February 19, 2017
Broken things are rarely strong. Strength comes from not being broken, but brokenness can come individually and in community. In the U.S. right now, there is a lot of division — sometimes so strong that people who say they love one another are inviting the other to leave and never come back. But real strength comes in unity before the Lord, and there are specific steps we can take to limit the disunity and build on the unity God has given us.
February 12, 2017
Sometimes the easy thing is to just stop — stop trying, stop talking to God, stop asking for help. But for some reason God wants us to persist, and Jesus teaches us that the very persistence we want to avoid might be exactly what we are needing.
February 5, 2017
So who exactly is this “neighbor” I’m supposed to love the way I love myself? How do I know? And what does that “love” look like? Your neighbor just may be someone you don’t like, and have trouble seeing yourself “loving”. But God can change all that and give you the ability to love your neighbors!
January 29, 2017
The gospel is like seed that is planted everywhere, so everyone has a chance to respond. But not everyone receives the gospel the same way. What’s the difference? In large part, how we receive the gospel is related to how we are made up individually. So, if we want people to have a chance to believe, we have to pay attention to the dirt they live in!
January 22, 2017
NOCC’s mission statement says we are here to facilitate a “passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” Of course, not everyone demonstrates passion the same way– but everyone understands when they are feeling passion and when they are not. What’s the key to having this passion in our lives? Jesus explains it when he links the love we have for God with the experiences we have of forgiveness.
January 15, 2017
Change can be welcomes or dreaded. But change does come, and, when it does, it often affects far more than what we are hoping for. Sometimes, when change needs to happen, it needs to happen broadly. How can we tell? And how can we handle the good changes?
January 8, 2017
As we enter the New Year, we need to take stock of the most important — essential — parts of our lives. Join us as we review the essentials with a new guide to rating ourselves and understanding how we should respond to the results.
January 1, 2017
The New Year is here, which means the glow and the hype of the holidays are soon fading, but are we loosing the joy that Christ has given us too? Our Christmas toys and gadgets are seeming less and less special each day – they are loosing their luster, but is our satisfaction in the Lord standing strong, or is it on idol things? Let us refocus our satisfaction and joy in the gifts of our Savior this New Year.
December 25, 2016
“Birthday Party for Jesus”
This year of Christmas falls on a Sunday. We do not miss our worship services or say things like, “Christmas is about family”, because it isn’t! Christmas is a birthday– Jesus’ birthday! It isn’t about me, you, or our families. It’s about HIM! So, this year instead of having our normal services, we will worship the Lord by celebrating His birthday with a big Birthday Party for Jesus!
December 18, 2016
For most people, the idea of Christmas being a celebration is pretty natural. After all, we have school Christmas parties, office Christmas parties, church Christmas parties, family Christmas gatherings … and we do celebrate! However, we don’t always know what we’re celebrating, and we don’t always know the right way to celebrate. For some, Christmas celebrations are among the most stressful and depressing time of the year! This shouldn’t be– and it doesn’t have to be.