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When Old is New

There are some things in life that we avoid. Some kids avoid vegetables. Parents, like me, avoid Chuck E Cheese. There are some seniors who avoid new technology. And some Christians avoid reading the Old Testament. It seems “old” means irrelevant to us. We avoid the Old Testament at our own peril. It has many lessons and principles that are vital for us today. A Little Verse with a Lot to Say Lately, I have been reminded of a small verse from the book of 1 Chronicles that has extreme relevance to us today. In 1 Chronicles 12, we are told about the people who joined David when he was on the run for his life from King Saul. There…
Michael Voll
April 30, 2020
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Lights, Camera…Action!

It is incredible how much time I have spent in front of a camera lately. Believe me, it isn’t what I had in mind a few months ago. Now it’s second nature, whether it’s for my sermon on Sunday, daily devotionals or for just about every meeting I have via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. Technology and the Church While televangelism has never been a goal of mine, it seems that I have become a televangelist overnight. I am thankful that we have the technology to reach people through live streams and social media. It would be very difficult to stay on the same page as a congregation without these powerful tools at our fingertips. But there is so much more…
Michael Voll
April 16, 2020
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Share Life

This morning a friend in our congregation reached out to me on Facebook and shared a video with me. I have a lot of people who share videos with me, some more appropriate than others… The Video Sometimes I watch and sometimes I don't. Work has a way of getting in the way-meetings, phone calls and other pressing concerns that need attention. I'm glad I watched the video in my inbox today. I’ll include a link at the bottom (you’ll want to watch!) The video is about a man who had his life impacted by a cleaner in the hospital. He was suffering from COVID-19, and a cleaner in the hospital took time to encourage him. The cleaner prayed for…
Michael Voll
April 9, 2020
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A New Normal

Unless you have been living in a cave in the last four weeks, you know that life has changed. Drastically.  You understand that normal rhythms of life have been shaped by a two-metre bubble, sanitizing wipes for every surface and perpetually dry hands due to washing. I fear I may wash my skin off! I Want My Life Back I think the overwhelming public sentiment is “We want to get back to normal!” I want to hug and high five again, eat at restaurants and be able to shop wherever I want-be it essential or not! I want to hang out at church and go to a concert or hockey game with 18,000 people. But another part of me wonders…
Michael Voll
April 2, 2020
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To the Rescue

We are two weeks into our new Covid-19 reality. And I think that it is starting to sink in that it may be longer and darker than we had first thought or imagined. Weighty Matters Don’t worry…this blog is going to get brighter, but you need to know that the weight of the physical effects and financial effects of the pandemic are felt in our home as well as yours. When I am tempted to focus on the fear, I am hitting my knees in prayer and opening my Bible for words of peace in the storm. The Apostle Paul was not a stranger to hard times. In fact, he seemed to be a magnet for them. If you wanted…
Michael Voll
March 26, 2020
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Covid-19 Update from North Pointe March 18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keWzIwRHZ68&feature=youtu.be We are doing our best to keep you informed of the latest developments at North Pointe Community Church in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Attached is a video explaining what we are currently up to, but here is a synopsis: -Gatherings of all sizes have been suspended for an indefinite time period. -Our church building is still open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Please use the North Entrance (all other entrances will be locked). We have a room set aside for prayer and quiet reflection. Pastors will be available to pray for you and your needs. We will be cautious to keep a safe distance, but we know the power of prayer and communication during times of crisis like this. -You can…
Michael Voll
March 18, 2020
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Covid 19 Response

In light of the Covid 19 pandemic, we have posted a video to all of our social media platforms, as well as on our website and blog. Please watch the video for information on our response as a church to the pandemic. Here are the highlights: -We will be suspending our services this Sunday. There will still be a Livestream at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm, but we will NOT be gathering together at our building. The LiveStream can be accessed at www.np.church or on the North Pointe Facebook page or on the North Pointe YouTube Channel. -Our smaller programs/classes (under 250) will still be meeting unless otherwise posted. We will be re-evaluating this situation on a daily…
Michael Voll
March 12, 2020
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Clocks and Coronavirus

Sometimes things just sneak up on us. Like birthdays, tax time and work deadlines. Or like a snowstorm in March. We know they are coming but we are rarely ready for them. Daylight Savings Time Tomorrow is the dreaded daylight savings time. Since 1971 Albertans have been “springing forward” around this time each year. Accidents will increase as sleep decreases. You may want to tuck in a bit early tonight! So remember to set your clock ahead before you go to bed. If your mobile phone is your alarm it will do it for you…but beware, when you wake up you may be confused when your microwave and oven read an hour behind! This is a public service announcement to…
Michael Voll
March 7, 2020
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Noise-Canceling

There is a lot of noise in this world. Peace and Quiet This reality hit home a few weeks ago when I bought my first pair of noise-canceling earphones. The first time I put them on and pushed the button for the noise-canceling feature, I was stunned at how much background noise dissolved. I thought to myself, “Is it really that loud around me all the time?” The peace and quiet were exceptional, and I find myself wanting to wear my earphones every day, especially when the kids are fighting! In a world with all sorts of noise and distractions (social media, television, advertising), peace and the ability to hear God’s voice can be an uphill battle. On Sunday I…
Michael Voll
February 20, 2020
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Love and Spin Bikes

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! (I hope you made adequate preparations…or you might be at 7-11 buying a heart-shaped Reese Peanut butter cup for your special someone!) In light of this momentous occasion, I have been thinking a lot about love, how we express it, and how we know what love is. As a follower of Jesus, I believe I have the best example of love in God, who himself is love…he is love in perfection (1 John 4:8). An Unexpected Gift Sometimes God shows us a glimpse of his unmerited love for us. It can happen in many ways, but today it was quite specific and came in the form of a spin bike. If you aren’t someone who regularly…
Michael Voll
February 13, 2020