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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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HOPE FOR MENTAL HEALTH: 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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5 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE ANYONE

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I am a child of encouragement. And who I am is a result of a chorus of encouraging voices. Voices When perseverance waned, someone told me, “You are the most courageous leader I know.” When discouragement increased, another said, “Anything worth doing is always hard. Keep going.” “I believe in you.” “Stick with it.” “We need you.” A Way Forward That was 2003. Over the course of fifteen years land was purchased, a facility was built, a congregation relocated, our debt was paid off, a dream was realized, and the Kingdom of God expanded through North Pointe. I give what I received – encouragement. 5 Ways To Encourage Anyone 1. Someone needs to hear your voice or read something you’ve…

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ALBERTA’S CANNABIS REALITY: IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID

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In a province where billionaires made it big gambling on petroleum, Aurora Cannabis is betting on a new kind of oil in Alberta. Recreational cannabis sales go legal in the land of the maple leaf on October 17th and Aurora has the munchies for market share. Recreational? Aurora isn’t blowing smoke in boasting a market cap of about $4.3 billion. It will be on the forefront of a new technology to extract cannabis oil at an industrial scale. Along with a second site in Medicine Hat, the company is set to produce 200,000 kilos of marijuana per year. The Budweiser of weed – that’s Aurora’s aspirations as the leading provider of marijuana in the world. Are we about to smell…

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BUILDING BRIDGES: KHALED, SALEEMA AND ZAHRA

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How are you at building bridges? Khaled and Saleema have moved in next door. Aisha is your new office mate. Ashraf and Zahra own the convenience store around the corner. They’ve come to Canada from societies where they’ve never heard the truth about Jesus. You can build walls. Or you can build bridges. Walls And Bridges Fear builds walls. Love builds bridges. The more you understand about people you don’t know the less you fear. The more we know about each other the more we understand we are like each other. Understanding is like finding the right key to a locked door. 3 Shared Longings When we recognize our shared longings we are more willing to engage sensitively with someone…

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CHRISTINE CAINE’S STORY

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The smile on Christine Caine’s face is as striking as the shock she felt when she uncovered the secret her parents kept from her. Christine’s desperate search for her roots turned up a birth certificate. Her mother’s name was listed as “Panagiota.” Her father’s name was listed as “Unknown” – one word with seven letters numbed her. Her own name was recorded as “Unnamed.” She was simply “birth number 2508 in 1966.” Could anything be worse than being abandoned by those who conceived and bore you? The Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Christine was sexually abused by several men from the time she was 3 until she turned 15. She tried to tell somebody that could have intervened, but…

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37 REVOLUTIONARY THOUGHTS FROM A DIGITAL APOSTATE

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All healing begins with gratitude. That’s a fine thought for a Thanksgiving Monday or any day for that matter. Jeff Einstein has a lot of similar thoughts. And he’s on a mission to to confront arrogance and dogma and put God first so you can last. Digital Apostate In the early 80’s Einstein was a bona fide media pioneer – referred to by The New York Times as “the Mick Jagger of the digital world.” Early in the 21st century, however, and well before the rise of social media, Youtube and smartphones, Einstein morphed from digital media pioneer to Digital Apostate. He asserted that addiction to all things media and all things digital had already emerged as the default social condition, adversely affecting…

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