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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
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Good News for the Blues

Monday, January 20 was “Blue Monday,” infamous for being the most depressing day of the year. Whether this is actually based on real scientific evidence, or whether it’s simply a claim that has gained acceptance through repetition, for those of us in northern regions, January can be pretty bleak. Weather Woes In the Edmonton region, we have just come through an extended cold snap. While it shouldn’t catch us by surprise (we experience -30C temperatures 3 days each year on average), when it arrives we never seem prepared. Couple these temperatures with the short amount of daylight and long, dark nights as well as mounting bills from the Christmas season… Is it any wonder we have the blues? I periodically…
Michael Voll
January 24, 2020
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Feasting, Food Banks, and Fasting

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020, a time when we were supposed to be driving hover-mobiles, living to age 150, and even sending our laundry to be done for us by robots. I guess predictions aren’t always to be trusted! Make a Change Whatever the case may be, a new year is here, and each day is a chance for you to make a positive difference in this world, whether in a big way or in many small ways. Either way, it all starts with one step. Christmas is a time of feasting, with turkey dinners and all sorts of tempting sweets at every turn. However, as we know, for many families, it is difficult to make rent, let alone…
Michael Voll
January 9, 2020
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Our Thanks to You

Merry Christmas! At Christmas, we naturally take time to thank God for the blessings in our lives. It is God who is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17), and the greatest gift the world has ever received is Jesus (John 3:16). Impact It is amazing the huge impact a tiny baby has had on our world. And Jesus continues to change lives today. In this last year at North Pointe, we have had 68 people make first-time decisions to follow Jesus. And 43 people have been baptized. This is exciting! In a culture that often says that Christianity is outdated and irrelevant, the Good News continues to make a tangible difference in lives in Edmonton and…
Michael Voll
December 18, 2019
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Jesus Others You

One of the strongest longings that humans have is for joy. In the Christmas season, we do all we can to manufacture a sense of joy. We decorate with bright lights, festive ornamentation and even give and receive presents to bring a smile to a friend or loved one. The Problem of Happiness These are all valid and I wholeheartedly embrace the traditions of Christmas-especially lights on our houses when the days are short and the nights are dark. LED lights, for as insignificant as they may be, can produce fuzzy feelings on the most ardent Scrooge. The problem is that we easily forget the source of joy. Joy is not something that can be manufactured. That is happiness. And…
Michael Voll
December 12, 2019