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Canada 150 Tribute Song “This Far By Faith” Launches on National Broadcast, 100 Huntley Street

Kevin Pauls, Joel Parisien and Rich Moore have joined together to write and record a brand new single, celebrating Canada’s rich heritage.

“This Far by Faith” Available for Free Download at www.thisfarbyfaith.ca

BURLINGTON, May 17 – Crossroads has collaborated with some of Canada’s best in
Christian music to release a song that highlights Canada’s faith roots for the nation’s 150th anniversary. Soul-stirring and catchy, “This Far by Faith” is a ballad penned by industry veteran and vocal powerhouse Kevin Pauls (Canadian Screen Award Nominee, multiple award-winning artist) as a musical tribute to Canada’s rich faith heritage. The song is a call to action for all Canadians to hold strong to the beliefs that have been foundational to the free democratic nation we have today.

Kevin reflected on the process of bridging the history and exciting future of Canada’s faith community through song. He shares, “I got together with Joel Parisien (JUNO Nominee, NewWorldSon lead singer) and Rich Moore (NewWorldSon, The Tenors) to write ‘This Far By Faith’. “We dreamed how we could talk about our faith and celebrate our country. We wanted to reflect on the sacrifices of those that came before us too. We are the True North Strong &Free…there is a lot to be proud of.”

‘This Far by Faith” made its national debut May 8th on 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s longest running daily talk show. A music video was created that features the beauty of Canadian scenic treasures from coast-to-coast. You can watch the music video and download a free mp3 of the single via thisfarbyfaith.ca

Crossroads CEO Lorna Dueck said, “Crossroads is excited to share with Canadians a song that truly captures our national spirit. This sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation is a time to affirm care for our country and each other with a love and pride that is rooted in gratefulness to God.”

For more information please contact:

Melissa McEachern
Executive Producer, This Far by Faith Canada 150 Celebrations
[email protected]

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CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATIONS WELCOMES NEW CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Steve Hubley appointed as Chief Development Officer (CDO) Effective May 1st

BURLINGTON, May 5, 2017 – Lorna Dueck, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Crossroads Christian Communications, today announced the appointment of Steve Hubley to the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO) effective May 1, 2017.

Mrs Dueck, who began her role as CEO of Crossroads in July 2016, announced Mr Hubley’s appointment with “great enthusiasm” and said, “Steve’s extensive fundraising experience, creativity and communication skills, along with his ethics and commitment to Crossroads’ vision and mission, is a great addition to our talented and dedicated team of innovative, creative, storytellers and communicators.”

Mr Hubley began his career in fundraising with Youth for Christ under the leadership of Dr Brian Stiller (Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance) and continued with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Thereafter, Mr Hubley began his own business as a direct marketing agency serving many of North America’s top charities in many different sectors. He has dedicated more than thirty years strategically raising funds for important causes.

“After years of being an outside consultant, I’ve felt drawn to commit my work to this organization whose cause and vision is very important to me as it has Kingdom value. Lorna’s vision for this ministry is very compelling because she understands the vital role of Christian media in Canada and we are seeing the transformational impact on people’s lives. I want to be part of that. I look forward to connecting with Crossroads partners across Canada to share the vision of this great ministry into the future, to invite them to journey with us and to ensure their financial gifts are stewarded with continued excellence and integrity.”

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Crossroads Brings New Christian Media Programming to YES TV

Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., introduces a series of new media mission initiatives coming to YES TV in May 2017. From May 1st onward, the primetime (8:00pm est) broadcast of 100 Huntley Street will be exclusive to a 30 minute block on YES TV, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Following the 30 minute 100 Huntley Street broadcast will be a series of bold new programming, delivered by Crossroads, in its mission to reach a changing Canadian audience, and engage new diverse demographics.

Huntley Hope – a new half hour program featuring the best of 100 Huntley Street, tailored to a weekly theme. Huntley Hope is a dynamic and cutting-edge program, highlighting conversations on everyday interest, lifestyle and faith. Airs Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm est.

