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APOLOGETICS ISN’T APOLOGIZING

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As I sat in my room I remember thinking, “I have believed there was a God for as long as I can remember, but why do I believe it? I knew that if someone asked me to offer a reason for why I believed God existed I would have nothing to say.” This, from the heart of a young adult. Why Do You Believe? Christians abandon their faith because they are not prepared to answer some of the simplest arguments against God. Why do you believe what you believe? Knowing what you believe gets you to the starting line. Know why you believe gets you across the finish line. Erich and Laurie Reule are parents of four beautiful daughters. Erich…

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DAVID AND GOLIATH: MALCOLM GLADWELL

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Malcolm Gladwell has authored best-sellers about the power of timing, tipping points, ideas, love, death and miracles. None of them could sustain his Christian faith. Gladwell says, “I was raised in a Christian home in Southwestern Ontario. My parents took time each morning to read the Bible and pray. Both my brothers are devout. My sister-in-law is a Mennonite pastor. I have had a different experience from the rest of my family. I was the only one to move away from Canada. And I have been the only one to move away from the Church.” Finding God’s Power In The Least Likely Place “I have always believed in God. I have grasped the logic of Christian faith. What I have…

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23 LIFE GIVING STATEMENTS YOU NEED TO HEAR

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The truth is, everyone faces lies. Everyone. The strong. The depressed. Believers. Pastors. “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? Truth is life giving. 23 Life Giving Statements You Need To Hear 1. Your struggle is not your identity. You are more than your circumstances. 2. Death or despair do not mean your life is over. “God will restore you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (Reclaim The Roar) 3. When your prayers feel unanswered or your soul feels abandoned, God is closer than you know. “When you pass through the waters I will be with you….

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AN OPEN LETTER TO DADS

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She was blond and beautiful, with azure eyes and a tumble of tawny curls. At three years of age, she would climb into her daddy’s lap, snuggle up with a wide, satisfied smile, and purr, “This is my safe place!” And so it was. A SAFE PLACE Dads, husbands, YOU are the “safe place.” You are our protector and provider. And when you gather us for a time with God, we need a safe place. A safe place, not a lecture. A safe place, not a sermon. A very human dad/husband who simply cares about God and us. We don’t need or even want a “spiritual giant.” We just want you. And we need a gathering time where it’s safe…

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9 REASONS ISRAEL SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

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Israel is where east meets west; where the ancient collides with the modern. Jerusalem is the city of Gold, just 3,000 years young and a melting pot of culture. Is a trip to the Holy Land resting gentle on your mind if not on your Bucket list? 9 Reasons Israel Should Be On Your Bucket List 1. Go in 2019. I was six decades into my life before I visited Israel.  Don’t wait that long. The very existence of Israel is reason enough to experience it. Its very survival is testament to its uniqueness. 2. Jerusalem is the center of the world. The city hosts the most sacred site of the world’s three major religions – Mount Moriah. It was here Abraham…

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STEVEN IRSHEID: A MEANINGFUL LIFE

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Steven Irsheid lived a meaningful life. Twenty-nine years of finding and giving meaning. Steven counted Marie Renaud, MLA for St Albert, Rev. Mark MacKnight, Vice President of Vanguard College, pastors at North Pointe and a few dozen staff at Lo Se Ca as friends and family. Steven’s Favorites He not only read the entire Bible, he graduated from Bible College. He never missed a Sunday at his church, North Pointe, unless he was sick. Steven had a passion for missionaries and experiencing a missions trip was on his bucket list. He supported a child through Compassion International. He cared a lot about people. Books were a special interest – especially the Harry Potter series. He could tell you any paragraph…

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13 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOUR MARRIAGE

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I’ve been counseling couples for 38 years – just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. 1. STOP talking to improve your communication. Start listening. Your mother told you that God gave you one mouth and two ears for a purpose. Use your ears…and your heart to hear each other. 2. STOP bringing the worst out in your spouse – that’s too easy. Its a husband’s responsibility to bring the best out in his wife. Husbands accomplish that by helping their wives get what they want, as long as it…

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WHEN FEAR PICKED A FIGHT WITH THE WRONG GUY

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I never thought life would lead me to this moment in a million years. Ours was the “perfect” life. My wife walked with amazing courage and an attitude void of fear as she battled strokes and years later, cancer. When Heroes Fall But deep inside, like all of us, doubt and fear would creep in. My wife’s life was about to end. The courage and fearless fortitude it must have taken to accept her death and then to take her final breath is beyond my understanding. My wife was, and still is my hero. The fearless love we shared makes me stronger when I see her in that light. I look at what I had in life, and not what…

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WICKED STRONG: JOCELYN’S CANCER JOURNEY

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“I have cancer.” Jocelyn’s voice sounded a million miles away. Unreal. Words I never expected to hear from my wife. Cancer I’ve heard the words whispered by too many people I love. They’ve been uttered with tears and a tone that sounds sacred and scared. Ironically, I was just about to officiate a funeral. Monday March 12th. One of North Pointe’s support staff summoned me from the platform with an ominous request, “Jocelyn needs you. Now.” Seeing her expression I knew our world had changed forever. “My doctor called. He says I have endometrial cancer.” Cancer. The following days were a blur of doctor’s appointments, oncologist consults, scheduling surgery, pre-op briefings, calling family, and sharing with friends who are cancer…

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A TASTE OF NORTH POINTE: INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY

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The loving touch of Gale Angus was all over International Sunday at North Pointe. Not only was she the inspiration behind the day, to a large degree North Pointe is what it is today because of Gale. Gale Angus’ Legacy When North Pointe opened its doors on July 16, 2006 we were more plain vanilla than multi-culturally hued. While not exclusively a White Anglo Saxon Protestant congregation, we were pretty close. North Pointe was just fourteen months old when Gale Angus came on campus for her first Sunday experience. And she came back to stay. Gale did more than just attend; she got involved in serving at North Pointe and especially in the Children’s programs. She was compassionate, faithful, positive,…

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