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THE STRENGTH OF MY WEAKNESS: VAHEN KING

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Weaknesses! We all have them, but rarely do you see someone boasting about them. In fact, we view them as a negative thing, and try to hide them. We portray to the world this résumé full of all our key strengths and abilities. I want to challenge you by saying, God sees the résumé of your life, with all your failures and weaknesses and says, “I CAN USE THAT.” God has given Vahen King a unique platform to showcase His power and unfailing love.  She was recently named “Miss Wheelchair Canada” and competed internationally for Canada. Vahen will be our guest at the North Pointe Women’s Christmas event on Monday November 27th at 7:00pm. Invite your friends to meet Vahen….

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WHEN CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY IN SIBERIA

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“They did what? In one day? That’s unbelievable. This is a gift from God.” Incredulous doesn’t come close to describing Pastor Ilya Bantseev’s reaction to the news. It was like Christmas in August. The Bantseevs In Siberia Ilya and Janet Bantseev have faithfully served as PAOC missionaries in Siberia for twenty-four years. God’s mercy and their devoted work have developed the Novokuznetsk church into one of the largest evangelical congregations in Russia. The Bantseevs also give leadership to the Russian arm of Teen Challenge International. Substance abuse and addiction are at epidemic levels in Russia. Over eighty thousand deaths every year are a direct result of overdoses. Source of Life, the TC centre in Novokuznetsk, is a beacon in the…

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DON’T LET REJECTION STEAL THE BEST OF YOU

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I started to do what I often do when life refuses to cooperate with me. I started talking to myself. Frustration lilted and lifted from my nerves right out of my mouth. What The Luggage Man Said “I’m just such an idiot. I invite so much unnecessary drama and complication in my life, because my pace and my brain aren’t in sync. I mean, seriously, what is wrong with my brain?!” The luggage man made an abrupt about-face turn in my direction, extended his arm, and held up his hand, signaling me to stop. “Not in my presence,” he said. “Not in my presence will you talk about yourself this way. Absolutely not.” His command startled me. His words stopped…

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HOW TO HOLD IT TOGETHER WHEN YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART

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I can’t help but giggle sometimes at the news reports of wild weather storms. The weatherman is barely standing. Wind and waves are violently walloping against him. Meanwhile the other television host sits comfortably from her warm studio with perfect lipstick saying, “Weatherman Joe, can you please explain the storm situation right now?” Storms Weatherman Joe begins to yell while dodging debris and flying tree branches “Well, as you can see anchor woman Wendy, it’s pretty windy out here…” Really, Joe, really? Lately, I have been feeling a bit like Weatherman Joe, standing in the midst of a violent storm; debris flying at my head, waters rising to my knees, my balance being tested by gale-force winds and all the…

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COLE YOUNG: SPECIAL IN EVERY WAY

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Cole Young was amazing grace. Anyone who met Cole knew what it was to encounter the love of God. Not that Cole was perfect or able to turn water into wine. But he could turn whine into gratitude. Special Needs Cole was born with DiGeorge Syndrome, which is caused by the deletion of a small segment of chromosome 22. Typical of DiGeorge, he suffered for eighteen years from respiratory difficulties, heart murmur, frequent infections and eventually, organ failure. In some circles, Cole was known as having “special needs.” In the circles that knew him best he was known as serving “special needs.” Had a bad day? Cole could lift your spirit. Feeling sorry for yourself because life dealt you an…

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CHAPLAINS TO THE INVICTUS WARRIORS

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The Invictus Games aren’t about the finish line – they’re all about making it to the starting line. This is an event where everyone gets a medal but there’s no coddled attitude for participants. For every competitor, just playing the game is important, courageous and admirable. The 3rd version of the Invictus Games – Toronto 2017 – featured more than 550 competitors from 17 nations participating in 12 adaptive sports. Wounded Warriors Each competitor is a wounded warrior. Melanie Harris, 42, from Edmonton, competed in bioarchery. She spent twenty years in the Armed Forces, serving four tours, including two in Afghanistan.  Harris lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lingering pain from a back injury sustained overseas. In 2008 she…

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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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MY LOVE HATE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH SPORTS

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To be honest, you and I have had a turbulent relationship. You’ve caused me late nights and early mornings, disappointment and heartache, and you’ve made me wipe tears from my children’s faces on more than one occasion.  I have resented you, cursed you many times and some days you have even stolen my sanity. The life of a sports family is often chaotic, tiring, scheduled and trying but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Alisha-Jans Lemoine is a part of the North Pointe Writers Group. She is a skilled writer and an even more awesome mom. This post first appeared on Alisha’s blog at yegsolomom.   Teacher And Mentor You have been an amazing teacher and mentor. You have taught…

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MEN OF THE ROCK

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I know what it’s like. You find a girl, start dating, maybe get married, and soon you find yourself in this new exciting time. You’re working and in the prime of your life. Some of you have kids and your priorities shift, like a good father should. And again, you shift your gears, sometimes into overdrive. Life In The Fast Lane The months, and the years fly by. You’re hustling round the clock. Being a good provider, a good husband, a good father, a good employee. But what they don’t see is that you are tired. You’ll never let them see that. You’re a man, and that’s what men do. We suffer silently, stoic, never complaining. Men of The Rock…

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