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May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
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Proof That Prayer Works

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

At a time when we hear so much bad news, we want to celebrate the good news shared last week. Since the men of Pine Grove Bible Church have held weekly prayer walks in their community for more than a year, Police Chief Bordeleau notes a “dramatic reduction in crime”!

The men of Pine Grove Bible Church have held weekly prayer walks in their community for more than a year, and the impact of those prayers is now profoundly obvious. Local residents took to the streets on Sunday, April 9, to celebrate what Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau called, “a dramatic reduction in crime”.

Jasmine Crescent is a part of the Beacon Hill neighbourhood known for significant crime. Three young men were murdered on Jasmine Crescent, only blocks from the church, between April 2015 and March 2016.

Pine Grove hosted a prayer vigil at the site of the third murder last year, but it was only part of their ongoing prayer mission for their neighbourhood.

“We really believe that prayer can change the temperature, the climate, and the lives [of those in the area],” says Pine Grove member Wesley Moore. “That’s what our prayer walks are really centred around.”

For some time, the congregation has felt a strong call to Beacon Hill.

“The trend shows that the violent crimes, gang-related offences, drugs, and theft have for the most part decreased.”

“One thing we really felt is where it says in Jeremiah to work for the peace and prosperity of the city you find yourself in and to pray to God for its welfare,” Moore explains. “So to hear that the stats are changing, that crime is down and prosperity is up, that is encouraging.”

And the statistics for the area are very clear.

In the last year, drug-related offences and property crimes both dropped about 15 percent. While the number of assaults increased slightly, instances of actual violence causing bodily harm decreased by 63 percent. There have been no murders on Jasmine Crescent since the prayer vigil.

“The trend shows that the violent crimes, gang-related offences, drugs, and theft have for the most part decreased,” says Ottawa Police spokesman Brad Burleau. “Theft calls have increased in the Beacon Hill South region, however, only six calls to police were made involving theft within the past year. These consisted of minor theft from vehicles, theft under $5,000, and a theft from a locker.”

“Is prayer the only reason?” Moore asks, “No, absolutely not. We’ve been working with the city and community-safety committee to help address this concern.”

The Ottawa Police also did a number of outreach initiatives. They introduced a neighbourhood watch program and worked on crime-prevention initiatives with community groups.

“Underlying it all, our prayer is that Christ’s glory would shine and that people would receive Him.”

“But certainly, from our view,” Moore adds, “everything begins and ends in prayer. Without it we have very little power to effect change for God’s kingdom.”

While the church is encouraged by the positive report, Pine Grove elder Les Woolsey says it doesn’t change their mission or focus. They want to see Christ touching lives and people developing a personal relationship with Him.

“Underlying it all, our prayer is that Christ’s glory would shine and that people would receive Him. I was encouraged to see more churches participating this year [in the April 9 community celebration]. More churches are reaching out and aware this is an area that needs prayer.”

While more churches are jumping on board, Moore says there is always room to grow.

“I would encourage other churches to pray about what local mission looks like to them and how they can partner with what God is doing around them. [Change happens when you] partner with God through prayer and try to walk alongside Him to do it.”

Craig Macartney
Spur Ottawa Writer


Edible Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Family
Hey, Dads! Round up your crew and whip up one (or all) of these treats Mom will love on her special day. Then prepare for lots of XOXOs!

Homemade Chai Tea Sachets

Bring new meaning to her daily tea break: Write the brewing instructions on colorful paper tags, and decorate the other side.
Edible Gifts Homemade Chai Tea SachetsPhoto Credit: Biz Jones

Makes: 8 Tea Bags

  • 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 16 green cardamom pods
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • ⅓ cup loose black tea leaves
  • 16 (5 inch) cheesecloth squares
  • 8 (6 inch) baker’s twine pieces

1. Combine cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns in a heavyduty zip-top plastic bag. Crush spices with a rolling pin. Toss together spices, ginger, and tea until blended.

