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Passing the Baton of Faith

Issac…Jacob…Joseph – familiar Biblical names associated with faith. What else did these men have in common? Each of them died young at an old age. They experienced disappointment without bitterness. Faith that works will bring you to the end of your life believing not bitter. We’ve all seen it happen to people we know and love. They become bitter, angry, and filled with resentment because life didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Isaac had the promise of a land of his own but he died without seeing it fulfilled. Jacob had the same promise and he died in Egypt. Joseph had the same promise but died in Egypt too. If ever any one had the right to…
Jones Bob
August 8, 2011
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Henry’s Going to be Here Soon

I’ve always appreciated seniors. When I was a young girl, it was a day and age where we visited seniors’ homes to sing Christmas carols. During high school, I worked in the kitchen at a nursing home in Virginia, and still retain and recount fond memories of those times. I loved getting to know the people there and hearing about their lives. Getting to know people and their stories is probably my favorite activity of all. Seniors have great stories. Recently, I visited my father for his 80th birthday. He lives in a retirement center in Lansing, Michigan. For the week that I was there, I visited him daily, participated in some activities and got to know the staff and…
Jones Bob
August 5, 2011
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Living by Faith

What does “living by faith,” mean to you? Standing on the edge of the CN tower held only by a harness? Flipping a light switch and knowing the light will turn on? Turning the key in the ignition and knowing the vehicle will start? Depositing money in the bank and knowing you can get it back when you want it. Jumping out of an airplane at 3,000 feet relying solely on a parachute packed by a complete stranger. Standing at the altar and saying “I do” to a lifetime commitment with a partner who is only slightly less imperfect than you are. Depending on the function of a muscle that must fire 9 billion times in the duration of a…
Jones Bob
August 1, 2011
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Haiti Update

Life in Haiti means that sometimes I wake up with ants scrummaging through my computer keyboard. Or it means that sometimes we don't have electricity. Or other times still we don't have water to shower with. In the daytime right now, the temperature rarely drops anywhere near 35'C... with the evening low being right around 30'C. I walk pretty much everywhere, which means I'm always sweating. If I walk down, I just have to walk back up again - which means I sweat even more. More often than not I sport some sort of sweat stain on my clothing. Each person who travels here to Haiti would go away with a million different stories. Everyone will have different experiences baed…
Jones Bob
July 29, 2011
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The Abrahamic Absolute

"Have faith in God." Four words that form the most powerful admonition. So how do you do you have faith in God? The New Testament pays a great tribute to Abraham, the "man of faith." His name appears 30 times in the gospels, 8 times in Acts (5 in one sermon), and 32 times in the epistles. When a New Testament writer wanted to teach a lesson on the nature of or importance of faith, Abraham was the model. So how did he do it? In summarizing his life portrayed in Genesis, I've developed what I call the Abrahamic Absolute: "A long obedience in God’s direction fosters a faith that does a world of good." God called Abraham to begin…
Jones Bob
July 25, 2011
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Every Breath You Take

Have you ever found yourself in a place you had previously been decades earlier, and yet it seemed as though only a day had lapsed? That was my experience early this summer. My father had a cottage built on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario in 1961. For years, my childhood summertime meant living at the cottage from “school’s out” until “school’s in.” It was two months of sun, sand and swimming. My family and I traveled 3,600kms plus to vacation at that cottage again. On the first day back I sat on the beach and watched children play in the sand. Seagulls soared overhead in the breeze. The laughter of swimmers drifted to shore carried by the waves. Sandpipers…
Jones Bob
July 23, 2011
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The Final Summit

I am an Andy Andrews fan. I was inspired by “The Butterfly Effect,” and the “Traveler’s Gift.” Andrews’ style combines history and biographies in brilliant ways. He educates and entertains. In “The Final Summit” Andrews does it one more time. The book, at 226 pages, is an qhick read. It flows well. I read it in a couple of hours. As such, it’s the kind of book you may read 3 or 4 times, master “a Coles notes” version of your own, and use it as a motivational code of values. “The Final Summit” is the continuing story of David Ponder, a character developed by Andrews in “The Traveler’s Gift.” Ponder, now 74, is grieving and depressed by the sudden…
Jones Bob
July 14, 2011
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Life in Afghanistan

North Pointe has 13 people from our church family deployed to Afghanistan. One of them is Bryan McCulloch. I asked him if he would give us some insight into what its like to serve in Afghanistan. 4 July 2011 Life in Afghanistan is all you could hope for. I have my own 2m by 2m bed space, equipped with a bed, dresser and an even layer of dust on everything in the morning when I wake up. When I have a vehicle, I drive in the right hand side of the car. If it’s a standard vehicle, I drive badly in the right hand side of the car. This is unfortunate when I have to share the road with vehicles…
Jones Bob
July 7, 2011
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Going the Distance

The year was 1983. In Australia, the long-distance foot race from Sydney to Melbourne was about to begin, covering 875 kilometers - more than 500 miles! About 150 world-class athletes had entered, for what was planned as a six-day event. Race officials were startled when a 61-year-old man approached and handed them his entry form. His name was Cliff Young, and his "racing attire" included overalls and galoshes over his work boots. At first, they refused to let him enter. So he explained that he'd grown up on a 2,000-acre farm, with thousands of sheep. His family could afford neither horses nor tractors so, when the storms came, his job was to round up the sheep. Sometimes, he said, it…
Jones Bob
June 29, 2011
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Obeying the Great Commission

A GREAT commitment to the GREAT commandment and the GREAT commission makes a GREAT Christian. The GREAT Commandment Mark 12:28-31 - “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The GREAT Commission Matthew 28:18-20 – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to…
Jones Bob
June 26, 2011