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To whom are you loyal? To whom are you patriotic?

There is a massive discussion happening in our nation right now. All over a simple flag. For some the flag (the battle flag of Northern Virginia, commonly known as the “rebel” flag) represents their southern heritage. For many it doesn’t even represent the civil war (from whence it finds it’s origins) but rather southern heritage and culture more generally. For others however, the flag whole heartedly represents the civil war and the many argued issues surrounding that conflict. The debate began largely over the flying of this flag in South Carolina at the state capital. As the debate has heated up many retailers have chosen not to sell the flag and manufactures have decided to stop producing the flag.

All this discussion of patriotism loyalty and heritage got me thinking about us as Christians. As Christians this perhaps isn’t a debate for us. It is a matter of what the flag represents to different people, and perspective and feelings are hot points of emotion in any debate. I will not give my two cents on the specific topic.

However, as Christians we must be loyal and patriotic to another nation before America or the South. We are part of the nation (kingdom) of God. We don’t seek what is best for anything other than that nation first. This isn’t to say that we can be Red blooded Americans and be patriotic. Of course you can and should. But God and his kingdom must come first.

For some people America is their God. “America first” and literally Condemn (insert “d” word here) all the rest. This can’t be the case with us Christians.

We are to be sacrificial lovers of people. Not divided over man made lines. God comes first for Christians.

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Events, News, Other

 

Building A New Tomorrow

Jesus Said:

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Caring for the less fortunate is part of God’s command to the Christian. We are called to see to the needs of those among us and be witnesses into a tragic world by care for those in Need.

This coming Sunday we are beginning a sermon series with this in mind. As many of you have noticed we have a tree in our foyer with a banner that says building a new tomorrow. We are attempting to meet some of the physical needs of those around us to be a witness of Christ. This will be a four part series. The first two Sunday’s 1.6.13 and 1.13.13 will are requiring everyone to bring somethings for the tree. At least one item per person not family. I encourage you to make this fun for your children. This is required, not a suggestion. Regardless of how bad we are there is always some one worse of.

I am sure New Life will be a great example of the Church and of God’s love during this series.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Church, Community, Events, Sermons

 

Why Church?

Ephesians 4:11 states that the church exists: for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

This is clear in its expression for the reason that God has invented the church. The church is to equip Christians for service, that is to say they are to be prepared, trained, resourced and given opportunity  to serve and obey God. The rest of scripture clearly shows that the four areas with which the church is responsible for this equipping are in the broad areas of Outreach, Community (or Fellowship), Discipleship, and Worship. All that the church is to do according to scripture falls into one of these categories. The necessary point, however, is to understand that the church is supposed to equip, not do. The church as an entity is not to worship for the individual but rather equip them to worship. So the church could teach a person about God, and provide a service with music were that person might come to express worship to God with their fellow believers  The church is not to try to make the congregants better Christians (i.e. disciples). But rather equip them through discipleship. That is the church would train, and mentor, provide classes, and service projects where a person might grow in Christ-likeness. The church can’t fellowship for the individual but rather provides opportunities for Christians to gather and build lasting relationships. Most controversially  the church is not to outreach for the Christian but rather to provide them with the training, resources and opportunities to assist them in reaching out as individuals. More on Outreach in Next Sunday’s Sermon. Be sure to invite your Friends.

The big answer to the question Why Church? Is that we are stronger together than we are apart. Yes you can accomplish most of what the church offers as an individual but most will have greater success when people do it together. you will grow more, you will be supported, encouraged  accountable, and serving more when you are building relationships in a healthy, biblical Christian Community.

At New Life we have a Purpose, a Mission, and a Win. The purpose is the same for all churches to equip Christians in Outreach, Worship, Community, and Fellowship. This is the subject of our current sermon series.

The Mission of New Life is our specific calling and gifting from God for our community. New Life is to be a place that reaches the de-churched, and the “but” people to welcome them into an active, accountable, equipping, church community. The de-churched are those that have some connection with church and many of which claim Christ. Some of them are actually saved some aren’t. The reasons they aren’t involved in church today vary as much as the people themselves. Some of them were hurt by the church. Some of them find the church boring, hypocritical, or non-Christ-like. Some simply left a church because they moved or the church died and they never found another church. The “but” is the common expression of de-churched people…”I’d go to church “But”… I know I should go to church “But”… New Life must be a hospital or rehab center for these people where they can come and fellowship and heal from these “Buts”. However, New Life is not called to be a Nursing home where people come and wallow in their hurts. When a person goes to a rehab center they are expected to recover and leave better than they were before. When a person enters a nursing home there is often little hope that they will get to leave, or be better than they once where. The Church is a hospital and rehab center not a Nursing home. So New Life is supposed to reach the de-churched through Outreach, Community, Discipleship, and Worship, and then involve and equip them for these same areas of service. The purpose is the means for accomplishing the mission.

