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Bob Jones

CHRISTMAS IS REAL

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Music should either move your feet or move your heart. North Pointe’s Christmas Choir rocked both. The kudos for Christmas is Real are largely because audiences experienced more than notes and lyrics translated into music. Choir members sang their testimonies. Christmas is real. Jesus is real. Miracles are real. Suzanne Harrison Sue knows the grace of Christmas is real. You’d never know from her contented smile that at one time in her life deeply entrenched anger was consuming her. Have you been hurt so deeply you felt you couldn’t get over it or through it? That was Sue. The hurt went so deep she couldn’t forgive. So she asked Jesus to help her – to take away the bitterness. Jesus…

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GONE TO GET A KIDNEY, LOVE PHYLLIS

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“Gone to get a kidney. Love, Phyllis.” That was so Phyllis. Concise. Caring. Understated. The hurried note left on the table for her new husband Bruce was a matter-of-fact reminder of how Phyllis approached life. Get Here Now Minutes earlier she received a phone call from her attending physician. It was the call she had long anticipated and prayed for. “Phyllis, you need to get to the hospital right away.” “I can’t.” “What do you mean you can’t?” “I’ve got to take a bus because there is no one to drive me.” Her doctor pointedly told her, “No. Take a taxi.” “I don’t have any money to pay for a taxi.” She could feel the urgency in her doctor’s voice….

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PRESIDENT’S BIGGEST MISTAKE OF HIS LIFE?

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The Palestinian Liberation Organization called it “the biggest mistake of his life.” The French called it “a contravention of international law.” Chinese officials expressed concern for escalated violence and a setback in the peace process. Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Turkey all rejected the decision. The Canadian government was conspicuously careful by not criticizing the decision but declaring that Canada’s embassy would remain in Tel Aviv. The Democrats piled on for good measure. Why The fuss? President Donald Trump declared that the US Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, “the capital of Israel.” Interesting enough, former President Obama declared on June 4, 2008 – “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” That statement stood…

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THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS EVE

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Christmas Eve 2012 was nearly two years to the date since he had returned from the battlefield. Craig had been in an unexpected war with himself ever since. PTSD – four letters that fettered him to the past. A deeply inner trauma – invisible to unsuspecting eyes. He accepted his wife’s invitation to attend a candlelight service at North Pointe in faint hope that something good might come of it. White Flag On Christmas Eve The celebration began. During the course of the evening, a light shone brightly on a singer. Her voice was uplifting. But it was her story of faith that restored a soldier’s broken heart. Craig went against what he had been trained to do. He took…

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PAYING IT FORWARD THROUGH A TREE LOT CHRISTMAS

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North Pointe’s AnthemKids choir presented “A Tree Lot Christmas” to three appreciative audiences today. They liked it  a lot! “Thank You” to Pastor Charity, Tracey Kimo, the volunteer team and the parents who got their children to the practices and performances. And a huge thank you to every AnthemKid who started North Pointe’s Christmas season by sharing a powerful Christmas message. #PayItForward The following pictures say it all. PreSchool Bell Choirs Parental Paparazzi ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas Paying It Forward APPLICATION: Did you see “A Tree Lot Christmas?” Please leave the AnthemKids a comment below. Thank you and Merry Christmas! I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover…

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT RISK IN CANADA

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Is Trinity Western University a canary in the coalmine? Bob Kuhn, president of TWU certainly thinks so. On November 30 and December 1, TWU will bring their arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada to defend their right to be a faith-based, accredited law school in Canada. Kuhn says “the very essence of religious freedom in Canada” is being threatened. I agree with him. Beliefs At Risk The Supreme Court’s hearing is about whether or not law societies in Canada can refuse to recognize graduates from TWU based on its Christian beliefs. At the core of this case is the issue of whether people of faith have protection to hold their beliefs. Without discrimination. In 2001 the Supreme Court of…

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REFLECTIONS ON WAITING IN LINE

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A few Christmases ago I was waiting in line at a big box store (the one that sells awesome hotdogs), reminding myself of why I don’t frequent big box stores. Is it just me or does the shortest line always become the slowest line because I’m in it? The longer I waited the more frustrated I became. Unseasonal words filled my mind. “Why me, Lord?” Waiting And as I waited I had an “aha” moment. Waiting. I was waiting to get through the line. Nothing spectacular. I wasn’t waiting on something spiritual, as in “waiting on the Lord.” But I was experiencing what the weeks before Christmas are supposed to mean to Christians. The very heart of Advent (the four…

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NOW ITS PERSONAL: PROSTATE CANCER

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“Pastor Bob, you look horrible.” At first I didn’t like my mustache either. But then, it grew on me. Doing Good A friend told me, “If I grew a mustache, my wife wouldn’t kiss me for a month. How do you get away with that?” My unfiltered response was, “What makes you think I’m getting away with it?” I grew a stache not so I could look good, but so I could do good. You know. MOvember. Now, three weeks into MOvember and suddenly the cause is personal. Sobering Stats There are too many men and the wives and kids who love them, going through horrible times because of cancer. A close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer two decades…

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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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