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Reaching Out made a Difference for Me!

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Reflecting back on my past I sometimes wonder what would’ve become of my life if someone hadn’t reached out to me and shared Christ. I clearly wouldn’t have been a Music Pastor and my value system at the time would’ve caused me to make decisions that I wouldn’t choose today. Would I have gone to post secondary school? Would I have been working at a job I despised? Would I be married and have children? Would I have been a mess because of poor choices. Would I have blamed circumstance and problems in my life on others and been paralyzed in life by feeling sorry for myself. Would I have been aimless? Would I have been wondering about the meaning…

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More!

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There must be more! This longing of the heart expresses a deep question of purpose-“Isn’t there more to life than this?” Thankfully, the answer is “yes there is!’ However, this hunger will not be filled by chasing selfish ambition, but by living in relationship with God and service to him. Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? We want more, so we give what we have to God. How does that work? St. Augustine is quoted as saying about God “You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” The ache of restlessness can only find comfort, peace and fulfillment in Christ. I am thankful that when God made us that he put right…

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Just One Life

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Rebekah came into this world as a fragile 2lb 11oz baby girl, born as the fourth child into a family already challenged by financial pressures and a paradox of love & violence. Her mother’s pregnancy, distraught by a fall and multiple hospitalizations, resulted in Rebekah’s premature birth. The emergency C-section delivered a tiny, fragile 2lb 11oz baby girl with her own set of complications. Each day that she survived was a victory, but also brought more issues to be addressed. By the time Rebekah was 18 months old, she had the diagnosis of “spastic-quadriplegic cerebral palsy,” and was now the child of a single mother. During the next 2 years, it became apparent that a motorized wheelchair would be a…

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Reach Up and Out

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I’m sure that by now we have all had quite our fill of shoveling snow and chipping away at ice. As frustrating as the many ‘dumps’ of snow have been this winter, maybe for you it has opened doors to reach out and help your neighbors. My story begins on a VERY snowy weekend in January. It was 11:30 on a Saturday night and I was spending some time ‘reaching up’ to the Lord before going to bed. It was then that I felt the Lord speak to me saying, “Jeremy, now it’s time for you to reach out. Look out your window.” As I gazed out my window, I saw a car stuck in the snow with smoke all…

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There is a Purpose

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Approximately 4 years ago my life changed in a way I never would have imagined.            My family was torn apart by divorce. Our precious boys were 1 and 3 and our worlds had changed forever. Only through God’s grace was I able to courageously pick up the shattered pieces and keep going. Throughout this storm I never stopped loving God. This was not God’s fault, this was the result of free will; a choice that affected so many.                  Continuing to seek God I searched for a church and discovered North Pointe. As my walk with God strengthened I felt a calling in my heart to discuss a DivorceCare ministry at NP. So I met with Pastor Bob in November 2010…

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Reach Up and Touch Someone

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If you survived the 80’s you will remember the emotional AT&T phone commercials that encouraged viewers to “Reach out and touch someone.” It was a reminder to pick up the phone and connect with friends and family on a regular basis, the cost and effort required was worth it in the end. In my relationship with the Lord I have been reminded that I need to take the time and effort to connect with Him, because ultimately it is worth the effort. This has been confirmed time and again as I have drawn strength from my dialogue with God about my fears, hopes, dreams and disappointments. Isaiah 40:31 says “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;…

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Children Reach

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“Reach” is a verb…an action word. It requires some degree of effort. Imagine a plate of freshly baked yummy chocolate chip cookies in the middle of the table. The smell is tantalizing. They are still warm so the chocolate chips are melted. Mmmmm! Anyone can reach out and help themselves to a cookie or two.  Some might even crawl right up on the table to get to the treat.  No problem at all! Now the plate is empty and a little dirty. Who wants to put it in the dishwasher?  A different kind of effort is needed to wash that plate and put it away.  How does that play out at your house? When we are enticed by something wonderful,…

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Reach

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What is God saying to us for 2011? The question implies that we at North Pointe believe God not only knows us, but communicates direction to us.  That is profound, but not audacious. We believe God is saying to us, “REACH.” The words of Acts 17:27 paint a picture of a God who orchestrates circumstances and context to motivate you to seek him and “REACH out for Him” and find Him. In so doing He communicates that He is not some distant, disinterested, deity, but that He is within REACH. God is closer to you than you can imagine. We chose this image to represent our theme because it speaks of REACHING. Of moving from what is known and experienced…

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