Life Stories, the series

In this teaching series, Pastor John Young examines “Life Stories” … exploring different aspects of the lives of people in scripture and here at N3C, things different ones of us have been through, highlighting how God has worked.

Introduction, delivered 2/12/17

Part 2, looking at the life of Saul, a Pharisee by birth and training, persecuted Christians to their deaths, and then met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Delivered 2/19/17.

Part 3, the testimonies of church members Dan and Patti Lloret, who faced what looked like a hopeless situation when Dan fell from a scaffold while working on the church building and was comatose for six weeks. But Scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,” and they came through the crisis in victory. Delivered 2/26/17.

Part 4, Elkanah, a barren wife in Old Testament times, threw herself on the mercy of God and asked for a son.  In due time, she gave birth to the baby who would become the prophet Samuel. Delivered 3/5/17.

Part 5, The life of Samuel, reared in the Temple but under much less than ideal conditions, became the greatest prophet in Israel. Delivered 3/12/17

Part 6, Pastor John concludes the series on Life Stories with the testimonies of two people who underwent trauma, but God infused life into both of their stories. Shared 3/26/17

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Achieving your potential

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.

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Rest into Prayer — 3

When Jesus taught about prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor John says, it was not an example of “if you’ll say these words in just the right way you’ll get what you want.” Rather, it was an example of “this is the heart I want you to have, this is how I want you to see who your father is.” If you go into prayer in private and learn that the power in your life is out of a secret relationship with God, that’s the one where the reality of who you really are is expressed. Message delivered 1/29/17.


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Rest into Prayer — 2

Continuing his teaching series on prayer, Pastor John Young notes that in our faith lives, there are many things God wants us to do with people. But when it comes to the heart of prayer, he said, Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that God wants us to go to a place where nobody else is, shut the door behind us, and pray in private. That is because our relationship with God is not about what other people see, but it’s about what God knows is in our hearts. Message delivered 1/22/17.


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Rest into Prayer — 1

Pastor John Young launches a three-part teaching series on prayer with the assertion that the basis of our trusting and rest in God is the conviction that he is a good, good Father.  Message delivered 1/15/17.


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Our central purpose, plus testimonies to God’s goodness

Pastor John reiterates our church purpose: To experience Christ through community, through service, and through love.  At the end of his message there was a video, “This is Discipleship”, which can be seen from the link below.

After the video there are several testimonies about what God has done in the lives of some church members: Amy Minnich, Guy Boyer, Addie Guzman and Steve Adams and Julie Rashkin, plus a word from the Lord through Wendy McDermott.

Here is the video shown during the service.

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The Why’s Men — Part 3 (Christmas Eve Eve)

Pastor John concludes his teaching series on the “why’s” of Christmas: Why a virgin birth? Why a manger and swaddling cloths? Why the Magi?  Message delivered on Christmas Eve Eve … 12/23/16.


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The Why’s Men — Part 2

So … what was the point of baby Jesus being wrapped in strips of cloth and being laid in a manger? It was a sign. He was treated just like the sacrificial lambs, Pastor John explains. Messaged delivered 12/11/16.

Here’s a YouTube playlist of the songs we sang in worship.

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The Why’s Men — Part 1

Christmas as we celebrate it today in America is so bound up in traditions that we rarely notice how startling it really was.  Pastor John Young asks and attempts to answer some deep questions about Christmas.  For example, “Why did Christmas happen?” and “Why was Jesus born?”  Message delivered 12/4/2016.

At about minute 24, a technical problem garbles the recording.

Here is a YouTube playlist of the songs we sang in worship.

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Dealing with challenges

When the wind and waves of the trouble that comes in daily life, what do you hang onto? Pastor Zach Zirbel explores scripture-based answers.  Message delivered 11/27/16.

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