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IN THE ROUGH

The rough - its a destination for which my golf ball never needs to ask directions. Recreational and professional golfers alike, end up in it. It can be a place of intimidation or immortality. Some of the most memorable victories in the PGA or LPGA are of pros who made improbable shots out of the rough. In golf, championships are won not by avoiding getting into the rough but by successfully getting out. Life is much the same way. Life's UnFair Way To be in the rough is to be off the fairway. The rough feels unfair, frustrating, discouraging, and stands in the way of success. All too often, life resembles golf: our lives end up "in the rough" and…
Jones Bob
July 19, 2018
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7 WAYS TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION

Trapped by procrastination? Are "later" or "tomorrow" your best times for getting things done? You're not alone. 7 Ways To Beat Procrastination 1. Do nothing. Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. If you want to get yourself to do something, make the alternative to that task to do nothing. When there’s some chore you just don’t want to tackle, every other chore seems alluring. 2. Start. Think of the most discouraging thing that you are currently carrying or the biggest project you can’t seem to tackle. Forget about how you got there, just look at the clock, and before that number changes, do one little thing to make it better. After you do, enjoy your moment…
Jones Bob
February 8, 2017
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MACKENZEE WITTKE’S STORY: HOPE ENDURES

Mackenzee Wittke is a "one-in-a-billion" little girl. "Kenzee," as her family affectionately calls her, was born with a medical condition that has baffled experts from around the world. Her condition is so rare that the "Mackenzee Wittke Syndrome" was named after her. Her story was featured in the July 17th, 2014 edition of Macleans Magazine.Matt and Kim Wittke live in the bedroom community of Sherwood Park, Alberta. They have two daughters, Emilee and Mackenzee. Mackenzee's middle name is "Hope" and that's what the Wittkes have been holding on to for the past eight years. I've visited "little Mac" at the Stollery Children's Hospital and in their home. Kim's Story Kim says, "Hope is a word and emotion that has been…
Jones Bob
October 24, 2015
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6 INSIGHTS TO MAKE FAITH WORK FOR YOU

Are you are facing a situation in which the odds are stacked against you? You may be facing a diagnosis of cancer, a financial downturn, a lost job, or a broken relationship. Maybe you're an evacuee from Fort McMurray. You want to believe you can overcome your circumstances but truth be told you feel overcome by your circumstances. What Do You Do? There are numerous incidences from history where people faced intimidating odds and overcame them through faith. Here's where the Bible can be a practical help. There are stories of people like you who used faith in God to succeed. Three such people are referred to in Hebrews 11:29-31: 1. Moses: A hostile enemy army is behind you and…
Jones Bob
May 28, 2014
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Who’s Your Mr Gooley?

Harold Gooley's volunteer role was teaching a handful of Junior High boys, which is as close to herding cats as you can get. Having a name like "Gooley" and working with Jr Hi boys is not a good mix.  I was one of his students. To us, he was always, "Mr. Goooooulee!!," uttered with a tone of Halloween freakishness and just loud enough to be overheard. Classes were held in a dimly lit, musty smelling balcony of an aging facility. Mr Gooley was in his 50's, single and hunchbacked. I'll never know for sure if Mr. Gooley was merely arm-twisted into teaching this tough to reach age group, however my experiences with him would indicate that he was more than…
Jones Bob
May 14, 2014
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WENDY EDEY’S STORY: THE HOPE LADY

Meet Wendy Edey - the Director of Counseling for "Hope Studies Central" - formerly "The Hope Foundation" - at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta. Yes, there are University courses offered on the subject of "Hope." Pioneering Hope Since 1995, Wendy - who is a psychologist - has practiced and taught the intentional integration of hope strategies into counseling for people facing illness and complex problems. Her pioneering work in the development of hope-focused language earned the Canadian Counseling Association Award for practice excellence and the University of Alberta Alumni Award for excellence in achievement. Wendy is known by her friends as, "The Hope Lady." The Hope Lady I met Wendy in the days leading up to her daughter,…
Jones Bob
March 18, 2014
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The Vow

Kim and Krickitt Carpenter are a couple who know the power of a promise kept. Less than 10 weeks after their September 1993 wedding ceremony, the Carpenters were in a nightmarish auto accident that badly injured them both and left Krickitt comatose. Though doctors initially doubted she would survive, she rallied, regaining consciousness and, eventually, most of her physical abilities. But the trauma to her brain caused retrograde amnesia, erasing virtually her entire memory of the previous 18 months—including any recollection of the man she had fallen in love with and married. "I lost about a two-year period," Krickitt told Oprah back in 1996. "I was in diapers, and they hand-fed me, and they had to teach me how to…
Jones Bob
March 14, 2014
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

"There's no place like home." Those were the magic words that returned Dorothy from Oz to her home in Kansas. Home, they say, is where the heart is. Sometimes, home is where the hurt is. Home Weight Dorothy only found "Oz" because she was running away from home. Feeling like running away from home - not as a child from your parents, but as a parent from your responsibilities? Parents can feel like they're carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Jocelyn and I have been there. Here's what we learned. 8 Ways To Make Your Home A Haven 1. Imperfections are allowed. There's a perception that families of faith, and especially a pastor's family, shouldn't have problems.…
Jones Bob
January 17, 2014
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A Personal Relationship with Jesus

North Pointe exists to see a personal relationship with Jesus grow in everyone; everyday. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is not a trite or trivialized idea  - its God's idea. Don't miss the profound in the familiar words of John 3:16 - "...God so loved the world..." That's a love for a world of people - a love that is personal. God wants a relationship with YOU. A healthy relationship is based on: 1. TRUST Trust is conditional. "I trust you because..." is a reasonable perspective. God is trustworthy because He is the loving Creator. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He knew you before you were born. He numbers all of your days and the hairs on your…
Jones Bob
January 17, 2014
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BENJAMIN ZANDER: THE ART OF POSSIBILITIES

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping you realize your untapped love for it - and by extension, an untapped love for all new possibilities. Since 1979, Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues. Zander proposes that you live your life on one butt cheek at a time. A One Cheek Performance At one point during his talk, Zander talks about the importance of playing the piano with only one cheek on the piano bench. That when you are creating and you use your body, the music moves through you differently, it…
Jones Bob
January 11, 2014