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HOPE DOESN’T GIVE UP: ANNE LAMOTT

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My love for all things Anne Lamott started with reading Traveling Mercies. She had me at the introduction. Anne’s candor, sense of humor and humility are irresistible. I am partial to people who exude hope. Anne says, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” 12 Favorite Quotes From Traveling Mercies 1. Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. 2. I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of our expectations,…

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3 WAYS TO GET YOUR WORDS OUT

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Writers know how to share. If you share freely there will always be more. This radical proposition runs contrary to human nature and dogs with a bone. Writers by nature and function are dogged by the call to listen to life and then freely empty their souls of the things they’ve heard. Think of your favorite writer. I wager that they’re you’re favorite because they excel at sharing. The Writers Group at North Pointe  is learning the value of sharing. We help each other become better writers and better people. Read how you can get involved here…“Writers Connect” Writing And Life Anne Lamott  is laugh-out-loud funny and alternately cranky and kind throughout her book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On…

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WIDLENE EARLE: BROKEN PROMISES

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Widlene Earle will turn thirteen in a few short weeks. Widlene has seen more atrocities in the first twelve years of her life than most of us will ever see with our own eyes. She has experienced loss and rejection on a level that I cannot ever personally comprehend. One year ago I shared Widlene’s plight in the Dominican Republic. Her adopted father, Vaden Earle – a Canadian missions worker in the DR who first met Widlene on a garbage dump – was working to bring Widlene home to Canada. Read that story here… WIDLENE EARLE: DEAR MR TRUDEAU Over the past year, numerous promises were made by the Prime Minister to assist Widlene. Nothing has been done. Nothing. Scared…

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APOLOGETICS ISN’T APOLOGIZING

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As I sat in my room I remember thinking, “I have believed there was a God for as long as I can remember, but why do I believe it? I knew that if someone asked me to offer a reason for why I believed God existed I would have nothing to say.” This, from the heart of a young adult. Why Do You Believe? Christians abandon their faith because they are not prepared to answer some of the simplest arguments against God. Why do you believe what you believe? Knowing what you believe gets you to the starting line. Know why you believe gets you across the finish line. Erich and Laurie Reule are parents of four beautiful daughters. Erich…

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CONTAGIOUS QUALITIES OF A JESUS FOLLOWER

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Are you contagious? Not health wise, contagious. Faith wise, contagious. Is your faith worth catching? What Love Looks Like Recently I saw the content of a letter written by a relatively new follower of Jesus to the person whose life had influenced hers greatly. She lists about a dozen qualities she found contagious in the life of this older believer. This is some of what she wrote: “You know, when we met, I began to discover a new vulnerability, a warmth and a lack of pretense that impressed me. I saw in you a thriving spirit – no signs of internal stagnation anywhere. I could tell you were a growing person and I liked that. Contagious Christians You had strong…

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DAVID AND GOLIATH: MALCOLM GLADWELL

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Malcolm Gladwell has authored best-sellers about the power of timing, tipping points, ideas, love, death and miracles. None of them could sustain his Christian faith. Gladwell says, “I was raised in a Christian home in Southwestern Ontario. My parents took time each morning to read the Bible and pray. Both my brothers are devout. My sister-in-law is a Mennonite pastor. I have had a different experience from the rest of my family. I was the only one to move away from Canada. And I have been the only one to move away from the Church.” Finding God’s Power In The Least Likely Place “I have always believed in God. I have grasped the logic of Christian faith. What I have…

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MY SAFE PLACE: SHEILA WALSH

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Honesty with God carves out a safe place for your soul. Sheila Walsh found that out the hard way. But she has no regrets. Sheila Walsh is the Scottish girl known as “the encourager” to the over 6 million women she’s met and spoken to around the world. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again. Her message: GOD IS FOR YOU! And she is coming to North Pointe’s Women’s event on Monday September 24, 2018. (See details below.) God Is With Me For years I’ve kept a journal beside my Bible so that I may…

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HUMBOLDT STRONG CORE COVENANT

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Coach Darcy Haugen of the Humboldt Broncos Jr. Hockey team crafted a covenant statement for his team at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. The statement is painted on the wall of the Bronco’s dressing room. Believe The words are a lifeline for surviving Bronco players and their families in the wake of the April 6th bus tragedy. “Always have hope and BELIEVE that everything is possible.” Coach Haugen was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community. The words were for hockey players but their inspiration can be adopted by anyone. They arose out of man’s sincere faith in God and his admirable character…

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REFUSING TO GIVE cANCER POWER: MITCH DICK

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cancer – small “c” because I refuse to give it any power – is something that happens to someone else and you feel sad for them and thankful it’s not you, until it happens to you. Mitch Dick is a lifelong Montreal Canadians fan, happily married to Brad, mom to Arielle and April, and a recent cancer patient. She had her first chemo treatment on June 28th, 2018. You’ll love Mitch’s writing style on her Facebook page or blog – vulnerable, humorous and hopeful. Thank you Mitch for inviting us into your journey to peace. Mitch and Brad Dick are the hard working owners of Bounceroo!  North Pointe uses Bounceroo! for all our important events – like Anthem Kids and Youth…

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JOHN, JEREMY AND AARON’S ANTHEM

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When a person walks away from church, they usually leave when they’re young. Here’s three young guys walking with the church and with youth to disciple them in following Jesus. All three are in their final year at Vanguard College and all will be hanging around North Pointe after grad. Meet Jeremy, Aaron and John. Jeremy Berry Though Jeremy Berry grew up in Drumheller (the town known for dinosaurs) he doesn’t actually know that much about dinosaurs. He is a grad of St. Anthony’s School – located on Dinosaur Trail (really). His least fav movie is Jurassic World. As a Anthem Senior High Pastor he aspires to see God work in his life by building up, and equipping the younger…

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