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“Despite the countless instances I’ve witnessed the power of the Lord – I find myself encountering other head spaces that are filled with lies from the enemy.” Allison Daniels Can you relate to Allison? The truth is everyone faces lies. Everyone. The strong. Weak. Depressed. Believers. Pastors. Truth is life giving. 23 Life Giving Statements You Need To Hear 1. Those who love you are not fooled by the mistakes you’ve made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly…your wholeness when you are broken…your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you are confused. 2. “Life is like a piano – the white keys represent happiness, the black keys, sadness….

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Your most vital responsibility is managing yourself. Self-management is critical in the area of inspiration. Great leaders learn how to self-motivate. I’ve collected the following quotes from mentors and momentous experiences in my life. I know there’s at least one in there for you. 18 Inspiring Statements Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s…

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Amanda’s Story: Now Is My Time

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“Pastor Bob, if there is ever any way my story is able to help, I would love to save someone many unnecessary years of agony.” Amanda knows agony.  Its a painful part of her past and a redemptive part of her future. Amanda explained to me why obeying Jesus and being baptized was so important to her. This was a determined and deeply emotional choice for her. We talked on Thursday and she was baptized the following Sunday. Amanda’s Story Amanda’s story is what our invitation at North Pointe to “come as you are” is all about. “I was raised in an abusive home by an alcoholic father and suffered abuse for many years from him. My teenage years were…

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If you’ve ever had a sudden rush of joy from hearing the first notes of your favorite song on the radio you know your next action was to crank up the volume. “Music is the language of the soul.” Where words fail, music fills. Brain scans show that when people listen to music, virtually every area of their brain becomes more active. Musicians like the Kimo family bring a contagious joy to all they sing – Beatles, folk, country or gospel.  Hear them here (HOLLE).Music finds its primary purpose as a spiritual expression. One of the longest books in the Bible is “Psalms.” Its the Hebrew songbook. The prose is lyrical and penned to be sung. All music is a…

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Remember the No. 2 pencil? A skinny, yellow tool that determined your future? As students we were always given a No. 2 pencil to answer questionnaires in class. Why a No. 2 Pencil? The number represents the hardness of the metal. The lower the number, the softer the metal. Early machines that scanned and scored tests couldn’t detect marks made by hard pencil metal. Marks from by No. 3 and 4 pencils resulted in erroneous results. No. 1 pencils were too soft and smudged on the tests. So, No. 2 pencils were the Goldilocks answer – just right. Non-Lead, Lead Pencils? Modern lead pencils do not contain lead as the “lead” of the pencil is actually a mix of finely…

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4 of the Most Inspiring People of 2014

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Inspiring people show us that adversity can be overcome and become a platform for hope. Here are glimpses into the lives of four of my most inspiring people in 2014. MALALA YOUSAFZAI Malala Yousafzai, became the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize and the first Pakistani to become a laureate. Her 17 years of life have decades worth of living and wisdom in them. “I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not,” she said in her speech at the Nobel ceremony. “It is the story of many girls. Today, I tell their stories too.” Malala was born into a Pashtun family in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The district was a tourist destination until the…

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WHY: The Wright Brothers Got it Right

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111 years ago today (December 17, 1903), the brothers Wright on a field in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lifted off to the sky and into history. Their 59-second flight at an altitude of 120 feet and at the speed of a jog was all it took to set in motion the winds of technological of change. A few hundred miles away, Samuel Langley was recovering from his humiliation over a similar attempt that ended in failure when his test flight landed in the Potomac River. The Wright brothers and Langley were trying to achieve the SAME goal – they were both building the SAME project. BOTH the Wrights and Langley had a bold goal – build the world’s first heavier-than-air…

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This will take you 60 seconds and it may be the best minute of your day. Look at each picture. Read each caption. See what they can do for your outlook on life. Let me know which one is your favorite. 1. A platoon of Marines shaved their heads in support of the niece of one of the Marines who has cancer. 2. Perfect definition of friendship. 3. The compassion of children is an unbelievable thing. 4. Haircuts for the homeless by an 82 year old. 5. Learning empathy in life’s kindergarten. 6. Eight years of rigorous training…a Championship football game…or saving the life a stranger? 7. After he went to war two separate times and lost all 4 limbs,…

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The best exercise is reaching down to lift someone else up. Encouragers do a lot of heavy lifting. Sometimes, you may not even be aware another person is down. However, you feel prompted to say something or do something kind for them. How often in response have you heard the words, “That was just what I needed. Thank you.” 7 Reasons to Be an Encourager 1. Someone needs to hear your voice or read something you’ve written…today. It may be a friend or your spouse or your boss or the barista making your favorite espresso. Someone is waiting for your unexpected but needed words of care or appreciation. 2. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body. Use…

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The right words at the right time can inspire a breakthrough in your life. A quote can have the power to get you through a bad week or the courage to pursue your dreams. My 26 All Time Favorite Quotes 1. Difficult people are difficult because difficult has worked for them. 2. “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 3. Two anxieties dominate much of our lives: an unchangeable past & an unpredictable future. Forgiving changes the past and promising secures the future. 4. Speak your mind. Those who matter won’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. 5. The Introvert advantage – intellectual persistence, prudent thinking, & the ability…

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