Beth Moore Simulcast 2013 – Three weeks away!

The Beth Moore Simulcast here at Northview is only three weeks away!

The simulcast will be featuring teaching from Beth Moore, and worship led by Travis Cottrell.

The event will take place here at Northview Church on September 14, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

There are still tickets available, and you can purchase them at this link here. All tickets purchased before September 9 will include lunch :)

Are you interested in volunteering for this event? We would love to have your help. For more information email us at

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Monday Evening Bible Study

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Wednesday Morning Bible Study

For info on all of our programs visit our Northview Women page.


“So That” Devotional Series

About 10 years ago I decided that I wanted to participate in the Vancouver Sun Run.  I have been a runner all my life, but hadn’t pushed myself much past the 5K mark so training for a 10K was a bit of a stretch.  Because I had run for years, however, I thought I didn’t need any advice.  I knew there were training guides available, but dismissed them.  “Those are for people who don’t know what they are doing!”  I thought. :)

You can guess what happened.  I started running and pushed myself too hard and too fast.  I ran the race, but ended up in a lot of pain with sore muscles and sore knees.  The crazy thing is, I didn’t really learn my lesson. I took a few weeks off, and then started up again; doing what I thought was a good idea and never really following a consistent plan.  It has taken me a while to come to my senses, but over the past few months I’ve realized that this approach is simply not sustainable.  If my goal is to stay active for 40 more years, I better start taking some advice and consulting the experts.

Thinking about moving towards physical goals has made me reflect on how we approach spiritual goals too.  The Bible is full of promises for Christians. It presents us with appealing visions of what life can be like.   When I read them I often think, “I want to have that, or be like that”, and then try to figure out how to get results on my own… by my own efforts or my own works. When I do this, however, I’m ignoring instructions that are right in front of me.  If we look closely at the text surrounding biblical promises, we see that the author provides us with instructions on how to attain or move towards the desired result. Sometimes Biblical writers highlight something we need to do, and sometimes they identify what God needs to do in us.  It might be wise to listen to their advice!

Their words instruct us how to live….

  • so that with one mind and one voice we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • so that we will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • so that we may know Him better
  • so that we may know the hope to which he has called us
  • so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith
  • so that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God
  • so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes
  • so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
  • so that we may have the full riches of complete understanding
  • so that our daily life may win the respect of outsiders
  • so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us
  • so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work

As we begin this year, our devotionals will focus on passages containing these two little words: “so that”, because these two words link together instruction and promise.

Do you want to live in such a way “so that [you] may take hold of the life that is truly life”? (1 Timothy 6:19)  If so, join us on this journey :).

Blessings on you today,


Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women



Panic or Peace, it’s your choice – Elisha and the King of Israel

As I’m getting ready to leave for holidays, I have a particular bible story on my mind. It’s a story that has come to mean a lot to me this year; I find it both amusing and convicting.  I see myself in the middle of it, and it always reminds me to leave people and situations in God’s hands.

It’s Namaan’s story, found in 2 Kings 5.

Namaan is a powerful Syrian army commander. Though his nation is at war with Israel, God gives him victory. Namaan has great influence and success, but is afflicted with leprosy.   His Israelite servant girl tells him that there is a prophet in Samaria who can heal him and he listens to her. After obtaining the blessing of his own king, he travels to enemy territory to seek medical help.

The part that I want to share today centers around what happens when Namaan arrives in Israel:

He went “taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.  And he brought a letter to the king of Israel which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Namaan my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy?  Only consider, and see how he is making a quarrel with me.” (2 Kings 5:5-7)

 Can you picture this scene, and see yourself in it?  Someone comes to you and shares a big struggle that they are experiencing, and you panic :).  You feel pressure to come up with wise advice and quick solutions but you know that you can’t make it all better; you don’t have the power or resources or ability to solve the issue.  Like the King of Israel, do you get quickly overwhelmed?  If so, read on…

 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the King of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes?  Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” (2 Kings 5:8)

 Do you hear the quiet certainty in Elisha’s voice?  Why have you torn your clothes, Oh King?  Don’t you know that God can do what you cannot?

Namaan expects Elisha to do something impressive and magical: “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper”  (2 Kings 5: 11) but Elisha doesn’t.  He simply sends word via a messenger that Namaan should obey the instructions given him by God.  And when he finally does, Namaan knows that it is God who healed Him, not Elisha.

“[H]e returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel … From now [I] will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord.” (2 Kings 5:15-17)

 This story reminds me that it is only God who can heal, save, and meet the needs of people around us.   We don’t have to stress out like the Israelite king. Instead, we can follow Elisha’s example.  As we simply and calmly bring people’s needs to God, those who come to us for help will know that we trust in God’s power and that we are handing them over to His care and His providence in peace.

Blessings on you,

Kristal Toews

Pastor of Women