Finally, New Life’s Win is how New Life is able to determine whether or not  and how well they are fulfilling their purpose and mission. The Win at New Life is connecting People with People and People with God. After all what is Worship and Discipleship people connecting and growing in relationship, understanding and intimacy with God. What is Outreach and Community, People connecting and building relationships with people. So New Life is winning in this world when we help in Connecting People with People and People With God.

 

PRAY

“Obama Triumphs” is the headline on USA Today. To be honest, I am a little disappointed I guess. But to be completely honest, It doesn’t really matter. Obama or Romney, they are both the same. The same? How can I say that? Same sex marriage, abortion, and many other issues are important to me, because they are important to God, but don’t fool yourself into thinking one candidate is any better than the next. The big wheel of politics is rolling and most, if not all, soften their stance on religious issues when in office. Men and women elected forget their roots and say and do what they think will win favor with the voters.

Now, with that, what are we to do? Pray! Pray and humble ourselves. God made a promise to the Israelite people in the Old Testament and it is still valid for us to pray today.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

This Sunday at New Life we will conclude our sermon series on prayer. Let me encourage you to take prayer seriously.Come this Sunday to church. Come to God on your knees asking and believing. Ask for forgiveness of sin, for yourself and for our nation. Pray that the name above all names, Jesus, will be glorified regardless of who is in office.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Church, Encouragement, Events, Life, Prayer

 

Newlywed Update

We received a text last night about 9ish from Rebecca and Daniel Jordan. The newlyweds made it to Florida and all was well. Their first night was at the Proximity in Greensboro and they drove down yesterday from there. Thank you all for your prayers and support of them. Continue to lift them up before the Lord.

Ellen and I want to thank everyone again for all your work. A lot of preparation went into this wedding and we couldn’t have done it without you. To all of you that got soaked; God bless you. Tear down was quick but very wet. You who jumped in and helped saved us from so much work (and water damage). Isn’t it amazing that we were able to do all the important and planned events before the rain came? We serve an awesome God!

Again, thanks for everything and remember them in your prayers.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Events, Life

 

Funeral service for Sarah Elizabeth Lamb

Sarah Elizabeth Lamb

 September 5, 2011

 

On behalf of the family of Sarah I wish to thank each one of you for being here today… and though today is a very difficult day the scriptures make this promise:
Ps 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
And the bible also says;
Rom 8:35-39
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Opening Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, we gather here today to remember the precious life of Sarah. We also gather to say goodbye one last time and celebrate the life that she enjoyed here on earth and thank you for each precious moment and memory that we have had with her. Her life has touched so many in so many different ways. We pray that your peace and your presence will be upon us during this time and we pray this in the name of your Son, Amen.
Song: Doris Henson(niece)-Daddy’s Hands

As we gather here this morning to remember the dear and precious life of Sarah, I know that many of you are dealing with mixed emotions. On one hand, there are emotions of great sadness. Sadness not for Sarah because she is in a far better place, but sadness because we have lost a dear loved one. Sadness that we can never receive another phone call or get a card from her.

But on the other hand, there is great joy knowing that because of the relationship that Sarah had with the Lord Jesus Christ, she is in His presence. For the scriptures say:
2 Cor 5:6-8 “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

And for the Christian there is no greater joy than to be in the presence of the One that loves them like no one else can.
So today is not a day of mourning but a day of celebration. It’s not a day of regret but truly a day of rejoicing. Today we come to remember the life of Sarah and reminisce over all the special moments that we had with her.
It is at this time that I would ask all those that would like to share something from the life of Sarah to come forward and do so at this time.

Song: The Pioneers
Message:
John 14:1-6 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

I. The First Promise to Christians is that We Don’t have to
Fear Death. Jesus said “Don’t let your hearts be troubled”

1) We are troubled when we don’t know what is going to happen when we die, but Jesus has taken the fear out of dying. He has conquered the grave and death so there needs to be no fear in our eternal future.
Rev 1:17-18 “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.

Do you know what the good news is this morning? Death had no hold on Jesus nor does it have a hold on us.
Because Christ conquered death there should be no fear for the Christian because through Christ we also conquer death.
2) We are Troubled when we view death as an end instead of a beginning.
2 Cor 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Sarah’s life is not over, as a matter of fact, it has just begun.

