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BIBLE READING PEACE PLAN JANUARY 2019

This is the Bible reading plan for January 2019. Peace from putting God first. The daily passages address a perspective on putting God first in your life and trusting his provision for your life. The passages encourage generosity and humility. 1 Chronicles 29:11,12 - "...everything in heaven and on earth is yours...wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things." 2 Corinthians 9:6 - "...whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Proverbs 3:9 - "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits..." Proverbs 11:24,25 - "One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds it unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; who ever refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Philippians…
Jones Bob
January 3, 2019
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TWO TEARS ON THE WINDOW

Reading Kevin and Julia Garratt’s experiences in Chinese captivity left me feeling nauseous. The story of their arrest, captivity, grueling interrogations, and intense suffering over 775 days is chronicled in such a way as to create a vicarious experience. This is one book you will need to read in 2019. Whatever your circumstance, the Garratt’s vulnerability, honesty, faith, and humor will resonate with your spirit. “Tears formed. Not from exhaustion, loneliness or plaguing physical pain. These were good tears. Tears of release. I’d waited 775 days for these wonderful tears!” (p. 266) Kevin and Julia worked in China for 30 years and raised their family there. They loved the Chinese. Assisting with education, humanitarian work, Christian social enterprises and a…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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THE BEST LAID PLANS: WICKED STRONG

It is the summer of 1996. I am 42 years old, have a great job as a speech/language pathologist, and a wonderful family. My summer plans are chalk full...starting a Masters degree, directing two camps for Teen Time (a ranch program for teens), and a family vacation. Laurie Harrison is a wife, mom, grandmother and cancer fighter. She is part of the inspiration behind North Pointe Strong - Supporting the Fighters. This is her story. Not In My Plans But… Why is there always a “but?” After a routine mammogram, my doctor diagnosed breast cancer. That was not on my list of summer activities. Oh well, I would have the mastectomy, rest for a few days, do my university courses, and…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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38 INSIGHTS ABOUT WEALTH

Wealth 38 Biblical Insights About Wealth 1. God is the owner of everything you have. Psalm 50:10,11 2. You are a trustee, manager, steward of 100% of what God entrusts to you during your lifetime. Matthew 25:14-31 3. God provides for you and prospers you so that you can share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 4. God sees the size of your gifts. Mark 12:41-44 5. Every good thing you have came from God. James 1:7 6. Refuse to become selfish about what God has entrusted to you. Mark 8:36 7. Give in proportion to how much God has blessed you materially. Mark 12:44; Acts 11:29 8. God has works for you to do during your lifetime on earth. 1…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS

Cancer fighters. They come in all ages and stages of life. Bound by common strengths - courage, faith and hope - they fight for tomorrow, today. What follows are just four of the stories from women at North Pointe. Read and share and invite fighters you know to be a part of #NorthPointeStrong. Fighter #1 - Dorothy Visser's Story I am sitting on my deck reflecting on the day and feeling so peaceful. These past couple of months have been the hardest and most blessed in my life. Cancer. The diagnosis terrified me. Would the cancer kill me? My fear made me feel guilty. An inner voice nagged me, “Isn’t love supposed to cast out fear? Doesn’t God love you?…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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ITS MY LIFE OR IS IT?

Our local “greatest hits” FM station was playing on my car radio. I was traveling south and encountered a funeral procession heading north. Reality interfaced with entertainment. Ironically, the song playing on the radio was Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.”  Its My Life As the lengthy procession passed by I wondered if the deceased had ever said, or sung, ”It’s my life! I just want to live while I’m alive.”  How long had they lived? Was their death sudden? Were they happy with their life? Did they accomplish their goals? Were they a person of religious faith? Did they think their life mattered? Jon Bon Jovi, reflecting on the broad appeal of his song said, “When I was writing ‘It's…
Jones Bob
January 1, 2019
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THE POINTES OF VIEW TOP 5 POSTS OF 2018

POST #1. WICKED STRONG: JOCELYN’S CANCER JOURNEY “I have cancer.” Jocelyn’s voice sounded a million miles away. Unreal. Words I never expected to hear from my wife. Read more here. POST #2. MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were surprised when their three-year-old began to describe dreams and visions from God. This inexplicable direction in their daughter’s life, combined with a remarkable talent in art and poetry, inspired her family to re-examine their own lives. Read more here. POST #3. SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.” My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass…
Jones Bob
December 30, 2018
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HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

I was about to embark on my best year ever.  I just didn't know it at the time. All I knew is that I had an idea that would move me out of my comfort zone. For years I'd talked about writing a book. Now was the time to stop talking and get it done. Out Of The Comfort Zone In my wildest dreams I didn't foresee that within two years the book would be published, sell over 4,000 copies and win a Canadian national award. Your dreams and mine may not be the same but achieving them will follow a shared path. I couldn’t shake the thought that the year would be great if I not only achieved my…
Jones Bob
December 28, 2018
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BROKEN TO GLOW: LOSS, GRIEF AND MERCY

It wasn't supposed to end this way. Doug and Mimi Marchewka endured more than enough breathless moments after their only son, Hudson was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Its what CF families are told to expect. When Your Boy Has Cystic Fibrosis In November 2018 Hudson began palliative home care. Doctors warned they were facing their last Christmas together. They braced themselves. Talking to the head nurse of home care in December was sobering as she asked if the Woods had the funeral home they would be using picked yet. It hit home that he really didn’t have a lot of time left. Hudson was a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. One of his last family experiences was singing…
Jones Bob
December 26, 2018
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TO ALL FIRST RESPONDERS

First Responders They call him “Tuna.” He’s the kind of guy you want around in an emergency, not only because he’s a Paramedic but also because he could lift a truck if need be to save someone. Crazy Tough Before moving to Edmonton, Charles Blades competed on the Nova Scotia provincial rugby team, as well as a Pittsburgh rugby team, so you know he’s a bit crazy and tough. And I’m proud of the way he is using his abilities to serve people in the greater Edmonton area everyday. He’s one of Edmonton's first responders who run in when others are running out. He’s my brother-in-law. This is a shout out to every first responder at Christmastime. Gratitude for how…
Jones Bob
December 23, 2018