The forgotten gift — 1

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The story of the Magi traveling to bring gifts to the newborn Jesus is pretty crazy, Pastor John says. But it illustrates how God, who sees the big picture, sets things up throughout history to show something about himself. It illustrates how God sets things up to accomplish his plans. Message delivered 12/8/19.

Pastor John’s sermon notes are available at this link on Bible.com.

The songs we sang in worship are on this YouTube playlist.

A light in the darkness

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When we shine a light into the dark, onto the thing we fear and we thought was going to hurt us, fear is removed. We are now celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World. When we let that Light shine into our lives, it brings joy and freedom from fear. Message delivered 12/1/19.

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

Running the Race — 5

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The life we are called to is not the life of the World. It’s not the life of those who don’t follow after God. Rather, it is outlined in Hebrews 12:1 — Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Message shared 11/24/19.

Pastor John’s sermon notes are available at this link on Bible.com.

The songs we sang in worship are on this YouTube playlist.

Running the race — 4

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Many of us (maybe most of us) are in a place where we need endurance to get through current circumstances, to get to the other side. Pastor John shares how the apostle Paul learned how to be at peace no matter his circumstances. Message shared 11/17/19.

Earlier in the service, Connie Schaeffer shared how, after years of trusting God, she and her husband Terry had been delivered from a mountain of debt.

Here, on this YouTube playlist, are the songs we sang in worship.

Saturate testimonies

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Pastor Anthony, just back from the 2019 Saturate conference at Elim Bible Institute, shared about the importance of testimonies:

  1. Always be ready to share your story
  2. Listen to other’s stories
  3. Don’t just share your conversion experience, but tell of the goodness of God since then.

Then, several of the N3C youth who participated in the conference shared their experiences.

The songs we sang in worship are in this YouTube playlist. They were:
Unstoppable God | Elevation Worship

See A Victory | Elevation Worship
God of All My Days | Casting Crowns
Defender | Rita Springer
Do It Again | Elevation Worship

Serving God well

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Pastor Anthony Palandro says three keys to being effective servants of God are do it to bring glory to God (not to make yourself look better), train yourself for godliness (because storms will come and you need to be prepared), and don’t give up (because nothing you do for the Lord is useless or wasted).

Songs we sang in worship can be heard on this YouTube playlist.