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The Lord is With You!

Emmanuel – God with us! He isn’t just Emmanuel at Christmas time—He is with us every moment of the year.

The reason that we can be strong is because He is with us. The reason that we can live without fear is because He is with us. [1]

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Psalms 16:11

Saying the Lord is with you, is so much more than it seems.

It’s actually a love story. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, there is a moment in time when you knew that He loved you.

A regular day—ordinary really, hands in the soapy water of the single sink in a tiny apartment. The few dishes are hardly worth the full sink of suds, but a vase is spied on the top shelf—that you have to drag a chair to in order to reach, speaks of its irregular use.

A heart simply wonders when flowers would be received again.

A supper invitation the next day.

Family, laughs, and dishes done together—time to go home. At the door, a beautiful red rose with a note attached. “I love you,” nothing else written.

It came from Jesus, He hears quiet thoughts of hearts and made a point to get a flower in the vase. Love. What is your story?

Jesus prayed for us in John chapter 17—a beautiful portion of scripture…

“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

John 17:23 NLT

A tiny little conjunction in bold, but absolutely important to understanding…

We don’t think about the meaning of this word, but what it means is “to the same extent or degree; equally.”

Now look back at the verse, and it should leave your mouth agape! We read about the relationship Jesus had with the Father, the closeness and intimacy, the unity, the whole book of John is filled with that special relationship.

As equally—think back to that moment of love, when you knew, when you accepted His grace and allowed His love.

The presence of the Lord brings joy, meaning, and anticipation to our lives! 2022—it is with the joy and the confidence that comes from knowing He is with you.[2]


We’ve been leaving little challenges in our January blogs—remember this well-known saying “Love God, love people?”

Here is your challenge this week…

Show love to someone on your heart. Send a card in the mail, leave a treat on a neighbours doorstep, make a call, send a bible verse, there are a thousand and one ways to show love, so let’s show ❤️ the ACOP way!


  1. https://acop.ca/facing-2022-with-confidence-anticipation/  —by Rev. Wes Mills
  2. Ibid.
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Encouragement

Do Not Be Afraid!

Fear is a big subject all on its own.

In 2021 with the Covid-19 pandemic raging, surveys indicated people’s top two fears were a loved one dying, or a loved one becoming seriously ill. Other things that people are fearful of include violence, terrorism, racism, being alone, civil unrest, and not having enough money for retirement. [1]

The world likes fear, exists on fear and wants us to bow to it—five minutes of any news program, and your fear is up a notch or two.

So what do we do?

It has been said that the most often repeated command in scriptures is “fear not” or “don’t be afraid” or some variation of this command. I am not sure if it is the most repeated command, but it is found over 100 times in the King James Version of the Bible. [2]

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

1 John 4:18 NIV

Perfect love is God’s love—and God loves us unconditionally—it drives out fear! [3] Pause, pray, invite, meditate and soak up His love—it’s there for the taking, freely offered!

Made perfect in love—doesn’t that sound amazing?

Next, get ahold of your thought life. Fear is cyclical, every once in a while it catches us again, but we can control our thoughts and though feelings may come at us unbidden, we have the power to choose how we’ll react.

“Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always.”

Philippians 4:8 TPT

Fear is powerful when combined with the lie that you are alone, that maybe you’re the only one who feels this way. It leaves you guessing about what you should believe or think, wondering about what is true.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attached and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Eccelsiastes 4:9-12 NLT

Enough said!

As we enter 2022, we need to remember that we have a good good Father who loves us unconditionally, and in the security of His love, we have nothing to fear.[4]

In 2022 let’s respond with hope rather than fear!

So here is your 2022 Challenge, step outside of your comfort zone and get involved in something bigger than you. Ignite Hope in your heart so you can ignite hope in others!

  • ECO—Learn something new, challenge your ideas, igniting hope in your heart!
  • Prayer & Beyond—Ignite hope through prayer the first Tuesday every month! (Zoom Meeting ID: 517 383 7633 | Passcode: 11111)
  • She International Cohorts—These spots sell out fast! Join and find hope in all you do, bringing others along in the journey!
  • Kairos Online—Discover God’s heart for the Nations, hope and light in this broken world.
  • Ministry Mind Leadership Podcast—catch up on your listening!

Download & Print this small gift of Bible verse reminders—Hope over Fear!


  1. https://acop.ca/facing-2022-with-confidence-anticipation/ by Rev. Wes Mills
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.

