NBFMC Sermon Review (5/21/2017) – ‘Catching the Vision’ Series: “Establishing”

Catch the Vision 1

May 21, 2017

Catching the Vision Series:

Establishing All People in The Word of God

Scriptures:

Job 23:12; Psalm 119: 24, 33, 54, 112; John 1: 1-14; Rom. 15:4

Coloss. 3:16; 2 Tim. 3: 16-17; Hebrews 4;12; 2 Peter 1:21

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Catching the Vision – Establishing

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we continue the process of looking at our church’s “Vision Statements”.  Why are we here?  What are God’s purposes for us at NBFMC?  We will be addressing and exploring these important questions together and hope that you will join us!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM  Leave a Comment  
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NBFMC Sermon Review (5/07/2017) – ‘Catching the Vision’ Series: “Embracing”

Catch the Vision 1

May 7, 2017

Catching the Vision Series:

Embracing All People with the Love of God

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 26-30; Matt. 11:19; 22: 35-40; 24: 9-14; 25: 21-40

John 1: 35-51; 3:16; 6:37; 13: 34-35; Romans 13:8

1 Corinthians 10:33; Philippians 4:5; 1 John 3:18

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Catching the Vision – Embracing

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we celebrate “Mother’s Day” together and look at the tenderness that Jesus showed His mother…even on His worst day.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Sermon Review (9/25/2011) – “God and My City”: ‘From Enoch To Babel’

September 25, 2011

“God and My City” & “5th Sunday Service” Presentations

“God and My City” – ‘From Enoch to Babel’

Supporting Scriptures:

Isaiah 61:4; Genesis 4; 10: 8-12; 11: 1-9; Psalm 127:1

The Powerpoint from the presentations that I gave to the congregation and today’s sermon are attached below:

God and My City – 5th Sunday Presentation

God and My City 2 – From Enoch to Babel

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below, but due to the size of the service, it is spread over 2 podcasts:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Also attached to my Vodpod on this page is a video we used in our service today (“5th Sunday Community Service”).  This video shows a church doing what we will be doing every 5th Sunday (beginning on October 30th), not having a Worship Service at our building, but doing compassionate service in our community to show God’s love.

Please join us for this Sermon Series as we make the difficult, but important, journey of knowing our community and finding creative ways to bring the light of God there.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Uncovering the Conspiracy: Christmas at NBFMC

Starting last year, I issued a challenge to NBFMC.  I had become convinced that the rampant consumerism and materialism was eating away at our ability to fully honor and enjoy the Christmas season.  It was this desire to have a more meaningful and Christ-centered Advent season that led to our church partnering with the Advent Conspiracy (www.adventconspiracy.orgVideos about this great movement can be found in my Vodpod this month. A book was released last year to help others fully embrace this new way to honor Christ at Christmas and info for it can be found here:  http://www.amazon.com/Advent-Conspiracy-Christmas-Still-Change/dp/0310324521

The 4 main points to Advent Conspiracy are:

1.)  Worship Fully ~ Christmas starts with Jesus, and ends with Jesus.  We make room in our hearts and life to celebrate the amazing fact that God has given us His Son, sent Him to Earth, and that his life/death/resurrection has changed everything for us.  Worshipful energy and passion need to be priorities, not just as items to check off a “to-do” list.

2.)  Spend Less ~ America spends an average of $450 Billion on Christmas every year.  What if we each bought one less gift?  What if we resisted the cattle call into debt that has devoured many families?  What if we make this be Christmas again, instead of “stuff-mas”?  What if we learned and taught our children to value quality over quantity and to spend less?  What if?

3.)  Give More ~ What was the last meaningful gift that you had given or received?  How many of our gifts are given robotically out of obligation?  How many gifts have we received in a similar way?  How many Wish Lists now are dominated by:  cash or gift cards?  The heart of giving then becomes stale and giving means less.  What if we were intentional about giving more love and attention to our loved ones, even if we had to clear some chaotic clutter off of our schedules?  What if we took the time to be creative and gave less gifts, but more from our heart?  What if we gave to charities that touched our heart, in the name of loved ones?  Some alternative giving ideas are at rethinkingchristmas.com .

