Forgiving Foes and God vs. Government | Dr. James Coates, Pastor | Ep 28

Dr. James Coates is the pastor-teacher at GraceLife Church of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. He has been pastoring there for more than 13 years. In 2021, James was arrested for opening his church in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. He is a graduate of the Master’s Seminary (MDiv, DMin), co-author of “God vs. Government: Taking a Biblical Stand When Christ and Compliance Collide,” and author of “Preaching and Hearing God’s Word.” During his interview with host Sienna Mae Heath, Coates discusses the God-centered process of forgiving foes and showing love in adversity, commitment to faith during social upheaval and spiritual warfare, and how the story of The Garden of Eden offers wisdom on the creation of relationships.

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Sienna Mae Heath

Sienna Mae Heath is a growth writer. Sienna is the star and writer of the short documentary Real Unity produced by Free the People and screened at the Anthem Film Festival (FreedomFest) 2021. She now hosts Leaving the Left for Liberty on Free the People where she interviews whistleblowers, dissidents, and other alternative voices in the Western World. Empowering empaths through flowing truth in timely essays and poignant poetry, her most recent pieces have been featured on The Kim Iversen Show, The Equiano Project, Braver Angels Media, Medium’s Society, History, and Race pages, and The Independent’s “Conversations.” Locally in the Lehigh Valley, PA, she is known for cocreating a more beautiful world as The Sovereign Gardener and for developing The Hero’s Journey worksheet to guide survivors of abuse in telling their stories of liberation. Follow her on Substack, Medium, Instagram, and Twitter.

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