Centered: “The Holy Spirit Guarantees Our Hope”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary As the pandemic drags on, many of us feel worn down, with seemingly no end in sight. Times like these can reveal what we’re truly hoping in. In the midst of Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul gives us to two solid hopes, and guidance on…

Answering God: “The Lord Is Our Essential Rest”

Passage: Psalm 42 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Psalm 42 describes the experiences of a person who knows that God is essential to life. Written during a period of exile, the psalmist longs to be home in Israel, gathering together with others in worship, and experiencing the full vibrancy of his…

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…