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Faith Films Coming This Spring

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
February 16th, 2018 – “SAMSON” (not yet rated) is based on the powerful story of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed, captured, and blinded, Samson calls upon his God once more and turns imprisonment into final victory. 

March 16th, 2018 – “I Can Only Imagine”, based on the incredible true-life story that inspired the beloved, chart-topping song, is a powerful reminder of how God can soften the hardest of hearts, offer forgiveness to the unforgivable, and mend broken relationships.

March 28th, 2018 – “Paul, Apostle Of Christ” brings to vivid life on screen the epic story of Paul, the man who went from persecutor of the church to its most powerful and important proponent. Paul suffers alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. Mauritius, the ambitious prison prefect, can hardly see what threat this broken man poses. Once he was Saul of Tarsus, the high-ranking and brutal killer of Christians. Now his faith rattles Rome. At great risk, Luke the Physician visits the aged Paul to comfort and tend to him—and to question, to transcribe and to smuggle out Paul’s letters to the growing community of believers. Amid Nero’s inhuman persecution, these men and women will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change the world. 

March 30th, 2018 – “God’s Not Dead 3: A Light In the Darkness” follows Reverend Dave as he is released from prison to a flurry of controversy. The growing social unrest leads to Dave’s church being burned down, taking with it the life of his closest friend.

Devastated, Dave is launched on a painful spiritual journey as he fights against the University trying to keep him from rebuilding his church, and as his belief that “God is good all the time” is put to the test.

Don’t Be Afraid to Write In Your Bible (written by Ashlyn)

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in From Ashlyn
Growing up, I often felt like a bad Christian because unless it was Nancy Drew, I did not like reading. This caused me to barely pick up my bible. I had a kid’s study bible that I enjoyed and got through quite quickly, but even now at my young-adult age I still find it hard to read my actual bible. I’ve tried several versions, devotions, and I’ve tried reading it different times of day. Nothing seemed to work and I had constant obligation on my heart. It seems my new year’s resolution was always to get closer to God through reading my bible, but it was something I could never improve.

A few years ago I joined a new church. One of the first things I learned was that the bible is an important tool in our life, a text book even, but our main focus should be Jesus. Too often, Christians seem to idolize this blessed book and in the process lose sight of the main mentor that we should live by – being Jesus. My first impression in my head was ‘Thank the Lord, because I can totally try to live like Jesus.’ Then the pastor added that the bible is our way to Jesus. It’s the path that helps lead us to him. It is what helps us understand the heart of God. Now my impression of this was ‘Well, here we go. I’m never going to get that good with God because I can’t find him in the first place.’

Amidst all the cynical thoughts going through my head about how it wasn’t fair that I am a poor reader and that I’m never going to be good enough for God because of this, I had a change of heart. It turned out to be all about perspective. (“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

‘The bible is like a text book. Mark it up! Study it!’

Mark it up? Are you kidding me? You want me to underline and highlight in this beautiful and ancient book? That is far too intimidating.

 Well in school that’s what I did with my text books. I highlighted things to know what was important. I would underline the things I wanted drilled into my brain. Instead of just reading these words in God’s book, I had to study them. It was so important to let my thoughts manifest on them. And that right there folks, is what changed my bible reading experience.

I would keep a highlighter on my bedside table. Often times, things would stand out to me and I didn’t know why. But then I would be reading another day and find those highlighted verses that were now applicable to me. Maybe it was pure coincidence, maybe it was God, but it was something I needed to hear. Had I not highlighted that passage, I wouldn’t have noticed it the same way.

You see, the bible may not be the same as Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, but neither is your lens. We aren’t reading God’s word for entertainment; we are learning it to grow. (“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” – 1 Peter 2:2)

Ask God to speak to you through His word. Study the passages. Break them down sentence by sentence, word by word. More importantly, don’t be intimidated or afraid to mark up your bibles.

Ashlyn Berkhout
Social Media & Communications for CHRI Radio Ottawa

10 Valentine’s Ideas for Your Family

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Family
Start some new traditions with your children during the holiday of love.
By Mary May Larmoyeux

Ahhh … February. The month of hearts and roses and love.

Would you like to begin some new family traditions this Valentine’s Day? Then the following ideas have been written just for you.

1. Ask the kids to tell you how they think Valentine’s Day began. Write down what they say. Then do some research with the children, online or at the library, and see if their ideas are correct.

2. Designate the month of February as a time to show special love in your home. Read the following paraphrase together of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (The Message).

Love never gives up. 
Love cares more for others than for self. 
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
Love doesn’t strut, 
Doesn’t have a swelled head, 
Doesn’t force itself on others, 
Isn’t always “me first,” 
Doesn’t fly off the handle, 
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
Puts up with anything, 
Trusts God always, 
Always looks for the best, 
Never looks back, 
But keeps going to the end.

Then discuss each of the above characteristics of love at the dinner table on separate nights. For example, “Love never gives up.” How have friends and family stood by one another in good and bad times?  What did God do after Adam and Eve sinned that showed that He did not give up on mankind?

