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‘Tis the Season to Be … Busy!

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Scott Williams, Northpoint’s Pastor of Adults and Families. ‘Tis the Season to Be … Busy! Let me ask you a question: Have you, in the last few days, weeks, or months, been tempted to answer the question of “How are you?” with the answer, “I’m doing good, but things are just really busy”? In today’s culture, busyness is… Continue Reading

Don’t Neglect the Details

Don’t Neglect the Details Happy Thanksgiving, my family! I hope that you’re experiencing rest in the Lord this holiday. Several years ago, I was serving on an elder team with a man twenty years my senior, whose name was also John. John was tall and thin, with coarse gray hair and a wide grin, and… Continue Reading

Manufactured Positivity and the Surprising Source of True Joy

11.16.2017 Manufactured Positivity and the Surprising Source of True Joy Hello Family, I was driving to meet some friends for lunch today as back-to-back Van Morrison songs played on my car stereo. The first was a hook-heavy ditty called “No Religion,” in which the Belfast crooner decries the purported naivety of all so-called faith-systems, particularly… Continue Reading

Three Reasons We Don’t Do Evangelism

11.9.2017 This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Pastor Brent Whitefield, Northpoint’s Pastor of Missions and Outreach. Three Reasons We Don’t Do Evangelism Hello Family, Are you in the regular habit of sharing your faith with nonbelievers? When is the last time that you told someone the good news about Jesus Christ? All… Continue Reading

Your Adoption Has Been Finalized

Your Adoption Has Been Finalized   Hello Family,   About two weeks ago, I was having dinner in a little South African village at the home of Alex and Mutinta Phiri, two of the most humble and godly people I’ve ever met. I arrived ten minutes early so I was kindly ushered to the table… Continue Reading

Parent-Child Dedication

10.26.2017 This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Scott Williams, Northpoint’s Pastor of Adults and Families. Parent-Child Dedication On November 5, we will have our next Parent-Child Dedication service here at Northpoint. For many families, this is an important time, as parents commit before the Lord to raise their children in a godly home. I remember when Kim and I dedicated our first child. As… Continue Reading

A Quincentennial Celebration

10.19.2017 This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Pastor Brent Whitefield, Northpoint’s Pastor of Missions and Outreach. A Quincentennial Celebration On October 31, we will remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This is a big deal; quincentennial anniversaries don’t come around very often. Most things simply don’t have that kind of longevity. It certainly wasn’t clear in the… Continue Reading

A Neglected Priority

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Dave Dussault of Northpoint’s Prayer Ministry.   Each week, our own Dave Dussault writes Prayer Life, NP’s weekly prayer guide. You can get it via email by contacting him at davedussault21@gmail.com, or you can pick up a copy at the Information Center in the Foyer each Sunday.   Here’s what Dave sent out last week:   A Neglected… Continue Reading

What Do You Say at a Moment Like This?

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Marti Wiegman, Northpoint’s Director of Women’s Ministries. “What Do You Say at a Moment Like This?” Hello Family, The question came from a woman in our church family whose co-worker had been at the Las Vegas Country Music Festival on that fateful Sunday night when… Continue Reading

The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees   Hello Family,   When I do pre-marriage counseling, on the very first session I typically ask the anxious couple: “Tell me about your last fight, and how you resolved it.” I do this because I want to see how they are at conflict resolution, and how far they are from… Continue Reading