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Bob Jones

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Live Your Dream

The once-in-a-hundred-year flood that swept through southern Alberta drenched a lot of dreams. These catastrophic effects of nature are unfathomable in their impact. A city, the province, our country is numbed. Treasured items became trash in a matter of moments. What one day adorned the walls and filled the draws of chests, now lines the landfills of Calgary and area. But for the grace of God go us. Our hearts and hands go out to the residents of Southern Alberta. On Sunday at North Pointe I shared an image of a flood-soaked community that invited people to “live their dream.” What happens when your dream becomes a nightmare? Mark Berry was inspired to send me his comments. “The picture touched…
Bob Jones
June 24, 2013
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DADS DON’T HAVE TO BE SUPERMAN

Dads don’t need to be super in order to raise great kids. No cape required for the role. Dads do need to be a man of steel when it comes to their faith, unconditional love and integrity. DARYL'S STORY Daryl Tancowny was a down linemen when he played football. He coached with me in the St Albert Minor Football League. The kids looked up to him in more ways than one. He's 6' 4" and a solid 280lbs. They called Daryl, "Big D." To watch him as a dad is incredible - he is a gentle giant. Daryl is the grateful father of two sons - future football players themselves. Hugging A Miracle Daryl says, “Becoming a father is proof…
Bob Jones
June 16, 2013
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Kristen, Melissa, and a Doughnut

Today (June 14, 2013) was North Pointe’s Annual Walk Run Ride for Hope 2013. Dozens of participants showed up in support of orphans at our Village of Hope in Harare, Zimbabwe. We were running to raise awareness and money for them.  Our youngest participant was just over two and our oldest was way over two. It was a family affair. The weather was not “summery” at all – high winds, overcast, intermittent rain. It was cold. But that didn’t deter anyone. Each participant was given a picture of a child or a caregiver at the Village. The pictures were glued to our event t-shirts. My child was a little girl named, Melissa. She has a killer smile. So I wore…
Bob Jones
June 15, 2013
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The Romans Road

Sometimes the simplest truths are the ones that we need to be reminded of the most. In our AWAKENED series we are looking at some of the issues we need to be mindful of…and there is none more important that the Gospel. In a world of anxiety and turmoil, the Good News brings great joy to all people. A Messiah has been born! (Luke 2:9-11). And this Good News needs to be spread to others. So what is the Good News? The Apostle Paul lays it out in a nutshell in the book of Romans. It has been known as the Romans Road, and it is one that has been, and continues to be, well travelled by people all over…
Bob Jones
June 12, 2013
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The God Book

The Bible has been called “the good book” but its really more than that. Its God’s book. God has done a divine job of preserving His book. Ancient books are available today only because someone made copies of the originals to preserve them. For example, the original writings of Julius Caesar are no longer around. Only 10 copies still exist, and they were made 1,000 years after he died. Only 600 copies of Homer’s The Iliad exist, made 1,300 years after the originals were written. No other book has as many copies of the ancient manuscripts as the Bible. In fact, there are over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts, some written within 35 years of the writer’s death. No…
Bob Jones
June 4, 2013
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Read Any Good Books Lately?

Read any good books lately? The Bible is the most unique book in history. No brag, just fact. It was the first book in history to be mass published and distributed. No other book has been attacked as much in history. It has been banned, and burned and yet it continues to flourish. It contains 66 books that address the most important issues in life and is characterized by conformity not contradictions. It was written by forty individuals, over three continents, in three languages, across over 1,600 years and yet it has a uniformity that defies logic. If just 10 people today were picked who were from the same place, born around the same time, spoke the same language, and…
Bob Jones
June 3, 2013
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PETER AND EVIE’S STORY: OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER

"Happily" can be "ever after." Peter and Evie Kozak know this to be true. Both were born in Alberta during the Depression. They were familiar with hardship. Each suffered through the death of a spouse. What endears the Kozaks most to those who know them best is that the adversity around them had not embittered the attitudes within them. Together For Life Their lives were lived close enough to share in each other’s milestones, but miles apart in day-to-day experience. That is until Saturday May 25, 2013. On that day, these two octogenarians came together to exchange vows that would unite them in marriage. In front of over three hundred exuberant family members and friends Peter and Evelyn committed to…
Bob Jones
May 28, 2013
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Heavy Loads

Exodus 17:8-13 records a remarkable experience in the life of Moses. "The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, 'Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.'So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands…
Bob Jones
May 22, 2013
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Prayer Covering

Did you read May 20th's post? Have you become a "Minute Manager?" If not, read the post and choose to manage your minute each day and then sign up to become a "Minute Manager." Prayer is powerful. Jesus prayed. He was notably effective in prayer so much so, his disciples asked him to teach them to pray. Luke 11:1-4 records a summary of his approach to prayer. A short line with a long reach is "lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil." As a Minute Manager that's a great covering prayer for your pastoral team. "Lord, keep our pastoral team from evil and the Evil one." "Lord, keep them from temptation and if not FROM, keep them…
Bob Jones
May 20, 2013
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The Gift of Intercession

This is a humble request for a gift. Its something I am asking on behalf of our pastoral team. Its the request of a "minute" of intercession. There are four vital questions that demand honest answers: 1. Do you believe God answers prayer? 2. Do you believe God answers YOUR prayers? 3. Are you praying for your pastoral team…daily? 4. If not, will you start today? We believe that if you will manage your minute(s) praying for the team, God will manage miracles. You ask, “What good would praying for a minute a day do?” I ask, "Are you praying a minute a day for the team already?" If not, then your praying can only help. It would help our…
Bob Jones
May 20, 2013