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Southern Alberta Area Meeting

Posted on Jan 02 2017 by Gary Mason

 Equipping and Connecting

Southern Alberta Area Meeting


CFCM Southern Alberta Area Meeting January 26th in Calgary. The meeting will be from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm and will include a lunch.

Speaker: Pastor Craig Byers from Keystone Ministries in Chilliwack, BC


Thu, 26 January 2017

11:30 AM – 3:00 PM MST


Jubilee Church

458 35th Ave NW

Calgary, AB T2K 0C1


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2016 National Conference Audio Now Online!

Posted on Oct 28 2016 by Gary Mason

2016 CFCM National ConferenceHey everyone just a quick heads up the audio from our 2016 National Conference is now online.  To listen simply click here or got to “Resources” in the main menu and click “Audio Messages” in the drop down menu.

Once there simply scroll down to the session you are interested in and click the play button.


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“Real Face Time”

Posted on Sep 22 2016 by Gary Mason

It’s conference time. What I like to call “real face time.”

To me conference has become just that, three days of face to face with those we normally see just once or twice a year.

How apropos this gathering of ministers merges with the changing colours of autumn. When I can expect a greater continued change in me by being present with many of those whom I’ve come to consider the dearest of friends. The CFCM family.

Proverbs 27:17, “as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another,” has certainly proven itself throughout the years of attending National Conference.

KJV translates it this way, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (emphasis mine)

Yes, getting before one another’s face.

A well-used word in the way society now avails a means to communicate.

In particular, Face-Time and Facebook.

Personally, as a grandfather, I love Face-Time. Having conversations with my three grandchildren at almost any-time – whether it’s during a meal, bedtime, or outside playing. Fortunately my kids only live 25 minutes away so I also get the real face-time on a regular basis.

Facebook is a different story. I use it, and do like it – sometimes.

Electronic connectedness has allowed for not just the good – but also the bad and the ugly.

We’ve lost the flesh and blood attachment, being in one another’s presence, in each other’s face – if you will.

I know of too many people who now consider their “home” church in front of some sort of screen. Live streaming into their home – a one stop, “Bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits – You come to me.”

Relationships are the core of our existence – beginning with our Triune God. And just as the serpent questioned this relationship as recorded in Genesis, we can see how his work is still the same today.

We’re prone to hide.

I was watching The Tonight Show recently, and there were two guests well known to many. One was a singer in his 70’s,  another a comedic actress in her 80′s. It was obvious to the viewer that both had work done to their face.

I’m not sure if they’d looked better without the work having been done, my guess is yes, though they must have thought it brought better results.

Wanting to be younger, hiding the aging process.

We hide.

As believers the Word clearly tells us that the further along we go, the better looking we become.

Inside and out.

When we stay present.

In the face of God.

His Word.

In the face of others.

Each other.


It isn’t always easy.


Two lyrics from the same artist come to mind, Dan Hasletine of the Jars of Clay,


“Blessed are the shallow

Depth they’ll never find

Seemed to be some comfort

In rooms I try to hide”

From the song Frail


“Bury my head for the shame,

You pick me up, you say I look like You

Though it makes no sense to me,

You make me believe that I could trust someone.”

From the song Sing


The wounded, hide.

The scared, hide.

The tired, hide.


While writing this out, I hear the words from Isaiah,


“For the Lord GOD will help Me;

Therefore I will not be disgraced;

Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

Isaiah 50:7


Another, from the Psalms,


“When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.””

Psalm 27:8


Now back to Proverbs 27: 17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of another.”


I’ve been blessed to attend National Conference regularly for the past almost 10 years and I can identify a sharpening from each individual year.

I’m looking forward to conference this year.

To looking better, and sharper.




Rick Mills

Life Abundant Niagara

Niagara on the Lake


CFCM 2016 National Conference

Posted on Aug 10 2016 by Gary Mason

You won’t want to miss it!

Our 2016 National Conference will be held in Edmonton, Alberta this year. It will open Tuesday September 27th at 9:00 am and wind-up on the evening of Thursday September 29th. Each day there will be morning sessions from 9:00 am until about 1:00 pm with an evening session at 7:00 pm. The afternoons will be free time for fellowship, new connections, etc.

We are currently finalizing the schedule and all of the speaker arrangements. We hope to have an update regarding this in the very near future. Watch your email inbox or check back here on the website in the coming weeks for further updates. We would encourage you to make your plans now as far as conference registration, hotel and travel bookings. There is a reduction in the registration fee for all registrations made, and paid for prior to September 1st so don’t hesitate make your arrangements now to attend.


