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Move Over Rory McIlroy!

On Thursday, July 14 we had our 6th annual Golf Tournament at Raven Crest Golf Course. Although the weather was looking grim throughout the week, we were blessed with warmth, and sunny clear skies. As an added bonus we also had tons of mosquitos! What a relief! And of course, we raised money for our youth programs, including Route 56. Probably my favorite part of the day is watching new golfers break in their clubs. It takes a lot of guts to play golf in a tournament, but we have structured the day so that whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie you can have a blast. This year Darryl and Sharon Fraess, the directors of Birch Bay…
Michael Voll
July 17, 2011
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The Final Summit

I am an Andy Andrews fan. I was inspired by “The Butterfly Effect,” and the “Traveler’s Gift.” Andrews’ style combines history and biographies in brilliant ways. He educates and entertains. In “The Final Summit” Andrews does it one more time. The book, at 226 pages, is an qhick read. It flows well. I read it in a couple of hours. As such, it’s the kind of book you may read 3 or 4 times, master “a Coles notes” version of your own, and use it as a motivational code of values. “The Final Summit” is the continuing story of David Ponder, a character developed by Andrews in “The Traveler’s Gift.” Ponder, now 74, is grieving and depressed by the sudden…
Jones Bob
July 14, 2011
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Leap of Faith

Last Sunday Pastor Sean kicked off our message series entitled “Faith That Works,” an in-depth look into Hebrews chapter 11. It was great to see ‘the man behind the guitar,’ and hear his powerful testimony of how Christ had revealed himself to him at the age of 17. When Sean decided to put his faith in Jesus, he did so because he became convinced that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)-the only solid foundation to build his life on. In the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford’s character needs to cross a huge, gaping crevice. The problem? There is no bridge to cross the divide. He is told, “only in a leap…
Michael Voll
July 11, 2011
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Life in Afghanistan

North Pointe has 13 people from our church family deployed to Afghanistan. One of them is Bryan McCulloch. I asked him if he would give us some insight into what its like to serve in Afghanistan. 4 July 2011 Life in Afghanistan is all you could hope for. I have my own 2m by 2m bed space, equipped with a bed, dresser and an even layer of dust on everything in the morning when I wake up. When I have a vehicle, I drive in the right hand side of the car. If it’s a standard vehicle, I drive badly in the right hand side of the car. This is unfortunate when I have to share the road with vehicles…
Jones Bob
July 7, 2011
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Hands Down

Have you ever used a finger trap? It is a child’s toy that tightens when you put your fingers into it and pull gently, making it almost impossible to remove your fingers. It’s a great idea for parents of overly active children! I also think it perfectly drives home a lesson that Jesus was teaching his followers about acts of service. In Matthew 6:1 Jesus warns his hearers “Don’t do your good deeds publically, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in Heaven.” Everyone wants to be recognized for the good things that they do, but often this desire for recognition skews our motivation. We end up doing our acts of service to be…
Michael Voll
July 4, 2011
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Going the Distance

The year was 1983. In Australia, the long-distance foot race from Sydney to Melbourne was about to begin, covering 875 kilometers - more than 500 miles! About 150 world-class athletes had entered, for what was planned as a six-day event. Race officials were startled when a 61-year-old man approached and handed them his entry form. His name was Cliff Young, and his "racing attire" included overalls and galoshes over his work boots. At first, they refused to let him enter. So he explained that he'd grown up on a 2,000-acre farm, with thousands of sheep. His family could afford neither horses nor tractors so, when the storms came, his job was to round up the sheep. Sometimes, he said, it…
Jones Bob
June 29, 2011
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Obeying the Great Commission

A GREAT commitment to the GREAT commandment and the GREAT commission makes a GREAT Christian. The GREAT Commandment Mark 12:28-31 - “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The GREAT Commission Matthew 28:18-20 – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to…
Jones Bob
June 26, 2011
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Home Pointe

Guarantees in life - death and taxes - are two, as the old saying goes.  When it comes to the future, our best action is to make things "more likely."  Will it be more likely that your life will be better because of certain choices?  If something good was more likely to happen because you made a choice, wouldn't you make that choice? "Home Pointe" is our initiative to make it more likely through North Pointe that: couples will create a thriving marriage. parents will introduce their young children to Christ in the context of their home. parents will launch their teens as devoted followers of Christ. In the weeks to come we'll be rolling out new online resources to…
Jones Bob
June 21, 2011
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Reach Out – Touch the World

When you support North Pointe you have a hand in changing the world.  You help keep boys and girls from being homeless, you educate and give opportunity where none would exist, you train indigenous pastors to minister in areas where only they can go, you help heal a generation torn apart by genocide, and you inspire believers with your faith and generosity.  Thank you!  To learn more about one of the following missionary families, visit our "Missions" page. http://www.np.church/index.shtml Elmer and Sherry Komant - Kigali, Rwanda - pastors, church planting, sports academy, training centre Brian and Val Rutten - Addis Abba, Ethiopia - church planting, training pastor The Village of Hope - Harare, Zimbabwe - caring for orphans of AIDS/HIV,…
Jones Bob
June 18, 2011
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Training for Purpose

Our BTO series is in full swing, and last week we talked about “Training for Purpose.” Training is a word that conjures up various pictures-on the job training where a new employee is taught the nuances of a particular task or system, or perhaps someone running, lifting weights or playing their sport of choice. For many, it is a word tinged with pain; training often hurts, or at least stretches the trainee to the edge of their limits in order to make them better, stronger and faster. The Apostle Paul encouraged his protégé Timothy to “train yourself to be godly” (1 Timothy 4:7. In order to become more like Christ we must enter into strict training through reading the Bible,…
Michael Voll
June 16, 2011