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Bob Jones

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Habits Got You? 4 Insights for Change

Every morning I am first into our kitchen. I take two mugs out of the cupboard... prepare them with coffee and hot chocolate... unplug my phone from the charger... click on my YouVersion Bible app... read the North Pointe portion of the Bible for the day... and journal my insights. That pattern has been the first 15 minutes of most everyday for as long as I can remember. My actions are not choices I make each day but habits that are embedded in the fabric of my “routine.” Your daily actions are the result of settled habits. You can change your life by changing your habits. 4 Insights To The Power Of Habits 1. Our most basic actions are not…
Bob Jones
October 26, 2013
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WILL PRAYING EVERYDAY HELP YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED?

"We knew we'd be OK because you were praying." These were the words that greeted my wife, Jocelyn, after she was held up at gunpoint in the bank where she worked. When the bad guy came in to the tellers area he picked Jocelyn's wicket for the stick-up. He was wearing a balaclava and shouted, "Give me all the money!" He sighted a rifle in her face. People started crying. With most everyone else down on the floor she coolly bagged the money. He made his getaway and her co-workers came to her side. One of them told her, "We knew you'd be praying so we felt safe." Jocelyn told them, "Praying? I had no time for praying. I had…
Bob Jones
October 25, 2013
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The Minute Manager of Prayer

  You'd be amazed what you can accomplish in a minute. What holds a lot of people back from prayer is the feeling that if I can't go into isolation and completely focus and pray for an hour, my prayer won't count. As a pastor, my typical day is formed around minutes, not hours of prayer. As a pastor I live in the shadow of men like Martin Luther who is quoted as saying, "I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." (Rev. Luther may have done that only a few times in his life, but his quote has become a benchmark regarding the priority of prayer, especially for pastors.) Luther also…
Bob Jones
October 23, 2013
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What Can You Accomplish in a Minute?

Minutes are to us as miracles are to God. Think about it…minutes are what define our lives. We get 1440 of them every day. We know minutes like fish know water. They are so second nature to us that we are unaware of their passage. Miracles are what define God. Miracles are second nature to Him. If a conception/birth is a miracle then there are over 250 of them every minute on our planet. That’s well over a quarter million every week. 95% of our entire universe is held together by an unknown "dark energy." That's a miracle everyday for us. The 'chance' coincidence of so many trillion possibilities that had to be exactly right for a universe and life…
Bob Jones
October 21, 2013
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How Can I Pray?

Is prayer something that you can "learn" or does it just come naturally? Quite simply, you can learn to pray by praying. God invites us to "ask" of Him. Asking is a good starting point to praying. But won't God feel "used" by my asking? God wouldn't invite us to ask if He didn't want us to ask. Right?  Actually, asking is a form of worship because it shows our dependency on God. As you pray take note of the following to help you pray: 1. Become aware of God’s interaction with you. Look back on the events of the day. Your day may seem confusing to you—a blur, a jumble, or disconnected events. Ask God to help you be…
Bob Jones
October 20, 2013
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How to Have Strong Faith

"Faith moves mountains." Faith will help you do what you thought couldn't be done. Faith can give you new direction and purpose. Faith pleases God. But faith doesn’t come easy. People hunger for certainty, yet something hinders them from experiencing it. They want their faith to soar but their intellects can hold them securely down. How can I have a strong faith? 1. Understand that faith is conditional. Unlike love, which is best expressed unconditionally, strong faith demands a BECAUSE. “I trust you because…” “I believe in you because…” If the “because” is not strong enough the faith will never be secure. We trust people because of what we know about their character or their history. We trust God because…
Bob Jones
October 17, 2013
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291 Days and Counting

"The sun comes up, its a new day dawning, its time to sing your song again." 2013 is 291 days old and counting. Have you made your days count for something? In January 2013 we invited people at North Pointe to pick a word for the coming year that could characterize their experiences. My word was "intrepid." Jocelyn's was "resolute." Kristen Fersovitch's was "purposeful." A sampling of others were "crave," "yes," "intentional," "influence," and mark." The word chosen for our church family was “awaken.” It comes from the verse, “Be up and awake to what God is doing!” Romans 13:11(The Message) We had an expectation that God would work a spiritual awakening in the lives of people through North Pointe.…
Bob Jones
October 16, 2013
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What I Am Thankful For…

EVELYN – “I am thankful for God’s blessing in my life, my husband, my family, my friends, my church family, and countless blessings.” APRIL – “I am thankful for my faith, my awesome friends and family, my sister and cousins, shelter, food, clothes, money to survive, a good church, basic needs, eternal life, teachers, doctors. NORM – “I am thankful for God’s perfect leading throughout my life.” DAISY – “I am thankful for technology so I can call, Skype and text my family in Ontario.” DENISE – “I am thankful to have my son back in my life. I feared I would never have a relationship with him again.” CHRISTINA – “I am thankful for a big, close family and…
Bob Jones
October 14, 2013
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IN HONOR OF KRISTEN FERSOVITCH

This is a Guest Post from Kathy Brown, a friend of Kristen Fersovitch's. The article was written December 18, 2012. The Singing Christmas Tree About three weeks ago, with three papers, a sermon and a final exam still to complete, I was asked if I would volunteer for the Singing Christmas Tree which was being performed at the Jubilee Auditorium here in Edmonton, Alberta. My heart leapt inside me. It leapt because I was asked to recruit volunteers to sell Singing Christmas Tree merchandise and specifically a CD that was made by an Edmonton singer/songwriter and friend, Kristen Fersovitch. Kristen’s voice touches me in a special way, and her story touches me further. Immediately, my mind traveled back in time…
Bob Jones
October 5, 2013
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3 Choices for Strength in Suffering

"Suffering" can be an ugly word. Suffering brings to mind shades of pain, discouragement, anger, and darkness. You know all about it. So does God. It is tough to believe that suffering can reveal anything worth knowing. However, in the upside-down, inside-out, way of the Christian faith, suffering produces more than easy living ever could. Suffering has meaning. In the middle of intense affliction your spirit is more open than ever to the outpouring of God’s love into your life. 3 choices for strength in suffering: 1. Choose to cultivate spiritual serenity in spite of chaotic conditions.  "Shaking mountains” and “agitated waters” (Psalm 46:2,3) are figures of speech for the difficulties we face in life. The Psalmist was inspired to…
Bob Jones
October 5, 2013