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THE STRENGTH OF MY WEAKNESS: VAHEN KING

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Weaknesses! We all have them, but rarely do you see someone boasting about them. In fact, we view them as a negative thing, and try to hide them. We portray to the world this résumé full of all our key strengths and abilities. I want to challenge you by saying, God sees the résumé of your life, with all your failures and weaknesses and says, “I CAN USE THAT.” God has given Vahen King a unique platform to showcase His power and unfailing love.  She was recently named “Miss Wheelchair Canada” and competed internationally for Canada. Vahen will be our guest at the North Pointe Women’s Christmas event on Monday November 27th at 7:00pm. Invite your friends to meet Vahen….

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WHEN EVIL STRIKES

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Inside Commonwealth Stadium the Edmonton Eskimos football team were racking up their sixth straight loss of the season. That was bad enough. Outside Commonwealth, one man went on a Saturday night rampage leaving a police officer and four pedestrians injured. An ISIS flag was found in his vehicle. Terrorism? In Edmonton? ISIS terror has come to our good old northern Alberta city? Edmontonians went to bed feeling tentative. They woke up Monday to devastation. Opening A Window Into Hell Sunday evening, one man in Las Vegas killed fifty-eight and wounded five hundred and twenty-eight others at a country music concert. Over. Five. Hundred. Dead. Or wounded. At the hands of one man. Between ten and fifteen minutes of gunfire. The…

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9 THINGS THAT HAVEN’T CHANGED IN 100 YEARS

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Over 100 years a lot of things change but some things stay the same. 9 Things That Haven’t Changed 9. Can you appreciate just how timeless an invention the train was? Steam has been replaced by diesel engines, but trains are still doing the same thing in much the same way. 8. The cell phone radically changed the way we connect with each other, but the old landline is still alive. And hard to match in terms of clarity. And reliability – when’s the last time you lost a signal on your land-line or accidentally dropped it into the loo? 7. There simply isn’t an easy way to get the wrinkles out of clothes. We’ve traded stove heated irons for…

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HERE COMES HOPE

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is Hope – as in Hope Thomas. Hope is the newest addition to the Pastoral staff at North Pointe – and we couldn’t be happier. She’s been a devoted volunteer in NP’s Youth Ministry during her four years of study at Vanguard College. Two years ago Hope was given responsibility for “Anthem 56” – our mid-week ministry for Grades 5 and 6 students. On November 14, 2017 she accepted the full time role of Youth Pastor. Who Is Hope? You’ll hear Hope’s laughter long before you see her smile. And how about that smile? Hope or Hopiee as her besties know her, spent her formative…

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100 YEARS AND GOING STRONGER

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There was an unmistakable eagerness about Edgar Taylor. He was keen to open his home and more importantly, his spirit. He shared a compulsion with his wife and some of their friends to seek God with all their hearts. The year was 1917. Edmonton Coming Of Age Edmonton was a rapidly growing prairie city of 54,000 citizens. The High Level Bridge and the Hotel MacDonald were recently opened and the dismantling of Fort Edmonton was just completed. The Great War was still raging in Europe. Many young Edmontonians had lost their lives far away in Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. Perhaps it was the urgency of the hour that drew Edgar Taylor and his wife along with five other couples to…

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FIRST RESPONDERS: THE HIDDEN SCARS

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As an Emergency Medical Technician, Nadeen LaBoucane belongs to an elite cadre known as “first responders.” She’s proud of the role she fills. While saving lives is all in a day’s work for her, years of accumulated stress nearly came at the expense of her own life. I met Nadeen at North Pointe in 2015 when she came looking for what we would later call “spiritual IV.”  Nadeen shared how she’d served in the emergency medical field for twenty one years as an EMT and most recently as a dispatcher. “I loved being out there. I loved helping people. I have to admit, I was a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, as well.” But when she suffered a serious…

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8 COOL BOOKS FOR THE SUMMER

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Reading is one of the most powerful ways you can better yourself and your life…unless you have some munchkins underfoot. I asked some friends for their summer reading recommendations. My favorite response was a FB message from Christa Gagnon (she gave me permission to post.)As you can see, my Top Ten is down to eight, but they’re great recommendations.  Ironically, the eight responses are from people with lots of books and no little children in their homes. Kathy Fowler knows my reading is typically serious, non-fiction. No regrets after following Kathy’s suggestion on this page turner of a novel: “ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE” – by Anthony Doerr – A Pulitzer Prize winner about a blind French girl and…

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JORDAN’S JOURNEY FOR A CURE

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Pete and Christa Gagnon started 2016 with good cheer for family and friends: “As the New Year approaches us with new hopes, here is wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.” Four days into 2016 I received an email from Christa.  She said their 5 year old daughter Jordan had been ill. It was serious. Doctors’ initial diagnosis was leaning towards GAN – Giant Axonal Neuropathy – a rare, incurable, terminal, genetic disorder. Say that last phrase again – slowly – to let it sink in on you. Click this link to see Christa and Jordan on CTV News. It Takes A Community When Life Goes Sideways Starting at 2 ½, Jordan had trouble walking – she dragged…

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM A MOM: M.A.D.D.

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My life changed forever January 27, 2004. My son Ryan was twenty when he was killed by a drunk driver. Your heart knows a pain like no other. Burying your child is the most painful, unimaginable day you will ever endure. Something that is so wrong in so many ways. Your mind is a whirling blur, yet it is ever hopeful that at any moment now, you will awake and find that this is all a nightmare…a mother’s – a parent’s – worst nightmare. I’m grateful to my friend Jane Burak for writing this letter. The Burak and Jones families enjoyed cheering on our sons as teammates through elementary grades to senior high. We were devastated when a call came…

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