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Undetoured in Facing the Greatest Challenge of Life

I first heard Zig Ziglar in 1997 in Edmonton. Zig is the kind of communicator who makes you wish that your first time hearing him won't be your last. Zig has been one of the most admired communicators of our time. His positive attitude and energetic style has inspired millions worldwide. In 2007 he had a fall that resulted in a serious brain injury. He lost his short term memory and developed extreme positional vertigo. The "old Zig" was gone. He was facing his greatest challenge.  In 1997 I heard Zig say, "Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting back up is a choice." In 2008 the "new Zig," "got back up." Since then he has traveled with…
Jones Bob
April 12, 2011
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Death Squad’s Visit Ends in Miracle

Sometimes as Christians we are confronted with much tribulation in life. We believe that God allows this to happen to get us closer to Him. We understand that when we let Him work and we keep our faith, He will show us that everything will be all right. I came to Canada in 1987 from El Salvador where there was a civil war. I was looking for a safe place to live where there is no persecution for your political beliefs or discrimination or prejudice for your race or religious belief. In 1983, on an October day at dawn, the death squad army unit came to my house. I lived there with my wife and one-year-old daughter. They had strict…
Jones Bob
April 8, 2011
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Oudetoured in Reaching the World

It all began with a simple statement. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16(NIV) Jesus made it very clear what our purpose is. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . . " (Matthew 28:19–20) For almost 2,000 years men and women have been undeterred in carrying out that commission while facing huge challenges - persecution, crucifixion, beheading, stoning, torture, imprisonment, cannibalism, or being burned at the stake.…
Jones Bob
April 6, 2011
Life Stories

ONE OF OUR HEROES – MANDI SCHWARTZ (1988 – 2011)

This morning (April 3rd) we prayed for Mandi Schwartz, as we have many times before at NP. Mandi has faced cancer - leukemia to be exact - since 2008. At 10:35AM our time today Mandi passed away. She was only 23. Women's Hockey Player Mandi was a student athlete at Yale, a women's hockey player from Wilcox, Sask. We first heard about her through Jen Matichuk, a Yale teammate from North Pointe. Jen tried to help Mandi by initiating a drive to sign people up for bone marrow donations. Mandi and her family are well known in the hockey world - one brother was drafted by St Louis, a Canadian Junior Player and the other brother playing NCAA hockey in…
Jones Bob
April 3, 2011
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Undetoured

April 4th. Not April 1st.  This is the day the 167 Ave detour begins, and its no April Fools joke.   For 7 months a route that sees over 17,000 cars a day drive by NP will be shutdown. Over the past 5 years, dozens of families and hundreds of people have been able to connect with NP because of their familiarity with our facility and sign. The shutdown is a short-term pain.  A new 167 Ave will be built, along with a new sub-division.  In the next 2 years it is anticipated that 3,000 residences will be built and over 10,000 people will become our "next door neighbours."  So, what can you do with a detour?  Take the detour…
Jones Bob
April 1, 2011
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Spiritual Gifts

“Goodbye England's rose May you ever grow in our hearts You were the grace that placed itself Where lives were torn apart.” These were the words Elton John used to immortalize the late Princess Dianna. Dianna was known to have placed herself in the midst of causes such as AIDS or the removal of landmines, which graced the lives of people in need. I can think of no better descriptor of the spiritual gifts spoken of in the New Testament than "grace that places itself where lives are torn apart." Whenever a gift of the Holy Spirit is observed, its because someone's need is being met, supernaturally. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit (charism - "gift of…
Jones Bob
March 5, 2011
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Reach Up and Out – Yoga Style

My first class had me standing as straight as I possibly could stand while reaching my clasped hands as high into the air as was physically possible. At first I thought, “This is yoga? I can so do this.” Until I learned that THIS was the entire class. Nothing else. Just reaching up. Straight up, as in, straighter than a wall sorta straight. Just up. FOR ONE WHOLE HOUR!!! Up. And I should mention here that a. I am so not flexible and b. I am so not graceful – so you can imagine how quickly I was eating my, ‘yoga-is-a-piece-of-cake’ words, as my friend looked on in amusement smirking from ear to ear. Our instructor, taking cue from our/MY…
Jones Bob
February 28, 2011
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Upside Down Living

Ambition - Jesus never criticized the ambition of his disciples - he re-directed it. He told them, BE GREAT but don't strive, serve. Whoever serves the best wins. The way up is down. Descend into greatness. Find your SHAPE and make a difference. Phil. 2:6-8(The Message) "...he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.” There are upside down churches and then there are churches that turn the world upside down. North Pointe…
Jones Bob
February 21, 2011
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Made for Baking

Jen Gray has found her “sweet spot” much to the delight of food lovers' “sweet tooths.” Jen, the Events Co-ordinator at North Pointe, is using her SHAPE to create one-of-a-kind, edible architecture. She was recently featured in the St Albert Gazette. Her love of creating ultimately helps her friends and clients celebrate important occasions in their lives. Jen decorated her first sheet cake in Grade 6. In Grade 9 she was raising money for a field-trip to Vancouver.  She baked two character cakes and put them in the teachers' staff room with business cards. The cakes were about $12 and she raised about $400, enough to pay for the trip. By the time she was 15, she challenged herself by…
Jones Bob
February 19, 2011
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Reaching Out made a Difference for Me!

Reflecting back on my past I sometimes wonder what would’ve become of my life if someone hadn’t reached out to me and shared Christ. I clearly wouldn’t have been a Music Pastor and my value system at the time would’ve caused me to make decisions that I wouldn’t choose today. Would I have gone to post secondary school? Would I have been working at a job I despised? Would I be married and have children? Would I have been a mess because of poor choices. Would I have blamed circumstance and problems in my life on others and been paralyzed in life by feeling sorry for myself. Would I have been aimless? Would I have been wondering about the meaning…
Jones Bob
February 17, 2011