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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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“There’s no place like home.” Those were the magic words that returned Dorothy from Oz to her home in Kansas. Home, they say, is where the heart is. Sometimes, home is where the hurt is. Home Weight Dorothy only found “Oz” because she was running away from home. Feeling like running away from home – not as a child from your parents, but as a parent from your responsibilities? Parents can feel like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Jocelyn and I have been there. Here’s what we learned. 8 Ways To Make Your Home A Haven 1. Imperfections are allowed. There’s a perception that families of faith, and especially a pastor’s family, shouldn’t have problems….

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A Personal Relationship with Jesus

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North Pointe exists to see a personal relationship with Jesus grow in everyone; everyday. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is not a trite or trivialized idea  – its God’s idea. Don’t miss the profound in the familiar words of John 3:16 – “…God so loved the world…” That’s a love for a world of people – a love that is personal. God wants a relationship with YOU. A healthy relationship is based on: 1. TRUST Trust is conditional. “I trust you because…” is a reasonable perspective. God is trustworthy because He is the loving Creator. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He knew you before you were born. He numbers all of your days and the hairs on your…

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THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

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Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and encounters that will lead you to your ultimate purpose. The journey is far from being smooth. Along the path you will come face to face with the forces of good and evil. The Bible describes these forces as The Kingdom of Light and The Kingdom of Darkness. (Colossians 2:10-12) The journey to purpose is navigated by faith. 1. You start the journey as an EXPLORER.  At some point you begin to understand that there is more to this world than what can be touched or seen. It may begin as a child’s curiosity about the unseen. It may start as an adult who becomes aware of powerful forces…

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17 COURAGEOUS STATEMENTS YOU NEED TO HEAR

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Courage is a curious thing. Those who appear to have courage wish they didn’t because it means they’ve had to face something that nearly scared the life out of them. They’ve come through hell. Or maybe they’re still on the journey. Got Courage? Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave enough to face tough times. Courage is what you learn as you go through tough times. Its a badge people wish they didn’t have to wear. Courage isn’t always welcomed but it is always needed. Here’s to my many friends courageously facing cancer, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, dismissal from a job, the darkness of depression, the desire to…

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A Bible Reading Plan for You

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It’s the START that STOPS the average person. Don’t get stopped at START. Here are three things that have made a big difference in getting me STARTED everyday in reading the Bible. 1. Prioritize. First things should be first. Its so easy to become distracted. Before I read anything else, I read a portion of the Bible. Just doing that reminds my spirit that the Bible is vital for my life. 2. Digitize. I use the Youversion Bible app on my smartphone. Its free. Its easy to use. It makes the Bible handy. I can instantly access a couple of dozen versions if I want to see a verse from different angles. I use a printed version of the Bible…

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ORNAMENT: FAITH, JOY AND HOPE

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Kristen Fersovitch was a 28 year-old wife and mother of three sons under the age of four, when she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given only months to live. Like an ornament on a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, her life went on display for all to see. She sang her way into the hearts of thousands through her CD – “Songs From Home” and performances in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. When she passed away in October 2013, Kristen was called “the brightest light in the Singing Christmas Tree.” At her funeral, former CTV news anchor, Carrie Doll, summed up everyone’s feelings in saying, “Kristen was beautiful and real and funny. She challenged us to live the best life…

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GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU

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  Going to visit your oncology doctor isn’t one of most people’s favorite things to do on a Friday afternoon. When Kristen Fersovitch was dropped off early for her oncology  appointment she needed something to do to pass the time. She happened into a nearby drugstore store while she waited. She happened to see a kiosk with books. A book on the lowest rack happened to catch her attention. It was a single copy of the book, “Divine Alignment.” “What a coincidence,” she thought. “My friend just told me about that book!” A coincidence led her to a book about coincidences. “What Are The Odds Of That!” Kristen called me to tell what had happened and suggested that I would…

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WILL PRAYING EVERYDAY HELP YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED?

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“We knew we’d be OK because you were praying.” These were the words that greeted my wife, Jocelyn, after she was held up at gunpoint in the bank where she worked. When the bad guy came in to the tellers area he picked Jocelyn’s wicket for the stick-up. He was wearing a balaclava and shouted, “Give me all the money!” He sighted a rifle in her face. People started crying. With most everyone else down on the floor she coolly bagged the money. He made his getaway and her co-workers came to her side. One of them told her, “We knew you’d be praying so we felt safe.” Jocelyn told them, “Praying? I had no time for praying. I had…

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3 LIFE LESSONS FROM KRISTEN FERSOVITCH

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When someone dear to you dies, the lessons you learn about living are priceless. I was blessed to know Kristen Miller Fersovitch. 23 Years of Connection In 1990, I first met her as a 7 year-old through the Children’s Ministry that I led at our church. She was in our home as a teen during youth ministry times. I’ve stood with her in the wings of Central Tabernacle just before she sang in the world famous “Singing Christmas Tree” and in post-performance gatherings at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. It was my privilege as her pastor to dedicate her and her husband Mike’s two youngest sons, Tayven and Lincoln at North Pointe in October 2011. I’ve been in her home…

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IN HONOR OF KRISTEN FERSOVITCH

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This is a Guest Post from Kathy Brown, a friend of Kristen Fersovitch’s. The article was written December 18, 2012. The Singing Christmas Tree About three weeks ago, with three papers, a sermon and a final exam still to complete, I was asked if I would volunteer for the Singing Christmas Tree which was being performed at the Jubilee Auditorium here in Edmonton, Alberta. My heart leapt inside me. It leapt because I was asked to recruit volunteers to sell Singing Christmas Tree merchandise and specifically a CD that was made by an Edmonton singer/songwriter and friend, Kristen Fersovitch. Kristen’s voice touches me in a special way, and her story touches me further. Immediately, my mind traveled back in time…

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