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Encouragement

Be Strong!

When the pandemic began in 2020, we weren’t sure if it would be a sprint or a marathon. Twenty-one months into the pandemic, I would like to suggest that it has turned into an Ironman competition!

Whether you know it or not, you are a runner. Is that a surprise to you?

All of us are running the race marked out for us from the beginning…

“We will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.”

Excerpt from Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT

Passion—This is what motivates you, gets you moving, running the race like the prophet Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” —Nehemiah 8:10

Determination—You won’t quit, keep going—even when it’s hard, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:13

Attention—Focus, where your mind keeps wandering off to—”But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” —Isaiah 40:31 MSG

Expectation—Is Jesus enough? “You love Him passionately although you have not seen Him, but through believing in Him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory. For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory.”—1 Peter 1:8-9 TPT

We naturally think of our bodies when we think about being strong…

Being strong isn’t about us pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit in our inner being.

Rev. Wes Mills

Athletes train, and believe it or not you will find programs that will get you ready for a Triathlon in 12 weeks! It’s a mix of training that will strengthen and condition your tendons, ligaments, and endurance so you can “enjoy” your race. You work slow, building strength and it’s very important to take a day of rest each week (after training). Build and rest, build and rest…

It’s a pattern that is familiar.

In the same way that an athlete strengthens themself by training, so we strengthen our spirit by reading the scriptures and spending time in the presence of the Lord!

You, as an effective ACOP leader, are aware that spending time with the Lord is the foundation of everything you do. Build and rest!

Take a few laps with the scriptures above rattling in your mind, pray in the Spirit, build and rest. You are what the world needs—ignite HOPE!

This is your friendly reminder to take some time every day to “strengthen yourself in the Lord.”

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100 Years of Memories

First ACOP Conference

“All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe
And crown Him Lord of all.”

Edward Perronet

This beautiful hymn was sung at the very beginning—exuberant praise and worship filled the Old Knox church in Winnipeg, as the founding leaders gathered to set vision and direction for the newly formed Apostolic Church of Pentecost!

The charter they received, “to establish and carry on a Church for the worship of God to be known as, Apostolic Church of Pentecost, and for this purpose to develop the work of such Church in all its branches in Canada. To carry on home and foreign missionary work for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to engage in philanthropic work of every kind.”

Bible ministry and prayer were the focus of ACOP’s first conference, where Frank Small, W. E. Booth-Clibborn, H. C. Sweet, Wm. Philips, R. G. Hammond, Jacob Plester, U. S. Strome, and Mrs. Corabelle Small, were in attendance—and all were ordained under the newly formed charter.

O. J. Lovick recalled, “The Lord had said He would bless me to the north, south, and east. God’s plan was for me to found or establish Churches as He led me throughout Saskatchewan.

I do not mean by this that I was the founder of the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada. Brother Frank Small, of Old Knox Church in Winnipeg, had already founded this organization.

So, when I found out that such an organization existed, I wrote Brother Small to see if we could join him under this charter, which later I did.”

On the business side of the Conference, Rev. Frank Small was elected ACOP’s first moderator. An office clerk and treasurer along with Presbyters were also elected during this conference—all to begin the work of administering and promoting the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada Incorporated!

Three main things became ACOP’s focus: missions work, a small publication called Living Waters (produced by Rev. Small), and the need for Bible training. 

As a result, ACOP saw tremendous growth, including new churches planted, missionaries thrust out into the work of God, Bible Schools established, denominational material published, and Camp ministries started.

Over the past 100 years, ACOP has grown from a single church in Winnipeg, Manitoba—to a global movement of 1500 churches with partner organizations in 26 countries—including over 400 credentialed ministers in Canada.

And our work is not done—our Moderator Rev. Wes Mills encourages us today to become an Ephesians 4:11 & 12 movement…

“Ephesians 4:11 tells us that Jesus has given five gifts to the church – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.

We benefit when Apostles exercise their apostolic gifts, when prophets are prophetic, when evangelists are evangelistic, when pastors are pastoral and when teachers teach.

Ephesians 4:12 says that the primary role of the 5-fold ministry gifts is to ‘equip God’s people for works of service.’

But to be more fruitful in our second century we need the fivefold ministries to more fully embrace their role of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.”

From that first conference to today—celebrating 100 years, we can be proud of our Christ-centered Heritage as ACOP Family, continually…

Extending Grace & Igniting Hope!

