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My friend Ann Mainse is one of the kindest and most gracious people I know. She is the type of person that you want to wish only the best for. On June 10, 2019, Ann received a phone call that no one wants to receive. It was her doctor telling her she had breast cancer. Within a couple of hours of receiving that call, Ann felt God telling her to document the journey she was about to take. So she started writing. 

After sharing her diagnosis publicly on Facebook, Ann also said she was starting a collection of encouraging Bible verses. Over the last year, she has shared some of them with us, and she has shared some of her journal entries from her morning devotional time. Several people told her that she should write a book. People often say that when they enjoy your posts, but it’s easier said than done. Nevertheless, Ann has written books before—which is why I already know that I can recommend this one—and circumstances provided her the time to do it. 

So I’m happy to announce that Ann's new book, Coffee With Him: Mornings With God on an Unexpected Journey, is now available on Amazon. It’s not just about Ann's journey. It’s about learning to trust God on any journey when you can’t see the path in front of you. It would be encouraging for anyone facing tough times. The book includes 31 devotionals, questions to ponder, prayer starters, and room for your own notes. At the back there are over 100 Bible verses from Ann's collection. You can get your copy of Coffee With Him here:

Amazon in the U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088BCN1RN/

Amazon in Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B088BFRQJN

Book cover of Coffee With Him: Mornings With God on an Unexpected Journey by Ann Mainse. Picture of hands holding a coffee mug.

Dear friends, my heart is heavy at the news of what has happened recently to George Floyd, and far too many times to other people of colour. We usually only hear about the devastating cases, but if you know any people of colour, they will tell you that this is not an isolated incident. More horrific than some perhaps, but all the insults, threats, and injustices directed toward people of colour based solely on the colour of their skin are wrong. 

For the last few months all of my posts have been about love. Jesus gave a new commandment to his disciples to love each other as he has loved us. (John 13:34) He said that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second is like it—to love each other. (Matthew 22:37-39) Love does no wrong to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Roman 13:10) We are to follow the example God gave us, and love as he would. (Ephesians 5:1-2) 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us plenty of concrete ways to show that love. 

Before I started the series on love, I did a series on who we are in Christ. God sees us, all of us, as Christ's brothers and sisters; we are joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:16-17) We are all valued by God. But God doesn’t admire the same things we do. He does not look at the outward appearance, but at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) He does not look at height, or appearance, and he certainly doesn’t look at skin colour. He looks at our hearts. Did you notice how much importance God puts on love? Dear friends, let us love one another as God has loved us.