Pointes Of View

Stories shape the world.  You will find stories here of how Christian faith catalyzes values, relationships and purpose.  Check out the popular posts page, for a curated list of top articles.

For more information about North Pointe visit our main website – www.np.church

Subscribe

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Get updates by email. We respect your privacy and never share your email.  Unsubscribe anytime.  

11 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO

By | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When Amy Morin was 23, her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. She pitied herself over the injustice of losing the years she always assumed they’d have. Three Years Later… Three years later, on the anniversary of her mom’s death, her 26 year old husband, Lincoln, had a heart attack and died. She kept Lincoln’s belongings like a museum. She didn’t throw away his toothbrush for years. Amy wouldn’t move anything on his side of the bed. Fearing new memories would replace the old she refused to try anything new. Four Years Later… Amy remarried and within a brief time of the wedding her new father-in-law was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He died shortly after. These devastating losses moved…

Read More

MIRACLE TREAT DAY

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

On August 10th, 2017 all Blizzard treats at Dairy Queen are calorie free. Really. Buy one and let someone else eat it for you. They’ll love you for it, you’ll enjoy the pleasure of helping the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and no calories gained in the process. A triple win. Miracle Treat Days On Miracle Treat Day, net proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating DQ locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals, like the Stollery. Every day, 4,900 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network member hospital for treatment. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic…

Read More

MEN OF THE ROCK

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

I know what it’s like. You find a girl, start dating, maybe get married, and soon you find yourself in this new exciting time. You’re working and in the prime of your life. Some of you have kids and your priorities shift, like a good father should. And again, you shift your gears, sometimes into overdrive. Life In The Fast Lane The months, and the years fly by. You’re hustling round the clock. Being a good provider, a good husband, a good father, a good employee. But what they don’t see is that you are tired. You’ll never let them see that. You’re a man, and that’s what men do. We suffer silently, stoic, never complaining. Men of The Rock…

Read More

THE FUNNIEST AND COOLEST DAD ON TWITTER

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

James Breakwell is considered the funniest and coolest dad on Twitter. Why? He shares on Twitter daily conversations with his four baby girls who are all under the age of six years old. His Twitter account XplodingUnicorn is literally exploding with 965,000 followers. His girls are loving the attention and his popularity shows every parent can use a laugh. Dad makes his girls the star of the show… Their family is into biblical accuracy… The girls do the kindest things… How can you beat this kind of joy… James is sought after for helping the world ready for the Zombie Apocalypse… …and more… …and one more… He offers insightful lessons on social justice and freedom… His girls are tiny philosophers……

Read More

27 JUST IN TIME LINES FROM JOANNE GOODWIN

By | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

My therapist said I have acute personality disorder. I was like, “I know, right?” If you’ve met Joanne Goodwin you can hear her unforgettable voice in your head. It only takes once and she’s got you for life. Dr Goodwin Joanne dispenses medicine for your soul. She’s got a double PhD in joy and humor. Women and men across North America attribute their sanity to Joanne. Her prescriptions have no side effects other than a sore gut from laughing. She learned their secret the hard way. Faith and Humor After a lifelong battle with mood disorders, depression, and family crises, cancer became Joanne’s most recent opponent. In August 2016, she was diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer. She endured long weeks of…

Read More

THE REMARKABLE JOHN ORFINO

By | Uncategorized | One Comment

John Orfino or as his grandson Espen knows him, Geed, is a remarkable man. We got caught up in room 9Y20 at the General Hospital in Edmonton this week where Cafe Mochas from MacDonalds were our beverage of choice. John has ALS. John and ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegeneration and is rapidly progressive. Classic symptoms of ALS consist of progressive painless muscle weakness and wasting. That’s the clinical definition of a disease that is a devouring beast. Some families call it “a hell on earth.” Two out of a hundred thousand people are affected by ALS. When John told me in 2015 that he was diagnosed with ALS he kidded about being one of the “lucky ones.”…

Read More

WIDLENE EARLE: DEAR MR TRUDEAU

By | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Vaden Earle is a patriotic Canadian citizen, a lifetime humanitarian and a loving father. Recently, he hid his twelve year old daughter, Widlene from the police and had to keep her back from attending school. Widlene and Vaden’s Story Vaden first met Widlene and her mother in the Dominican Republic during a humanitarian visit. They were living as refugees from Haiti. Starting in the 1990’s, Vaden led short-term missions teams of Canadian youth into the DR. He spoke to North Pointe’s young adults in 2000 about his work. He’s a cousin to North Pointe’s Pastor Joey Pilgrim. Be Amazing, Canada! Process #Widlene’s TRP application & #BringWidleneHome @telfordk @AhmedDHussen @JustinTrudeau @DeanAllisonMP   TWEET this out today. When her mother died eight years…

Read More

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHEESECAKE

By | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I have a dream. No, really, I have this dream where I’m in a restaurant and everyone around me is eating cheesecake. Cheesecake and Sandwiches Rich. Creamy. Cheesecake with sauces in a rainbow of colors, decorative garnishes and crumbly crusts. Cheesecake is my favorite. So, I wait (somewhat) patiently for my own delicious portion to be delivered to my table. When my order finally arrives, the plate in front of me is not what I expected. I’m given a plate containing a sandwich with a mushy brown filling topped with a pickle. Everyone else in the restaurant looks over at me as I lift a corner of the bread to see what the filling of my sandwich is. A guest…

Read More

MENTAL ILLNESS: HOPE FOR THE WAR WITHIN

By | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I had my first taste of mental illness the day I learned how my Dad died. I was eight years old. Such a tender age and I was already deeply troubled. Rightly so, my mum took me to a psychologist. It was there, with my aunt, step-dad and mum in the room that the truth came out – my Dad had committed suicide. Jennifer is a part of the North Pointe writers community. This is the first place she has publicly written about her journey. When we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity,…

Read More

23 LIFE GIVING STATEMENTS YOU NEED TO HEAR

By | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

“Despite the countless instances I’ve witnessed the power of the Lord – I find myself encountering other head spaces that are filled with lies from the enemy.” Allison Daniels Can you relate to Allison? The truth is everyone faces lies. Everyone. The strong. Weak. Depressed. Believers. Pastors. Truth is life giving. 23 Life Giving Statements You Need To Hear 1. Those who love you are not fooled by the mistakes you’ve made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly…your wholeness when you are broken…your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you are confused. 2. “Life is like a piano – the white keys represent happiness, the black keys, sadness….

Read More