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BILLY GRAHAM’S BIBLE

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“Welcome home, friend.” “Steve?” The unmistakable voice of Steve McQueen hadn’t lost it’s edge. Billy And Steve On November 3, 1980, four days before his death from cancer, Hollywood’s “Mr Cool” had his wish come true. McQueen wanted to meet evangelist Billy Graham for some time, and on that day, Mr. Graham paid him a visit. The pair prayed together and talked about the afterlife. McQueen told him how his faith in Christ helped him deal with the cancer. At the end of their meeting, Billy Graham left McQueen his personal Bible. Inside, he wrote the date, along with a message: “To my friend Steve McQueen, may God bless and keep you always.” He signed his name, along with a…

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A HIGHER CALL: MERCY

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The pilot and co-pilot of the American B-17 bomber were looking at a gray German Messerschmitt fighter hovering just three feet off their wingtip. It was five days before Christmas 1943, and the fighter had closed in on their crippled bomber for the kill. Acts Of Mercy The B-17 pilot, Charles Brown, was a 21-year-old West Virginia farm boy on his first combat mission. His bomber had been shot to pieces by swarming Nazi fighters, and was alone in the skies above Germany. Half his crew was wounded. The tail gunner was dead, his blood frozen in crimson colored icicles over the machine guns. But when Brown and his co-pilot, Spencer Luke, looked at the fighter pilot again, something odd…

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3 WORDS TO LIVE BY

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Words ultimately matter. Plain and simple. Less Is More As a pastor/teacher/writer I am constantly learning. My biggest lesson of the past twelve months? “Less is more.” It’s been a challenging lesson to learn but this trilogy of words is now a guiding light for me. They got me thinking – what else can be said that is meaningful, true and wise in three words? I asked associates, writers and social media friends to share three words they live by. Read through them. Who said them? Made you smile? Got a favorite? Post a comment. 3 Words To Live By I need coffee. Nothing is impossible. Never ever quit. Ideals. Action. Altruism. Eat more sushi. Make a difference. Be a…

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THE 7 LAWS OF LOVE

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Marriage is not 50-50. Divorce is 50-50. Marriage is 100-100. Love is not splitting everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got. And love isn’t a quick fix – its a lifelong pursuit. Dave Willis lays out 7 laws that will set any relationship free. 7 Laws Of Love 1. Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. 2. Bitterness and love can’t live in the same heart. Each day we must decide which one gets to stay. 3. Lifelong love isn’t the result of compatibility; its the result of commitment. 4. Treat your spouse the way you want your kids’ future spouse to treat them someday. 5….

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DETERMINATION MAKES GOOD ODDS: LAUREN WOOLSTENCROFT

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The last thing you should ever do is tell Lauren Woolstencroft the odds. Lauren has done more in the first sentence of her Wikipedia page than I’ve done in my lifetime. She’s an 8 x gold medalist Para-alpine skier. Though retired for ten years, the 2018 Winter Olympics put her courageous story back in the news. Dominant Few Canadian women dominated a sport the way Lauren did alpine skiing. During her 12-year run with the Canadian Para-Alpine ski team she earned more than 50 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup wins, eight world championships, and four Crystal Globes for overall success in multiple downhill disciplines. She won two gold medals and a bronze at the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake…

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8 THINGS TO QUIT IN 2018

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I know its February 8th. Already thirty-six days have elapsed after the typical start for New Year’s resolutions. Guess what? There’s never a bad time to stop doing things that are draining the life out of you SO you can start doing things that will give you your life back. Like – stop waiting for the perfect moment to start and get going. Now. So what are you waiting for? 8 Things To Quit (Before Its Too Late) Quit: 1. Trying to please everyone. 2. Fearing change. 3. Living in the past. 4. Overthinking. 5. Being afraid to be different. 6. Beating yourself up over mistakes. 7. Thinking you’re not good enough. 8. Thinking you have no purpose. Start Something…

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KATELYN MURRAY’S JOURNEY TO A CURE

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If you can believe it I used to be a normal kid. I’ve always been short for my age but nothing like I am now. I haven’t grown at all because of my chemo treatments over the past two years. Katelyn Murray was on a twenty-four month journey through leukemia. Her journey started when she was twelve. On Sunday February 4, 2018 (World Cancer Day) she told her story and rang her “end-of-treatment-bell” at North Pointe. She is one tough teen. This is a portion of the speech she gave at her celebration party. My Dream Is Still Alive At one time my doctors told me my bones would not support my weight and I could never play soccer again….

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THE REMARKABLE JOHN ORFINO

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John Orfino or as his grandson Espen knows him, Geed, is a remarkable man. We got caught up in room 9Y20 at the General Hospital in Edmonton this week where water and ice was his beverage of choice. John has ALS. John And ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegeneration and is rapidly progressive. Classic symptoms of ALS consist of progressive painless muscle weakness and wasting. That’s the clinical definition of a disease that is a devouring beast. Some families call it “a hell on earth.” Two out of a hundred thousand people are affected by ALS. When John told me in 2015 that he was diagnosed with ALS he kidded about being one of the “lucky ones.” The…

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REST FOR THE BEAT UP AND BURNED OUT

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There is a “Jesus party” happening at North Pointe’s weekend celebrations, where all who show up can come as they are. We drink coffee, we laugh, we worship, we learn, we pray, we hug. 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…

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11 LESSONS FROM TRAVELING LIGHT

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Trains, planes and automobiles. However you go, traveling is a blessing. Seeing the world can change your world. Over the last four decades Jocelyn and I have journeyed in single engine aircraft, sea planes, helicopters, Boeing jetliners, buses, vans, tuk tuks, taxis, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, ferries, barges and riverboats. We’ve paid bribes at border crossings, been interrogated by armed guards at remote checkpoints, suffered air and sea-sickness, and raced through airports to make our connecting flights. We’ve heard every excuse in the book for flight delays, unfulfilled promises and lost luggage. And we’ve loved every minute of our travels. Well, not every minute but 97.2 % of them (see “lost luggage” above). Travel takeaways have formed our thinking and holiday…

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