3.  Plan a unique scavenger hunt with the kids for Dad (or Mom). Help the children make and hide clues, taping a small chocolate kiss on each one. Have meaningful gifts at the end of the hunt. Possibilities include handwritten notes of love and appreciation, personal certificates of service (I will wash your car, clean out the garage, cook dinner, etc.), drawings, homemade treats, framed family pictures, etc. To make the scavenger hunt extra special, end your time with a family trip to the pizza parlor or bowling alley.

4. As a family, think of those who may be especially lonely on Valentine’s Day, then brainstorm ways that you could show Christ’s love to them. The kids may want to make unique Valentine cards, bake heart-shaped cookies, or invite them to a special lunch or dinner.

5.  Cultivate a sense of appreciation in your children by helping them express appreciation to their grandparents. Have each of the kids write Grandma and Grandpa individual Valentine’s Day notes. On February 14, personally deliver the notes along with an arrangement of flowers or a balloon bouquet. If grandparents live out-of-town, mail each note in a separate envelope and also call Grandma and Grandpa.

6.  Make February 14 a “red letter day” for your family. Decorate the kitchen or dining room with hearts, red and white streamers, and heart-shaped balloons. Wear a red outfit or apron and serve the family heart-shaped pancakes; add some red food coloring to the syrup. Make heart-shaped sandwiches for lunch, and choose dinner entrees that are red.

7.  Mail each of your children a Valentine’s card from you and your spouse. Share not only why you love your child unconditionally, but also your gratitude to God that your son/daughter is your child.

8.  Tell your children how you celebrated Valentine’s Day as a child. Then have the kids call/visit their grandparents to see how they celebrated it. Talk about ways that Valentine traditions have not only changed, but also remained the same.

9.  Help the kids make an “I love you because” book for someone special (parent, grandparent, pastor, teacher, etc.). In addition to writing and drawing heartfelt messages, include some favorite photographs and artwork. For a lasting keepsake, have the book bound at a local print shop.

10.  With your spouse, decide on personalized ways that you can show love to each of your children on Valentine’s Day. Spend time praying about how to best do this. While love for one child may be expressed by time, another may feel loved by words of affirmation or gifts. You may want to read The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.

Meet the Author: Mary May Larmoyeux

Mary May Larmoyeux writes for FamilyLife and various publications. She is the coauthor of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Mary and her husband, Jim, have two married children and a growing number of grandchildren. You can visit her at

Our New Fun Team & Events Coordinator

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
Lydia Paulino, who has been a valued member of our Family Fun Team, is taking on the role of Family Fun Team Events Coordinator.  She brings lots of energy and enthusiasm to the position.  Lydia is a fitness instructor, certified nutrition coach and involved in children’s ministry at her church, Parkway Road.  She adds much excitement and engagement to our community when the station is Out & About.

We are accepting Fun Team volunteers of all ages (must be at least 15) who love CHRI and can represent the station and Christ in the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to connect with listeners at various church, community and city-wide events to lead games and activities, run contests, give out prizes, increase CHRI’s presence and help event organizers add excitement.

High School students who serve on the team can put their participation towards their mandatory volunteer hours.

For more information on the Family Fun Team and how to apply visit: or e-mail Lydia at

Never Have I Ever: Parenting Edition

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Family
Score 1 point for every thing you have NOT done as a parent… Be honest!

Improve Your Prayer Life

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
If you want to improve your prayer life, the Echo Prayer Manager is a FREE app with no ads. It can help you pray for the things you care about, even when life gets busy.

The app:

  • Keeps track of all your prayers
  • Reminds you to pray
  • Gives you the space to pray
  • Lets you share prayers with others
  • … and more features are coming soon!

Visit  for more info or download it in the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

Make A Vision Board for 2018

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
Adapted from
(original article by Jill Amery)

If you’re already losing focus on your goals, try making a vision board! Making vision boards is a great exercise for the New Year to set intentions for you and your family!

Using words and images, they visually show you your goals and dreams. Your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, so not only does the process cement your goals in your mind, but seeing your board in a prominent place triggers this visual cue.

The process of making a vision board is very simple, and from what I found – letting yourself be free and un-constricted will help a vision emerge. It can also totally help you get ‘unstuck’ if you are in a rut. I noticed that my board was indicating my desire for colour, relaxation and simplicity. Your brain works to try and achieve the statements you give to your subconscious. You are giving attention to things you desire and will naturally experience more of these things.

Tip 1: A vision board isn’t just about the things you WANT, but how you want to FEEL. It needn’t just be magazine clippings and words – depending on your style and design sensibilities it can fit perfectly into your decor.

Tip 2: One great tip is to make it your screensaver on your phone, ipad and laptop as well. As you achieve your goals and dreams, make sure to feel gratitude, and you will experience more good things.

Tip 3: This is a great activity to do with kids! When the kids did theirs, I noticed several trends that the boys had never expressed verbally.

What you Need to Construct a Vision Board:

  • Poster Board or bulletin board
  • Magazines
  • Glue/tape
  • Push pins
  • Scissors
  • Frame (optional)

Jill Amery
Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.