Five smooth stones

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With classes just starting, Pastor Zach chose the account of David and Goliath for his message for Back to School Sunday. Students starting a new year will be facing giants in the form of many challenges. When David was ready to attack his giant, he picked up five smooth stones from the river bed, and Zach said they are what we need today: To be authentic, resilient, have faith, be confident, and have courage.

The message started with trailers for two movies: Wonder, and Woodlawn.

Message delivered 9/9/18.

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The Word 6

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Pastor John examines the Genesis account of the great flood and how it relates to Jesus death on the cross. Message delivered 8/26/18.

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Mount Ararat and the Yerevan skyline in spring. Photo by Serouj Ourishian.

The Word 5

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Why did God put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the paradise that was Eden? God created us in His image … male and female he created us … and He is good. If there were no evil, we could not know how wonderfully good He is. Message delivered 8/19/18.

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Puerto Rico mission report

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Members of the N3C mission to Puerto Rico share their experiences from their week of working with Hunger Corp in its efforts to restore a community devastated in November 2017 by Hurricane Maria. Team members were Mike, Mary, Mikey, Joey and Jacob Garrett; David, Caleb and Sam Messenger; Rick Schwein; Terry Schaeffer and his daughter-in-law Carlene; Adi Perez; Joanna and Ally Short; and Byron Jones.

The following two slide shows were shown during the presentation:

Opening slide show

Closing slide show

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The Word 4

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Much of the modern world regards the creation account of Genesis as, at best, a myth, and consigns anyone who believes in a “young earth” to the ranks of the ignorant. However, Pastor John shares a number of quotations from Nobel Prize-winning and other highly regarded scientists who testify that we live in a universe created by God. Message delivered 8/12/18.

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The Word 3

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When God finished his creation, he didn’t just pronounce it “good” … he pronounced it Very Good. Because of original sin, mankind has gone it’s own way. But God designed us with the intention of our being very good as well.

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The Word 2

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“In the beginning” is not a fantasy statement, but powerful words that reveal God’s creative and life giving nature. Genesis 1:1 presents the beginning of God’s plan to provide and prepare a place for His people. Creation is not a fantasy and science is not creation’s enemy. So much of scripture is supported by science. Be challenged to make sure you are seeing through the proper lens. God created the heavens and the earth! Let’s recognize that is begins to reveal His nature and is the foundation of all we know. Message delivered 7/22/18.

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The Word 1

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The Bible says that all scripture is God breathed and inspired. Do you embrace the Bible as God’s Word that is relevant to your life. Do you see God’s nature revealed throughout the pages? The Word is more than just words on a page to be read like a homework assignment.. it is life and light that guides us throughout our life if we embrace it’s wisdom. Jesus is the Word!

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Faith in action

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There’s a temptation in Christianity to think of faith as a way of getting things we want. Pastor John goes into detail how it is a destination: Jesus, no his answers. Then two members of the body, Bob Laberta and Arthur Robinson, give two very different testimonies on how listening to Jesus changed their lives. Message delivered 6/10/18.

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Faith … and Joyce Rupp remembered

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Pastor John discusses the essence of living by faith, especially as exemplified by a matriarch of the N3C body, Joyce Rupp, who passed away May 25. She didn’t want a funeral, so the N3C family shared memories of how she influenced their lives. 6/3/18.

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