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  • Going through a storm?

    "Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built." - Luke 6:47-48

    If you grew up in the church, you probably heard the parable of the man building his house on the rock and the man who built his house on the sand when you were in Sunday school. We can often focus on the foundation of the man whose house was built on the rock. He obeys the words of Jesus and his house stays up. We often tend to ignore that this man also goes through the storm. Both of these men go through the same storm, but there is a different outcome for these men. The only difference is their foundation

    We can learn a little nugget of truth from this parable. We learn that the Christian life isn’t about escaping the storms that come our way. The Christian life is about weathering the storms with Jesus as our foundation. Jesus never said that the man who does his words won’t have any problems in life. He says that the man who does his words will be able to make it through these problems because he has Jesus as his foundation.

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  • A Note From Pastor Josh

    Hey NLC,

    Each year I write down questions to answer over the course of a two-week period. This year, one of the questions I asked is, "Do I still believe what I preach"? I know that may seem like a weird question or even one that comes with an obvious answer, but let me explain.

    Like anyone, I can fall into routine. I actually love routine; when I go out to dinner I eat the same foods, drink the same drinks, and choose the same restaurants. We all live within the cycle of routines. We watch the same shows, get coffee at the same place, go to bed around the same time, get up at the same time... Life, in a way, is a big routine. Now, although routines are harmless, routines can damage the most important areas of our lives: relationships.

    Routines erase thought, innovation, and feelings. I don't have to think or feel much to get up, shower, brush my teeth and put on deodorant. Some days, minutes after putting on deodorant, I can't remember if I put it on or not, so I check only to find out that I did it without even thinking about it. It's routine (I know you've done that).

    Here's my point: I don't want to live my life as a follower of Jesus simply within routine. I don't want to get up and preach His Word just because that's what I do. I don't want to pray at dinner or in the morning simply because it's what I do. I don't want to say I believe simple because it's what I've done. I want to FEEL, THINK, AND BE PRESENT in my walk with God! I want to really believe! When you really believe--not out of routine or religion--it changes everything. You think different, you love different, you pray different, you sing different, you talk different, you spend money different, you walk in peace different, your priorities are different, you attend church with different motives, you treat people different at the store, you become the light in a dark world. When Jesus is less of a routine and religion and more of a relationship that you think through, feel your way through, and put effort into, everything changes. I want to believe--really believe--and I'm thankful that my answer to this year's question is, "YES, I REALLY DO BELIEVE." ... Do you?  Mark 9:24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" 

    In Christ,

    Pastor Josh

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