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100 Years of Memories

New Church Dedicated in Calgary


The Rev. Glen S. McLean was the guest speaker at the dedication and diamond jubilee service of Calgary’s Full Gospel Church on Sunday, November 15, 1970, with a capacity crowd in attendance.

Official greetings were given by R.A. Larden, representing the Apostolic Fellowship, Norman Worth, representing the district Full Gospel Churches of Calgary, and Kenneth Bunting, representing the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

The following history of the Full Gospel Church was given by Pastor F. J. Kosick.

The history of the Full Gospel Church spans the years 1910-1970. It is almost 60 years to the date since Rev. Walter Smith and Dr. Yeomans brought the message of “Grace” and “Pentecost” to the city, originating in east Calgary.

This Gospel was shared for about two years within the sanctuary of the Heath Baptist Church. Where many evangelicals were introduced to and experienced the original Book of Acts experience, known as Baptism of the Holy Spirt.

From 1915–1920, the faithful laymen Bro. Hedley Spencer and Bro. John Trevett contended for the “faith” in cottage meetings. Then came Rev. Harvey McAllister, followed by Rev. Merrin, establishing the first organized Grace Pentecostal Church from 1921–1929. Then the old-timers speak of Rev. Joe Erickson relocating the church where many were baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire between the years of 1930–1931. With many speaking of the ministry of Bro. F. Nudd and Rev. Harold Prescott and Bro. Stan Newby.

From about 1932 to 1940, the City of Calgary experienced a wave of revival, accompanied with outstanding miracles and healings. Under a Spirit-filled ministry of Rev. & Mrs. R. Reynolds the “Full Gospel Church” met in rented quarters of 917–14th Avenue SW, and became affiliated with the “Apostolic Church of Pentecost.”

The revealed truth of the “God-Head” in Christ, and water baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ was the distinctive message. From 1940–1946, the ministry continued under Rev. & Mrs. Freeman Hamilton. Due to the illness of Rev. Hamilton, Rev. & Mrs. Frank J. Kosick were invited to pastor. They remained in the church until 1962, in the meantime purchasing the building and enlarging it three different times as revivals swept the community with outreach through the radio and printed page, sharing the message to the four corners of the world.

Three other Full Gospel Churches were established, reaching Bowness, Forest Lawn, and Queen’s Park (North Hill). Rev. & Mrs. E. L. McRae succeeded Rev. Kosick from 1962–1968. At this time four houses adjoining the church were purchased for future enlargement. Rev. & Mrs. Trevor Harris assisted Rev. McRae in ministry for several years.

Rev. McRae passed away, and Rev. Kosick was invited to return. Since 1969 the new church was built and linked with the existing one.

The Full Gospel people celebrate sixty years of continuous triumph of God’s Grace and Power, and the progressive revelation of the Deity of Christ and His Name, and mark the event by dedicating a new church, seating over 800 people and ample space for Sunday School and Youth activity. On this Diamond Jubilee, we pause to salute all the Faith Heroes of this generation contending for the original Apostolic Grace and Power! To God, we give all the glory and praise!

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Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a special time of year. The fleeting beauty of the harvest season can cause us to reflect and rest, and we should!

These last 19 months across the world have caused many of us to feel out of place, or as though things have been taken away. Strife seems to be an everyday occurrence in the world, and we all feel loss…

But a timely reminder from one of our ACOP Pastors puts the world back into the right perspective. Step outside your door, hear the birds singing, or the chatter of squirrels. Depending on where in the world you live maybe you can hear the slap of a beaver tail or the winged noise of ducks over the water.

See and enjoy the harvest colours, painting the world, for a short time. Breathe the crisp morning air, a clean quality that isn’t enjoyed at other times of the year. Even better wrap up, with a warm mug of your favorite morning beverage, and sit with the Holy Spirit for a moment.

These are things that the world can’t take away…

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7 NLT

Time with God, your fingers linked with the one you love, or a grandchild crawling on your lap.

A cookie and a glass of milk with your children, a good book, a mug of hot tea, and warm sweaters. A dog running through the leaves, or a friendly chat with your neighbour as you clean the yard for winter.

Christ enables us to see the good in this world, He is the love that casts out fear. He is the anchor to our souls, the joy that comes with the morning…

Overflow with thankfulness. Happy Thanksgiving!