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For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
JOHN 3:16

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“Toronto the Good”
OUR CANADA Ever wonder how that nick-
name came about? Although
G od has blessed the people of
Canada with a peaceful and
prosperous place to live for all of
it is often used disparagingly
today, originally it was the
sincere aspiration of a godly
these years. He has provided a land mayor for this city.
where there is food, water, and clean Ontario’s second governor gen-
For all have sinned, and
air to breathe. He has given a place eral after confederation (1868-1873) influenced the
come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 (The Bible) where we have the freedom to hear was William Pearce Howland, also rec- direction of his life until the day
Who can forgive sins but God only?
Mark 2:7 (The Bible)
the wonderful message of the gospel ognized as a Father of Confederation. he died. The righteousness of God
of Christ. His son, William Holmes Howland, became more important than busi-
became mayor of Toronto in 1886 ness and money. He became deeply
As beautiful as Canada is, God has after an unusual campaign based on involved in evangelistic and mission-
provided a way in which we might be righteous principles and a desire to ary efforts. He established and helped
with Him one day in the most beau- stop family abuse, poverty, hunger and fund inner-city missions to relieve
For when we were tiful place – heaven. But because alcoholism. The Toronto Star called the poor and abused. He made every
yet without strength, him sarcastically, “an anti-vice, anti- effort to help children particularly in
in due time Christ died our sin has separated us from God,
for the ungodly. we cannot enter as we are. He sent gambling, anti-liquor, Bible thumper.” the poorest parts of the city. When he
Romans 5:6 (The Bible)

His Son, Jesus Christ, to remove that His campaign speeches urged voters to was elected mayor in 1886, he hung
make Toronto a city characterized by a 12 foot banner on his office wall,
barrier. The Bible proclaims that
righteousness rather than wealth and “Except the Lord keep the city, the
Christ died for our sins. He paid worldly greatness. He won easily and watchman waketh but in vain.”
the penalty for them. If we accept left his mark along with a nickname, (PSALM 127:1)
that glorious work accomplished on “Toronto the good”. His actions might be held up to
our behalf, we come into the good What inspired William Howland to ridicule and scorn today, but William
of God’s promise that we will have ever attempt such a campaign in those Howland was a man of God who knew
everlasting life upon believing – and early years of city and nation building? the joy of his sins forgiven through
be with Him in heaven. In 1876 at the age of 32, he went for a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
business trip to England where he saw The gospel message he responded
“GOD KEEP OUR a wall plaque with a Bible verse from to so many years ago changed his
LAND GLORIOUS Isaiah 43:1, “Fear not: for I have life. This is the same gospel we
redeemed thee… thou art mine.” preach on this 150th anniversary
For the Son of man is come to seek
and to save that which was lost.
AND FREE! This verse deeply troubled him. Upon celebration, summed up in the Bible
Luke 19:10 (The Bible)

O CANADA, WE returning to Toronto, he attended meet- by Acts 20:21, “…repentance toward
STAND ON GUARD ings by an evangelist named William
Rainsford. He was soundly converted
God, and faith toward our Lord
Jesus Christ.” Thank God there are
FOR THEE” to faith in Christ alone and became still those in Toronto and across Canada
If you would like one of these one of the redeemed of the Lord. This who are coming to Christ for salvation
free Bible posters contact us at produced a change in William that and the hope of eternal life. - J.JARVIS
“Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbour making for Pier 6 and will

VINCENT COLEMAN, explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys.”

a Hero in the Halifax Explosion. around Pier Six to witness what tingly toward eternal danger, are
had now become a spectacle of we not thankful that there was
small explosions akin to a fire- One who selflessly chose to put
works show. Himself in the midst of the dan-
While many re- ger so that others could
Come unto
mained oblivious to me, all ye that be saved? The Lord Jesus
Christ went to the cross
the danger, word came labour and are
Devasted waterfront days after the explosion2 willingly in order that
to a train dispatcher heavy laden,
sinners heading toward
by the name of Vince and I will give
a neutral ship, waited patiently you rest. certain doom could be
Coleman that there
for the dawn so they could begin MATTHEW 11:28 rescued from the danger
were explosives on the
their voyage outward, while the that lies ahead. At Cal-
Halifax’s Exhibition Building1 burning ship. While his
men on board a French vessel, vary He accomplished the work
workmates rushed home to find
to put away sin. He (Christ)
W hile 2017 will be a time
of celebration to honour
150 years since the birth of our
the SS Mont-Blanc, would have
been anything but patient as
they were sitting on top of tons
safety, Coleman thought not
of himself but of an incoming
has appeared to put away sin
by the sacrifice of Himself.
passenger train from Saint John,
nation, this year will also mark of highly explosive material. NB. With little regard for his own
the anniversary of a horrific When the dawn broke and the safety he tapped out messages to Now there is a warning mes-
wartime tragedy that struck nets were lowered things began the train hoping for a response. sage broadcasting to all who
the city of Halifax, Nova Sco- to move in the harbour at typical The last of those messages is said will hear. A warning to flee from
tia on December 6th, 1917. low speed. to have been; wrath, and an invitation to find
Halifax was perhaps the most Confusion caused by some rest in Christ. (MATTHEW 11:28)
“Hold up the train. Ammu- Brody Thibodeau
important North American har- other ships resulted in the Imo nition ship afire in harbour
bour in the First World War, and the Mont-Blanc moving making for Pier 6 and will ex-
with many supplies and soldiers dangerously close to one an- plode. Guess this will be my
departing and arriving. As with other. At 8:45 a.m. the two ships last message. Good-bye boys.”
many other ports, U-Boat at- collided at a speed of approxi-
With that Vince Coleman lost
tacks were a real danger, mak- mately 2 km/h setting off sparks
his life in the Halifax explosion.
ing night time submarine barri- and starting a fire aboard the
However, while 2000 perished
ers necessary to keep them out. Mont-Blanc. The French crew
that day, 300 thankful train pas-
On the night of December 5th, began to evacuate immediately,
sengers were saved from death
1917 the barrier was set and knowing full well the potential
as a result of the self-sacrificing
at least two boats waited for for disaster that their burning
act of courage by one man who
the morning so they could sail ship posed. The city’s first mo-
through the mouth of the har- torized fire truck was dispatched,
bour. The crew of the SS Imo, and people began to gather As we look around and see a world of people heading unwit-
The Ninety and Nine
YELLOWHEAD There were ninety and nine that safely lay
Gordon Williams In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare;
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

