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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
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THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and encounters that will lead you to your ultimate purpose. The journey is far from being smooth. Along the path you will come face to face with the forces of good and evil. The Bible describes these forces as The Kingdom of Light and The Kingdom of Darkness. (Colossians 2:10-12) The journey to purpose is navigated by faith. 1. You start the journey as an EXPLORER.  At some point you begin to understand that there is more to this world than what can be touched or seen. It may begin as a child's curiosity about the unseen. It may start as an adult who becomes aware of powerful forces…
Jones Bob
January 10, 2014
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THE GRACE EFFECT

What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues?  Not much, according to some.  The world, they say, would be a better place without Christianity. That's where a story like "The Grace Effect" can change hearts and minds. The "grace effect" is an observable phenomenon that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes. An Odd Couple The book opens with a story about a truly odd couple - the Christian author, Larry Taunton and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author of God is Not Great. Taunton hosted Hitchens at numerous debates on the existence of God across the US. After one such debate Hitchens challenged Taunton with a question about what Christianity has done for society, lately.…
Jones Bob
January 10, 2014
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Saviour of Union

One million people showed up at his funeral. For 19th century New York, that was a lot of people. If its true that the number of people at your funeral is indicative of the breadth of influence you have, Ulysses S. Grant was a man of note. Grant played a significant role in the history of the United States. A General, a President and “the Saviour of the Union” – weighty responsibilities for one man to shoulder. Mitchell Yockelson, author of, “Grant: Saviour of the Union,” wrote, “He carried himself as though he hadn’t a care in the world, and this is a testament to an inner strength that helped him persevere during rough periods throughout his life.” History, for…
Jones Bob
July 15, 2012
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THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY

What comes into your mind when you think about God? What's the first word? What's the first feeling? One of my favorite resources for growing faith in God is written by A. W. Tozer - The Knowledge of the Holy. Are you are trying to increase your knowledge of God? Consider the following: 4 Insights About Your Idea Of God 1. "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."  What do you think of - and how do you feel - when you think about God? 2. "Man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is as pure or base…
Jones Bob
July 12, 2012