3 keys to dealing with “down” times

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Pastor Vernon Nyangulu, who with his family has been part of the N3C family for about a year, takes the pulpit to share his testimony and to teach what Psalm 23 has to say about dealing with “down” times: 1) trust in the Lord (surrender to His will, both in prayer and physically); 2) accept God’s assurance that your hard time is temporary and not permanent; and 3) praise God and declare your victory by faith. Message delivered 11/3/18.

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Disciples who make disciples

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Dr. David Nelms, founder and president of The Timothy Initiative, shares about Jesus’ great commission (“Go to all the world and make disciples…”) and how we can fulfill it.

The recordings here are of his presentation during the N3C worship service Sunday, Oct. 21, and during a workshop at N3C on Oct. 20.

Sunday morning:
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Saturday, Part 1: (The beginnings of Dr. Nelms’ remarks are missing from both parts 1 and 2.)
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Saturday, Part 2:
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Contending for more, and finding peace

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Chris and Carol Ball, the president of Elim Bible Fellowship and his wife, share the pulpit with words of encouragement to contend for more in God’s kingdom, and ways to have faith in Christ to find peace. Messages delivered 2/18/18.

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Seven Commands of Christ

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Pastor John Young begins a teaching series on seven things he commanded his followers to do:

  • Repent and believe
  • Baptize new believers
  • Pray and meditate on God’s word
  • Love God, your neighbor and your enemy
  • Partake of the Lord’s Supper
  • Give joyfully
  • Make disciples for Jesus

In part 1, he focuses on prayer and meditation and admonishes that the Enemy is working hard to distract and discourage us.  The main point of Ephesians 6:17-18 about putting on the full armor of God is to prepare us for the combat of prayer.

Before his message, church member Wendy McDermott shares a word of knowledge about faith.

Wendy’s word:

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Pastor John’s message:

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Sermon notes for the message can be found on Bible.com.

Why you act the way you do

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Dr. Fred Antonelli (more background here) was a senior pastor for 23 years and has been a licensed professional councelor for 21 years. He conducted an all-day seminar at N3C and was guest speaker on sunday, 11/24/17, examining our makeup and why we tend to act out in the way we act out. Sometimes it’s very positive. Other times it’s very negative.

In the first segment, he discussed the types of family rules we have grown up with that shape our behavior.

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The second segment was devoted to family roles, and the necessity of getting to the root issues that cause our behavior.

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After a lunch break, Dr. Fred talked about how many of the prominent people in the Bible were messed up, too! Then he started examining the characteristics of the five recognized temperaments: sanguine, melancholy, choleric, phlegmatic and supine.

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In the final segment, he finished the temperaments.

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Here’s the PowerPoint slideshow he used during his Saturday seminar: Click here. (If you are asked to install some app, just say no … you should be able to view the slides.)

His Sunday message which boiled down to three absolutes: you are never alone, never forgotten, and never without hope.

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Mothers Day

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Dr. Johanna Phelan, a pediatrician who with her husband Ed and children Eduardo and Matteo recently moved from the N3C area to Harrisburg, Pa., shares a word to particularly encourage us to support and help moms of sick children. Message delivered 5/14/17.

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Achieving your potential

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Chris Ball, president of Elim Fellowship (to which N3C is a member), was guest speaker on 3/19/17 and urged the congregation to act on Isaiah 54:2 to remove things from their lives that are preventing God from working through their lives to accomplish His ends. Familiar translations of that verse are similar to the NIV:

Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
In the Message version, that verse is rendered as:
Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.

You’re a Christian? Then you are a priest

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Nick Watson, a pastor and prophetic teacher from Brisbane, Australia, visited the N3C pulpit to encourage the body in their identity as part of a royal priesthood (not just as children of God). ”And do you know what priests do?” he asks. “They offer sacrifices…. If you want your life to count, if you want to be the person that God called you to be, these are seven sacrifices that will help you be a world changer.”

At the end of the message, he leads the congregation in a prayer for healing, with instruction on how to receive healing.

For more information about Nick, you can visit his website, Youcanprophesy.com.

Here’s a YouTube.com playlist of the songs we sang in worship: “Yours will Be”, “The Lord our God”, “No Longer Slaves” and “Jesus Loves Me”.

Get out of the Boat

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Randy Van Osten was our guest speaker in the absence of Pastor John Young and the other members of the Colombia Mission team. With his wife he owns the Tree House coffee shop in Audubon, and until recently was youth pastor and associate pastor of Oaklyn Baptist Church.

In his message, Randy examined the account in Matthew 14 when Jesus walked on the water. Its lesson, he said, was that if we’re going to accomplish anything significant for Jesus, we have to get out of the boat when he says “come.” Message delivered 7/17/16.