BOB JONES

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Linsanity

I've developed it too. Linsanity. Even if you don't like basketball you've gotta love the story of Jeremy Lin. Graduate of Harvard...wanting to play in the NBA...cut twice in his young career by two different NBA teams...given a third chance by the NY Knicks in Dec. 2011...sat on the bench and played minimal minutes...until...February 4, 2012 when he was given a chance to start by the desperate coach of a losing team and scored 25 points in a win...and followed that with a 6-game win streak where he scored more points than any rookie in NBA history...which garnered international attention...and spread "Linsanity." The Knicks then signed him to a 6-figure deal, making him the first American player of Taiwanese descent…
Jones Bob
February 29, 2012
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AM I GOOD ENOUGH?

There was something about Whitney Houston that went beyond the obvious. Whitney was beautiful and arguably the most incredible female voice in musical history. She was undeniably the most awarded female act of all time. The kind words of those closest to her at her funeral could not dispel the sense that all their love, support and care were insufficient to save Whitney from herself. Not even drugs or alcohol were enough to dull the pain of feeling she wasn’t good enough. Am I Good Enough? I've struggled with feeling inadequate. Not good enough. Insufficient. In my lowest moments I'm convinced that "successful" people, like Whitney, never worry about being good enough. So untrue. I was caught off guard by…
Jones Bob
February 20, 2012
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Amber’s Story

"The MRI shows you have a brain tumor." When you are 27 years old, a wife and mother of two little girls under the age of 4, that kind of news is unimaginable. To think that 7 months later you would be standing a platform in front of a 1,000 people sharing your story of recovery and singing a song about how hardships can be the source of blessings, has God's fingerprints all over it. Hear Amber MacNeil's story and song by going to: http://www.northpointechurch.ca/video.shtml and clicking on the February 5th entry. Ephesians 1:3 says that we have been "blessed...with every spiritual blessing in Christ."  Those "blessings" include "mercy" and "healing" in hardships.   The chorus to the song Amber…
Jones Bob
February 7, 2012
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Bears and Fools

People from North Pointe are reading and reflecting  on portions of the Bible, everyday.  Cindy Glubish had these reflections from her readings on Feb. 17th. A female grizzly bear… -Can weigh somewhere between 290–440 lbs -Can reach 198cm/6.50 ft in length -Can clock between 48-60 km an hour in speed -Have paws that are 10-12 “ long -Have claws that can reach 6 “ in length -Have a keen sense of smell that is 100,000 times stronger than a human -Produce 1-4 young (commonly two) every other year -Are very protective of their offspring and will attack ferociously if they think she or her cubs are threatened. -Are considered by some experts to be the most aggressive bear -Are responsible…
Jones Bob
January 17, 2012
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Are Your Beliefs Livable?

Your beliefs play a determining role in how you view life.  Your mind uses your beliefs to create your personal view of the real world. Wherever you are, its your beliefs that have gotten you there. Children, have beliefs impressed on them that are quotable, but not necessarily livable. For instance... · "Chocolate milk comes from brown cows." · "If you swallow a seed, a plant will grow inside you." · "If you swallow chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for 7 years." · "Ice cream vans only play music when they've run out of ice cream." We can be attracted to a belief because of its sheer beauty. Some beliefs are attractive because they appear to unify…
Bob Jones
January 10, 2012
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316

Early Monday morning, January 9th, the top item on Google Trends hot searches was John 3 16. Why? Because Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, passed for 316 yards in an overtime, NFL playoff upset of the Pittsburg Steelers,the day before. 316 is the number Tebow wrote on his eyeblack when he played in the NCAA. 3:16 is also the numbers on signs held up in football endzones across the nation for years. Tebow has been outspoken about "his Lord and Saviour" - the God who so loved the world, spoken of in John 3:16. Coincidental? Providential? If nothing else, its got to bring a smile to your face to think about how so many millions of people are…
Jones Bob
January 10, 2012
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I am a Follower

I generally like Len Sweet’s writings. His prose is poetic, practical and probing. Sweet’s books are so rich you can open to any page and find a nugget of insight. Perhaps my expectations of “I Am a Follower” were too high which is why it left me feeling disappointed. Perusing the back page summary would have alerted me to his agenda. It suggests that Sweet will “take us on a journey from leadership cult to followership culture.” Sweet takes aim at what he calls the “corporate-obsessed-culture” of the Church. In so doing he endorses a definition of leadership that no leaders I know would ever model in deed or attitude. Leadership is “trying to get everyone else to do what…
Jones Bob
January 3, 2012
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Struggle and Immerse

Go, Canada, Go! I hope you'll take in some of the World Junior Hockey Championship this year. When you do, watch for #8 - Jaden Schwartz. If you remember the Schwartz name, its because we prayed frequently at North Pointe for his sister Mandi this year as she battled leukemia. Mandi was a hockey teammate to Jennifer Matichuk from NP, at Yale. Mandi passed away on April 3rd. “She’s on my mind every day,” Jaden said last Saturday. “You can’t stop thinking about her. She was there for me so much. She inspires me every day still. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about her." “Everything I do is for her.” As students at Notre Dame College…
Jones Bob
December 27, 2011
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Merry Christmas

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ. Merry Christmas!
Jones Bob
December 25, 2011
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12 Days of Christmas

A post from Cindy Keating Glubish December 19, 2011 - 7:32 a.m – I woke up this morning singing “…On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree…”. I have no idea why. And much like the hiccups, the song kept creeping back ALL..DAY...LONG. To be honest, I have always found this song to be annoying. No disrespect to Frederic Austin, but I just find it rather… blah. There’s not much syncopation, there’s definitely no dissonance, and the lyrics are… well…they’re rather repetitive (stating the obvious I know). In my everyday life I hear “Mommy, mommy, mommy, MOMMY!!!!!” 50 million times a day, so to ALSO have “and a parrrrtridge in…
Jones Bob
December 20, 2011