When Rocks Fly – B.E.G.I.N.

March 30th, 2014 This week we had a special guest join in with harpist Simon Funk and sing In The garden and How Great Thou Art. Watch it here: Pastor Blake’s message was on Acts 14:19-28 Read it below or watch it here:   Last week we left off with Paul showing the signs of […]

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Dianne – Saturation of Assurance

As I thought and prayed about what to say on this day many emotions overwhelmed me.  I was of course very sad…even mad for while…that Dianne was so quickly taken from  Tony and  his family.  Dianne was a fine Christian lady.  Not a perfect one but an authentic Christian woman.  One who leaves a huge hole […]

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virtual community

Is virtual Community Biblical?   A Pastoral Perspective     Rev. Blake Wagner “Go into all the world and preach the good news!”    Below are my lectures from a class I did at ACTs. 1)    How God has lead this particular pastor to form virtual biblical communities. 2)    The growing need for online biblical […]

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B.E.G.I.N. in Penticton

Have you noticed that not everyone chooses to enter a church building? The truth is here in Canada the vast majority of Canadians do not regularly attend church. It is sad but true. Yet we believe that everyone needs an opportunity to get to know and follow Jesus Christ. So if people will not come […]

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TIME to GtGtG

 Each annual meeting we celebrate what the Lord has accomplished through Grace in the Heart of Penticton.  It’s been an amazing year!  More than 100,000 visitors have come through the doors at Grace.  Most through  our virtual church.  Our congregation has pretty well stayed the same size in Penticton.  About 100,000 people have stumbled across […]

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My friend Don Coull … going up!

It seems like people don’t care to think of nor be reminded of their mortality. Yet we all know that one day our bodies like Don’s will fail and we will come to our last breath on this side of eternity.  As someone wisely said, “nobody gets out of life, physically alive”.  Perhaps that’s why […]

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T.I.M.E. for Nzoia to Exist

Nzoia Church and School is located in in a beautiful and fertile portion of Trans-nzoia county. With the rainy season the river that runs through this part of the rift valley has swollen to capacity. And we are only at the beginning of the rainy season. With no where else to go should the water […]

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Acts 9 – Beginning the Legacy

Were you to use Acts 1:8 as an outline for the entire book of Acts you would notice that the first 8 chapters were primarily about being witnesses to Jerusalem, and centered on Peter and those in Jerusalem and Judea who were primarily of Jewish origin.  Our first witness is often to those in immediate […]

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A Study on Ephesians (Chapter 3)

The Messenger 1   Introduction We are going to turn our thoughts now to the third and final chapter under the doctrinal section of the letter to the Ephesians. It is a chapter that falls into four main themes: Paul’s concern for his readers (verses 1 and 13); Confirmation of Paul’s special calling to “make […]

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T.I.M.E. to Demonstrate Unity

Pastor Blake would you come and share with the Pastors on Saturday? I was getting used to short notice requests. But Saturday already had a trip to the police station followed by some mentor time with Kitale’s newest church planter. And this request came from a Mazungu. Did I mention that he was from Kelowna […]

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Macutano T.I.M.E. to retool

Back to School. In this case Bible College. It was a small one room Bible College lead by a keen teacher whose love for The Lord and His Word are plainly evident. But it’s Monday, and its suppose to be a day of rest for those who Pastor, preach and teach all week long. The […]

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Yuya – Question T.I.M.E.

The roads, if you can call them that, are clouds of dust as the rains have held off for a day. But the signs of the rain were certainly evident as the ruts were deep enough to bottom out the van. Somehow the drive seems much farther this year than my first visit to this […]

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Fafarol growth in T.I.M.E.

A gentle giant swings his arm back to slap a welcome to your hand but suddenly Pastor Isaac reaches in and slows the momentum. Pastor Patrick’s hand dwarfs mine and as he pulls me in for the customary chest bump I have no choice in the matter almost losing balance. But the warm smile and […]

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A Forest on Fire for God – BF

I was excited to come back to Burnt Forest and to see if the reports I heard throughout the year were correct. As you’ll remember from last years visit to this region this was the ground zero of the ethnic post election violence. And much of the evidence is still visible. Or should I say […]

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Grace to Faith where T.I.M.E.

My home for the next couple of weeks: Arriving after midnight asleep by 1:30am…compression…hmmmm!  Up at 6:30am for two morning services at one of Kitale’s largest churches. I’m a small church kind of guy!  I love the close interaction that comes in the smaller churches.  Everyone knows each other by name and you feel a […]

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Nairobi blurs and bumps

This year I had to compress my mission to Kenya between the wonderful things going on at Grace and family commitments.  So every part of the journey other then the painfully long flights and layovers were compressed into as short a time as possible.  That of course means things become a blur. Nairobi..was a day […]

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Keep on Speaking

Wow!  God is doing amazing things through this great BCMB Conference we belong to.  C2C the church planting movement told of all the new plants throughout BC and Canada and we met several of the Planters. How to summarize it…changed lives, healed people…Christ at work in new and exciting ways.  Check them out here:  http://www.c2cnetwork.ca/ Camps […]

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Acts Chapter 7

a04142014 – Acts 7 T.I.M.E. to follow Jesus. When God calls you to speak His truth in a hostile situation He doesn’t abandon you to come up with what to say. In fact Jesus warned the disciples that a day would come when they would have to stand “… before synagogues, rulers and authorities,” and […]

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A study on Ephesians (Chapter 1)

  The Messenger 1 Introduction In the 90’s stereograms, you may recall, were all the rage. A stereogram, of course, is just the fancy name for a 3D image hidden within another picture. When you first look at the picture it appears as nothing more than a meaningless jumble of lines and colours. It does […]

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Acts chapter 6

T.I.M.E. to L.I.F.E. – Acts 6:1-6 Acts 6-Click to download audio podcast In becoming a disciple of Christ I found that God is into diversity and He is also into mercy for those who struggle under discrimination. We see that so clearly from our passage today. When some the foreigners of that early church were […]

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Mission Fest / PLN News

Hi Folks, Pastor Blake & Lynda from Penticton, Canada on behalf of the PureLoveNow Krew in Kenya with some recent developments and news. First off I want to welcome all the folks that we met at Mission Fest in Edmonton, Alberta and Global Citizen Kelowna, British Columbia.  You were an inspiration and a huge blessing for […]

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