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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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HERE COME THE CAVERLYS

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Trevor and Cherise and their son Parker are part of our North Pointe family. Trevor will be ordained (becoming a “REV”) on Sunday April 17th at 11:00am. (Leave a note for him below.) Trevor Caverly joined the pastoral staff at North Pointe on 01/01/16 as our “Connections Pastor.” Trevor was an intern at North Pointe four years ago, working with youth. He is highly respected as a pastor in Alberta and BC. He returned to North Pointe with his wife, Cherice and son, Parker where Trevor is helping move us into our next chapter of ministry. There are many reasons we are excited to be at North Pointe. We are excited because we have felt this is God ordained, that…

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ABBA’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER: A SADLY TRUE STORY

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This guest post is from a woman I know who is courageously sharing her story about childhood sexual abuse so that others can find hope, freedom and healing. My home life growing up was quite dysfunctional; I am the youngest of four, and knew from an early age that my mother never planned for a fourth child. My parents were both quite emotionally disconnected from me and looking back, I now see my emotional neediness even as a young child. My mother was a very heavy drinker and on medication for depression for years. She often threatened to leave when us kids got on her nerves. My father was explosively angry and prone to rage, and I rarely if ever…

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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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10 LITTLE THINGS TO BRING PEACE TO YOUR FAMILY

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She dropped by unannounced. And I couldn’t help cringing somewhat. Ever-so-slightly mortified. You see, she was an author, something of a celebrity, and now a personal friend. So, of course, I was thrilled to see her, but was also deeply concerned about the impression we were making. Suddenly self-conscious of the layer of dust on the piano and the ridiculous pile of dirty socks by the front door. I faintly whispered to my husband, “Oh, what must she be thinking??” And his helpful response, “That we live here.” (Thank you, Dear). Patrick and Ruth Schwenk are the creators of For the Family. Their mission is to encourage and equip families to build God-honoring homes. They offer free, practical resources that…

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RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT WAS, WHAT IS, WHAT WILL BE

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On September 18, 2014, with only 57 minutes notice, my family as I knew it, died. Within an hour of CPR that failed, my four children lost their father, his parents lost their son, and I lost the relationship I was supposed to grow old in. The grief was so thick I couldn’t see through it. In the days that followed, I began to realize how much was missing and would be affected going forward. It wouldn’t be just George who would be grieved, there was so much more. It was all the relationships built along the way. Lost Relationships Each of the children had a unique relationship that was lost. Shyla no longer had Dad in the stands watching…

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WALK RUN RIDE FOR HOPE

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What else can you do in 120 minutes of your life that can give hope to 100’s of kids? Yep, two hours…120 minutes…that’s all it takes to put a roof over the heads of kids, to put healthy food in their stomachs, love in their hearts, knowledge in their heads and smiles on their faces. Honestly, I cannot imagine what it feels like to lack for any of the above. I’m rich in every way. LIFE CHANGING I challenge you to make Walk Run Ride 2017 a priority on Saturday June 17th. I’ll never get tired of sharing how much your effort…our efforts together…can change a child’s life, forever. Pastor Zowa, the director of the Village of Hope(VOH) in March…

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LOVE IN ACTION

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He called out, “I love you,” every time he or one of his family members left the house. His wife, Alisha, used to bug him saying, “I’m just getting milk, not going off to war.” Mushy? No way. Forever Words “I love you” were the last words this young wife heard as he hurried off to play goalie like he always did on hockey nights. He never imagined that “I love you” would have to last her forever. The phone rang after midnight. “Massive heart attack…no chance…he’s gone.” “I love you,” is what she clings to, or what clings to her. Those words fit her better now than his favorite jersey. Love is verb and while there is more to…

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WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVEBALL

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I just happened to get hit with one of life’s curve balls. It fooled me; I didn’t see it coming and I certainly wasn’t prepared. The internal injuries were severe. There were days I didn’t think I would survive such trauma. Clearly, there were no winners in this game. No one gets married with the intent to get a divorce. Wendy Connors played fastball since she was a young girl and was picked up by many teams, winning several championships along the way. I love how Wendy uses her love for fastball to share a portion of her life story. Wendy’s leadership skills and devotion helped start North Pointe’s Divorce Care ministry, the Single and Parenting ministry and the Singles…

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THEY CALL ME PASTOR

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Being a pastor is not something to which I aspired. It certainly wasn’t a childhood dream. By nurture, I’m a people person. By nature, I’m a loner. (My teenage ambition was to be a hermit. Really) I’m like a turtle on a fence post. When you see a turtle on a fence post you know it didn’t get there on its own – someone put it there. My fence post is a platform of genuine love for the people God has entrusted to my care. CONNECTIONS Like most pastors, the most common connections with people happen… on a Sunday in the foyer of our ministry campus, preaching/teaching, praying, supporting volunteers, meeting for a plethora of purposes, participating in community outreaches,…

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