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. Two videos were shown during the presentation, but they are not part of this recording.

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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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Commands of Christ — Make disciples

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One of the seven specific things Jesus commands his disciples to do is to make disciples. If we’ll make disciples, he’ll build the church. Pastor John shares on the subject, then plays a video of an an interview with Christian comedian Jeff Foxworthy that relates to the subject. Shared 5/20/18.

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Mothers Day 2018

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You’re invited to listen in on the Mother’s Day conversation at the “N3C Here & Now Café”. Mother and daughter team, Connie Schaeffer & Amy Minnich, share how things have changed from “back in the day” until now in a humorous way. But then the conversation shifts to the “unchangeable” things in life and how we need to come to a place of “self-acceptance” to live out God’s purposes for our lives. This message isn’t just for moms, but it applies to everyone! Presented 5/13/18

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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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The commands of Christ — Make disciples

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Pastor John uses the example of his own life to illustrate that what God really wants when he sends us out to make disciples is for us to be obedient. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect or anything else special, but simply to obey and go. Message delivered 4/15/18.

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The Commands of Christ 8 — Make disciples

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Jesus commanded us to make disciples, and as a model of what he expects he sent out the 72. He 1) sent them, 2) promised he would be with them, 3) they understood they were like sheep (basically helpless) and 4) rejection wasn’t about them, but about Jesus. He sends us the same way, if we’ll go… Message delivered 4/8/18.

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