Archive for November, 2010

Living with Purpose

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

We all know someone, or know of someone, who we would say died a premature death.  The first time I can remember thinking to myself that a person was too young to die was when I was in jr. high school.  I had a friend named Brian, who was accidentally killed when he and his cousin were messing around with his grandpa’s shotgun.

The Bible speaks to the fact that life is short.  James 4:14 says, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”

Brian didn’t plan to die as a 12 year old boy.  The truth of the matter is this life is short, and we aren’t guaranteed another moment.  If we’re not intentional about how we live our lives, we’ll wake up one day and realize we’ve wasted a lot of time–perhaps an entire lifetime.

You don’t have to live life without meaning or purpose.  God has a bigger plan for you, and it revolves around a relationship with him through his Son, Jesus.

T. J.

Categories: Growth


November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

For some reason, the song below keeps coming to my mind. If you have 5 minutes, you can watch the entire video, but you will probably get the idea after about 20 seconds. Hammer got it right though–we’ve got to pray just to make it today!

T. J.

Categories: Videos

Freedom is Not Free

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you to those who are serving and have served to protect our country and provide for our freedom!  We honor you today because we understand that freedom is not free.  We are grateful for your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your families.  God bless you!

T. J.

Categories: Leadership

God’s Grace is for Everybody

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Luke 17:16 says, “He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done.  This man was a Samaritan.”

This verse comes from the story of Jesus healing ten men with leprosy.  Only one of the ten came back to say thanks, and he was a Samaritan.

Samaritans were despised by Jews because they were considered an idolatrous half-breed. When Israel was exiled by Assyria, Jews from the northern kingdom intermarried with people from this foreign nation, who then introduced false gods to the Israelite population.  As a result, there was tension between Jews and Samaritans.

The fact that this leper was a Samaritan is a reminder to us that God’s grace is for everybody!  Aren’t you grateful for God’s grace in your life?

T. J.
Categories: Growth

A Scary Place to Be

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

“For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” This is what John said about some of the Jewish religious leaders.

These people witnessed Jesus perform miraculous signs, and some of them even believed in him.  But the Bible says they wouldn’t admit it because they were afraid they would get kicked out of the synagogue.

I know people who have sensed God’s call on their lives to do something specific, but they’ve refused to pursue it because of what someone else might think or say.

When people begin to care more about what other people think than what God thinks, that’s a scary place to be.

T. J.

Categories: Growth

Stop. Think. Invest.

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

God rewards faithfulness!  Matthew 25:29 makes this clear.  “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.  But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

We are simply managers of what God has given us.  “It” all belongs to him, and we should be using “it” to advance his kingdom.  “It” could be a number of things: time, talents, resources (including finances).

The problem is that we somehow think “it” is ours when it’s really not.  “It” is God’s, and he’s given us the opportunity to invest “it” in his plan to redeem lost people to himself.

Are you faithfully using what God has given you to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!?

T. J.

Categories: Growth

Chairs, 1st Practice, Coat Drive, Laundry Love

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s that time again!  The latest edition of New Church News is ready for you to view!  It won’t take long to read, and it’s chock full of stories of God’s goodness on behalf of New Church!  He has truly done some incredible things over the last month, for and through our team, for his glory!  All you have to do is click on the icon in the center of the page, and it will take you straight to the newsletter.

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We appreciate your prayers and support, as we continue to be faithful and obedient to what God has called us to do here in Winston-Salem!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Milestones