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REVITALIZATION AND MULTIPLICATION

The illuminated face of the clock by the bed read, “3:38.” Conscious. Confused. Clear. Awake! O yah, its Thursday and I’m supposed to jet to Vancouver. Belt buckled. Keys in pockets. Shoes on. Groomed! No time for brewing coffee. Grrrrr. Notes? Check. iPhone ticket? Check. Car rental? Check. Ready! Cold and snow blankets everything, delaying but invigorating. Sparse traffic. Silent morning. Slushy roads. Departures! The ripples of 9/11 are reminders that tighter security doesn’t make life feel more secure. Belt off. Pockets emptied. Shoes off. Inconvenienced! The best part of flying. Not. 32,000 feet. 548km/hr -64C Purpose! The planeload empties at almost the identical local time we departed. Rain for snow. Green for white. Mountains for plains. Envious! A rented…
Bob Jones
March 2, 2016
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4 FACTS ABOUT FAITH AND FEAR

Fear knocks at everybody's door. Phobia comes in a plethora of forms - fear of failure, falling, fire, flowers, flying, frogs, or fog to name a few. How will faith help you face fear? 4 Facts About Faith And Fear 1. If  you give in to fear, it will rule your life. Fear tears away ambition, kind actions or thoughts. It creates resentments, jealousy and anger. Fear will make you doubt life, your friends and the best intentions of others. It can change how you feel and react to things which would not normally bother you. 2. Faith changes everything. A Bible verse, a devotional thought, a memory of past success, an email from a friend, a kind word, good…
Bob Jones
February 20, 2016
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RISEN

The account of Easter can easily function as a coloring book - the lines are clear that shape Good Friday, the Cross and the Empty Tomb.  How the pages are colored has been limited by the crayons available. Not anymore. Easter Colors Rich Peluso passed up the Crayola 24, 64 and 96 packs and created his own Mega Box 144 to color his Easter story. In producing, "Risen," Peluso made use of shades and combinations no one has seen before. He gave free reign to poetic license and colored outside the lines. But that's OK. As a communicator I know that telling a familiar story from a new perspective or angle helps audiences pay attention. They may even have an…
Bob Jones
February 14, 2016
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14 DARING FAITH STATEMENTS

The most daring thing you can do is to live a fully devoted life for Jesus Christ. To see a personal relationship with Jesus grow in everyone, everyday is the vision North Pointe is believing towards.  We envision thousands of people becoming followers of Jesus Christ in the next few years through the ministries of people at North Pointe. By 2020 we expect to influence one million people worldwide with the gospel of Jesus. We plan to use faith to advance our spiritual maturity, enhance our relational unity and finance our kingdom ministry. Some say, "I'll believe when I see it." We say, "We'll see it when we believe it." "According to your faith will it be done to you."…
Bob Jones
February 2, 2016
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A CLASSROOM CALLED “LIFE”

You are part of an education in unconditional love. Every person you meet is your homework. Life is the classroom. God is the teacher. You are His student. Life long learners go to the head of the class. Problems are simply part of the curriculum. Sometimes you may feel like you're failing but this is when you are learning the most. What doesn't challenge you, doesn't change you. In school you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In God's classroom you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. Jesus turns tests into testimonies, messes into messages and trials into triumphs. Pain doesn’t mean God is punishing you; He is preparing you. Trust His plan not your pain.…
Bob Jones
September 20, 2015
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Amazing Grace in Charleston

Jon Stewart began his June 18th edition of The Daily Show with an emotional, joke-free commentary about racism and gun violence in America following the shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “I’ve got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina,” Stewart said. “I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence we do to each other and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.” A Gaping Wound When a nation’s comedian finds humor inappropriate, you know the events of the…
Bob Jones
June 19, 2015
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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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JARED’S HOPE

Jared Hope was on a fast track to what most Canadians would call “The Canadian Dream.” His Junior hockey career was powered by a winning mix of skill and ambition. Originally from Edmonton, he'd been playing in Spokane, Washington since he was 16. Between 1995 and 1996, as scouts lined him up for a first round NHL draft pick, he had three consecutive concussions and was forced to walk away from a pro hockey career. "I remember a counselor telling me I was experiencing a mid-life crisis. She said the depression was normal." Jared didn't feel normal. Building on Ego Determined to build a new life, Jared moved back to Edmonton. He graduated college, went into sales and was making…
Bob Jones
April 5, 2015
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MOSHE

When was the last time you had to pinch yourself so you wouldn’t miss the moment you were living? For me it was feeling the sea breeze on my face and the wooden deck of the boat beneath my feet as we silently glided across the surface of a sea called, “Galilee.” PINCH. Could this have been the very place that 2000 years ago, Jesus, awakened by his anxious disciples, spoke calm to a furious storm? Were the hills on the horizon the long ago home of the Gaderene who was possessed by a legion of demons? Might it have been at this spot that Jesus appeared, walking on the water on a moon lit night, and invited Peter to become…
Bob Jones
February 22, 2015
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Many Voices – One Clear Choice

How does God work in drawing people to a faith in Jesus Christ?  This is Dr. Ron Powell's story.  Ron is the Youth Ministry Institute Director at Vanguard College in Edmonton and is equipping pastors be a voice for their generation. He is an avid blogger at YouthMinistryUnleashed  It’s not just one influence that brings a soul to Christ. In my case, there were many different voices that led me to one clear choice. You may be surprised to see the variety voices God uses to save a life. My Parents My dad lost and found his Scottish Presbyterian faith in the front lines of Korea. When he returned to Montreal, he married Shirley Knowles a staunch Anglican. Together they…
Bob Jones
November 26, 2014