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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Courage

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Pastor Zach Zirbel shares on how to have courage in troubled times. Three members of the N3C body share how God helped them face trouble, and then Zach taught that courage isn’t the absence of fear. To the contrary, he says, having fear is an essential part of courage. Message delivered 5/6/18.

The music portion of worship was the songs “The Lion and the Lamb”, “Amazed”, “Refiner’s Fire”, “O Come to the Alter” and “Reckless Love”.

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Easter 2018 — Choices for life

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Pastor John shares an Easter message focusing on the choices that Jesus made and the choices we have. Message delivered 4/1/18.

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As part of the Easter presentation, Assistant Pastor Zach Zirbel delivered a spoken word testimony that he wrote after finding new life in Jesus.

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Sharing our hope

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Pastor Zach, substituting at the last minute for Pastor John who was suffering from the flu, talks about the importance of sharing our faith with others. Message delivered 3/11/18.

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Seven commands of Christ 6 — Communion

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The sacrament of Holy Communion is so often practiced and so well known that we can easily slip into auto-pilot when taking it and miss its richness and meaning. Pastor Zach explores the scriptures and finds fresh insight. Message delivered 3/4/18.

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The night that changed everything

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The first few minutes of Pastor Zach’s message didn’t get recorded, but in this portion he expounds on the shepherds’ call to “Go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.” He then parallels that commission with the Great Commission that Jesus Christ gave all of his followers to “Go into all the world…” Message delivered 12/17/17.

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In all things give thanks

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This Sunday (11/26) was a ‘feast’ of giving thanks as Pastor Zach and several others shared testimonies of God’s faithfulness to them over the past year. Not only is God deserving of our thanks but “thankfulness keeps us from forgetting about God’s faithfulness, especially while we are waiting for him to act on our behalf. If we choose to be thankful in all circumstances God will give us peace!”

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Super Sunday

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On a Sunday when the kids were encouraged to come to church in their Halloween costumes, the super hero Truth Teller (a.k.a. Amy Minnich) speaks of the importance of knowing the truth of God, of speaking the truth of God, and of living in the truth of God. Then associate pastor Zach Zirbel shared about the super power of Jesus … to save us. Messages delivered 10/29/17.

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A light to our path

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Pastor Zach preached from Psalm 19 and 119:105: “Thy word is a lamp …” The thrust of the message was that our hearts would be awakened to the treasure we have in Christ and the absolute necessity of spending undistracted time with Him in His word every morning. Message delivered 6/25/17.

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Lift up your eyes

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If you feel like it’s been one thing after another, and you’ve wondered, “when is this going to let up?” God wants to encourage you.

If you feel ‘battle weary’ from the constant fight and the ‘enemy’ has you on the run, God wants to strengthen you.

If it feels like you’ve been living under a heaviness or fog that just won’t lift- God wants to lift you out of it.

Pastor Zach Zirbel shares a word of encouragement. Message delivered 4/30/17.

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