It is hard to imagine what soldiers experience during their military service. May we never forget that many acts of courage have served to protect us and help write the history of our country.
We may never experience what it feels like to be in the frontlines, but we hope that the following selected Bible verses will give us an understanding about our men in uniform’s important calling and sacrifice. May these verses serve as a reminder to honour the memory of those who died serving their country and to pray for protection for those who are in active duty.
It’s not easy being a mother. And to be a mom and a student at the same time is doubly challenging. That is why we rejoice with mothers who work so hard to complete their education.
Recently, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) was invited to the graduation ceremony of Toronto City Mission’s (TCM) Role Model Moms program. This program aims to equip moms who are at least 18 years old and have not completed their high school education with the academic knowledge, confidence, and life skills necessary to successfully pass the high school equivalency exam regulated by the government of Ontario.
CBS representative, Tanya Prinsep, who was at the ceremony to present Bibles to the graduates, shared, “I have to admit that I had tears of delight and joy as these young women received their GED diplomas and shared some of the struggles they overcame to complete the program.”
The Canadian Bible Society concluded its annual cycling event, Bike for Bibles, with the last ride in September. This year, about 150 cyclists across Canada participated in one-day and multi-day rides to raise over $50,000 for the Bible-based HIV/AIDS awareness program, the Good Samaritan.
Bike for Bibles is not just a fundraising event, it is also an opportunity for participants to enjoy fellowship with other cyclists as well as to re-charge spiritually. Many past participants shared that, although physically spent at the end of the rides, they go home with renewed spiritual strength, thanks to the daily devotions prepared by organizers.
Translation of the Bible into modern English can be traced back some 600 years. Some of the most prominent names attached to this early work of Bible translation in modern English are John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. However, attempts at translating the Bible into Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon) go back to the work of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century. Today there are so many different versions in English that no one seems to know the exact number. I have heard numbers as high as 600 and Wikipedia gives the number as more than 450.
The Canadian Bible Society is partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) to seek the public’s assistance to help a lost Bible find its way home.
The Bible in question looks like it has been dearly loved and when it came into the possession of a FCPO member, he was deeply moved by its condition and was compelled to do whatever he could to return the lost Bible to its owner. He has pledged to travel anywhere in the world to return the Bible – at his own expense.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3.16-17 ESV)
Love is in everything we do… we look for it wherever we go.
A new video is available about the Digital Bible Library™. The Digital Bible Library™ is an ever growing, secure yet accessible, collection of quality Bible translations. The library provides standardized digital Scripture texts, all in one central location. In using translations from this library, the creators of websites and applications for mobile devices can develop portals for people from every tribe, in every nation, to experience the power of God’s Word in their heart language.
In 2013, the Canadian Bible Forum engaged Angus Reid Strategies to undertake the Canadian Bible Engagement Study. The findings were not very encouraging. Some results —
- Weekly Bible reading has fallen by half since 1996.
- Only 18% of Canadians strongly agree the Bible is the Word of God, down from 35% in 1996.
- About 1 in 7 Canadian Christians read the Bible at least once a week. The majority of Canadians, including those who identify themselves as Christians, read the Bible either seldom or never. And only about 1 in 10 Canadians reflect on the meaning of the Bible for their lives at least a few times a week.