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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

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.