Message Notes: Surrendered – Reflections from this Past Week.



A)  As all of you are aware this past Monday we experienced a horrific tragedy here in Toronto. 10 people lost their lives. 16 were injured. Many more were devastated and traumatized by the events. I felt that it was really important that as a church family and spiritual community that we took some time to process together and pray into all that has happened.

B)  I have taken quite a bit of time to pray/reflect this week. I have asked the Lord how we should be responding. I want to share on several key things that have impacted my heart, and I believe they will impact yours as well. Continue reading →


From my Heart: Some Thoughts After the Toronto Van Attack

Tomorrow at Toronto City Church as we gather to worship there is going to be a major focus put on the van attack in our city this past week that took the lives of 10 people, injured even more and devasted a city. We are going to worship, we are going to pray, and we are going to talk about some practical things we can do to show the love of God and make a difference.

One thing we will be talking about is a multi-church prayer walk and love outreach that will be happening leading up to the city-wide vigil being held at Mel Lastman Square. It’s a great opportunity to serve in a real and practical way alongside many other believers.

This past Monday, on the day of the attack, I sent the following note to our TCC Family members. While it was written to TCC I felt like I wanted to share it with a broader audience by posting it here on my blog: Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: House of Prayer 02


Matthew 21:13 (NIV) – “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.

A)   God has called us to be a house of prayer. He didn’t say a house of worship, or a house of evangelism, or a house of fellowship (althrough these things are important) but a house of prayer

B)   If we are corporately going to be a House of Prayer we need to allow the Lord to make us individual Houses of Prayer.

C)   If you missed Melissa Medina’s message from last week I encourage you to listen to the MP3. Continue reading →

35 Inspiring Quotes on Prayer

This past week at Toronto City Church we started a new series on prayer entitled “House of Prayer”. We had special guests with us, Melissa and Anthony Medina for the weekend and she brought an amazing word on prayer to the TCC Family (you can check it out here)

Along this line of things: a number of years ago I came across a number of really inspiring quotes on prayer from many great men and women of God. I wanted to pass them on: Continue reading →

Growing in the Word and Prayer

This week at Toronto City Church we are kicking off a week of prayer and fasting and I wanted to post this worksheet on growing in the basics of a devotional life, reading the Word and prayer.

Developing a Daily Devotional Life

I        The foundation of being a Christian is that we are following Jesus and so you want to develop daily time with Him – where you read the Bible and you pray.

II      Oswald Chambers said, “Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public things will be stamped with the presence of God.”

III   To have an effective devotional time you want to make sure that you have the following:

A)   Have A Time – pick a consistent time when you will read your Bible and pray. It doesn’t always have to be the same time but if you have a regular time you will be more consistent.

B)   Have a Place – pick a consistent place. Again, you don’t have to have one place all the time but if you have a regular place it helps.

C)   Have a Plan – there are so many ways to read the Word of God and pray. It’s important though to have a plan rather than just being random. Continue reading →