The School of Grace

This Advent season, we have the opportunity to reflect on this deep and incredible commitment God has made – becoming human. We’ll consider four areas where Christ’s coming creates a new paradigm for the way we live. Our theme in week four is Future. Not only did Jesus come to earth once, he plans to return…

Hope in hardship

This Advent season, we have the opportunity to reflect on this deep and incredible commitment God has made – becoming human. We’ll consider four areas where Christ’s coming creates a new paradigm for the way we live. Our theme in week four is Future. Not only did Jesus come to earth once, he plans to return…

A Light in the Dark (Advent 2018) – Sharing Hope

The Advent Candles – Bringing Light into Darkness The season of advent begins in darkness. This is appropriate because the world can be a dark place. But we remember Jesus’ words I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer…

The Passing of the Torch

It is a weakness in our society today that there is something of a generational divide, with few opportunities existing for regular, meaningful interaction between those in different stages of life. However, this is a strength of the church, and one like ours with people of all ages who gather together as one community around…

Converge Responds: Las Vegas

The president of our church’s denomination, Converge, responds to the recent shooting in Las Vegas: Monday morning I made the long drive from Arizona to California to join our team at the Exponential West Church Planting Conference. Converge exists to help people meet, know and follow Jesus by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide, so…

Rejoicing in God with Us

“…where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.” —Psalm 65:8 As many of our brothers and sisters at NSCBC know, on October 22, 2016 we lost our youngest son to metastatic adenocarcinoma pancreatic cancer at the age of 39. I believe that, since we arrived here on July 6 to join…

Hopeful Expectation

“What does your faith have to do with how you approach your day-to-day tasks at work?” This question was posed to a guest speaker in our Sunday School class about the integration of faith and work recently. “I have more hope for people than I might otherwise,” he replied. “My organization works with people who…

Sermon Scraps: A Community of Hope

In yesterday’s sermon, Pastor Bobby shared from 1 Peter about how we should be a community that holds up the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We can be different, like this small village in Le Chambon that saved thousands of Jews during WWII because they cared for others more than they cared for themselves….