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THE TWEETS, TAGS, PINS, AND LIKES OF UNSOCIAL MEDIA

Think of this as a warning label for an addictive drug. Many people I know check and interact on social sites constantly throughout the day. And they have no idea how much actual time they spend on social media. Most of the major social network companies, as well as social content creators, are working hard every day to make their networks so addictive that you can't resist them. I know. I resist. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 19, 2019
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MY FACE WAS ON FIRE: CHERYL’S STORY

My name is Cheryl Turner. I’m a recovered drug addict and a follower of Jesus Christ. I was raised in a family of alcoholics. By the age of 12, I was drinking with my parents, started smoking in grade 8 and doing drugs in grade 9. Cheryl and her husband Paul host CARE Ministry every Wednesday at 7:00pm at North Pointe for people facing addictions. Call 780-452-5566 or email  info@northpointechurch.ca for more info. Please leave a comment for Cheryl below. Under The Influence By nature, I was shy and reserved but I liked who I became while I was under the influence as it was much easier for me to fit in socially if I had a bit of “help.”…
Bob Jones
October 10, 2019
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DR MARK TYNDALL: FIGHTING OUR WORST TENDENCIES

My cousin Mark is a big deal. A big, controversial deal. Mark is Dr. Mark Tyndall, one of Canada’s top infectious disease experts. He spent four years conducting HIV research in Kenya. His name appears on numerous papers in some of the world’s top medical journals. Many of those studies, completed during his 11 years at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver. He is the Lead of Research and Evaluation for the PHSA Opioid Overdose Response Team and a Professor with UBC's School of Population and Public Health. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 25, 2019
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THE GOOD FRIDAY OF JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

My wife never could understand my obsession or urgency with the tomb. Our garden was an oasis of sanctity and cessation from a city that feeds on frenzied pilgrims. We traded the noise and crowded streets for flowers, butterflies, gravel pathways, and stone steps. Many a late afternoon Seudah Shlishit on Shabbat had been eaten under the shelter of our olive tree. (more…)
Bob Jones
April 18, 2019
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LOVING WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash The gift came protected in a cardboard container nestled in a rustic gift bag lined with red tissue paper. With the gift came a note. The gift was hand crafted, one of a kind. The note was hand written. If you’re like me you treasure gifts but you light up with affirming words. One becomes a part of a prized collection and the other fills your emotional well. (more…)
Bob Jones
March 11, 2019
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29 YEARS OF ADVENTURES IN SAYING YES

Twenty-nine years ago Rev. Bruce Fisher invited me to serve on his pastoral team at Central Tabernacle in Edmonton. I said, “Yes.” I had a lot of hair and some experience. Twenty-nine years later I have almost no hair and a bit more experience. (more…)
Bob Jones
March 3, 2019
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JESUS: DESPISED AND REJECTED

Rejection makes you feel like you’re not good enough. That everyone is better than you. Rejection is defined as to throw away, the state of being refused or the denial of love and acceptance. No wonder it hurts so much. (more…)
Bob Jones
February 27, 2019
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THE REAL DEAL: 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