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THE FREEDOM OF COMMITMENT

Commitment will set you free. Sounds counter-intuitive? If it does you’re not alone. In fact, at one time I thought of commitment as the antithesis of freedom. FREEDOM Now, when I think about my life I see the commitments I’ve made actually freed me to become the person I am today. I realize that I couldn’t have followed through on the really hard things I’ve done without commitment. There would be no University degree in Mathematics or a graduation from Bible College. I couldn’t have gotten married and certainly not become a parent. I couldn’t have become a pastor. And there is no way under heaven’s blue sky that I could have helped relocate Central Tabernacle to where North Pointe…
Bob Jones
May 9, 2018
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CANADA SUMMER JOBS AND DISCRIMINATION

Just before Christmas 2017 the Government of Canada gifted a stocking full of coal to Christian charitable groups requesting funding for its Canada Summer Jobs program. Only those non-profit groups that hold the same views as the government on matters of abortion, and sexual moral norms will be eligible to apply. Ideological screening has become the new vogue for groups requesting funding for the program. Canada Summer Jobs Paula Simons, a self-declared pro-choice feminist and I, rarely land on the same side of political issues. I have to give Justin Trudeau’s government all the credit for uniting us on this issue. Simons wrote on January 17, 2018: “I find myself deeply disturbed by a new federal rule that says any small…
Bob Jones
March 7, 2018
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FREE STATE OF JONES

Matthew McConaughey (center) and Mahershala Ali (center left) star in THE FREE STATE OF JONES The credits rolled and we couldn't move. It wasn't that the 139 minute film had left us in want of fresh air but actually wanting more. Free State of Jones is the best Civil War-era film I've ever seen and it ended far too soon. Civil War Infatuation It was 1965 and our family was heading out of Ontario on a spring break holiday to South Carolina. It was the centennial of the end of the Civil War and what I saw started an infatuation with the "Blues and Greys," the "Stars and Bars," the folklore of General Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart,…
Bob Jones
June 29, 2016
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ABBA’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER: A SADLY TRUE STORY

This guest post is from a woman I know who is courageously sharing her story about childhood sexual abuse so that others can find hope, freedom and healing. My home life growing up was quite dysfunctional; I am the youngest of four, and knew from an early age that my mother never planned for a fourth child. My parents were both quite emotionally disconnected from me and looking back, I now see my emotional neediness even as a young child. My mother was a very heavy drinker and on medication for depression for years. She often threatened to leave when us kids got on her nerves. My father was explosively angry and prone to rage, and I rarely if ever…
Bob Jones
October 28, 2015
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LAURIE’S STORY: FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION

Laurie understands what it is to descend into addiction and hopelessness. She used to live there. Laurie also knows what's it like to find freedom and wholeness. She's a freedom fighter now - sharing her story to help others find freedom. I've known Laurie and her family for almost ten years since they started attending North Pointe. LAURIE'S STORY: FITTING IN I grew up in a religious home and had good parents, but I was never sure where I fit or found acceptance. When I was 12 years old I discovered alcohol, and instantly I felt like I was able to make friends and be the life of the party - I finally fit in. For years I drank on…
Bob Jones
November 26, 2014