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A MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

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Hope is found in the smallest of Christmas miracles. A baby. In a manger. Wrapped in strips torn from a coat. A mother wrapped in wonder. Under a single star. God with us. The wise still seek Him, bringing the gift of their life. Praying for you – joy, courage, and health. Merry Christmas and peace to you, your family and friends, today and in the New Year. With love, Pastor Bob, Jocelyn and the ministry staff of North Pointe.

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CHANTYL PETERSON’S CHRISTMAS GIFT OF LIFE

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One of my favorite Christmas stories is about Chantyl Peterson. She was your typical five-year old – all smiles and adventure. That is until the nose bleeds and constant bruising started. Donor Needed at Christmas Doctors diagnosed Chantyl with T-cell lymphoma, a terminal disease that stops the function of bone marrow. The only cure was a transplant. Surprisingly, none of her family members were matches. Doctors said there was a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a donor in time. And then the call came that would change Chantyl’s Christmas. Terry Farrell, a married, forty-five year old father of two and a New York firefighter, had placed his name on a donors list. He was the one in 20,000. Terry…

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SO HURRIED YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?

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Do you ever just feel so hurried you don’t even know what to do? If I’m not careful, my schedule can get out of control – and fast. I’m sure you know the feeling (especially at Christmastime). It seems leaders online have their complex life more together than mine. All day long, I’m bombarded with subtle messages telling me to do more and be more to more people in more ways. Distraction Is A Thief As a culture, we are hurried, worried and distracted. Distraction is par for the course – but it robs you of a deeper relationship with God. Years ago the youth ministry I was leading quadrupled in size in just six months. Growth came at a…

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THANK YOU FOR SENDING THE BUS

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For all those who reach out to touch the lives of children with the love of Jesus. It means so much when someone shows up and sees you at just the right time. A Child’s Heart Someone told me about the red and white bus that picked kids up and took them to a church. It was a year after I had been sexually assaulted. I had prayed for God to kill me because I could not manage the torment of the trauma that followed. I knew my parents loved me – in theory. My mom had taught me to pray, so I imagined Jesus loved me – in theory. But, my brother and I were somewhat forgotten in my…

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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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