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Home Pointe

Guarantees in life - death and taxes - are two, as the old saying goes.  When it comes to the future, our best action is to make things "more likely."  Will it be more likely that your life will be better because of certain choices?  If something good was more likely to happen because you made a choice, wouldn't you make that choice? "Home Pointe" is our initiative to make it more likely through North Pointe that: couples will create a thriving marriage. parents will introduce their young children to Christ in the context of their home. parents will launch their teens as devoted followers of Christ. In the weeks to come we'll be rolling out new online resources to…
Jones Bob
June 21, 2011
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Reach Out – Touch the World

When you support North Pointe you have a hand in changing the world.  You help keep boys and girls from being homeless, you educate and give opportunity where none would exist, you train indigenous pastors to minister in areas where only they can go, you help heal a generation torn apart by genocide, and you inspire believers with your faith and generosity.  Thank you!  To learn more about one of the following missionary families, visit our "Missions" page. http://www.northpointechurch.ca/index.shtml Elmer and Sherry Komant - Kigali, Rwanda - pastors, church planting, sports academy, training centre Brian and Val Rutten - Addis Abba, Ethiopia - church planting, training pastor The Village of Hope - Harare, Zimbabwe - caring for orphans of AIDS/HIV,…
Jones Bob
June 18, 2011
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“Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me”

Many books are written; many books are read. It is much rarer that a book is written that profoundly impacts its readers. “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me” by Ian Morgan Cron is one such book. I finished reading it a week ago, have been telling people about it ever since, and plan on recommending it widely to friends and family in the weeks and months to come. A biography and testimony of man who desperately sought the love of his narcissistic, alcoholic father throughout his childhood, Ian’s story offers broad appeal to those who were raised through the 1960s and 1970s. It is really the story of two men: Ian’s father, a larger than life man who gained…
Jones Bob
June 14, 2011
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Takin’ Care of Business

There is a profound moment in Jesus’ life. He exudes a crystal, clear understanding of his life priority. And he was only 12 years old. He had gone missing from his family after an annual Passover trip to Jerusalem. His parents initially didn’t think anything of it, believing he was with other family members in their caravan returning home. However when they didn’t find him with extended family they started to worry. Ever thought you’d lost your child? Anxiety. Panic. That's exactly what happens with Jesus’ family. They searched for five days before they found him. When they do his mother says to him, “Why did you treat us like this? We have been so worried!” He responds by matter-of-factly…
Jones Bob
June 6, 2011
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U2

First, a little background… Chris and I were supposed to go to the U2 concert last year when it was scheduled to grace Edmonton with its presence on their worldwide 3-year tour. Sadly for Bono (and ticket buyers), Bono had to suddenly undergo back surgery resulting in the cancellation of the last few remaining stops on their tour - Edmonton being one of them. And while they did follow through on their promise to resume the tour once Bono was ‘back’ in the game, the timing failed to align with my now protruding and rather largely uncomfortable pregnant state – resulting in a very saddened disapproval of our floor tickets. Translation: I was unable to attend (cue the sad music).…
Jones Bob
June 2, 2011
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Total Praise

Being a part of Total Praise has allowed me the opportunity to experience something that I thought I might not get to again in my life.  I was in choir in high school, and was part of a small group of girls that went to elementary schools and sang.  For 35 years I’ve remembered the joy that the bond and relationships with the other singers brought to my life.  For the past few months, I have re-experienced that joy.  With Total Praise, the joy is much greater because our purpose each week as we practice and every time we perform is to offer our total praise, through our combined voices, to honor Jesus Christ. At first I felt very uncomfortable…
Jones Bob
May 29, 2011
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Gabriel’s Hope Foundation

Boarding a plane to Zimbabwe for my first missions trip, I was headed to the Village of Hope in Harare and completely unaware of the lasting impact the trip would have on me. I always said I wasn’t the “missionary” type nor would I ever go to Africa – I imagine God laughed at me for years every time I said this, and he continues to laugh as Africa is now a priority in my life. While at the Village, I met two incredible kids: Gabriel and Pam. I was drawn instantly to Gabriel when I arrived as his joy, laugh, and infectious smile were irresistible. One afternoon, I peeked into Gabriel’s classroom where he whispered to me that he…
Jones Bob
May 27, 2011
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Unleashed

Unleashed is a re-release of McManus’ book, “The Barbarian Way.” BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. Reading the first few pages made me wonder if McManus’ observations on the contemporary Church had become the characterization of his own writing experience. “Unleashed” has a bit more “civilized” sounding approach to radical discipleship than the term “barbarian.” I developed a love-hate relationship with the rest of the book. I hated the idea that McManus felt that such a book needed to be written and loved the style and content of the book. The jury is still out for me on whether the church is actually “too civilized.” McManus uses a pretty wide brush to paint his…
Jones Bob
May 22, 2011
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Brianna in Haiti

I decided that for those who are just joining my journey now, I should write about my story and how I wound up in Haiti. So here goes nothing. Growing up in a Christian home, I went to church all the time and learned all of the Bible stories. I did Wee College, went to a Christian school, and did all the right things. By the time I was thirteen years old, my older sister went on her first missions trip with our church. When she returned, I listened to all the stories and experiences, and I decided that the next summer I would be on the team. I was at school the year after my sister’s trip, sitting in…
Jones Bob
May 21, 2011
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Seven and One Half Hours

Slave Lake. Up until May 16th it was a name on a map for most people. Now its International news for the worst of reasons. On May 15th at 2PM residents were advised that fires in the area were no threat to the town. In fact, people from the surrounding area were being evacuated to Slave Lake. Everything changed by 9:30PM. An order was given to evacuate the town. Within those seven and one half hours life changed for thousands of people. For many, their worst fear descended upon them thicker than the gathering smoke from the fires. Just as quickly, within seven and one half hours, aid began pouring in to meet needs of the people of Slave Lake.…
Jones Bob
May 17, 2011