Stanley had never held a Bible in his hands, let alone read one. So when he joined the Scripture Union Sports Camp this summer and was handed a sports New Testament created for Scripture Union by the Canadian Bible Society, he looked at it – confused – and asked his coach, “Is this a dictionary?”
Like Stanley, many children who go through these sports camps have never seen or owned a Bible. The primary reason is that their family doesn’t go to church or doesn’t own a Bible.
As for me, I was introduced to the Bible by my parents at an early age, so it is hard for me to imagine what it’s like to grow up in a home where God’s Word is not read and talked about. I may not have understood completely the importance of the Bible when I was very young, but, looking back, those years of reading Bible stories and memorizing Christian Scriptures have developed in me the appreciation for God’s Word and the role it played – and continues to play – in my life. It definitely helped me navigate through the treacherous teenage years, gave me wisdom for those life-changing decisions, and provided a guide for day-to-day situations. Most importantly, the Bible led me to Jesus, my Saviour, Friend, and Anchor in life.
The Canadian Bible Society has for over 110 years shown its commitment and passion to make the Bible available in the first language of every person in Canada and around the world. Our commitment is more than just putting that Bible into a person’s hand, through sales or free distribution. It goes further. It means being committed to that person understanding this book and realizing that it is not like any other book in the world. This book’s message is life-giving.
I will soon be leaving the Canadian Bible Society in order to give birth for the first time. I imagine that many mothers-to-be are, like me, experiencing a certain level of anxiety, fear of the unknown, and excitement as this major event is drawing near. I am therefore focusing this last blog post on preparing for childbirth, which dovetails with the upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day. The following 10 Bible verses are meant to help all expectant mothers prepare mentally and spiritually for the birth of their baby.
1. “Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.” Philippians 4.6 (GNT)
2. “Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice. My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23.25-26 (NKJV)
3. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry’.” Hebrews 10.35-36-37 (NKJV)
Winter is a difficult time for many Canadians. Lack of sunlight, cold weather and short days are all factors which make us want to hibernate, and not wake up until the Spring…
However, with a good attitude and some words of encouragement, one can change all this negativity into the joy of living. In fact, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience four completely different seasons. God has given us this privilege, and we should be grateful for it. Therefore, here are five verses that will help you love winter.
Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. Only God’s Spirit gives new life. The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to. You can hear the wind, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. John 3.7-8 (CEV)
This coming February 12, we will celebrate the reopening of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) store, the Maison de la Bible de Québec (Quebec City Bible House). The event will begin at 1 p.m., in front of the store, located at 1025, Saint-Jean Street. The inaugural ribbon will be cut by Mr. Alain Pouliot, episcopal vicar of the Quebec City Archdiocese. The guests will then proceed inside, where Mr. Claude Noël, secretary of the Fraternité des Ouvriers Évangéliques (Brotherhood of Evangelical Workers) for the Quebec region, will ask for the Lord’s blessing. Cocktails and cakes will then be served, in a festive setting.
A New Environment
The Maison de la Bible has been part of the scenery, on Saint-Jean Street, since 1923. Toward the end of October 2015, renovations began in order to rejuvenate the store’s front as well as the inside. The previous improvements dated back to 1985. The clients will now be welcomed into a much more modern, cleaned up and attractive environment. The changes include the addition of a children’s area and of a reading corner, which give the store a warmer feel.
Guest Post by Violet Nesdoly
Wherever we are these days—waiting to pick up our kids at school, in a lineup or around a table in a restaurant, in a hall waiting for the lecture to begin—chances are many around us are engrossed in their phones or tablets. Despite how antisocial they appear, they may well be socializing after all, not with those around them but with someone on social media.
On December 1, 2015, thousands of charities across North America celebrated the start of the giving season through Giving Tuesday. This movement, which started in 2012, encourages people to give back after spending money during the two major commercial events – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) joined the movement for the first time, raising over $4600 towards the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project.
Cuba: Million Bible Mission is a five-year project with the aim of providing Bibles to growing churches in Cuba. The country has been experiencing an unprecedented growth in Christianity, at a pace of 10-25% a year. While this is encouraging news for Christians in the country, it also poses a great challenge for church leaders: they don’t have enough Bibles to give to new believers who have the insatiable desire to read and know more about God’s Word. Literacy rate is high – nearly 100% - in Cuba, but they are still far behind in the use of modern technology, that is why churches have no other option but to buy Bibles from bookshops. Unfortunately, most of the churches in Cuba are poor and unable to purchase much-needed Bibles. And if they are able to afford Bibles, bookstores – including state-run bookshops – don’t have enough stocks for distribution. Supply and resources are just not enough to keep up with the growing number of Christians in the country.
Toronto, ON — Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering which takes place after two major commercial events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the day when charities, companies and individuals join together to focus on giving.
For Giving Tuesday, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) will invest proceeds to the Cuba Million Bible Mission.
In the last two decades, God has been blessing Cuba’s churches with unprecedented growth. A recent report states, “The Catholic Church now has more than a million active members, and the number of Protestant Christians has increased threefold over the past decade to at least 900,000. Total, that’s around 20% of the 11 million people in Cuba—and rising.”
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: