I pray that you are all well and that you've enjoyed your summer! Jennifer, myself, and the boys created many great memories. As a parent, I know that my greatest responsibility in raising my two boys is that they love God and family. I want them to know that we aren't a family that makes time for God, but that we are a godly family. I challenge you to do the same! I want to encourage you all, as life begins to settle down, to get back into the discipline of attending church. Our goal in life shouldn't be how little we can do spiritually and still grow, but how much we can do spiritually to ensure growth! I love to say, everyone ends up somewhere but very few people get there on purpose. I've decided, and I pray you will join me, to get places in life on purpose. I'm excited about what God is doing at NLC and I know it's just the very beginning. I'll end my email with some words from Jesus. These words have had me question my motives and actions this entire week:
John 13:35 "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."
He didn't say your religion, your goodness, or your prayer style - He said YOUR LOVE! May we grow in our love for God and as a result may we love others in a deeper way!
See you this weekend!Pastor Josh PS. Make sure you get into a NLC Group. It's the purest form of discipleship and we have many for you to choose from. Those who do life alone at some point will wish they had people to rely on.