Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Heavenly Father, we pray that our next lead Pastor be bold when he proclaims the Good News. That he would not be indecisive. That he has the courage and wisdom to know what to say and how to say it.
- Natali Reyes, Succession Planning Committee Member
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
- 2 Timothy 4:2
What shall we build? A career. A family. An education. Health. Our faith. A reputation. A team. A marriage. A life. A church...
What shall we build? A career. A family. An education. Health. Our faith. A reputation. A team. A marriage. A life. A church.
In the beginning, God built. He created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1-26) and filled them with life. God made two human beings in His own image (Gen 1:27) and directed them to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over every living thing (Gen 1:28). But, the first humans believed a lie and disobeyed God (Gen 3:1-7). The result was separation and three curses (Gen 3:14-19), but also a promised Redeemer, who would claim victory over sin and death (Gen 3:15).
Today, as God’s image-bearers, Christians build. We follow Christ, the Rock (Matt 16:15-18), who is the foundation (Matt 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49) and cornerstone (2 Pet 2:4-10) of the Church. We build and sometimes we re-build. While we do, our job is to stay connected to our Creator and receive our direction from Him as we worship, pray, and read the Bible. By the Holy Spirit, Northland and each one of us can respond to God for the benefit of others and join God in building His kingdom on earth.
» SEPTEMBER 18-19
BUILD | How Do I Read The Bible? | Care & Counseling Pastor John Tardonia
» SEPTEMBER 25-26
BUILD | Where Are We Going? | Interim Senior Pastor Gus Davies
Mondays, September 20 through November 15 at 6:30 p.m.
This class will lead you through principles that can be found in the timeless wisdom of the Bible, which has a lot to say about managing money and possessions.
Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
At this gathering, a panel of professional counselors will discuss the Bible's unique perspectives on topics related to mental health. During our time together, attendees will be equipped with materials about available resources which can be shared with those in need.
Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
The Better Man Event is specially designed so that every man would leave having gained spiritual insight on how to become a better Friend, Student, Co-worker, Brother, Father, and Husband. Join our thriving community today by attending this year’s 2021 event, and discover what it truly means to be a Better Man!
Saturday, September 25 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Dudes and dudettes, grab your family and climb aboard the Love Sub for a night of fun. Join us for pizza, worship, games, and to meet our special guests, Woodstock P. Havens and his nephew Shiloh, as they learn “No matter where you are in time, God is good all the time!”
How do you pray when it comes to your finances?
I propose to you two principles: 1. Prayer is a fundamental practice for the Christian life; and 2. Finances are...
How do you pray when it comes to your finances?
I propose to you two principles: 1. Prayer is a fundamental practice for the Christian life; and 2. Finances are an unavoidable reality that infiltrates most areas in every person’s life. The question is, how can the practice of prayer make its way into the way we think about and handle our finances? I believe that whether we are in abundance or need, prayer has a crucial part to play.
In Proverbs 30:7-9, a wise person prayed this prayer about finding the sweet spot between having too much and having too little. The balance lies in our attitude and perspective about the Giver and Provider of our daily needs.
Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me: give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
This prayer helps us see the benefits of being satisfied whether we have much or little. It also ties our wellbeing with the One who provides what we need. Do you and I really believe that God is involved in giving us the daily bread we need? In the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), Jesus encourages us to ask God for our daily bread. By doing this, we learn to depend upon God for our sustenance, much like the Israelites depended upon the manna they received in the wilderness (Exodus 16:16-18). In all three scriptural examples I’ve mentioned, the ideal provision was just enough for one day. This means that it is good for us to trust God to give us what we need one day at a time. Prayer is the key component in how this happens. Our daily needs are met when we pray daily to God about them. So, let’s pray the words that Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. You might want to pause at the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread” and pray specifically for what you and the ones you care for need today:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Suppose you would like to go deeper in understanding what biblical stewardship regarding your finances means. In that case, we have an upcoming free event called “Navigating Your Finances God’s Way” that starts on September 20th (6:30-9 PM). This class will lead you through principles that can be found in the timeless wisdom of the Bible, which has a lot to say about managing money and possessions. True financial freedom is not dependent on the amount of money you have. A person can be truly financially free with much or with little money! Money will not set you free. Jesus said, “If you continue to apply my words, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”