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WHY WE HOST FREE CARNIVALS AT NORTH POINTE

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Cotton Candy, Sno-Kones, Face Painting, a Petting Zoo, Horseback rides, Bouncy Castles, Hot Dogs, and prizes. Put ‘em all together with sunshine and you’ve painted a picture of a perfect Saturday at North Pointe’s Annual Family Carnival. We’ve been holding Fall and Winter Carnivals for elevn years. Here’s why… 11 Reasons Why We Host Carnivals at North Pointe 1. We were first in to our community. In 2006 when we moved in, our nearest neighbors were deer, rabbits and moose. Being first into a community is a privilege so we want to set the pace as a good neighbor. North Pointe a welcoming community Sunday to Saturday. 2. Our carnivals are FREE community parties. People like FREE. (our next Carnival…

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OUR CHOICE: A WORD TO THE CHURCH ABOUT CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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I had a front row seat to witness the profound results of a choice. We’d just concluded the first week of summer Day Camp at North Pointe. The entire facility was turned over to our Children’s Ministry team so that kids to experience “Cave Quest: Following Jesus.” North Pointe comes alive with over 200 energetic campers and leaders on site. North Pointe’s Children’s Ministry delivered a multi-media rich, entertaining and inspiring presentation entitled, “The Choice” on a Sunday morning. Of the seventy plus participants, 90% are less than 5 feet tall on their tiptoes (that includes one of our vertically challenged adult leaders). They did us proud as they took us on a journey of choices from the first verse…

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THE CHURCH: A FELLOWSHIP OF DIFFERENTS

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Scot McKnight is a theologian and a storyteller, which makes for the best combo in communicating complex concepts. The theological term for his subject is “ecclesiology.” The everyday term is “what-the-church-is-all-about.” The kind of church Scot McKnight describes in A Fellowship of Differents isn’t your parent’s church or for that matter your grandparents’ church. It’s way older than that, going all the way back to the New Testament. While what McKnight describes may seem a lot different than the church you grew up in, it’s an excellent summary of what the New Testament church is all about. Every pastor, if not every Christian should be familiar with McKnight’s work. 3 Sobering Observations About Church 1. Everything I learned about the…

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Canadian Insights for US Church Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage and Youth

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In most cases, Canadians play catch-up with American leaders on social issues, but here’s two issues where Canadians can offer some leading insights. 1. Some Advice on Same Sex Marriage For US Church Leaders From a Canadian Carey Nieuwhof is a pastor in Barrie, Ontario. His recent blog post on same-sex marriage has been shared over 100,000 times and counting. Canadian pastors are ten years ahead of our US colleagues in dealing with legalized same-sex marriage. Nieuwhof says, “If you believe sex is a gift given by God to be experienced between a man and a woman within marriage, why would you expect people who don’t follow Christ to embrace that? Why do Christians expect non-Christians to act like Christians?…

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Amazing Grace in Charleston

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Jon Stewart began his June 18th edition of The Daily Show with an emotional, joke-free commentary about racism and gun violence in America following the shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “I’ve got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina,” Stewart said. “I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence we do to each other and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.” A Gaping Wound When a nation’s comedian finds humor inappropriate, you know the events of the…

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2000 YEARS OF JESUS BUILDING HIS CHURCH

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The animated map contained in this post is a powerful visual depiction of the most important movement in history: the spread of Christianity. Every frame is one year in the last 2000 years of the Great Commission. Watching the video inspires me. I can see in a few moments what Jesus saw 2000 years ago as he hung on the cross. He has built His Church and “the gates of hell” have not prevailed. 2000 Years of Jesus Building His Church Charting the geographic progress of the Gospel over the last 2,000 years includes the stories of the apostles’ journeys, the outposts of the early church, the hotbeds of persecution, the staging grounds of the Church’s major theological battles and…

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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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Storm

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If this was the ONLY book you read this year by a Christian leader you would draw the incorrect conclusion that the Church reeks. I think it rocks…and I think deep down Jim Cymbala feels that way too. He is negative about the state of the Church, critical of pastoral priorities and practices and is of the opinion that very little good or godly is going on in North American ministries. Hard to Argue With Prayer Pastor Cymbala repeatedly states that he has written the book out of humility and concern and certainly not from a perspective that he has all the answers. He then goes on to give his answer to all of the problems in the Church –…

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12 Qualities of Leaders Who Last

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I recently spent five days with the leaders and their spouses, of some of the largest churches in Canada. These leaders are my peers. Fifteen of the leaders have led churches for over 35 years. They’ve soared when so many others have flamed out. Here are 12 uncommon qualities I observed in them. 12 Uncommon Qualities of Leaders Who Last 1. Leaders who last have spouses who love them and are the biggest fans of their leadership. Ministry in a large church is very taxing on marriages and families. Without a spouse’s supportive partnership, leaders flame out. I was with some of these leaders when Gary Kubiak was hired as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos. Pastors and…

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Many Voices – One Clear Choice

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How does God work in drawing people to a faith in Jesus Christ?  This is Dr. Ron Powell’s story.  Ron is the Youth Ministry Institute Director at Vanguard College in Edmonton and is equipping pastors be a voice for their generation. He is an avid blogger at YouthMinistryUnleashed  It’s not just one influence that brings a soul to Christ. In my case, there were many different voices that led me to one clear choice. You may be surprised to see the variety voices God uses to save a life. My Parents My dad lost and found his Scottish Presbyterian faith in the front lines of Korea. When he returned to Montreal, he married Shirley Knowles a staunch Anglican. Together they…

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