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WHY THE WRIGHT BROTHERS GOT IT RIGHT

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115 years ago today (December 17, 1903), the brothers Wright on a field in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lifted off to the sky and into history. Their 59-second flight at an altitude of 120 feet and at the speed of a jog was all it took to set in motion the winds of technological of change. Samuel Langley A few hundred miles away, Samuel Langley was recovering from his humiliation over a similar attempt that ended in failure when his test flight landed in the Potomac River. The Wright brothers and Langley were trying to achieve the SAME goal – they were both building the SAME project. BOTH the Wrights and Langley had a bold goal – build the world’s…

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MARY DID YOU KNOW?

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“If anyone knew Jesus was virgin born, it was Mary and her silence at the cross is proof, I think, that her story was indeed true.” Mark Lowry crafted the lyrics of a song that’s become a Christmas favorite on par with White Christmas and Silent Night. The prose of Mary, Did You Know? ignites imaginations with some of the deepest mysteries of Christmas. Lowry’s mother, Bev, gave him the spark of his original idea. WHAT DID MARY KNOW? Mark says, “I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary.” He wondered if Mary realized the tiny hands…

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ADVICE TO YOUNG LEADERS: GEORGE H.W. BUSH

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“I love you more than tongue can tell.” When George H.W. Bush was preparing to accept the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, he sent his speechwriter a list of notions that he believed best represented him. “Words I like: family, loyalty, kids, freedom, grandkids, caring, love, heart, decency, faith, honor, service to country, pride, fair play, tolerance, strength, hope, healing kindness, excellence…I like people; I’m proud of the USA; I like sports; I’m experienced; I love kids.” Yes, he loved kids so much he mentions them twice. President Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. Family is the cornerstone of his legacy. Family First There are things that could be said critically about his Presidency but make no mistake –…

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THE GIRL WITH THE HOLES IN HER HEART

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When you’re seven years old and God spares the life of your little sister you want to say “Thank you” in a big way. That’s why Aden Yerichuk will be in the foyer of North Pointe offering hot chocolate for everyone  on Sunday December 9th and 16th. The Gift Of Twins It was Aden’s idea to send any donations he receives for his festive beverages to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. It’s his birthday on January 8th and Aden doesn’t plan to be at a party. Not every seven-year-old looks forward to being at a hospital on their birthday but that’s Aden’s chosen location. He will present the Stollery a gift on his birthday and it will come wrapped in gratitude….

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BE A GOOD SAMARITAN OF MENTAL HEALTH

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Brock Harrison was going about his life as a new dad and speechwriter for the leader of a political party when it hit him. It presented innocuously enough as panic attacks. Sitting down at his computer brought sudden and paralyzing physiological discomfort. He had experienced the odd panic attack in the past, but they were periodic and easy to shake off. These were different. He physically couldn’t work. Darkest Times Being depressed means you’re never present. You don’t experience life the way most people do. A casual conversation can be torture. Comprehending a simple written sentence requires effort. Eating? Forget it. Your appetite is long gone. You can’t engage in life because you’re constantly fighting your mind. Brock says, “Fortunately,…

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CHRISTMAS 2018 AT NORTH POINTE

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and for good reason. Celebrate Christmas 2018 at North Pointe starting Sunday December 2nd. The four Sundays of Advent remind us of and prepare us for the real message of Christmas – the good news of Jesus. “For to us a child is born… And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 Christmas 2018 at North Pointe is shareable. Copy and post this link on social media to let your friends and community know about Christmas 2018 at North Pointe. Christmas is about joy and joy is contagious. Enjoy the Christmas music of Kayla Kimo, Christmas treats and the fractal snowflakes of Mary…

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NOW ITS PERSONAL: PROSTATE CANCER

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“Pastor Bob, you look horrible.” At first I didn’t like my mustache either. But then, it grew on me. Doing Good A friend told me, “If I grew a mustache, my wife wouldn’t kiss me for a month. How do you get away with that?” My unfiltered response was, “What makes you think I’m getting away with it?” I grew a stache not so I could look good, but so I could do good. You know. MOvember. Now, three weeks into MOvember and suddenly the cause is personal. Sobering Stats There are too many men and the wives and kids who love them, going through horrible times because of cancer. A close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer two decades…

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CHILD SOLDIER: THE JENNIFER MITCHELL STORY

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Nine-year old Jennifer held her breath until she felt she would pass out. She begged herself, lie still. Just a bit longer. Rebel soldiers of Uganda’s murderous leader – Joseph Kony – would surely move on. Soon. The soldiers’ boots were inches from Jennifer’s and her seven-year old sister’s bodies. And then one of the soldier’s stepped on her sister and the little girl cried out. Captured Jennifer bravely stood up and showed herself. The rebels captured her but her sister fled and escaped with her life. Joseph Kony led the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda for over two decades. They terrorized Northern Uganda, raiding villages, killing adults and kidnapping children. Over 100,000 Ugandans lost their lives at the…

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THE HEALING POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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Love. It’s an overused word. We love everything from Peanut Buster Parfaits to our best friend. Love is overused and perhaps underrated – and definitely underutilized. The Face Of A Dying Man Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is one of the outstanding psychiatrists in the world. She meets with AIDS patients who are dying. Dr. Kubler-Ross couldn’t help but notice the face of a man who would attract anyone. He had disintegrated with the disease to the point of having holes in his face. She glanced over at him and instead of being in despair he was radiant. She kept noticing him as she talked and tried to encourage these young men. Finally she said to him: “I wish you would wait…

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5 CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS USED TO SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Often people don’t believe a woman who says she has been abused if they see no bruises. Emotional wounds leave no visible bruises. My friend understands this completely. She suffered emotional abuse for years from her husband. They went through premarital counseling with me. I officiated their wedding decades ago. They left our church because he didn’t agree with my views on marriage among other things. I’m humbled she is still my friend. I didn’t see her suffering. Her silent torment woke me to domestic violence in Christian families. How many others may be suffering? Domestic Violence Is A Behavior Not A Sickness Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which a person uses coercion, harassment, deception, humiliation, threat…

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