Love

Ancient Tweets: "The Perfect Woman"

Randy Christian

We have a nasty habit of “rating” people—whether by simply comparing them with one another or by using some sort of numerical system.  But God has the final word on what “perfection” looks like, and he doesn’t keep it a secret.         

ANCIENT TWEETS - The Perfect Woman study guide

Mother's Day 2018: "God's Gift to Families - Moms"

Randy Christian

Moms can be such a blessing in the world because their relationship with their children directly related to the relationship that God has with his children. Today, we celebrate moms on Mother's Day as a thank you to God for sending us vessels of love, compassion, and nurture, just as God loves us.

MOTHER'S DAY 2018 - God's Gift to Families: Moms study guide

Community: "Can We Handle This?"

Randy Christian

When a community is strong, its members are not self-centered.  Rather, they voluntarily put others—and the community as a whole—as a priority.  Jesus made it clear that service both in this community and to those in the world was essential to Christian community.

COMMUNITY - Can We Handle This? study guide

Father's Day: "The Ultimate Father"

Randy Christian

Mothers are idealized in America, while fathers are often the butt of jokes. Such jokes and stereotypes are sometimes accurate.  Like mothers, fathers are human, most striving to be the best they can be, and all falling short.  Like mothers, we are commanded to honor our fathers.  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect father.   

FATHER'S DAY The Ultimate Father study guide

Mother's Day: "God The Mother"

Randy Christian

Mothers are honored in virtually every culture on the planet.  In fact, one of the earliest commands from God is to honor our mothers.  But given that our mothers are human, how do we do that?  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect mother.  Do you know who that is?

MOTHER'S DAY God The Mother study guide

Christian?: "How Do Christians Act?"

Randy Christian

Christians are human, and they act human.  In fact, the first qualification for someone to become Christian is for him to admit he is a sinner.  But, human as we are, there are standards of behavior we are to aspire to.  So, how do faithful Christians act?

CHRISTIAN? How Do Christians Act? study guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Found Ones"

Edmund Brooks

You know how important something (or someone) is to you when you lose it. So, if you lose it, what you do sheds light on how important it really is! What has Jesus done, and what does that say about how he thinks of you? Knowing the answer can change your life.

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Found Ones Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Good Neighbors"

Randy Christian

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!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Good Neighbors Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "A Debt of Love"

Randy Christian

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.

PARABLES OF JESUS - A Debt of Love Study Guide

Christmas Is - Trust

Randy Christian

Trust isn’t a word most people immediately associate with Christmas. But trust is part of faith— and faith is how we accept THE Christmas Present. So, what is trust? How do we trust— especially when we don’t FEEl trust? And how can we make trust a part of this Christmas celebration?

CHRISTMAS IS - Trust Study Guide

Christmas Is - Grace

Randy Christian

To understand Christmas, we have to first understand that Christmas is Grace! But “grace” is a “church word” — a word that is used in church gatherings by people who rarely can define or explain it to each other, much less to those in the world around them. We need to understand grace — and the inherent link between Christmas and grace. Because Christmas is grace!

CHRISTMAS IS - Grace Study Guide

What's Going On? - Obsession

Randy Christian

Obsession typically has a negative connotation, but the truth is that it can be good or bad. Depending on how its used, it can be a driving force to bring us closer to God or a force that distances ourselves from Him and everyone else around us. It could cause us to sin. So what does the difference look like? Let’s take an inside look on what obsession looks like biblically.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Obsession Study Guide

What's Going On? - Prayer Service

Staff and Elders

Concerned about the election and what the future holds? The one thing we can do about it, that no one can take away, is pray! We are commanded to pray for our leaders, for others, and for peace. All of us who belong to Jesus need to start and finish with prayer! Join us for a special prayer service in which we will pray together for the leaders of this country, and for the gospel to be furthered through this situation.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Prayer Service Study Guide

What's Going On? - Perspective

Randy Christian

God promises several times in The Word that He will never give us more than we can handle, and that all things occur for the good. How, then, can we rationalize these facts when we face terrors such as cancer, war, death, and loss? It all boils down to perspective. We are humans, and, thus, we cannot see all that is happening or will happen. God is the only omnipresent being with the divine perspective. He knows all and sees all. This week, let us take the back seat and look at our lives through God’s perspective.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Perspective Study Guide

What's Going On? - Celebrity

Randy Christian

We see the stars and the gossip flooding TMZ, magazines, and even the daily news, and we often think “it must be nice to be them” because, after all, they seem to have it all – good looks, money, and an important status. However, we also see the negative effects of the limelight and how it impacts their social wellbeing and faith, or often, the lack of it. Yet, we still want fame for ourselves. Join us as we discuss the biblical standpoint of fame, and how God wants his celebrities to represent Him.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Celebrity Study Guide