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DEPRESSION: MY STORY by BROCK HARRISON

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Just write, Harrison. For the love of God, write. This speech needs to be locked in a week and you don’t even have an outline. So write. Like you’ve done a thousand times before. Baby is crying again. Ignore. She’ll get her. You’ve got to get this done. Oh yeah, and it’s got to be good. There will be 1,000 people with deep pockets at this thing. So make it compelling. And funny. And smart. Some inspiration would be good, too. Why can’t I do this? Just write one word. One stinkin’ word. Nothing. Heart pounds. Head spins. Muscles seize. This isn’t going to get done. Walk away. Lie down. Have I lost it? Will I get back? What if…

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FOR TALIYAH AND THE WORLD

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My day ended with with thoughts of 5 year-old Taliyah Marsman on my mind. I’d listened to Ryan Jesperson and Andrew Grose field texts and phone calls from irate listeners on an unscheduled 630 CHED radio program in response to the terrorist killings in Nice, France and the discovery of Taliyah’s body. A Pastor And The Death Penalty All Albertans held their collective breath as we waited with hope that Taliyah, missing for four days, would turn up somewhere safe with a caregiver. We took a collective punch to the gut with the discovery of her body and the 1st degree murder charges laid against the suspect. Then the calls flooded in for the death penalty to be re-instated for…

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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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10 MYTH-BUSTERS ABOUT INTROVERTS

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The most misunderstood person on the planet is an introvert. The reason you don’t hear much about that from us is because we are introverts. Silent no more. I’m coming out of my shell to explode ten myths about introverts. MYTH #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. Not true at all. I am a preacher. Some people say I talk too much. I don’t like to talk unless I have something to say. Introverts hate small talk. I default to the serious all the time  – or talking family,  church, writing, Jesus or  football. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in and they won’t stop talking for minutes. MYTH #2 – Introverts don’t know how to…

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Amanda’s Story: Now Is My Time

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“Pastor Bob, if there is ever any way my story is able to help, I would love to save someone many unnecessary years of agony.” Amanda knows agony.  Its a painful part of her past and a redemptive part of her future. Amanda explained to me why obeying Jesus and being baptized was so important to her. This was a determined and deeply emotional choice for her. We talked on Thursday and she was baptized the following Sunday. Amanda’s Story Amanda’s story is what our invitation at North Pointe to “come as you are” is all about. “I was raised in an abusive home by an alcoholic father and suffered abuse for many years from him. My teenage years were…

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RISKY FAITH: RISING INTOLERANCE FOR CHRISTIANITY

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A 65-year old man “became” a woman and everyone from the President of the United States to ESPN applauded this as “courageous.” Freedom of speech has its obvious liabilities but until recently, to say the least, free speech was tolerated. Anyone who expressed contrary opinions about this story were instantly demonized and dehumanized. If the commentator had any association with Christianity they were not only dismissed as deluded but derided as oppressively intolerant. Increasingly, Christianity is not tolerated because of the need for greater tolerance. Intolerance for Tolerance The word ‘tolerant’ as it is used today, seldom, if ever, includes opposing arguments or competing worldviews. Being tolerant used to mean, “I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat…

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HOW TO BE YOUR PASTOR’S MVP

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Every pastor needs an MVP (Most Valuable Partner) or a whole tribe of them. MVP’s will walk a mile in – not on – their pastor’s shoes. MVP’s know pastors are people first and pastors second. 3 Things I Know For Sure 1. People overwhelmingly love their pastors. 2. People often don’t express their love for their pastors. Church goers are more likely not to say anything about their pastors than express their love for them. 3. Critics often drown out those who love their pastors. Negative people tend to be relatively loud but in the distinct minority. As a consequence, pastors often feel like critics represent the majority. Most of the time, the vast majority of people are very…

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THEY CALL ME PASTOR

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Being a pastor is not something to which I aspired. It certainly wasn’t a childhood dream. By nurture, I’m a people person. By nature, I’m a loner. (My teenage ambition was to be a hermit. Really) I’m like a turtle on a fence post. When you see a turtle on a fence post you know it didn’t get there on its own – someone put it there. My fence post is a platform of genuine love for the people God has entrusted to my care. CONNECTIONS Like most pastors, the most common connections with people happen… on a Sunday in the foyer of our ministry campus, preaching/teaching, praying, supporting volunteers, meeting for a plethora of purposes, participating in community outreaches,…

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PTSD AND ME: CPL CRAIG SILVERSON’S STORY

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My friend Craig Silverson is a Canadian veteran of Afghanistan and a brother in the faith. I admire his courage. You can follow Craig on Twitter at @CraigSilverson and on his website FAITHPLATOON.COM We reached our objective shortly after 1100 hrs and dismounted from our vehicle. We proceeded on foot. Moral was good and that’s always a bonus. Everything seemed familiar. Nothing that we hadn’t already done before. Routine. This would change in a fraction of a second. With tremendous speed, a streak appeared overhead. Immediately I felt tension in my chest and all sound was removed. I braced for the concussion. Nothing. They say you never hear the one that gets you. I knew I was alive. I quickly…

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3 THINGS I LEARNED FROM A MARATHON MOMMA

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You become what you are committed to. Commitment may develop you or it may destroy but it most certainly will define you. When you talk about commitment think of Mount Hiei, Japan – home to the “Tendai” or  “Marathon Monks.” The Tendai are required to run “The Kaihogo” – that’s why they are known as the “Marathon Monks.” Incredible Commitment “The Kaihogyo” is a 1,000-day running challenge the monks undertake over seven years. In the 7th year they must run two full marathons, everyday, for 100 consecutive days, wearing only paper shoes. (See below for full details of the seven year Challenge) The sheer volume of running is incredible but there is one final aspect that makes The Kaihogyo unlike…

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