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REFUSING TO GIVE cANCER POWER: MITCH DICK

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cancer – small “c” because I refuse to give it any power – is something that happens to someone else and you feel sad for them and thankful it’s not you, until it happens to you. Mitch Dick is a lifelong Montreal Canadians fan, happily married to Brad, mom to Arielle and April, and a recent cancer patient. She had her first chemo treatment on June 28th, 2018. You’ll love Mitch’s writing style on her Facebook page or blog – vulnerable, humorous and hopeful. Thank you Mitch for inviting us into your journey to peace. Mitch and Brad Dick are the hard working owners of Bounceroo!  North Pointe uses Bounceroo! for all our important events – like Anthem Kids and Youth…

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ITS TIME TO UPDATE YOUR FACEBOOK STATUS

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Facebook was in the news for all the wrong reasons this week. Is now the time to delete Facebook? No. Opportunity Facebook is a platform to share lots of things – one of which is hope. On Christmas Eve 2017, North Pointe had its highest ever single day attendance – 3,300 people. Hundreds of guests came to North Pointe because of an ad seen by Facebook users. North Pointers shared it to invite their friends and family. Canadian, Thom Rainer of Growing Healthy Churches says, “If you’re not using Facebook you’re missing a huge opportunity to reach people.” Users * 59 billion monthly active users * 1.038 billion daily users * 72% of online adults visit Facebook at least monthly….

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STAR GIRL: TANIS POST’S STORY

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Tanis Post fought for life, love, and the beauty of each day. Married for only fifteen years to Chris Post, they shared a romance that would fill ten lifetimes. Love and Miracles Walking the endless white sand beaches of Cuba and long, sun-filled days were the passion of their travel. They danced with each other every day, with or without music, and made sure to kiss each other before going to bed each night. #loveyoumore At age thirty-eight, Tanis, affectionately known as “T”, suffered seven massive strokes and fifteen seizures in one day. Her survival was the first miracle. The second miracle came with the help of dedicated therapists at Edmonton’s Glenrose Hospital. She battled for two years to relearn…

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4 OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Fifty days after Good Friday is the forgotten celebration of who Francis Chan calls “the forgotten God.”  Christmas and Easter we know, but what about Pentecost? The Day of Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church. The Holy Spirit is the gift given to everyone who comes to the party. God The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is not an “it” – the Holy Spirit is a person. The Holy Spirit is God. Eternal and holy. Omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He has emotions, a mind and a will. He is my Counselor. Power For Witness Pentecost is about power. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Power is for witness. “You will be my…

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PERSONAL GROWTH: THE POWER OF THE OTHER

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Dr. Henry Cloud begins his new book The Power of the Other with a compelling account that immediately drew me in. A recruit, training to become a Navy SEAL is on his last test – a grueling endurance swim in the ocean – and his strength fails him. He has nothing left. About to signal he’s giving up. All his years of training. The sacrifice. His dream of being a SEAL. Disappearing. A Friend On Shore Suddenly he sees his friend standing on the shore ahead. He has completed the swim and is officially a Navy SEAL. The man on the shore yells and pumps his fist to let the man in the water know “he could do it”. The…

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O, NIGHT DIVINE: NPCC’S ROCK CHOIR

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If you saw North Pointe’s Rock Choir’s “O, Night Divine” on December 11th you would understand why it got rave reviews. Pastor Sean and his team gave the glory of Christmas its due with three presentations that left people wishing more could be crammed into sixty minutes. The music of Christmas has its own special power and today’s choir presentation was firing on all 8 cylinders. Comments “Best choir, ever!” G. B.  “It was simply beautiful!” M. D. “A fantastic performance, well done.” L.W. “It was awesome!!!!!” A.H. “NP has been blessed with great talent and awesome extended family.” F. S. Practice Makes Presentable Four months of practicing and a final rehearsal on Saturday. A ton of hard work went…

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FINALLY FREE: IN HONOR OF BILLY

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We stood by his graveside, under a deep blue Alberta sky on a bitterly cold December afternoon. Billy was laid to rest like he had lived his sixty-four years – surrounded by caregivers stung by the coldness of life’s unfairness. There were eleven of us – myself, two funeral directors family members, caregivers and friends of William S. or “Billy” as he was known.  The biting cold we felt paled in comparison to the endless winter he had lived through. In Honor Of Billy I met Billy when he started to attend North Pointe Church. His caregivers brought him most every Sunday. Front row, right was his preferred place to sit – close to the action. Rarely did a Sunday…

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NEED A SIGN FROM GOD?

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If you’re looking for a sign from God, this is it. Thousands of people have seen North Pointe’s sign over the past ten years. (Our original sign came to the end of its working life and was replaced by Production World in October 2016.) First Impressions Hundreds of people have felt welcomed by the “come as you are” invitation on 167 Ave. Over 16 percent of our guests say they decided to be check us out because of the sign. Our sign is the first chance we get to tell people who we are, what we value, what we do and if we have a sense of humor. That’s not nearly everything people need to know about us but its…

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THE POWER OF SHARING by BROCK HARRISON

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“Thanks for writing your piece on depression. It was very moving and it has helped me make the call to go see a counselor. So thanks for helping!” “Thanks for your willingness to open up and share your story. It gives me the courage to maybe one day soon talk about mine. You have no idea what your article did for me this morning.” “If I hear from you, I’ll write my story. I’ve not done that yet: strange, because I am a storyteller and love writing. I guess I’ve just tried to keep this part of me in abeyance.” “I just finished reading your story and it’s left me in a pool of tears and hope all at the…

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DEPRESSION: MY STORY by BROCK HARRISON

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Just write, Harrison. For the love of God, write. This speech needs to be locked in a week and you don’t even have an outline. So write. Like you’ve done a thousand times before. Baby is crying again. Ignore. She’ll get her. You’ve got to get this done. Oh yeah, and it’s got to be good. There will be 1,000 people with deep pockets at this thing. So make it compelling. And funny. And smart. Some inspiration would be good, too. Why can’t I do this? Just write one word. One stinkin’ word. Nothing. Heart pounds. Head spins. Muscles seize. This isn’t going to get done. Walk away. Lie down. Have I lost it? Will I get back? What if…

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