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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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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 Millennial. 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 is…

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PRECIOUS HERITAGE OF PERSECUTED FAITH

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She held her breath under the church floorboards fearing the sickening thud of her mother’s body. Her terrified mind reeled, considering how horribly life had changed since the invasion from the North part of Korea. This is a guest post from Dr Ron Powell about his wife, Anna’s mother. Ron is the Youth Ministry Director and Field Education Director at Vanguard College, Edmonton, AB. He and his family are volunteer leaders at North Pointe. The Piano Sure, they were poor and fatherless but in my mother-in-law, Myung Ja Kim’s mind, life had been ideal. She remembered when the Christian pastor had come to the village to start the little church. The best thing about it for her was the piano….

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LIVING LANDSCAPES: REJOICE, PRAY, GRATITUDE

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Many of the following thoughts may seem strange, maybe unrealistic to apply. The more I look into it, the more I see quite the opposite. These things are actually the very best tools to take you through life in the most amazing way, no matter what the circumstances. “I have spent a lot of time wondering what God’s will for my life is. Am I using my time here on earth the way that He had planned for me? Is the work that I do in line with His will or is it leading to something more, something maybe more spiritual, more purposeful, eternal type work.” Thanks to Jim Kapteyn for this guest post. His wife, Kathy is facing the…

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DIANA’S STORY: I CHOSE TO TRUST

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Things were working out just as she planned: find a good man to be a loving husband; buy a house; start a family; make the house into a home; live happily ever after. Darryl Clifford was her good man and together they shared their dreams and went through pre-marital counseling. I had the pleasure of being up close and personal with them during counseling and on their wedding day. All went according to plan – a glorious wedding day; happy congratulations all around; a new house; settling into married life. Then, the pregnancy! Diana and Darryl starting prepping their house for the arrival of their bundle of joy. ADVISED TO ABORT A few months into her pregnancy Diana went for…

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CHRISTINA GRIMMIE / BOB DIXON / FOREVER

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He loved music. She was a singer. He listened to YouTube. She went viral on YouTube. His music made him feel happy. Her music made others happy. They were generations apart and lived in two different countries but they are now sharing heaven together. Christina, Bob and Eternity I was numbed by both of their deaths. Christina Grimmie was 23 years young when her life was taken by a murderer’s bullets. She was gunned down while signing autographs after her Orlando concert on June 10th. Grimmie was a rising star made famous by her exceptional vocal talent and her genuine love for her raving fans. I learned about her murder from a distance and was deeply saddened by her senseless…

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EXTREME DREAM COME TRUE: THANKS, MIKE LOVE!

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The most profound moments of YC 2016 were the opening minutes of Friday night. Mike Love – “Mr YC” for twenty two years – welcomed all to Rexall Place – the former home of the Oilers, now “YC Country.” The crowd, in excess of 10,000 under 30’s, punctuated the moment with an approving roar – louder than Connor McDavid’s heard in this hockey barn. Then it happened. Mike asked everyone to join him in prayer. At his first words, the place quieted down and then fell silent. Hear “a-pin-drop-kind” of silent. Quieter than a church. It was deafening and sacred.   2016’s Theme: UN1TE. For over two decades Extreme Dream Ministries led by Mike Love and his dedicated team of volunteers…

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THIS MEANS WAR

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When’s the last time you heard of a woman giving up precious closet space? Credit the movie War Room for that remarkable choice. Released in August 2015, War Room grossed $73.7 million at the box office and more importantly ignited the prayer life of Christian women across North America. Ironically, panned by movie critics as “a glossy, elongated infomercial for prayer,” War Room delivered just that. There are now dozens of women at North Pointe who credit the movie combined with a companion Bible study for being the catalysts that sparked a revival in their prayer life. Victory Doesn’t Come By Accident Written and directed by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, War Room tells the story of Tony (T.C. Stalling) and…

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