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4 CHRISTIAN MYTHS THAT MAKE YOU MISERABLE

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Belief does not have to be true in order for it to affect you emotionally. Myths, especially Christians ones, will make you miserable. 4 Christian Myths That Make You Miserable 1. Being exposed to sound Biblical teaching will automatically solve your problems. There is no Bible hocus-pocus application by osmosis. You need to apply teaching. Even then, your problem may not be resolved. 2. All the problems you will face are addressed in the Bible. They are not. There are many times when you will not be able to find any Scripture that explicitly deals with what you are facing. 3. Because you‘re a Christian, your problems are easily solved. The Bible never says all of your problems will be…

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UGLY TWISTS OF FATE AND FORGIVENESS

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Daniel and Twinkle Rudberg were deliriously in love. They had planned a casual evening out with friends. Downtown Montreal. September 30, 1972. The Price Of Violence As they drove they did what happy couples do – talking, sharing, planning, dreaming. They had no inkling that this would be the last night any of those activities would ever be shared again. It was beyond imagination that within minutes, because of a freak encounter, Daniel would be dead. The ugly twist of fate that would soon strike the Rudbergs began when a teen leapt from the backseat of a parked car and hurled himself on a elderly women. Daniel, saw the boy steal the woman’s purse. He stopped his car. Chased the…

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REMEMBRANCE: IMAGINE 1918

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If you are a young woman aged 15 to 25, imagine that you don’t travel all that often. Whether you live in a small town, the country, or a big city, your world is your neighborhood and you know pretty much everybody. One of The Boys That means you probably already know the man you will marry. Chances are he is one of the boys you grew up with. Now, imagine war has broken out in some far flung place and everyone seems to be interested in it. It’s all over the news, the old people are now tense and hard to talk to. Young men one by one and two by two sign up at a recruiting office that…

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WHY WE REMEMBER

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There were over 37 million soldiers and civilians casualties during what is known as “The Great War.” 17 million deaths and over 20 million wounded give WWI the dubious distinction of being one of the bloodiest wars in history. Approximately 63,000 of the dead were Canadians. My grandfather fought for Canada at Vimy Ridge in 1917. The last soldier to die in WWI was a Canadian, Private George Lawrence Price, killed by sniper fire just two minutes before the Armistice took effect at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Canada’s Freedom Gives Us Reason To Remember The World Wars were a turning point in our nation’s history. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Newfoundlanders served…

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CHALLENGE YOUR OUTLOOK: DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS

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The one thing people of faith have in common is doubt. “I struggle with my faith. It’s funny because I believe very powerfully in God and all that He can do and yet I have so many doubts.” The longer I’ve lived and the more I’ve sought to know and understand God, the more I’m certain that doubts are essential to maturity in believers. Challenge Your Outlook The wrong response to doubting and questioning is to keep people in a “Christian bubble”—or simply to dismiss their questions and exhort them to “pray harder,” “read the Bible,” or “just believe.” The better response is to teach people how to challenge their outlook. Believers are instructed to be merciful to the doubtful. (Jude 22)…

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28 LIFE AFFIRMATIONS FOR YOU

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Affirmations are more than just feel good quotes, positive statements or sugary beans. Truthful, positive words will improve your focus and your overall health. See which of the following affirmations resonate with you. Affirmations 1-10 1. I keep in constant contact with Jesus. I know that I need the Holy Spirit’s insight to see the road ahead. 2. I am clear about my mission. I spend my time working on and accomplishing what is fruitful and most inspiring. 3. I am a turnaround specialist. No task is too hard for me when I am working under God’s wisdom and authority. 4. I shape my destiny. What I believe and do, I become. 5. I am now bolder than I was…

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WHAT’S WITH WATER BAPTISM?

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I have decided. Three powerful words that will change your life. Decisions are the turning point of destiny. Deciding to follow Jesus is followed up by being baptized in water. 4 Reasons Why Baptism is Important 1. Public  acknowledgement of Jesus is important to God. Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (NLT) Water Baptism gives a Christian a singular opportunity to practice obedience, worship, and devotion to Jesus. “I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back.” 2. Baptism is for believers in Jesus Christ. At North Pointe we call it a “believer’s baptism” to distinguish from infant baptism or christening. Baptism doesn’t make a…

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WHEN LIFE HURTS: DR. CATH THORLAKSON

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Life hurts sometimes. When things get rough, we wonder if there is any hope. Well, there is. When Life Hurts Pain is something that none of us want but all of us do go through. When that happens, it is helpful to know that there are people who care. Going through difficulty? Community, where we can get real and be cared for, helps us through difficulty. Pain in isolation is the most difficult pain to go through. When we can talk to others, and pray with others, encouragement and hope can begin to live. You don’t have to be alone in your pain. Dr. Cath Thorlakson is a psychologist and professor at Vanguard College and a member of North Pointe….

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PASTORS DON’T INDULGE IN HYPOTHETICALS: PETERSON

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Over the last three decades there is no one who has done more to shape my pastoral imagination than Eugene Peterson. As readers of Peterson’s The Message translation of Scripture know, he had a love affair with well-chosen words. A year before his death on October 22, 2018 he discovered how inflammatory a single word could be. Pastor Peterson In 1962 Peterson planted a church in Bel Air, Maryland. Christ Our King Presbyterian Church knew only Peterson as pastor for the first 29 years of their existence. My most recent read was Peterson’s last book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire. It’s a collection of teachings from his years of pastoral leadership. Engaging Humanity Peterson was on a lifelong quest to discover not only…

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THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT: CHRIS HADFIELD

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Col. Chris Hadfield is out of this world. To be correct – WAS – out of this world. He’s made two flights on the Space Shuttle, and commanded the International Space Station, but it was Hadfield’s zero-gravity rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity and his breathtaking photographs that earned him superstar status. How great is it that eight hundred grade six students heard tales from outer and inner space from a real live Rocket Man at North Pointe. Commander Coach In his pre-talk walk-through, the Commander quickly let it be known that he’s a detail guy. Audio and video techs, and even a school board representative, were coached on his precise expectations. Behind the scenes he graciously posed for pictures…

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