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FIERY TALK AND FATAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS

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President Donald Trump’s “Rocket Man” speech at the UN could well become the most memorable of its General Assembly moments. Fiery Talk In his forty one minute speech President Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.” He called Iran “a corrupt dictatorship” whose “chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.” And he said Venezuela’s government “has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.” Totally destroy North Korea? Wipe out a country of twenty five million people? U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned, “Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings.” Or does it? Stark Clarity John Bolton, lawyer and diplomat who served as the US Ambassador to the UN, disagrees. He said, “In the entire history of…

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YOU’RE LOOKING AT MERCY

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You’re looking at mercy. An answer to a mother’s prayers. And a grateful wife too young to be a widow. What Mercy Looks Like Police officers, hospital staff and everyone else couldn’t believe the condition Ryan Gabert was in after suffering such a horrific accident. Some called it a miracle. On a deadly foggy Friday September 15th morning in northern Alberta, Ryan didn’t see the intersection. He T-boned a semi. His truck was totaled. Ryan was pinned for what seemed like an eternity before he was cut out with the jaws of life. The ambulance arrived at the Royal Alec Hospital in Edmonton around 10:00am. Grateful For Mercy His wife Lindsay arrived about the same time. At 2:00pm Ryan was…

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TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS: DOROTHY VISSER

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Upset. Angry. Judgmental. That was me before breast cancer. Yes, before. From Fear to Peace I am sitting on my deck reflecting on the day and feeling so peaceful. These past couple of months have been the hardest and most blessed in my life. Cancer. The diagnosis terrified me. Would the cancer kill me? My fear made me feel guilty. An inner voice nagged me, “Isn’t love supposed to cast out fear? Doesn’t God love you? Where’s your faith?” I was afraid of chemo and radiation and everything associated with cancer. Then I discovered how something life threatening could teach me how to live. In February 2017 Dorothy Visser’s doctor informed her that she had breast cancer. Dorothy sat in…

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MY LOVE HATE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH SPORTS

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To be honest, you and I have had a turbulent relationship. You’ve caused me late nights and early mornings, disappointment and heartache, and you’ve made me wipe tears from my children’s faces on more than one occasion.  I have resented you, cursed you many times and some days you have even stolen my sanity. The life of a sports family is often chaotic, tiring, scheduled and trying but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Alisha-Jans Lemoine is a part of the North Pointe Writers Group. She is a skilled writer and an even more awesome mom. This post first appeared on Alisha’s blog at yegsolomom.   Teacher And Mentor You have been an amazing teacher and mentor. You have taught…

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CHRISTIANITY AND MODERN SCIENCE

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For the last 20 years professor Denis Lamoureux has been offering an introductory course on a positive and faithful approach to the relationship between Christianity and modern science. Denis is the professor of Science & Religion on the U of A campus and not without controversy. He embraces the time-honored belief that there are two major sources of Divine revelation—the Book of God’s Words and the Book of God’s Works. Words and Works Denis argues that the God of the Bible created the universe and life through evolution. An ordained, sustained, and design-reflecting natural process. In other words, evolution is not the result of blind chance and our creation is not a mistake. Lamoureux challenges the popular assumption that God…

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ON THE DAY I DIE

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On the day I die the world will be busy. All the important appointments I made will be broken. The “new-to-North Pointe”-er wanting to become connected will be left sitting at Starbucks wondering why. If I were still alive I’d feel embarrassed. So embarrassed. The calendar that organized so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me. My messy desk that haunted so much of my conscious thought will finally be cleared. Material things I guarded will be left in the hands of others to care for. Or sell. Or discard. Jocelyn gets it all. All my incoming emails, SLACK, Instagrams, texts and calls will go ignored. The ambition behind my unfinished posts, tweets, messages, articles and books will be unrequited. Every superficial worry…

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HOUSTON: WE WILL SURVIVE

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Everyone comes together when there’s a tragedy. Houston is a tragedy. Hurricane Harvey A week ago families were focused on summer BBQ’s, picnics, the Texas sun, Houston Astro’s baseball and back-to-school sales. Now they were scrambling for their lives to survive America’s worst rainstorm and the worst natural disaster in Texas history. Hurricane Harvey created a disaster immense in scale, encompassing thousands of square miles of Southeast Texas. Well over four feet of rain was dumped on a city of seven million in forty-eight hours. That amounted to 19 trillion gallons of water 30,000 residents were displaced. The death toll mounted. Where Is God Professional first responders couldn’t handle the thousands of calls from people endangered by rising waters. The…

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FIGHTING ADDICTION IN SIBERIA: MISCHA AND VICTOR

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“Mischa? Is that really you? We thought you were dead. What happened to you?” Its easy to understand why old friends would be incredulous. Mischa, his younger brother Victor and their siblings were notorious in their Novokuznetsk neighborhood as teenagers. The Wretched Neighbors knew them as “the wretched.” Using and dealing drugs – mainly heroin – creates that kind of reputation. The questions came when they revisited their old turf. Where they once preyed on people, they returned to pray for people. They humbly shared their story with Jocelyn and I on our mission trip to Siberia in August 2017. We spent an afternoon with the brothers and were impressed by how understated and matter-of-fact they were about the miracles…

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HELLO FROM SIBERIA

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Здравствуйте That’s Russian for “hello.” It comes 8,000km from your team in Novokuznetsk, Siberia. The team has been very well received and greatly appreciated. North Pointe, you would be very proud of them. Ministry At Teen Challenge Peter de Jong and Zakk Baltgailis (with Bob and Jocelyn as willing aids) worked on the leaky roof, repaired a chainsaw, felled trees, cleared weeds, shared their stories and did everything that has been asked of them. Its the perfect team to suit the needs of this ministry. The Lord knew exactly what he was doing when he called each one to be on the crew. In his perfect planning he included a crazy Canuck with a penchant for chainsaws. A forest needs…

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28 TOP LEADERSHIP QUOTES: GLS 2017

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You have influence. Your small daily decisions add up. They leave a trail for your family, friends, and others to follow. Leadership is influence. Use it wisely. Bill Hybels, Marcus Buckingham, Sam Adeyemi, Juliet Funt and Bryan Stevenson challenged leaders on using their influence at The Global Leadership Summit 2017 at Willow Creek, IL. 28 Of Their Best Quotes Marcus Buckingham (started the “Strengths Revolution” /Author) 1. “When you take bad and invert it, you just get ‘not bad.’ Good is something so much better.” 2. “Excellence has its own pattern. You learn nothing about excellence by studying your failures.” 3. “People say they want feedback, but they don’t. They want attention.” 4. “A year is 52 little sprints.” 5….

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