Monthly Archives: February 2015

6th Annual Faith Night 2015

2015 Faith Night posterWell, here we are, at the end of another regular season.  I find this the most exciting time of the year, when everything is on the line.  And it just so happens…. that one of the most important home games this season also falls on our 6th Annual Faith Night!  This Friday evening, the Chilliwack Chiefs come to RLP, and it’s pretty much a ‘must win’ situation.  With the Warriors fighting with Salmon Arm and Merritt for the final two playoff spots in the Interior Conference, one of the three teams will not make it into the post season.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, I held our last regular season chapel, which was a real beauty.  We talked about true friendship, about the verse in John 15 which states that there is no greater love known than when a man lays down his life for a friend.  Of course, I related that verse to the love of Christ Jesus.  For myself, I really do love the guys on the team and when we finished with our huddle and a closing prayer, I felt a real close bond with the boys.  We have a great bunch here and looking back,  I am glad to have been able to hold chapels with our Warriors players for 9 full seasons now.

I am confident that our boys will play their very best on Faith Night Friday, and on through these last two weekends of the regular season.  Regardless of what happens, they will always know that I will never stop praying for them and for their families.

I am definitely looking forward to this coming 6th Annual Faith Night, with a large crowd and a great celebration of our Warriors chapel program and the greater Christian community we have here in West Kelowna.

God bless you all, and we’ll see you Friday evening at Royal LePage Place!

Grace and Peace in Christ,

Pastor Don

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Turning the Corner and Heading Down the Home Stretch

Let’s be honest; since the Christmas break, it has been a fairly rough ride for the Warriors.  With injuries and many other unfortunate circumstances (of which we’ve had more than a few), I think it’s only 5 wins since then.  HOWEVER, the good news is that we won our last game at home and we’re looking to extend that trend.  It’s now time in the 2014-15 season to turn the corner and head down the home stretch…..

I’ve always heard this saying, and I honestly believe it: it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that counts.  I also believe that a good process will, more times than not, result in a good finish.  I’m convinced that in hockey, as in life, it’s about the process, so as we enter into the last month of the regular season, I am trusting that the process we have gone through will result in a great ending.

In my chaplaincy ministry, I try to encourage our team to resist shortcuts in their life process, whether I’m speaking about on or off ice stuff.  On the ice, we know that success is achieved because of a series (or process) of good solid hockey choices, and that same principle holds for our life choices as well.  It’s really in the greater process that we find the real victories.  In my Christian faith I am constantly reminded that I can trust God with the process, even through the roughest stretches, the toughest of trials and circumstances.  I am reminded to be thankful, even while going through difficulties.  In 1 Thessalonians of the New Testament, I read, ‘In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you.’  Notice that it doesn’t say FOR everything, but IN everything give thanks.  So……, I am reminded and determined to be thankful in spite of all kinds of setbacks, as all of us Warriors turn the corner in the final stage of the regular season and head down the home stretch.  It’s pedal to the metal time boys!

Thanks for reading my thoughts, and may God bless you all.

Chaplain Don