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TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS: DOROTHY VISSER

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Upset. Angry. Judgmental. That was me before breast cancer. Yes, before. From Fear to Peace I am sitting on my deck reflecting on the day and feeling so peaceful. These past couple of months have been the hardest and most blessed in my life. Cancer. The diagnosis terrified me. Would the cancer kill me? My fear made me feel guilty. An inner voice nagged me, “Isn’t love supposed to cast out fear? Doesn’t God love you? Where’s your faith?” I was afraid of chemo and radiation and everything associated with cancer. Then I discovered how something life threatening could teach me how to live. In February 2017 Dorothy Visser’s doctor informed her that she had breast cancer. Dorothy sat in…

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11 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO

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When Amy Morin was 23, her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. She pitied herself over the injustice of losing the years she always assumed they’d have. Three Years Later… Three years later, on the anniversary of her mom’s death, her 26 year old husband, Lincoln, had a heart attack and died. She kept Lincoln’s belongings like a museum. She didn’t throw away his toothbrush for years. Amy wouldn’t move anything on his side of the bed. Fearing new memories would replace the old she refused to try anything new. Four Years Later… Amy remarried and within a brief time of the wedding her new father-in-law was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He died shortly after. These devastating losses moved…

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HOW A SEVERE ANXIETY DISORDER LED ME TO A WORLD RACE

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When I got the call that told me that I had been accepted to participate in the World Race, I was completely shocked. While I had spent the past couple of weeks trusting that God had planned what was best for my future, I had a nagging feeling from the day that I submitted my application that I would not get in. The reason? I didn’t think that a girl with a severe anxiety disorder would be looked at as a viable option for spending nine months living out of a backpack and traveling the world. Simply put, I believed that I was way too messed up.  When you meet Maya Kuipers, the first thing you notice is her confident…

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I ONCE WAS LOST…

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I once was lost in the woods, like literally….lost in the woods. It was the first winter camping expedition for army cadets, and I was the civilian officer in charge of 30 grunts. I was arriving late into camp with my fellow officer, it was dark, and we were convinced it was the right drop off point to the camp when we asked our driver to drop us off. It wasn’t. Sarah Ball writes with a courageous vulnerability. She is a gifted blogger, speaker, author and a mom of five. Sarah will tell you candidly that sixteen years ago she was living on welfare, abandoned with two children, broken, and lost. Four years ago she couldn’t get out of bed,…

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THE LADY WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

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It was Valentine’s Day and she was taking the plunge, but for all the wrong reasons. Looks Like Fun Jane Smith – “plain Jane” – as she first introduced herself to me – was on the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand with her husband, Don. The Smiths have been a part of North Pointe for over forty years and Don has served as the Treasurer for over two decades. Just months before their holiday Jane had undergone successful open-heart surgery. She’d gotten a new lease on life and they were celebrating. The Smiths tend to be adventurous at the best of times so the Parasailers they observed over a gorgeous lake naturally caught their interest. “That looks like…

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14 DARING FAITH STATEMENTS

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The most daring thing you can do is to live a fully devoted life for Jesus Christ. To see a personal relationship with Jesus grow in everyone, everyday is the vision North Pointe is believing towards.  We envision thousands of people becoming followers of Jesus Christ in the next few years through the ministries of people at North Pointe. By 2020 we expect to influence one million people worldwide with the gospel of Jesus. We plan to use faith to advance our spiritual maturity, enhance our relational unity and finance our kingdom ministry. Some say, “I’ll believe when I see it.” We say, “We’ll see it when we believe it.” “According to your faith will it be done to you.”…

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GREG MUSSLEMAN’S STORY: FEAR NOT

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Over the years I’ve heard many stories in my travels to countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith in Jesus that defy human understanding. These ordinary people should be terrified and full of fear, but many of them aren’t. Why? I’ve come to realize it’s their faith in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that causes them to respond with great courage. One such person is Saratu. This is a guest post from Greg Mussleman, the VP of Media and Domestic Ministry for The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. I’ve known Greg since he was a sports Broadcaster with TSN and a neighbor in St Albert. Greg travels extensively to Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, India, North Korea and…

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DREAM BIG / ACT NOW / 21 QUOTES

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Fear, procrastination, setbacks or discouragement will suck the life out of you if you let them. What’s your plan of counter-action? Exercise? Reading? Prayer? Meditation? Real Word Power The healthiest people replace depletion with inspiration on a daily basis. Words have real power. Words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). Here are 21 pragmatic one-line insights to defeat your fears, break free of procrastination and be fruitful. 21 One-Liners #1. Dream Big. Start small. Act now. #2. Eat a “frog” first thing in the morning. #3. Victims make excuses. Leaders deliver results. #4. Your daily behavior reveals your deepest beliefs. #5. Worry about nothing. Pray about everything. You’ll get through this. #6. A…

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CHRISTINE CAINE’S STORY

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The smile on Christine Caine’s face is as striking as the shock she felt when she uncovered the secret her parents kept from her. Christine’s desperate search for her roots turned up a birth certificate. Her mother’s name was listed as “Panagiota.” Her father’s name was listed as “Unknown.”  Only one word with seven letters numbed her. Her own name was recorded as “Unnamed.” She was simply “birth number 2508 in 1966.” Could anything be worse than being abandoned by those who conceived and bore you? The Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Christine was sexually abused by several men from the time she was 3 until she turned 15. She tried to tell somebody that could have intervened, but…

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THROUGH THE FOG

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Guest post from Rev. Charity Mongrain, Children’s Pastor at North Pointe Community Church. Charity is committed to supporting families by nurturing the faith of children and drawing them towards Christ. Charity has been actively involved in Children’s Ministry most of her life. Charity has held pastoral roles in Ontario, North Carolina, Manitoba and Alberta. She is a part of the Writer’s Group at North Pointe. There is moisture in the air. Not rain, not snow – just moisture. The air is thick with it – fog; as far as the eye can see. It hides the shore, the sea, all. The silence of this place, this quiet moment is interrupted by another blast of the foghorn, a warning to all…

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