January 18, 2015
Even “non-football fans” probably have heard the problems the NFL has had because of the domestic violence incidents involving their players. A new public service announcement shows players wanting to talk about it, but feeling very uncomfortable doing so. Like most other people. This shouldn’t apply to those who belong to Jesus. So today we explore what scripture says about Domestic Violence.
January 11, 2015
Churches are known for talking about certain things—and apparently for NOT talking about certain things. There are issues in our society that are all over the news and Facebook, yet are rarely discussed from the pulpit. Why is that? Is it that the Bible doesn’t address these things? Is it fear of what people will say or do in response to these issues? Whatever the reason—or excuse, it isn’t good enough. The light of the Word needs to shine, even if what it shows us makes us feel uncomfortable. So, we being a brief series called “We Don’t Talk About That” with the hottest topic in the news today: Racism.
January 4, 2015
NOCC exists to facilitate a passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to lifelong discipleship. We have heard this restated many times in the last year—because it is the reason we exist! But what does that mean for each of us individually? What part of this is for the “staff” or the “leadership”? And what does the average person in the body do to fulfill this mission?
December 28, 2014
At the end of something—a game, a project, even a trip—we often review what happened, what went well and what didn’t, so we can do as well or better next time. As we finish 2014 at NOCC, this is not a time to be negative or slam ourselves. On the other hand, it does require an honest look at who and where we are. So, as we celebrate finishing 2014 together, let’s look at what God has done in us and through us, and how we can be faithful to him in the year to come!
December 21, 2014
By far the largest cultural influence on NOCC other than Anglo-American is that of the Latin world. Since this part of the world is made up of many countries, the customs vary. However, there are some which seem to bridge the various home countries of the Latin world. To help us understand some of these we welcome Dr. Ronald Vides, Senior Minister of Betesda NOCC, our Spanish language partner church.
December 14, 2014
“Asian” is a term that can apply to half the planet, but at NOCC it is primarily represented by Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino. Today we will explore some of the customs of these cultures and how they can point us to Jesus!
December 7, 2014
Christmas, as we experience it, is a product of culture–and of course which culture depends on who and where we are. Many of these cultural customs enhance the celebration of the birth of Jesus–that is, if you know what they are about! In this three part series, we will explore the influence of three different cultural groups on Christmas celebration, and what they can contribute to our understanding of Christmas. We being with the African-American culture.
November 30, 2014
Stephen Ulangca and The Elders
Paul closes his letter with class and love, thanking the Philippians for their contribution to his life and work, and making sure they know how important they are to him. It is a reminder to us that the people God gives us as friends, co-workers and brothers and sisters in the Lord are important–and so is how we talk to them.
Due to extenuating circumstances a slight change was made to this sermon.
November 23, 2014
We know a lot about happiness–at least, about trying to be happy. We think we deserve it. We recognize each other’s right to have it. We spend our lives chasing happiness. But happiness doesn’t last. Joy does. There is a big difference, and Paul tells us how to have the real thing.
November 16, 2014
Paul was a Jew–and a leading Pharisee at that. He was also a Roman–holding a citizenship that literally saved his life on several occasions. Paul used these credentials when they helped further the gospel, but his real prize was his citizenship in heaven. He understood what that meant, and was willing to rid himself of anything that would keep him from living as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.