Conference Host Facility:

The Church of Abundant Life 7676 Wagner Road Edmonton, Alberta

Pastor Eve Bassett


Registration Fees:

Single $75.00, Couple $125.00 (after August 31st Single $125.00, Couple $175.00)

Small Church Group (up to 6 individuals) $250.00 (after August 31st $375.00)

Large Church Group (7 or more individuals) $450.00 (after August 31st $575.00)

(To register email or call 306-763-3227.)


Conference Hotels:

Four Points Edmonton South
7230 Argyll Road
Edmonton, Alberta

866-716-8133 Toll Free
780-465-7931 Local

Room rates are as follows:
1 Queen, 1 King/2 Queens $110.00 Rooms guaranteed until August 26, 2016


Online Booking Portals

Conference Registration – Via Website 

Hotel - Four Points Edmonton South


2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

Posted on Jan 16 2016 by Gary Mason


David & Jeanne McGrew

You may download the video here 2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

David and Jeanne McGrew pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and David is the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about Keystone Victoria by clicking here.

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Is a Balanced Life Possible?

Posted on Sep 18 2015 by Gary Mason

Previously we examined how unrealistic expectations and demands placed on pastors can lead to depression. In my last blog, we discussed the importance of vacation time and its positive impact on pastors. This blog will discuss creating balance in your daily schedules. Without a healthy work-life balance and periodic rest, the result can be frustration, relationship difficulties, burn out or workaholicism.

Being aware that your life lacks balance will help you contemplate on which aspects are non-existent in your life and should be added and what should be lessened or removed. It’s not about striving to live a balanced life but rather it is about reflection and examination of your schedule to carve out space for God, self, others and work activities. For many the idea of reflecting on their busy life is an exercise that further adds tension and frustration. You could allow this exercise to frustrate or discourage you but I would suggest that this can be a positive experience.

One useful tool that I employ in my practice when working with pastors and other professionals is the Balance Schema Assignment which identifies the aspects of daily living that need to be considered. It is not about finding a perfect balance in all aspects and categories. Many have done this exercise and commented on how helpful it was in determining where change can be achieved in personal schedules and the creation of space for essential aspects of life. If you are interested in obtaining this exercise please request it through the space provided at the bottom of the blog.

When reflecting on your daily schedule, you will find yourself wondering which activities are time wasters that are diminishing productivity. You will also determine how you can create space for God, times of leisure, physical activity, connecting with your primary relationships and work activity. After doing the exercise and implementing the deemed changes you will have more productivity, and experience deeper relationships with God and others. Isn’t that what bringing balance to your life is all about?


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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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“The Hijacking of the Bereans”

Posted on Jul 06 2015 by Gary Mason

By Jonathan Bounds

If only the Bereans could see the future, I’m sure they’d be thrilled. Few cities in early church history enjoy the enviable reputation of this first century group of believers. Their brief cameo in the book of Acts, consisting of but six verses, has for centuries made their name synonymous with nobility of mind and depth of character. With the exception of the fact that they were perhaps included in Paul’s boasting in the churches of Macedonia in his second letter to the Corinthians, the only direct reference to them in Scripture is found in the 17th chapter of Acts.  The verse that has won them such renown in modern Christianity is found in verse 11, where Luke writes,

“Now these were more noble- minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”  Acts 17:11 (NASB)

Here’s where we run into the crux of the problem; It would seem that their reputation has been somewhat hijacked. In our modern age, what comes to mind when the name Berean is mentioned is the idea of never truly committing to a truth before you have examined it for yourself, always maintaining a “healthy” skepticism when it comes to any sermon, book, or other medium of revelation. While we all agree that it is absolutely necessary to let the Scripture be our final authority, not allowing ourselves to be tossed around by “every wind and wave of doctrine”, it is quite possible that many have found themselves taking the concept all the way to the ditch on the other side of the road.

If you were to do a quick internet search of the term “Bereans”, you would doubtless find it attached to another hijacked word; “discernment”. While discernment is a thoroughly Biblical concept, the foreign concept when looking into Scripture is the idea of “discernment ministries” existing solely to expose false doctrines and those that would disseminate such teachings.  Sure, we would all affirm that discernment is a vital tool in every believer’s life, as attested to in many places all over the New Testament.  However, this brand of ministry has often found itself outside the Biblical description of “discerning of Spirits”, and “discerning between good and evil”, and has turned into a veritable witch hunt. What seems to be contrary to Scripture is the idea that a person in the Body of Christ would be able to claim that the core of their gifting and mission is to ferret out the false teachers, the charlatans, and the cults. Any student of the Scripture would agree that in these last days, it will be imperative for believers and especially leaders to be able to expose and refute the multitude of false teachings and errant doctrines that we were warned would be rampant in our time, but the idea that this is independent of the discerning, preaching, and manifestation of the truth of the gospel is likely an error in its own right.

