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STIGMA AND ITS EVIL COUSIN SHAME

Stigma and shame kill more Canadians than your worst nightmares can envision. Sons. Daughters. Spouses. Grandkids. Friends. Their deaths leave anger, guilt, frustration, grief, sorrow, hopelessness. Broken dreams. Broken hearts. What’s enraging is their deaths were preventable. So that’s why I am writing this. To ensure that my granddaughters or grandson or their friends never get to a place in their lives where stigma or shame speak louder than truth and love. (more…)
Bob Jones
March 23, 2019
Life FormationLife Stories

The Real Deal: The Velveteen Pastor

“The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,” the Skin Horse said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”(Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit(1922) (Avon Books Edition, 1975), pages 12-13) (more…)
Bob Jones
February 24, 2019
Life Stories

WHEN EVIL STRIKES

Inside Commonwealth Stadium the Edmonton Eskimos football team were racking up their sixth straight loss of the season. That was bad enough. Outside Commonwealth, one man went on a Saturday night rampage leaving a police officer and four pedestrians injured. An ISIS flag was found in his vehicle. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 5, 2017
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Undetoured in Facing the Greatest Challenge of Life

I first heard Zig Ziglar in 1997 in Edmonton. Zig is the kind of communicator who makes you wish that your first time hearing him won't be your last. Zig has been one of the most admired communicators of our time. His positive attitude and energetic style has inspired millions worldwide. In 2007 he had a fall that resulted in a serious brain injury. He lost his short term memory and developed extreme positional vertigo. The "old Zig" was gone. He was facing his greatest challenge.  In 1997 I heard Zig say, "Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting back up is a choice." In 2008 the "new Zig," "got back up." Since then he has traveled with…
Jones Bob
April 12, 2011
Life Stories

ONE OF OUR HEROES – MANDI SCHWARTZ (1988 – 2011)

This morning (April 3rd) we prayed for Mandi Schwartz, as we have many times before at NP. Mandi has faced cancer - leukemia to be exact - since 2008. At 10:35AM our time today Mandi passed away. She was only 23. Women's Hockey Player Mandi was a student athlete at Yale, a women's hockey player from Wilcox, Sask. We first heard about her through Jen Matichuk, a Yale teammate from North Pointe. Jen tried to help Mandi by initiating a drive to sign people up for bone marrow donations. Mandi and her family are well known in the hockey world - one brother was drafted by St Louis, a Canadian Junior Player and the other brother playing NCAA hockey in…
Jones Bob
April 3, 2011