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One of These is for You!

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re saving a chair for you!  This Sunday, October 17th, at 10:00 AM, New Church will have the first of three practice services leading up to its official launch on January 9th!

Our purpose is simple…to help people experience new life in Jesus Christ!

Maybe you don’t have a relationship with God, or maybe you do, but you haven’t been close to him for awhile now.  Our church is made up of imperfect people who are on this journey of faith together.

So, feel free to join us at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA this Sunday, and we’ll have a seat reserved especially for you!

T. J.

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Categories: Church

Bowlin’

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I always suspected Chris Tomlin was living the thug life. The video below confirms my suspicions. It also takes me back to my jr. high school days when I be bowlin’.

T. J.

Categories: Videos

The Source of Rest

October 12, 2010 1 comment

I’ve talked to a lot of people lately who are carrying heavy burdens.  They feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.

They hurt because of relationships gone bad, excessive demands that are placed on them, the loss of a job, a wayward child, debt, the loss of a loved one, etc.

But for those who are struggling, Jesus offers comfort and peace.  He says in Matthew 11:28, “…’Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'”

A relationship with God through Jesus doesn’t mean you will never have problems, but it does mean you can find purpose in your life, even when you’re experiencing pain.

T. J.

Categories: Growth

Stay Focused

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Our launch team recently finished studying the book of Nehemiah together.  I’m amazed by how much that book reads like the church planting journey my family has been on for the past two years.

God gave Nehemiah a vision to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and then he orchestrated several circumstances that put Nehemiah in an incredible position to do what God had called him to do.

But when Nehemiah showed up on the scene, not everyone was happy to see him.  Not everyone bought into the vision God had given him.  In fact, he faced significant opposition right away.

“But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.” (Nehemiah 2:10)

Nehemiah’s reaction was pretty simple.  He stayed focused, and he kept working.

One of the many things I’ve learned so far as a church planter is that not everyone will support, follow, or even agree with the vision God has given me.  The same is true of what God has called you to do, or be, for his glory.  But that’s okay.

Like Nehemiah, we have to stay focused and keep working!

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Pigs or People?

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

In the last part of Matthew 8, Jesus healed a couple of men who were possessed by demons.  When the demons left the men, the Bible says they entered a herd of pigs that ran down a hillside and into a lake where they drowned in the water.

The two men had been set free from their miserable existence, but the people of the town were upset because their possessions were eliminated in the process.

Verse 34 describes the town’s response, “Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.”

These people were more focused on losing a herd of pigs then they were the deliverance of the two demon-possessed men.  If we’re not careful, we can place more importance on possessions and programs than we do on people.

Jesus was focused on people.  We should be focused on people.

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

The Dixie Classic Fair and the Gospel

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

It was good to catch up with two of the original members last night at the Dixie Class Fair here in Winston.  I appreciate what Tenth Avenue North is about.  From the first time I saw them perform, which was in a high school chapel in Jacksonville, FL, until now, their goal has always been to lead people to worship God.  Their music is focused on Jesus and his redemptive plan, and I like that.  God was honored, and the gospel was clearly presented to hundreds of people last night.  Keep up the good work, fellas!

T. J.

Categories: Music

Help Some Kids in Need

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

This is an opportunity for you to help some kids in need.  Our church is collecting new and gently used coats for underprivileged children who might not otherwise have something warm to wear this winter.

If you live in the Winston-Salem area, you can drop off your donations at the following locations:

If you live outside of the area, you can still help by donating money for us to purchase coats on your behalf.

CLICK HERE to go to the giving page on our website.  Click the “give online” button with our icon on it and simply proceed through the transaction process.

Please designate your gift as “Winter Coat Drive,” and we will make sure the money goes directly to purchasing coats for children in need.

Do something good this winter, and help us “Be the Church” before we “Launch the Church!”

T. J.

Categories: Church