We all have probably encountered that individual, in person or online, who feels it is their responsibility to expose the frauds. In my personal experience, it is impossible for this person to keep an open heart to the things of God for very long when engaged in this type of “ministry” alone. When one’s ministry is defined by identifying and exposing wrong doctrine, cults, and the like, it is a virtually inevitable result that this person will arrive at the point where they no longer “rejoice in the truth” as described in 1 Corinthians 13, but rather begin to “rejoice in unrighteousness”, as their very ministry depends on it. It is also nearly unavoidable that they would continue such a ministry for any sustained period of time without succumbing to the trappings of pride and spiritual arrogance. In my time years ago as an assistant manager of a Christian bookstore, I would occasionally encounter customers that upon entering the store, would usually make a beeline for the “cults” section, which in moderation could be very helpful, always looking to expand their substantial library of resources with the latest exposé of the modern “doctrines of demons”. Such a person begins to flip through the latest Christian best-sellers, not looking for edification or revelation, but rather with a hope that they will find error, and with such an attitude, it is usually a foregone conclusion that they will find something to satisfy their hunger. Far too often, the modern self-identifying Berean rarely listens to a sermon eager to draw closer to Christ, but rather places themselves in the seat of the critic, examining the speaker’s every point, watching for error, their Bible now used as a legal text with which to refute the errant and expose the unlearned.  This, however, was not the picture we see of the Bereans in Acts 17.

It is important to note that Luke does not write simply that the Bereans were noble-minded, but rather that they were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica. To properly understand this statement, we must look at the city that they were being placed in contrast to. Earlier in Acts 17, we are told that while in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul followed his usual pattern of first visiting the synagogue and preaching the gospel to the Jews before going to the Gentiles of the city. The trouble with the Thessalonian synagogue was that while many Jews and God-fearing Greeks believed and were saved, the leaders of the synagogue became jealous and violently opposed the apostles and their message, going so far as to form a mob and drag some of the prominent believers of the city in front of the city authorities, accusing them of the grave crime of treason. When some ministers expound on the verse speaking of the Bereans as being more noble-minded, the implication that we’re often led to is that the Bereans are somehow being compared to a group of naive simpletons who blindly accepted whatever they heard without having the spiritual maturity or intellectual integrity to fact-check it for themselves. Upon reading it in its context, we find that Luke’s account presents a different contrast altogether. The Bereans are being compared to a group of people that were closed and hardened to this new message being presented to them, and jealous at the followers it was attracting. They weren’t willing to allow for the possibility that the message being proclaimed was a fulfillment of the very Scripture that they claimed to hold so dear, and resisted the notion that Jesus Christ Himself was at the very heart of their beloved law and prophets. Once again in verse 11, we see Luke state that the proof of the Bereans’ noble minds was not that they received the word with skepticism, but rather with “great eagerness”.  He does not imply that they examined the Scriptures hoping to disprove the apostles, but rather, that they did so daily in order to “see that these things were so.” It seems that they received this new message with an open heart and were excited to find that the Christ the apostles preached was the Messiah they had read and heard about all their lives; the very same Messiah whose presence in the Scripture now must have virtually jumped off the page at them as they examined the sacred writings with fresh eyes and open hearts.

It is without dispute that any form of revelation that is preached, prophesied, or written, must always be judged and measured by the Scripture, especially in these days where “itching ears” and false teachers are so prevalent. I too get suspicious when I hear of “new revelation” that exists independent of the authority of Scripture. What we can’t afford to lose in this state of alertness is the need for eager hearts that see the Scripture as the living and active Word of God, the truest source of edification for every believer, a revealer of Jesus, and not merely a weapon to dispel a supposed opponent. We should be open to the idea that this very living Word of God will likely confront some of our long-held traditions or belief-systems on occasion; and if it is indeed of God, we would be the better for it. Believers who seek to grow in righteous discernment must remember that we are taught not only to discern error, but even more importantly, to discern truth, remembering Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian believers admonishing us that while we must examine everything carefully and abstain from every form of evil, at the end of the day, we must hold fast to what is good. Come to think of it, we may owe the Bereans an apology.

Jonathan BoundsJonathan Bounds is the pastor of The Word Church in both Loon Lake, Saskatchewan and in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Find out more about them by clicking here.

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Posted on Apr 17 2015 by Gary Mason

Southeast Ontario Saturday Morning Get Together


Life Abundant Niagara
384 Concession 7
Niagara on the Lake


9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, May 9, 2015


Because it’s time!
A gathering to fellowship, encourage, and support one another.
Includes a continental breakfast and a time for share and prayer.

Please let Rick know if you are intending on attending.  You can send him an email at

April 2015 Video Message from David McGrew

Posted on Apr 11 2015 by Gary Mason

April 2015 video greeting from David McGrew.

David McGrew is pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about him by clicking here.


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