C Shift – travels back in time through news archives from Context – with host and broadcast journalist Lorna Dueck.  Each week we compare the historical changes in cultural ideas, attitudes, events, and the issues that shape our world.  C-Shift not only looks back on the shifts in our 24/7 digital news universe, but also puts into context a retrospective comparison of news and current events through the years – up to present day. Airs Mondays at 8:30pm est.

Daughters of Eve – a provocative new, docudrama series that journeys into the extraordinary lives of women from the Old and New Testament. Authentic, engaging and inspiring, the series explores women who rose from obscurity, slavery and prejudice to become prophets, lovers, judges, and queens who left their mark on history. The series includes the love story of Ruth, tales of the warring prophet Deborah, the torrid love triangle between Rachel and Leah, the unknown truth about the prostitute Mary Magdalene, the heart-breaking journey of Mary, mother of Jesus and many more. Discover the astonishing truth about women of the Bible! Airs Thursdays at 8:30pm est.

Love is Moving – a high energy, graphic rich, innovative youth program, appealing to Christian and non-Christian youth audiences. Love is Moving follows youth groups across Canada, learning about love and living it out in their communities while partnering with local Christian ministries and organizations. Hosted by Eternia and Gregory Hines, Love is Moving airs Friday evenings at 8:30pm est.

“As we change 100 Huntley Street to 30 minutes daily, we create room for these new broadcasts on YES TV,” says Lorna Dueck, CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications, “and continue to expand our audience reach in digital media on 100huntley.com. An initiative that began with Crossroads 360.” The strategic direction for Crossroad’s future is what Lorna describes as “an intentional move towards laying the tracks for tomorrow’s Christian witness. You have been a part of getting us to this expansion, and thank you for being with us all these years on this journey with the mission of God.”

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Great joy interrupted by pure evil

Written by Lorna Dueck, Crossroads CEO
Originally published by the Globe & Mail

Perhaps that is the best and truest way to consider what happened last Sunday as two Egyptian churches filled with worshipping Christians were targeted by ISIS bombs.

Like their fellow Christians around the world, the Coptics (an Orthodox Christian group) were celebrating Palm Sunday recalling the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and preparing themselves for the upcoming Holy Week.

At St. George’s Church, north of Cairo, social media postings showed worshippers singing and waving palm fronds in celebration. That is, until a bomb, hidden beneath a front pew, exploded; and what was a heavenly moment in worship turned into a nightmare of pure hell.

Images of joy were instantly transposed to ones of grief and anguish as the explosion settled, revealing blood-stained palm fronds, pews and walls. The horror of pain and death was everywhere.

Several hours later, in the city of Alexandria, CCTV video showed a suicide bomber entering a second Coptic church. Shortly after, there is detonation. In the blink of an eye, 47 Christians lost their lives and more than 100 more were injured. The online videos and images clearly illustrated the juxtaposition of these of two deliberate acts, worshiping and killing, by two very different groups of people. An instant analysis of the events and human damage would lead us to assume that evil had triumphed over good.

But has it? The answer to that question is not found by analyzing the motives and strategies of ISIS, or its cowardly ways of targeting innocents such as Christians, children, women and fellow Muslims who dare to have a different, and peaceful, interpretation of Islam.

Ironically, the answer is found by considering Easter, which celebrates events which are the foundation of the Christian faith. Scripture’s ancient historical record tells of hundreds of eyewitness accounts who saw and encountered Jesus risen from his grave. The formerly dead body of Jesus, now walking, eating, loving and encouraging people. A deity that overcomes death is a game changer. So as Egyptian wails of grief subside to the endless ache of loss, watch what rises out of the ashes. The world’s oldest church will respond as it has for centuries, the believers in Jesus will not responding with killing. There will not be retaliation. There will be determination to continue to proclaim that because of Jesus, a grieving identity in the face of evil is one of love and hope. Nothing in humanity’s toolkit can equip us for that response, it’s a God gift that enables peace. The supernatural message of Easter is that Jesus overcomes death, and when people believe that and act upon it, it changes the headlines. Spiritual beliefs do change how people respond to evil. The bloody cross of Good Friday which carries a nailed body of Jesus lifted over the crowds is a gruesome sacrifice. It was a punishment that paid for sin like church bombings, chemical warfare, famine and any terrible thing I might do to the heart or home of the person next to me. Sinners, that’s who are, we’ve been messing up the world since it began.

