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BRITTNEY’S STORY: LEUKEMIA, LOVE AND A 100KM RUN

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Brittney Tancowny’s life changed the day she was told she had leukemia. The very sound was like a death knell. Newly married…an aspiring career…dreams of a family. What happened to her “happily ever after?” Brittney says, “My story involves leukemia but its really about how God has been doing his work in my life and my family and friends’ lives. GOD’S LOVE AND PROMISES The cancer took over so quickly that the 2nd day into my chemo my body began to shut down. The cancer was on full attack and determined to take my life. I was put into a temporary paralysis. I spent 6 months in and out of the hospital with 4 bone marrow biopsies, 4 rounds of…

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IN THE ROUGH

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The rough – its a destination for which my golf ball never needs to ask directions. Recreational and professional golfers alike, end up in it. It can be a place of intimidation or immortality. Some of the most memorable victories in the PGA or LPGA are of pros who made improbable shots out of the rough. In golf, championships are won not by avoiding getting into the rough but by successfully getting out. Life is much the same way. Life’s UnFair Way To be in the rough is to be off the fairway. The rough feels unfair, frustrating, discouraging, and stands in the way of success. All too often, life resembles golf: our lives end up “in the rough” and…

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HOPE DOESN’T GIVE UP: ANNE LAMOTT

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Most readers’ love for all things Anne Lamott started with her book, Traveling Mercies. She had me at the introduction. Anne’s candor, sense of humor and humility are irresistible. I am partial to people who exude hope. Anne says, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” 12 Favorite Quotes From Traveling Mercies 1. Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. 2. I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of…

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APOLOGETICS ISN’T APOLOGIZING

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As I sat in my room I remember thinking, “I have believed there was a God for as long as I can remember, but why do I believe it? I knew that if someone asked me to offer a reason for why I believed God existed I would have nothing to say.” This, from the heart of a young adult. Why Do You Believe? Christians abandon their faith because they are not prepared to answer some of the simplest arguments against God. Why do you believe what you believe? Knowing what you believe gets you to the starting line. Know why you believe gets you across the finish line. Erich and Laurie Reule are parents of four beautiful daughters. Erich…

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REFUSING TO GIVE cANCER POWER: MITCH DICK

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cancer – small “c” because I refuse to give it any power – is something that happens to someone else and you feel sad for them and thankful it’s not you, until it happens to you. Mitch Dick is a lifelong Montreal Canadians fan, happily married to Brad, mom to Arielle and April, and a recent cancer patient. She had her first chemo treatment on June 28th, 2018. You’ll love Mitch’s writing style on her Facebook page or blog – vulnerable, humorous and hopeful. Thank you Mitch for inviting us into your journey to peace. Mitch and Brad Dick are the hard working owners of Bounceroo!  North Pointe uses Bounceroo! for all our important events – like Anthem Kids and Youth…

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9 REASONS ISRAEL SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

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Israel is where east meets west; where the ancient collides with the modern. Jerusalem is the city of Gold, just 3,000 years young and a melting pot of culture. Is a trip to the Holy Land resting gentle on your mind if not on your Bucket list? 9 Reasons Israel Should Be On Your Bucket List 1. Go in 2019. I was six decades into my life before I visited Israel.  Don’t wait that long. The very existence of Israel is reason enough to experience it. Its very survival is testament to its uniqueness. 2. Jerusalem is the center of the world. The city hosts the most sacred site of the world’s three major religions – Mount Moriah. It was here Abraham…

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LETTING GO: SHAUNA’S STORY

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You can only hang on by yourself for so long. Letting go can become a surprising path to freedom. Many years back my sister was trying out hang gliding in Mexico. After some impromptu instructions the boat towing the glider took her out over the ocean. When she came back she told us she had hung on as long as she could thinking that letting go would land her in the water. When her strength faded so did her choices. She let go and stayed in the air. Shauna Ncube is from North Cooking Lake, Alberta and spent time in Nara, Nara Japan. She is a wife to Nigel, mom to Keenan and Ian and a friend to many. In…

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THANK GOD FOR EASTER SATURDAY

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The most important day of Easter weekend is not Friday or Sunday – its Saturday. Easter Sunday morning, millions of believers will attend an outdoor sunrise service. Good Friday, many spend some portion of the day attending services to remember the suffering of Jesus. Easter Primetime What do believers do on Easter Saturday? What seems to be a throwaway day is actually primetime. On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds have disbanded. Jesus is dead. Those who believe in Jesus, gather. They remember. Things He said. What He taught. Things He did. People He touched or healed. They…

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HOW TO TOUCH THE HEART OF GOD

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I was on the bottom bunk, sitting on the fuzzy yellow blanket from Grandma. It was a comfortable place to get a revelation. The phrase – Bless the Lord – came traipsing through my nine year-old consciousness. What my mind could not grasp my spirit responded to and I resolved that if I could, I would bless the heart of God. I met Julianna Christensen at her interview for ministerial credentials. Julianna grew up on the mission field and presently serves at West Edmonton Christian Assembly. She exudes a contagious enthusiasm for prayer and seeking God. So I asked her to share her experience as inspiration for others to “bless the Lord”. How Do The Created Bless The Creator? How…

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HUMANS OF NORTH POINTE: 2016

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Everybody’s got a story and yours can inspire the world. That’s why we started #humansofnorthpointe in 2016. Once or twice a week we’re posting stories of people on North Pointe’s Facebook page. Thousands of people have viewed and shared some of the following stories. Search the hashtag #humansofnorthpointe to see all of the stories so far. JOHN ORFINO “I am still alive. But,my speech, my breathing and my physical strength is quickly fading. I am still able to operate my scooter in the house and I try to do everything I can by myself and Judee gets very mad at me because I am so stubborn. Daxon and Espen mean the world to me and are my #1 reason why…

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