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THE STAR’S STORY OF CHRISTMAS

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“There’s something seriously wrong with those animals.” Eccentric? An understatement. Enlightened? O, yes. And they’re the stars of The Star, a pre-Christmas holiday release that will be sure to have you saying,”When they saw the star they were overjoyed…” A dove named Dave, a lovable lamb named Ruth and the real star of the movie, a donkey named Bo tell the Christmas story like you’ve never heard – or seen – before. Jerboas, Camels and Doves Animation has come a long way since my kids were kids. The opening scene of Mary (Gina Rodriguez) engaging with the world’s most loveable jerboa – yes Virginia, there is a jerboa – sets the stage for quite an enjoyable cinematic journey through time….

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WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT: COLE BLAKEWAY

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In a world that gravitates to being the same, Cole Blakeway reminds us that we are all different and that’s awesome. Cole is a messy ten year old from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and he’s turning the world on its ear. Conversation and Connection Cole Style He’s an elementary student with a TEDx bio. Do you know how good you have to be in order to give a TEDx talk? Way better than me. Cole’s so far ahead of me as a speaker I can hardly see him for his dust. If you’ve never heard of TEDx it’s a program designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection. Cole is acing both of those. His TEDx…

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THE STRENGTH OF MY WEAKNESS: VAHEN KING

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Weaknesses! We all have them, but rarely do you see someone boasting about them. In fact, we view them as a negative thing, and try to hide them. We portray to the world this résumé full of all our key strengths and abilities. I want to challenge you by saying, God sees the résumé of your life, with all your failures and weaknesses and says, “I CAN USE THAT.” God has given Vahen King a unique platform to showcase His power and unfailing love.  She was recently named “Miss Wheelchair Canada” and competed internationally for Canada. Vahen will be our guest at the North Pointe Women’s Christmas event on Monday November 27th at 7:00pm. Invite your friends to meet Vahen….

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WHEN CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY IN SIBERIA

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“They did what? In one day? That’s unbelievable. This is a gift from God.” Incredulous doesn’t come close to describing Pastor Ilya Bantseev’s reaction to the news. It was like Christmas in August. The Bantseevs In Siberia Ilya and Janet Bantseev have faithfully served as PAOC missionaries in Siberia for twenty-four years. God’s mercy and their devoted work have developed the Novokuznetsk church into one of the largest evangelical congregations in Russia. The Bantseevs also give leadership to the Russian arm of Teen Challenge International. Substance abuse and addiction are at epidemic levels in Russia. Over eighty thousand deaths every year are a direct result of overdoses. Source of Life, the TC centre in Novokuznetsk, is a beacon in the…

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REMEMBER SUTHERLAND SPRINGS

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There were families holding their Bibles and each other’s hands, on a November Sunday morning in a quiet Texas town. As pastors, we know the routine. Worship, prayer, offering and message. Even a guest pastor can intuit the liturgy. One Morning In Church One regular attendee would later explain – with a twinge of guilt – that he slept in that morning. A rare occurrence for him. But it made him an accidental survivor. Sacredness was savaged as a torrent of bullets from a semi-automatic tore through the unsuspecting bodies of the worshippers. Most died instantly. One minute they were listening to a message about faith and the next second they and the preacher were vaulted into eternity and the…

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REWRITING THE STORIES OF THE BROKEN: CONNIE JAKAB

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It’s time to rewrite the stories of the broken. For those who feel imprisoned by chains of anxiety, depression, disorders, shame and isolation to find freedom. For families that have been devastated for generations to be rebuilt. Time for those who have been marginalized or misunderstood to be brought close and renamed, welcomed, be loved, and worthy. Connie Jakab is a Calgarian, ministry colleague and the author of Culture Rebel. Connie’s passionate about rebelling against status quo living and encouraging others to branch out. She’s the creator of The Courage Program as the Artistic Director of Movement With A Message (movementwithamessage.com), a movement company. She’s genuine. Connie excels at imparting compassion and courage into the lives of students. Your Story…

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KILLING CHRISTIANS: A BAROMETER OF FAITH

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Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. The statement is not a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not fact. It is unbelievably true. This is a difficult subject to face but vital to be aware of because of its wider implications. A Dangerous Choice “Believing that a man named Jesus Christ was crucified and rose again for the sins of the world is still one of the most dangerous things one can do in many parts of the world.” Robert Nicholson, The Philos Project 90,000 Christians were murdered for their faith around the world in 2016. This includes children murdered in church and school ground bombings, and believers beheaded for refusing to deny their faith. Dozens of thousands…

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HOW GROWING A STACHE SAVED MY LIFE

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Movember. For some it’s the time to grow a mustache in support of prostate and testicular cancer research. Me? Growing a stache saved my life. Don’t Shave For the past week I’ve been trying to remember NOT to shave my upper lip. But I am so governed by habit. Every morning of every day of every month for years I’ve followed a routine. Wet my face. Apply shaving cream. Shave from right to left. For six days I ended up shaving my entire face before I caught myself. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh! One less day to grow a stache. And I need all the help I can get in the growing department. Living Aware Trucker? Connoisseur? Regent? Handlebar?…

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A PASTOR’S RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Sundays tend to be a mixed bag for pastors. The fulfillment of seeing people we know and love, connecting with guests who’ve come as they are, and the expectation that everything – even things that don’t go as we planned – will be used by God for good. Hoping the community hears our communication the way it sounds in our heart and ministering to people as they respond to the message. Messenger Inbox Pastoral messages aren’t theoretical or merely rhetorical homilies. Good spiritual communication calls for a response. Practical applications. “How should we then live” kind of action. Examples set by pastor/leaders. Sunday afternoon found me reflecting on responses from the morning’s message And a note popped up in my…

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