have to admit that I had tears of delight and joy as these young women received their GED diplomas and shared some of the struggles they overcame to complete the program.”
The Canadian Bible Society concluded its annual cycling event, Bike for Bibles, with the last ride in September. This year, about 150 cyclists across Canada participated in one-day and multi-day rides to raise over $50,000 for the Bible-based HIV/AIDS awareness program, the Good Samaritan.
Bike for Bibles is not just a fundraising event, it is also an opportunity for participants to enjoy fellowship with other cyclists as well as to re-charge spiritually. Many past participants shared that, although physically spent at the end of the rides, they go home with renewed spiritual strength, thanks to the daily devotions prepared by organizers.
Translation of the Bible into modern English can be traced back some 600 years. Some of the most prominent names attached to this early work of Bible translation in modern English are John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. However, attempts at translating the Bible into Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon) go back to the work of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century. Today there are so many different versions in English that no one seems to know the exact number. I have heard numbers as high as 600 and Wikipedia gives the number as more than 450.
The Canadian Bible Society is partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) to seek the public’s assistance to help a lost Bible find its way home.
The Bible in question looks like it has been dearly loved and when it came into the possession of a FCPO member, he was deeply moved by its condition and was compelled to do whatever he could to return the lost Bible to its owner. He has pledged to travel anywhere in the world to return the Bible – at his own expense.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3.16-17 ESV)
Love is in everything we do… we look for it wherever we go.