Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus remained fully focused on mentoring His disciples. After all, He would ultimately leave everything in their care. Each passing moment brought them closer to the day when He would leave this planet and return to the Father. At that point, they would be His representatives; they would proclaim His message and model His life. In light of that goal, each experience, every trial, and all events were designed to assist in their spiritual growth.
We are in an era of specialists. They come in many different categories: medical specialists, nutrition specialists, fitness specialists, computer specialists, financial specialists, and dozens of others. Numerous and varied though they may be, there is one specialty that is conspicuous by its absence: impossibility. When it comes to those who are able to transform an impossible situation into an accomplished reality, no human being qualifies. God—and God alone—is that specialist! It is, in fact, His preferred method of operation.
Churches are struggling to find their identities. Pastors, who once understood their responsibility and the roles they were called to fill, have ignored the scriptural guidelines and chosen to walk a different path. This has left congregations unsure of themselves, biblically illiterate and starving for spiritual direction.
Our 2014 wall calendar features photos from across Canada.