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THE POINTES OF VIEW TOP 5 POSTS OF 2018

POST #1. WICKED STRONG: JOCELYN’S CANCER JOURNEY “I have cancer.” Jocelyn’s voice sounded a million miles away. Unreal. Words I never expected to hear from my wife. Read more here. POST #2. MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were surprised when their three-year-old began to describe dreams and visions from God. This inexplicable direction in their daughter’s life, combined with a remarkable talent in art and poetry, inspired her family to re-examine their own lives. Read more here. POST #3. SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.” My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass…
Bob Jones
December 30, 2018
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HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

I was about to embark on my best year ever.  I just didn't know it at the time. All I knew is that I had an idea that would move me out of my comfort zone. For years I'd talked about writing a book. Now was the time to stop talking and get it done. Out Of The Comfort Zone In my wildest dreams I didn't foresee that within two years the book would be published, sell over 4,000 copies and win a Canadian national award. Your dreams and mine may not be the same but achieving them will follow a shared path. I couldn’t shake the thought that the year would be great if I not only achieved my…
Bob Jones
December 28, 2018
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TO ALL FIRST RESPONDERS

First Responders They call him “Tuna.” He’s the kind of guy you want around in an emergency, not only because he’s a Paramedic but also because he could lift a truck if need be to save someone. Crazy Tough Before moving to Edmonton, Charles Blades competed on the Nova Scotia provincial rugby team, as well as a Pittsburgh rugby team, so you know he’s a bit crazy and tough. And I’m proud of the way he is using his abilities to serve people in the greater Edmonton area everyday. He’s one of Edmonton's first responders who run in when others are running out. He’s my brother-in-law. This is a shout out to every first responder at Christmastime. Gratitude for how…
Bob Jones
December 23, 2018
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NORTH POINTE STRONG

Preparing for round 3. It's not exactly what I had planned for Christmas this year. The timing of my "bad" days will put me right on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With all that has been going on we weren't able to host our annual events or have the house filled with family and friends on a rotating basis. It's been a bit hard knowing that my favorite season has been and continues to be tainted by all this. Angela Hawrylak is a fighter. She is battling cancer - the fight of a lifetime. This is her second bout. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Follicular Lymphoma - stage 3. Angela possesses a resolute courage that is helping…
Bob Jones
December 19, 2018
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WHY THE WRIGHT BROTHERS GOT IT RIGHT

115 years ago today (December 17, 1903), the brothers Wright on a field in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lifted off to the sky and into history. Their 59-second flight at an altitude of 120 feet and at the speed of a jog was all it took to set in motion the winds of technological of change. Samuel Langley A few hundred miles away, Samuel Langley was recovering from his humiliation over a similar attempt that ended in failure when his test flight landed in the Potomac River. The Wright brothers and Langley were trying to achieve the SAME goal - they were both building the SAME project. BOTH the Wrights and Langley had a bold goal - build the world's…
Bob Jones
December 12, 2018
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ADVICE TO YOUNG LEADERS: GEORGE H.W. BUSH

“I love you more than tongue can tell.” When George H.W. Bush was preparing to accept the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, he sent his speechwriter a list of notions that he believed best represented him. “Words I like: family, loyalty, kids, freedom, grandkids, caring, love, heart, decency, faith, honor, service to country, pride, fair play, tolerance, strength, hope, healing kindness, excellence...I like people; I’m proud of the USA; I like sports; I’m experienced; I love kids.” Yes, he loved kids so much he mentions them twice. President Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. Family is the cornerstone of his legacy. Family First There are things that could be said critically about his Presidency but make no mistake -…
Bob Jones
December 9, 2018
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THE GIRL WITH THE HOLES IN HER HEART

When you’re seven years old and God spares the life of your little sister you want to say “Thank you” in a big way. That’s why Aden Yerichuk will be in the foyer of North Pointe offering hot chocolate for everyone  on Sunday December 9th and 16th. The Gift Of Twins It was Aden’s idea to send any donations he receives for his festive beverages to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. It’s his birthday on January 8th and Aden doesn’t plan to be at a party. Not every seven-year-old looks forward to being at a hospital on their birthday but that’s Aden’s chosen location. He will present the Stollery a gift on his birthday and it will come wrapped in gratitude.…
Bob Jones
December 5, 2018
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BE A GOOD SAMARITAN OF MENTAL HEALTH

Brock Harrison was going about his life as a new dad and speechwriter for the leader of a political party when it hit him. It presented innocuously enough as panic attacks. Sitting down at his computer brought sudden and paralyzing physiological discomfort. He had experienced the odd panic attack in the past, but they were periodic and easy to shake off. These were different. He physically couldn’t work. NOVEMBER 17, 2014 -- Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith with Brock Harrison Darkest Times Being depressed means you’re never present. You don’t experience life the way most people do. A casual conversation can be torture. Comprehending a simple written sentence requires effort. Eating? Forget it. Your appetite is long gone. You can’t engage…
Bob Jones
December 1, 2018
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CHRISTMAS 2018 AT NORTH POINTE

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and for good reason. Celebrate Christmas 2018 at North Pointe starting Sunday December 2nd. The four Sundays of Advent remind us of and prepare us for the real message of Christmas - the good news of Jesus. "For to us a child is born... And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 Christmas 2018 at North Pointe is shareable. Copy and post this link on social media to let your friends and community know about Christmas 2018 at North Pointe. Christmas is about joy and joy is contagious. Enjoy the Christmas music of Kayla Kimo, Christmas treats and the fractal snowflakes of Mary…
Bob Jones
November 28, 2018