Easter teaches us that because of Christ’s sacrifice, there is a cosmic repair job coming, and until then, the journey to the new begins like it always has, one heart at a time. The ancient Gospel stories show us small beginnings; two stunned women at an empty tomb, two other out of touch men getting caught up with a resurrected Jesus while walking an Emmaus road. The Christian hope was not intended to be forced as a majority view, it only makes sense when it is personal, and that’s how we discover Christian belief that life gets better than this. A great hope anchored in the facts of Easter, and for both global and personal loss it makes all the difference.

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24 Hour Prayer Rally

We invite you to join us at the Crossroads Center or online for our PRAYER STREAM as we kick start our Canada 150 celebrations with a 24-hour prayer rally. Our desire is to create an atmosphere of prayer and worship, gathering believers together for a focused time of praying for our Nation of Canada and its needs.   Each hour of prayer will be leader-led and we’ll cover such areas as prayer for our government leaders, for the media, arts and education, social and community concerns, Canadian families, business leaders, the church and the next generation.

 

By partnering with and inviting other Canadian prayer initiatives as well as churches to participate in this time unified prayer for our country, we desire to bless the nation as we launch Canada 150 Celebrations.

 

We encourage everyone to come drop into the Crossroads Centre for whatever hour of prayer or time that you are available during this 24-hour period.

 

If you cannot attend in Burlington, please join the live stream of the prayer rally available online at www.thisfarbyfaith.ca

 

Time:

Friday April 28 starting at 12noon to Saturday April 29 ending at 12noon

 

Location:

The Crossroads Centre

1295 North Service Road

Burlington, ON

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Wow! God is on the move at Crossroads!

As you may know during the last month or so we’ve had two important campaigns going: 1) Project HopeSpring with a $200,000 goal to support our 24/7 Prayer Centre, and 2) National Network Airtime Bill Catch-up of $400,000.

I was on air earlier this week to present these results to viewers but in case you weren’t tuned in I wanted to be sure you heard the wonderful news too. I’m deeply humbled and excited to report on how we did.

Wow. We achieved and slightly exceeded our goal. Our dear Prayer Centre manager, Gloria Willoughby, who oversees this mission critical department has told me how encouraging this outpouring of support has been to her and her team of prayer counsellors. Thank you!

Here too our partners reached deep and helped us exceeded our campaign goal. We have been overwhelmed that you voted with your wallets that we should continue on national network airtime. We paid off our bill by the deadline. We’re caught up. Praise God.

What David Mainse promised me last year – “Canadians will not let you down, Lorna” – was true!

As we look ahead – for the next 5 months we need $200,000 to pay for the national airtime that gives us access to a huge mission field – a viewership of 1.3 million people every week. Frankly, this monthly cost is temporarily higher than normal because we are also catching up from last year. But come September 1 we expect to have a newly negotiated reduced rate for airtime. We’re looking forward to that because it means we can begin to invest in new media content focusing on reachjppaing people in different ages and stages.
So please do all you can for Crossroads in the coming months. I need your help to increase the sharing of God’s love with this nation of hurting and lost men and women.

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

In closing I’d like to share something very special that came to use from a dear partner – a pastor – from Alberta. He called in an encouraging, prophetic word for Crossroads…

God is releasing His people and His money to those who are really doing His work. If we have purified hearts and extended hands we will see the work of God in our midst like never before. In the words from an old Chuck Girard song: “I formed the world with a whisper, now I’m getting ready to shout…”

Friends, Crossroads is a “megaphone of the Gospel.” Every day here I see miracles overcoming obstacles, impossible situations. God is on the move at Crossroads. We’re answering His call to share the Good News of Jesus with our nation. We always will.

 

God bless you.

Lorna Dueck

P.S. If you can “double up” on your regular monthly gift this month and help me pay our 100 Huntley Street airtime bill, please CLICK HERE. Many thanks.