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Good Friday Thoughts – April 2020

April 8th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Good Friday Thoughts – April 2020)

Good Friday is coming…….Father Forgive,    

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Jesus said those words in Luke 23:33-34, he said those words as he hung on the cross.

These words were  actually a prayer…a very short prayer and a very pointed, very specific prayer.

He didn’t speak these words to his Mom, or his disciples, not to the people standing by, not to the soldiers. He spoke them to His Father.

“Father.”  In one word it sums up his relationship with God – No one can use this term exactly like Jesus used it. 

 In the book of John Chapter 10 Jesus says:”I and the Father are one.”  

I like the fact that we can call God Father also?  

This short prayer was about a relationship. This short prayer was about, trust and hope.

This short prayer was about faith. This short prayer was to the one who would walk with him, through the valley of shadow of death.  

This short prayer was a prayer of IDENTIFICATION.

This short Prayer is also a prayer of  UNAWARENESS 

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” 

 This short Prayer is also a Prayer of COMPLETENESS 

Jesus completed the work he came to do. With the help of our Father we can continue with the work he has called us to do. We are not alone in this journey, as with Jesus our Father is with us. 

 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”  Luke 23:34a


Did you know that along with the 130 churches, our district office works with 35 other ministries in Alberta: Schools, Camps, retreat centers and community programs. 

Currently there are 56 International CMA workers that call Alberta home, these are workers our District supports.

The USA has over 2000 Alliance Churches with 37 different languages and dialects.  

Thoughts for the Day – April 1, 2020

April 1st, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Thoughts for the Day – April 1, 2020)

A few years ago this was a very popular prayer, I was thinking we should once again look at some of the words of this prayer and that maybe, just maybe we should all be praying this prayer once again.

Prayer of Jabez 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10,

“Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. 

Because of his good relationship with God, Jabez was described as honourable; in fact, “more honourable than his brothers.” 

1 Chronicles 4:10. reads:

“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”

 “That you would bless me”: Jabez knew that the God he believed in is the source of all blessings. 

“And enlarge my territory”: Territory here does not really mean physical land. Jabez is more concerned about making an impact for the Kingdom of God. 

“Let your hand be with me”: Jabez recognized his own limits as a man. Because of that, he knew he needed God’s help. 

“Keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain”: In this line, Jabez makes a reference to his own name. The Hebrew word for Jabez means “he causes pain.” With this, he renounced the awful meaning of his own name. He asked God to free him from harm so that pain may not befall him.

We see in the next part of the verse that “God granted what he asked.” God was honoured in the prayer of Jabez. He asked the right things from God. He also had the right attitude when he prayed.

For us to pray as Jabez did, we must first recognize who God is in our lives. Do we know that He alone is the source of all blessings? Do we recognize that God can give us the appropriate blessings if we ask Him for them?


Did you know that there are 130 Alliance churches in Alberta?
There are 414 official workers in Alberta.
There are 18 staff in our District office in Calgary.