But none of the ransomed ever knew

T HE YELLOWHEAD, #16 is one of How deep were the waters crossed;
Canada’s most beautiful highways. It Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
connects the four western provinces of Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Canada, from the fields of Manitoba to the Out in the desert He heard its cry;
beautiful BC coast. Just west of Jasper it ’Twas sick and helpless and ready to die.
follows the famous Yellowhead Pass through And all through the mountains, thunder-riv’n,
the majestic Rocky Mountains. This Pass is And up from the rocky steep,
also the route used by the Canadian National There arose a glad cry to the gate of heav’n,
Railway. It was once the way that led to the Caribou gold “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
fields. Prior to that the Hudson’s Bay Company had sought a route And the angels echoed around the throne,
through the mountains for the trade of furs and leather. The Pass is “Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”
named after a light-haired Metis guide, named Pierre Bostonais, who
was called, ‘Yellowhead’ or ‘Tete Jaune’. The once booming town of The Ninety and Nine, was written by Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane,
Tete Jaune Cache was the site of Pierre’s fur cache. of Scotland (1830-1869), for her wayward brother,
“the sheep that was lost,” who resided in Fergus, Ontario.
Little is known of Pierre today, but his name has left a legacy for The “shepherd” is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ who went to the cross
all of us. With his name we associate the mountain pass, the highway, of Calvary and gave His life to pay the penalty for the sins of the lost.
the place. It is a way through the mountains, a way from the prairies Because of His sacrifice, wandering sinners
to the coast. May we remind the reader of another whose name is can be brought to God.
very well known, though so many know nothing as to who He really
is or what He has done. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, once lived
and walked upon this earth. His purpose was to provide the way, not
from the prairies to the coast, not though the mountains, but the way
from earth to Heaven, the only way to peace with God. As the sinless
Saviour, He gave His life on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for
sin and provide a way to Heaven. WHO WE ARE We are Christians who believe the Bible is the
inspired message of God to mankind. It presents the Lord Jesus Christ as
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. the Son of God, who came to reveal the Father. By His death, burial and
No one comes to the Father except through Me. resurrection, He makes possible the forgiveness of sins.
(John 14:6 NKJV) Salvation and eternal life are God’s free gifts to all who, by faith, receive
Jesus Christ as Saviour and confess Him as Lord.
Bible Lessons from the Coat of Arms
(“they desire a better country”).
But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly.
(Hebrews 11:16)

Crown Red and White
Our Lord Jesus Christ... Mantling
is the blessed and “Come now, and let us
only Sovereign, reason together,”
the King of kings says the LORD,
and Lord of lords. “Though your sins are
(I Timothy 6:14,15 ESV) like scarlet,
They will be as white
Helmet as snow;
Take the helmet Though they are
of salvation, red like crimson,
and the sword of the They shall be as wool.”
Spirit, which (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV)
is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6:17)

The Lion that is Lilies
from the tribe Observe how the lilies
of Judah, of the field grow;
the Root of David, THE MOTTO OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA IS they do not toil nor do
has prevailed. they spin...But if God
(Revelation 5:5 NKJV) A MARI USQUE AD MARE so clothes the grass of
(“From Sea to Sea”). the field...Do not worry
Shield [The King of kings] shall have dominion then, saying
As for God, also from sea to sea. ‘What will we eat?’ or
His way is blameless; (Psalm 72:8) ‘What will we wear for
The word of the LORD clothing?’... But seek
is proven; first [God’s] kingdom
He is a Shield and His righteousness,
The Dominion of

to all who take and all these things will
refuge in Him. be added to you.
(Psalm 18:30 NKJV) (Matthew 6:28-33 NKJV)