No Normal Hope

A message from
Matt Heard

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Luke 2:8-20 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Generosity on Full Display

What a great church you are, a body of believers with a unified objective.  You are constantly looking to be light in ways never even before imagined .  In a world filled with fear and anxiety, You Northland, have represented hope and love.  You have altered your NORMAL to become an even greater witness of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  You have done this in so many different ways that are welcoming, comforting, and reassuring.  As believers, we know God is in control, but to those searching for answers these are tumultuous times.  Times that have them looking for answers in places that may lead them further away from the real answer, Jesus.  

The work we do as a church to serve others, provide refuge, bless those in need, pray for those hurting, present the Gospel and so much more; are only possible through your generosity.  Not only your financial generosity, but also through your willingness to volunteer, serve, and pray.

Through your financial support we have been an enabled provider to many central Floridians who are facing difficult financial situations as a result of this pandemic. Your willingness to provide to “Christmas House” gave us the platform to not only brighten Christmas for a record number of families, but ensure the Story of Jesus was shared with each one. We have increased our online presence bringing the Good News of Jesus to hundreds of thousands across the globe. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 NIV

During Advent we look to the baby King, and we see all the love God has for us.  This incredible gift is ours for the asking.  

Thank you for your prayers, your shares, your cheers and your tears.  Most importantly, thank you for your obedience to being the light to the world.  

God Bless you Northland as you are people who recognize we can accomplish a great deal for the Lord as individuals, but when we join together the potential is beyond our dreams.

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No Normal Hope


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