Not sure if this is big potatoes or not for the future of the church in Canada. However, there is a lot of analysis at the above links if you’re looking…
Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its long-awaited decision regarding Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school.While the law school had received accreditation from the law societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, accreditation was denied by the law societies of British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. TWU took them all to court, and the cases in BC and Ontario went all the way to the Supreme Court. On Friday (June 15th), the SCC released its decision, in which it sided with the law societies, effectively shutting down TWU’s dream of opening a law school.
The details are long and somewhat complicated but there is no questioning the fact that loss was devastating to TWU and sent shock waves through Canada’s Christian community. Much debate amongst legal experts is sure to follow, as Canada now tries to untangle another SCC decision which creates uncertainty about the extent of religious freedom in Canada.
We are not going to try and unpack this important issue in this small space. Rather, we want to call you to pray for pastors and Christian leaders across the nation (if you want more background information on the TWU cases, go here, here or here).
PRAYER POINTS FOR TWU and RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
- Pray for Trinity Western University, that they would be strengthened and encouraged after this discouraging news.
- Pray that rather than shrinking back, the church in Canada would be emboldened to witness of Christ without apology.
- Pray that church leaders and pastors would not shrink from teaching the clear truths of scripture, but would be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
- Pray for divine strategies to move forward and impact our nation with the gospel.
- Pray for a great revival to break out amongst the LGTBQ community, transforming their hearts and lives and impacting the nation.
- Pray that the church would would respond with compassion toward the broken, while not compromising the truth of God’s word.
- Pray that a hunger for holiness would arise in the church, that we would lead with our lifestyle and not just with words.
The link above goes to a PJ media blog post concerning the coming persecution of Christians in the west.
Lots of examples and things to pray about in this article. We need to be aware that obedience to the Cross is mandatory and compromise is not.
Here’s a quote…
Eventually, probably sooner rather than later, Christians (and Jews and everyone else who holds to the biblical view of sexuality and marriage) will be asked to cheer for the cultural revolution—with gusto. And for many, their enthusiasm (or lack of it) will determine whether they’ll be able to keep their job. How will you choose? Will you obey God rather than men? If you choose to be obedient to God, there will be a price to pay for your faithfulness. This is nothing new for Christians, of course. We’re called to take up our cross and follow Jesus, no matter the cost.
Bryan is an intercessor at SHOP in Winnipeg Mb. In this blog he encourages us to keep on praying for revival despite what we see or think.
Here’s an excerpt…
One of the prophetic words that Mike Bickle (director of IHOPKC) received in the early 1980’s was that there was a day coming when the spiritual drought was going to break over America. Particularly in the post-Christian culture in which we live in both in Canada and the United States, I believe this is a word for Canada as well. There is a day of real revival and outpouring coming.
Read the whole thing at the link above…
New newsletter from our brother Neville Johnson!
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James Goll writes in this blog post how he heard the audible voice of God…
Suddenly I woke up and my bedroom was filled with a “fresh atmosphere,” as I heard the external audible voice of the Lord speak to me (not merely the internal voice of the Holy Spirit in my heart), “And Suddenly… And Suddenly… This the Season of the Suddenlies.”
Check it out at the link above…
Don’t know how this will work for you guys but Shawn has a podcast on Google Play Music. When you first go there they as you to sign up for something but if you just give them a “No Thanks” you can go through right to the podcasts. Currently on EP 44!
With such notables as Cindy Jacobs, Banning Leibsher, Danny Silk, Marilyn Hickey, Rick Joyner and others…you know you can’t go wrong.
Check it out at the link above.