2. Bundle 1½ Tbs. tea mixture in a double layer of cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth tightly with one piece of twine. Repeat with remaining tea mixture, cheesecloth, and twine.

Brewing Instructions (to Write on Gift Tag): Bring 1 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan. Remove from heat, and add 1 tea bag; let steep 5 minutes. Add ⅓ cup milk, and heat until warm. Pour into a mug, and sweeten with honey or sugar to taste. 

Tip: Pile the tea sachets high in a pretty new mug. Or put loose tea in a jar and give with a mug and tea ball.

Poppy Seed and Parmesan Cheese Straws 

A crunchy indulgence perfect for this special day! Serve some in a treat jar, and then save the rest to enjoy as a family later.
Edible Gifts Poppy Seed and Parmesan Cheese StrawsPhoto Credit: Biz Jones

Makes: About 18 pieces

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup finely grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground red pepper (optional)
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds, divided

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Toss together cheeses, garlic powder, red pepper (if using), and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together egg and water in a mug.

2. Unfold 1 pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to a 10×10-inch square. Brush pastry with egg wash. Sprinkle with half of cheese mix. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. poppy seeds. Press mixture into pastry. Cut pastry into nine to ten strips. Lay each strip on a baking sheet, and twist a few times. Chill baking sheet in fridge until ready to cook, and repeat with remaining pastry. 

3. Bake, rotating pans once, until lightly browned and puffed, about 14 to 16 minutes. Cool completely.

Tip: Arrange the cheese straws in a mason jar for easy gifting—and snacking

Candied Pistachio Apricots

Delicious dipped fruit is easy for kids to create from start to finish. 
Edible Gifts Candied Pistachio ApricotsPhoto Credit: Biz Jones

Makes: 25 pieces

  • 1 cup dark chocolate melting wafers (such as Ghirardelli)
  • 24 dried apricots
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped roasted, salted, shelled pistachios

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chocolate in a 1-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave, stirring at 30-second intervals, until melted and smooth, about 1½ minutes.

2. Dip two thirds of each apricot into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on baking sheet, and sprinkle immediately with nuts. Let stand until firm, about 30 minutes. 

Tip: Tuck the apricots away in a gift box layered with wax paper.


Ashley’s Secret to an Easy, Healthy Weekday Breakfast!

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
Egg Muffins have changed my life. Not Egg McMuffins, Egg Muffins :)  Homemade, little frittatas that you whip together Sunday afternoon & you have an amazing healthy, grab-and-go breakfast for the whole week! The best part about these little muffins is that all you need is a carton of eggs, which costs you around $3 and whatever veggies you have left over. You can add meat or cheese but only if you want! This is the cheapest, healthiest breakfast you’ll find anywhere.


  • 1 tbs oil
  • 10 whole eggs
  • 1 cup of diced pepper (you pick the colour)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • grated cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 12-slot muffin pan with muffin liners – makes clean up SO easy!!
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once hot, add in 1 tbs oil, pepper, mushroom and onion.
  5. Saute 5-7 minutes, or until peppers are tender.
  6. Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk together
  7. Stir in cooked veggies
  8. Stir in spinach
  9. Add hot sauce &/or cheese, if using
  10. Pour the egg/veggie mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked.
  12. Let cool
  13. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for the week. (These may also be frozen.)
  14. To reheat, pop them in the microwave until warm.
These will revolutionize your morning routine. Enjoy!

Dan’s Mother’s Day Tips For Dads

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips

Mandisa wants you to know you are not alone in your darkness.

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Encouragement

Mandisa’s music has been a source of comfort and inspiration..helping so many of us overcome..this morn she bravely shared how she came out of “the dark place” of depression and took back control of her own life.  – Robin Roberts

“Together We Can Be The Change”

May 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight

Story behind the song video for “Be The Change”
by Britt Nicole

Official music video for “Be The Change” by Britt Nicole