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AMANDA’S STORY: NOW IS MY TIME

"Pastor Bob, if there is ever any way my story is able to help, I would love to save someone many unnecessary years of agony." Amanda's agony was a painful part of her past and a redemptive part of her future. Amanda explained to me why obeying Jesus and being baptized was so important to her. This was a determined and deeply emotional choice for her. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 3, 2019
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REST FOR THE BEAT UP AND BURNED OUT

Every Sunday at North Pointe's celebrations, anyone can come as they are. We drink coffee, laugh, worship, learn, pray, hug, love. Most importantly, we recover our lives. This Is Who We Are Over eighty four nationalities are represented in the community of North Pointe. We are characterized by multiple languages, ethnicities, educational backgrounds, preferences and styles - but one priority – a personal relationship with Jesus. North Pointe is a Bapticostal-Anglican-Reformed-Catholic-Lutheran-Charismatic-Alliance community of single, married, divorced, remarried, pre-believers, seekers and fully devoted followers of Jesus. We're a plurality of race, culture, style, socioeconomics, politics, language, ages, marital status - and a singularity in devotion to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Come As You Are The Church is imperfect but…
Bob Jones
January 31, 2018
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WANTING MORE OF GOD

I want MORE of God. I want MORE of God who is not created in my image. I want MORE of God who accepts people who are painfully aware they could be wrong in their beliefs. I want MORE of God who knows my infallibility and allows room for me to err on the side of mercy and grace. I want MORE of God who is a friend of sinners and the conscience of the self-righteous and died for both. (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 23:25-28) I want MORE of God who allows the righteous to suffer and the unrighteous to prosper, in this life. (Romans 5:3; Psalm 73:3) I want MORE of God who designed marriage to be for life and…
Bob Jones
June 15, 2015
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ADENA’S STORY: TAKING MY BEST SHOT

My story is a God-sized dream. The dream was given to me three years ago when I had the chance to go to Burundi, Africa. I experienced a heart-felt connection with the people. No Coincidences One day we played Red Rover with 90 school children. They learned our names, and 2 days later in the middle of nowhere in Africa, a little girl called me by name. It touched my heart. Another day, I saw a teenage boy running up a steep hill. As we drove past in our jeep, I rolled down the window and yelled, "Bravo!" He smiled a large grin and gave me a thumbs up. Being a runner, I identified with him. Run Burundi Begins On…
Bob Jones
October 8, 2014
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WHY WE SAY “COME AS YOU ARE”

North Pointe is known as the “come as you are” church on 167 Avenue in Edmonton. Why do we say, "Come as you are?" More Than A Welcome We take our cues from Jesus. He said, “Come to me all who are loaded down with burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) That’s an invitation to anyone and everyone – the burned out, the discouraged, the overachiever, the non-religious, and the _________ (you fill in the blank). "Come as you are" is an invitation to freedom because that's what Jesus offers. He doesn't give added burdens. He gives rest. The kind of "rest" Jesus provides is more than the refreshing of a good night's sleep. Its rest for…
Bob Jones
July 30, 2014
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THE GRACE EFFECT

What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues?  Not much, according to some.  The world, they say, would be a better place without Christianity. That's where a story like "The Grace Effect" can change hearts and minds. The "grace effect" is an observable phenomenon that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes. An Odd Couple The book opens with a story about a truly odd couple - the Christian author, Larry Taunton and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author of God is Not Great. Taunton hosted Hitchens at numerous debates on the existence of God across the US. After one such debate Hitchens challenged Taunton with a question about what Christianity has done for society, lately.…
Jones Bob
January 10, 2014