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DEPRESSION / HOPE IN 5 WORDS

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Depression is not a choice. Too many suffer in silence. In a war with myself. I have a black dog. It won’t leave me alone. I’m tired of fighting myself. Trying my best to live. A lifelong battle with myself. Will I ever make it? Its OK to not feel OK I am not my anxiety. Mental issues have no color. I will be OK someday. Life is tough, I’m tougher. A day at a time. Recovery is not always straightforward. With support I get stronger. Your story is not over. Fix my eyes on God. I’m starting to make progress. My soul longs after God. The Bible records raw emotion. Not all of the experiences of Bible heroes are…

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WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO

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“You have cancer.” What else could bring a deeper chill on a hot summer day? The Phone Call My friend Cindy was in a comfortable cabin at a beautiful lake enjoying a family holiday. Her doctor’s phone number appeared on her cell phone screen. “Why would my doctor be calling me?” A deafening silence followed his word “cancer.” Unable to speak she listened to him say, over and over “I am so sorry. I am so sorry.” “I didn’t think anyone could cry as much as I was during it all, buckets and buckets. Horror and sorrow. Your world comes to a complete stop. You have no idea what is before you and the unknown is scary.” I was amazingly…

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SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY

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On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.” My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass in my sigmoid colon was operable. They found what was causing my grief and it was going to be removed.  This was my FIRST Silver Linings moment. What’s A Silver Linings Moment? The easiest way to explain a Silver Linings is when people are put into difficult situations, they need to look past the hardships and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Its about turning their negative situations into positive ones, finding their inner peace and the “will power” to overcome anything. When handed lemons, make lemonade!…

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THE 5 MOST POPULAR STORIES OF 2017

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So which subjects did our readers find the most interesting and engaging in 2017? Unsurprisingly, the most frequented blog posts on our site involved stories of people who are real. And calls to action. #1 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT RISK IN CANADA Is Trinity Western University a canary in the coalmine? Bob Kuhn, president of TWU certainly thinks so. On November 30 and December 1, TWU brought their arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada to defend their right to be a faith-based, accredited law school in Canada. Kuhn says “the very essence of religious freedom in Canada” is being threatened. Why I agreed with him. Read more here. #2 MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were…

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A MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

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Hope is found in the smallest of Christmas miracles. A baby. In a manger. Wrapped in strips torn from a coat. A mother wrapped in wonder. Under a single star. God with us. The wise still seek Him, bringing the gift of their life. Praying for you – joy, courage, and health. Merry Christmas and peace to you, your family and friends, today and in the New Year. With love, Pastor Bob, Jocelyn and the ministry staff of North Pointe.

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CHRISTMAS IS REAL

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Music should either move your feet or move your heart. North Pointe’s Christmas Choir rocked both. The kudos for Christmas is Real are largely because audiences experienced more than notes and lyrics translated into music. Choir members sang their testimonies. Christmas is real. Jesus is real. Miracles are real. Suzanne Harrison Sue knows the grace of Christmas is real. You’d never know from her contented smile that at one time in her life deeply entrenched anger was consuming her. Have you been hurt so deeply you felt you couldn’t get over it or through it? That was Sue. The hurt went so deep she couldn’t forgive. So she asked Jesus to help her – to take away the bitterness. Jesus…

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THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS EVE

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Christmas Eve 2012 was nearly two years to the date since he had returned from the battlefield. Craig had been in an unexpected war with himself ever since. PTSD – four letters that fettered him to the past. A deeply inner trauma – invisible to unsuspecting eyes. He accepted his wife’s invitation to attend a candlelight service at North Pointe in faint hope that something good might come of it. White Flag On Christmas Eve The celebration began. During the course of the evening, a light shone brightly on a singer. Her voice was uplifting. But it was her story of faith that restored a soldier’s broken heart. Craig went against what he had been trained to do. He took…

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REFLECTIONS ON WAITING IN LINE

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A few Christmases ago I was waiting in line at a big box store (the one that sells awesome hotdogs), reminding myself of why I don’t frequent big box stores. Is it just me or does the shortest line always become the slowest line because I’m in it? The longer I waited the more frustrated I became. Unseasonal words filled my mind. “Why me, Lord?” Waiting And as I waited I had an “aha” moment. Waiting. I was waiting to get through the line. Nothing spectacular. I wasn’t waiting on something spiritual, as in “waiting on the Lord.” But I was experiencing what the weeks before Christmas are supposed to mean to Christians. The very heart of Advent (the four…

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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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