4.) Love All ~ We often give time and gifts to loved ones and people “like us” at Christmastime, but what about the rest of the world that is desperately aching for tangible acts of love and support?  This Christmas, after spending less, we could choose to give out of our excess to those who need it most.  One crucial area is the lack of clean water, which is killing many all over the world.  This Christmas at NBFMC, we are raising money to send water filters to Haiti.  $50 = 1 filter = clean water for a family, for life! Our Free Methodist denomination is partnering with Sawyer to provide the “PointOne Water Filters” for this project.  You can learn more about this great ministry tool at:  http://sawyerpointonefilters.com/ 

May you and your family hear the call and enter the story of Christmas in a new way with us this year!  I was so blessed last year and can’t wait to see how God will meet us and bless our church as we become blessings to our loved ones and to all of God’s children who He loves as much as us.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Drawing A Line In The Sand

As most of the folks at NBFMC know by now, our church is attempting a new model of discipleship currently.  In addition to standard Sunday School and Prayer Groups, we are following our denomination’s urging to start new groups (made up of 2-4 members).  These groups will primarily meet outside of the church building, will be 1 hr. a week, and will focus on 3 key Christian life components (Bible Study/Personal Accountability/Prayer).

I took our initial group leaders on a retreat to Jumonville last month to begin this process, which officially started last Sunday.  Prior to the start and ever since we have started, I have noticed and have been greatly disturbed by the amount of oppression that has come against this ministry by the Enemy and his minions.  This has taken a variety of forms:  physical difficulty, deaths, discouragement, irritability, apathy, and every other dirty trick that Satan has at his disposal.  In my years of ministry at this church, I have NEVER been aware of and have witnessed such resistance here.  This, conversely, lets us know that we have arrived at something really, really, really good for our church.

I am done “playing around”.  Praying and hoping for relief is good and necessary, but that simply is not enough for me at this point.  I am furious at the Enemy for these attacks and will engage him the only way that I can.  Starting today and going through Friday, I will be engaging in a time of dedicated fasting and prayer; which will focus on 3 main things:

1.)  That God and his angels would bind up and remove Satan’s attacks against this church and the families represented here.

2.)  That God would encourage the leaders of these groups to press on and not back down under these difficult circumstances.

3.)  That God would move in the hearts of all the group members, to stir in them a desire to “take time to be holy” through this simple (yet powerful) discipleship process.

If you wish to engage in a time of fasting and/or prayer for this, as well, that would be great.  I am particularly asking that you pray for me during this process.  I am subject to receiving pretty bad headaches and migraines on a consistent basis, even when healthy.  When I don’t eat (like most people), these problems worsen.  The longest fast that I have ever done up to this point is for 3 days.  If you could pray for my endurance to not only last the 5 days, but until Sunday…I would greatly appreciate that.

Even more so, please pray for protection and peace for my family.  Please pray that God will surround them and protect them, as I am opposing the Enemy in such a direct manner.  I thank all of you for your prayers, support, and goodwill during my 1st year as your Pastor.  Now, I ask that you join me in prayer and in watchfulness as we try to break through the nets of Satan and out into the good plans God has for us at NBFMC.

In steadfast hope,

Pastor Josh

Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM  Comments (1)  
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A Song, A Challenge, A Dream for NBFMC

This Could Be Our Day by:  Addison Road


Chorus:

What we do here is just the beginning
New life is starting at every ending
We are a part of the story unfolding
This is the weight of the world we are holding
This could be our day
This could be our day

Clearly it’s time to make a change
Or I could keep sitting and waste all day
I know that it’s time for me to move
I’ve been given this minute to use
And given this moment to prove that…
Repeat Chorus

I was holding back
Now I’ve come undone
I want to touch the world
Heal the broken ones
Ending the cycle has just begun
We’ve been given this minute to use
And given this life to prove that…
Repeat Chorus

To give ourselves away
For something beautiful
a million miles away
to the one who’s hungry, and thirsty
And needs some hope
To the people that are weary and
broken and left alone
I’m giving myself away
I’m giving myself away
Repeat Chorus

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM  Leave a Comment  
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