Christmas Re-Mix: Family Portrait

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday, at New Church, we “Re-Mixed” a teaching we did back in May called Family Portrait.  We looked at the Christmas story from the perspective of Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph.

Mary was a Portrait of Wonder as she considered the fact that she would give birth to the Son of God, and Joseph was a Portrait of Obedience because he chose to follow God’s plan that was communicated to him by an angel.

Click Here to listen to and/or download the message.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Christmas Re-Mix: Crazy Love

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

When you stop to think about the meaning of Christmas, you quickly realize that Jesus’ birth was motivated by love, but not just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill love.

God’s love for us is a Crazy Love.  That’s the reason we decided to re-visit that concept from February in our current teaching series, Christmas Re-Mix.

Click Here to listen to and/or download the message from Sunday.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Christmas Re-Mix

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

We’re kicking off a brand new teaching series at New Church this Sunday called, “Christmas Re-Mix”.  It’s a re-mix because I’m taking concepts from a few of the teaching series we’ve done over the last year and applying those themes to the Christmas story.  If you like Christmas, you’ll like this series, and if you like Christmas AND RunDMC, you’ll especially like it.

Check out the teaser video below, and we would be honored to have you as our guest at New Church this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30 AM!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Videos

I Love My Church

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s no secret that I Love My Church!  In fact, I say it a lot on Sundays because I want the people in attendance to know how honored I am to pastor New Church.  

But when I decided to take last Sunday off from preaching, I wanted people to hear it from someone else, so I asked a young leader in our church, who I also consider to be a good friend, Josh Black, to preach a message entitled, “I Love My Church.”

I asked him to talk about the mission of New Church, and he did a great job!  If you would like to listen to and/or download the message from last Sunday, Click Here.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Leadership

Gratitude Gift

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

I think an appropriate way to communicate one of the things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving is to brag on the church God has allowed me to pastor. I am humbled by the way the people of New Church stepped up and gave to our first ever Gratitude Gift!

About a month ago, I asked our church to give a one-time financial gift on November 20th, in addition to what they normally give. People bought in and gave by faith, which resulted in an amount that was twice as much as what I prayed for and expected.

But more importantly than the amount of money that was given was the heart with which it was given. God is at work in the lives of many of the people who attend New Church, and I can’t wait to see how he uses us in the days ahead to advance his kingdom for his glory!

So, as I consider all of the things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving, New Church is definitely near the top of that list!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Milestones

Give. Me. Faith., Wk. 3: Give Me Faith…to Give

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Week 3 of our Give. Me. Faith. teaching series last Sunday at New Church was about giving.  Some people don’t like it when churches talk about giving and money, but those are usually the people who don’t give any money.

We won’t apologize for talking about giving because I’m convinced the biggest competition God has for our hearts is our wallets.

With that in mind, we looked at the relationship between giving and faith, and I may, or may not have used the term “Spiritual Booty Call.”  You’ll have to Click Here and listen to the message to find out for sure.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Give. Me. Faith., Wk. 2: Give Me Faith…to Trust

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Week 2 of the Give. Me. Faith. teaching series was all about Trust–more specifically, “How do we trust God when life isn’t fair?”

This is an important question for which people need an answer because the truth of the matter is, life isn’t fair.  So, if we’re going to experience the faith we need to trust God when life isn’t fair, we need to stop asking “Why?” and start asking “How?”

To gain a better understanding of what I’m talking about, Click Here to listen to and/or download Sunday’s message.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth