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5 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE ANYONE

Photo by Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE on Unsplash I am a child of encouragement. And who I am is a result of a chorus of encouraging voices. Voices When perseverance waned, someone told me, “You are the most courageous leader I know.” When discouragement increased, another said, “Anything worth doing is always hard. Keep going.” “I believe in you." "Stick with it." "We need you.” A Way Forward That was 2003. Over the course of fifteen years land was purchased, a facility was built, a congregation relocated, our debt was paid off, a dream was realized, and the Kingdom of God expanded through North Pointe. I give what I received - encouragement. 5 Ways To Encourage Anyone 1. Someone needs to…
Bob Jones
October 16, 2018
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ALBERTA’S CANNABIS REALITY: IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID

In a province where billionaires made it big gambling on petroleum, Aurora Cannabis is betting on a new kind of oil in Alberta. Recreational cannabis sales go legal in the land of the maple leaf on October 17th and Aurora has the munchies for market share. Recreational? Aurora isn't blowing smoke in boasting a market cap of about $4.3 billion. It will be on the forefront of a new technology to extract cannabis oil at an industrial scale. Along with a second site in Medicine Hat, the company is set to produce 200,000 kilos of marijuana per year. The Budweiser of weed - that's Aurora's aspirations as the leading provider of marijuana in the world. Are we about to smell…
Bob Jones
October 12, 2018
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BUILDING BRIDGES: KHALED, SALEEMA AND ZAHRA

How are you at building bridges? Khaled and Saleema have moved in next door. Aisha is your new office mate. Ashraf and Zahra own the convenience store around the corner. They’ve come to Canada from societies where they’ve never heard the truth about Jesus. You can build walls. Or you can build bridges. Walls And Bridges Fear builds walls. Love builds bridges. The more you understand about people you don't know the less you fear. The more we know about each other the more we understand we are like each other. Understanding is like finding the right key to a locked door. 3 Shared Longings When we recognize our shared longings we are more willing to engage sensitively with someone…
Bob Jones
October 12, 2018
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CHRISTINE CAINE’S STORY

The smile on Christine Caine's face is as striking as the shock she felt when she uncovered the secret her parents kept from her. Christine's desperate search for her roots turned up a birth certificate. Her mother’s name was listed as “Panagiota.” Her father’s name was listed as “Unknown” - one word with seven letters numbed her. Her own name was recorded as “Unnamed.” She was simply “birth number 2508 in 1966.” Could anything be worse than being abandoned by those who conceived and bore you? The Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Christine was sexually abused by several men from the time she was 3 until she turned 15. She tried to tell somebody that could have intervened, but…
Bob Jones
October 9, 2018
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37 REVOLUTIONARY THOUGHTS FROM A DIGITAL APOSTATE

(Photo by James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images) All healing begins with gratitude. That's a fine thought for a Thanksgiving Monday or any day for that matter. Jeff Einstein has a lot of similar thoughts. And he's on a mission to to confront arrogance and dogma and put God first so you can last. Digital Apostate In the early 80's Einstein was a bona fide media pioneer - referred to by The New York Times as "the Mick Jagger of the digital world." Early in the 21st century, however, and well before the rise of social media, Youtube and smartphones, Einstein morphed from digital media pioneer to Digital Apostate. He asserted that addiction to all things media and all things digital had already…
Bob Jones
October 7, 2018
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THE ONE ABOUT CHIPS, GOD AND SATISFACTION

I've never met a potato chip I didn't like. Actually, I've never met a potato chip that didn't call my name from the grocery store shelves. Pringles. Old Dutch. Doritos. Sun Chips. Ruffles. Lays. Mark Messier was right about Lays -- I can’t eat just one. Once I got the chips home I am forced to eat each and every one of its salty companions. Can you say, "carbohydrate addiction?" Chips And More It turns out there are foods that can actually increase your hunger when you consume them. It seems to me that this phenomenon symbolizes much of the human condition. We drink liquids that dehydrate us. We eat foods that make us hungrier. We buy objects that require…
Bob Jones
October 3, 2018
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WHEN WOMEN LET GO

Letting go. What a conundrum. Risk How do I go about letting go of something that is enmeshed in my identity? Something that is so entrenched in my psyche that if I let it go I might also lose me? Sheila Walsh asked a capacity crowd of women at North Pointe on September 24th to take a risk. “It’s time to have an unedited conversation with God.” Let go of what troubles you the most. She told her sisters that where your scars are, there is your authority. God has met you in those painful moments and walked you through. Your suffering has a shelf life. God is bigger than the broken pieces in your life. God understands your frailty…
Bob Jones
September 26, 2018
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE PRAY

Does prayer work? Can two or more people gathering together to talk to a God who cannot be seen make a difference in any way? And how could you prove that prayer did create the difference? Couldn't answered prayer be mere coincidences? Prayer and Life What I know is that when I pray coincidences occur. Things that I ask for appear. Solutions that I am searching for show up - not always in the way that I ask - often better than what I asked for. And I know that prayer changes me because sometimes what I pray for does not come to pass. Then I face a choice that changes me - berate God or believe God. The One…
Bob Jones
September 19, 2018
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MERCY AND VIRTUES: PATRICIA’S CONTAGIOUS DREAM

Is there such a thing as a contagious dream? Patricia Ngwenya-Gumbo thinks so. December 2014, Patricia stood in front of a few hundred women at the North Pointe Women's Christmas Event and shared her dream. She was nervous. And hopeful. A Contagious Dream Growing up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, she saw more than her share of broken women. Women who weren’t given the opportunity to grow, learn, and to find healthy ways to support themselves. Patricia was fortunate to be supported as a World Vision child by a family in Canada. God favored her when she immigrated to Canada, married, moved to Edmonton, and found employment with the Edmonton Transit Service. Patrica wanted to give back. Her dream was to build…
Bob Jones
September 15, 2018
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11 FAVORITE SHEILA WALSH QUOTES

Front stage or backstage, Sheila Walsh is genuine and all in. Millions of women attribute their breakthroughs to her influence. She is loved for where she has come from and what she leads others through. She can be in front of a thousand women and you'll feel like she is speaking personally to you. Reflecting on her journey through mental illness, Sheila says of Jesus, "I never knew You lived so close to the floor." That's the favorite of my favorite quotes from Sheila. 11 Favorite Sheila Walsh Quotes 1. If guilt tells us that we've done something wrong, then shame tells us that we are something wrong. So many people feel isolated, not good enough, defined by the labels…
Bob Jones
September 13, 2018