 You might have read in the Courier yesterday that Sarah Elizabeth Lamb, 78, of Randleman died Friday afternoon. Don’t believe that for a moment! Sarah is more alive today than she has ever been.
She has shed the temporary for the eternal, the tarnished for the spotless and the passing for the everlasting.
Yes our earthly bodies die, however our heavenly bodies endure for all eternity.
I love how the Bible puts all this in perspective.
2 Peter 3:8-9
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Everyone here knows that it was Sarah’s desire to go home to be with the Lord. There’s nothing more that she wanted. To go see her mom and dad. To see Ralph, Ethel, Exie, and Pauline. And if you talked with her for a short while you would realize that she understood what Jesus meant when He said “Don’t let your hearts be troubled”. I think trouble was the last thing from Sarah’s mind.
Not only can we face death without fear,

II. The Second Promise is Jesus Prepares a Place for Believer’s in Heaven. What has He Prepared?
Rev 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

1) A place with no more sorrow or crying.
Heaven is a place where the hurts and disappointment of this world have no more sting.
Where the frustrations of  life are replaced with unspeakable joys.
Where the pains of  life are not permitted and the failures of life control us no longer.

2) A place with no more pain.
Heaven has no handicap parking places.
There are not pharmacies and prescriptions to fill.
Heaven doesn’t have hospitals, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers.
The days of aches and pains for Sarah are over, the trips to the doctors have ceased, and all her pain has ended.

3) A place of Great beauty
 Let me give you a small glimpse of what Sarah is looking at right now.

Rev 21:18-22:5 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are  its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 22:1 And  he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

III. The Third Promise found in John 14 is that He Personally Receives Us.

 Now I want you to imagine this, the moment that Sarah took her last breathe in that old nursing home the very next breath she took in Heaven, and the Lord was right there to welcome her.
The first image she saw was the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was there with His arms wide open to receive her into that great mansion that He has prepared for all His children.
And for Sarah she experienced a love that we can’t even understand.
A love that forgives every failure that she had in her life.
A love that mends the hurts only she knew.
A  love that understood every feeling that she had.
It is an unconditional love that completely satisfies the longing of her soul.

IV. The Last Promise is that there is only One way to Enter Heaven.

Jesus said to Thomas “Thomas, you say you don’t know the way to heaven but you do, I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
More than anything Sarah understood this. She understood that without a relationship with the Savior there was no hope of heaven.
She understood that Christ came to take away the sins of the world and that included hers.
She believed in the greatest promise given to all found, in three simple verses:

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Sarah’s life revolved around this promise and because of her relationship with the Savior, she is in a place that we can’t imagine and experiencing a love incomprehensible.

Conclusion:
I know it’s Sarah’s desire that each one of you have the same relationship she had with the Savior and many of you do. However, there might be some of you this afternoon that have never given thought to your eternal future. This afternoon you are asking yourself where would I go if I were to leave this  world? And I would like to take just a moment to share with you some scriptures that explain the promise that Sarah had because I know she would want me to.

The first one we have already heard “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”
There is no other way to enter heaven; it’s only through a personal relationship with Jesus.
It doesn’t have to do with religion – i.e. Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, etc.
It doesn’t have to do with being a good person.
No one can pray you in.

1 John 5:12-13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,

Wouldn’t it be great to know that you will spend eternity in heaven. Well the scriptures say that we can know and that’s through a relationship with Christ
Christ paid the price for us to be saved.

Rom 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

What must I do to have the same relationship with Jesus that Sarah had?
We must realize that sin separates us from God.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Whether it be a little white lie or a lifestyle you know that is not pleasing to God.
We must ask God to forgive us for living that way.

 1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We must ask Him to come and be our personal Savior.
 Rom 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Let us close in prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father we once again thank you for the life of Sarah. We thank you for all the lives that she has touched and the memories that she has left. And now Father, we ask that you comfort the many family members and friends that have gathered here and help us to always remember the frailty of life. For it’s in your Son’s precious name we pray, Amen.

Song: The Pioneers- I’ll FLY AWAY

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Events

 

COMING SOON!

The church needs you. Not because there are slots to fill, but because YOU have been given a ministry to fulfill.

Starting August 28th at 09:30 sharp and lasting only six short weeks, New Life will be teaching Network. Do you want to discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving in the body of Christ?

If you answered “YES”, then Network is for you! If you attend New Life there is a place to sign up at church. If you worship someplace else, you are certainly invited to come and be with us during this time. The course is free, but workbooks must be ordered. Let us know asap if you wish to attend.

The right people, in the right places, for the right reasons, at the right time; that is our goal. Hope to see you there.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 
 
 
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