Our loss joined brokenness and love together

The following is a letter from Curtis and Joanne Ersing to our church family, expressing thanks and sharing with us how God has continued to minister to them in this past very difficult year. A letter to our church Dear Church Family of NSCBC, Curtis and I would like to thank each one of you who…

God Keeps His Promises

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…

Sermon Scraps: Why is there so much pain?

Yesterday, Pastor Bobby began a new sermon series addressing some of the biggest questions we have for God. The first question was “Why is there so much pain?” Listen to the sermon here. If you are still grappling with this question and want to continue exploring the problem of pain and suffering, here are some helpful…

I Heard the Bells: A Christmas Reflection

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! ‘Tis the season for carols and bells, and tidings of comfort and joy. It’s supposedly the most wonderful time of the year. But each time the Advent season rolls…

Two Kinds of Remembering

We’ve discovered in our recent sermon series on the book of Ruth that Naomi suffered great loss and was in a state of despair upon her return to Bethlehem: “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.” (Ruth 1:20) But we’ve seen that God is with Naomi in her…

Love Without Exits

As we journey together through the book of Ruth, we’re considering how the Gospel is made known through this woman’s story. Ruth is a book about God’s hesed love – his unstoppable, never-changing, always & forver love. Yet, this love is displayed in the context of pain and suffering. This is seen in the three main characters in the story: Ruth,…

Beauty in Brokenness

In our recent series in Ruth, we’ve discovered that God’s hesed love promises that suffering will not only be “made up for” but will be more beautiful for having once been lost. This concept is picked up in the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to…

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