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Restoring Foundations: Returning to First Loves

In the continuing series of digging deeper into the foundations of New Life City, Pastor Alan spends time this week pushing us to return to our first love by returning to the actions that surrounded us falling in love. As a husband seeks to rekindle relationship with his wife by returning to the all-consuming attention he first gave to her while dating, we return to when we first fell in love with Christ through turning our minds and actions towards an all-encompassing immersion within him. 

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The Threat of Convenient Christianity

Everyone is created with a longing for Christ that has been put into us from the very beginning. Today, we have tried to satisfy that longing with a buffet of “Christianisms” that complicate the simplicity of the gospel by trying to appease greater society. We are not called to reflect culture; we are called to reflect God on this earth. The former cultivates convince, the latter obedience.

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Don’t Disqualify Yourself!

Brian Starley spoke on Saturday about how we often disqualify ourselves from what God has called us to out of fear, complaining, or stubbornness. Brian shared several stories of God moving through him in times he didn’t want to do anything but ignore the call of God. However, with each story, we hear how Brian stepped into God’s will despite feeling otherwise and we hear how God showed up each and every time.

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Knowing the Lord

We are recovering our first love by serving a God who wants to know us. We love because He first loved us and, as a result, God wants us to know him and love Him in the same way. How do we get to know God? The same way we get to know anyone. By spending time with Him and getting to know him in the power of His resurrection and walking alongside Him in His suffering.

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Wrestling With God

Jacob wrestled with the Lord and prevailed when Jacob was in the midst of strife and wandering. He didn’t prevail over the Lord because of strength but rather prevailed through contention in relationship with God. The Lord left Jacob with a limp as a result, but the relationship between Jacob and God was strengthened. We must likewise learn to contend with God through relationship as we also contend with and for others through relationship.

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Jesus & Us

As Christians, we are imbued with Christ’s joy and Christ’s mission to spread that joy throughout the world. Our testimonies bring joy. Our presence in the world brings joy. Our unity brings joy. So we must work towards being one with the Father and one with each other then we bring others into our unity through speaking God’s words over their lives.

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Now What? Gospel Living!

As the book of Matthew ends, Jesus answers the 'Now what?' that the disciples were thinking at the prospect of Christ leaving. The answer is the Great Commission. We must go out as disciples because we are the answer to the 'Now what?' Christ gave us the authority and the command to go out and preach the gospel to all. Be Jesus wherever you are.

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The Process to the Promise

"The cost of chasing your promise is not going to be greater than your reward." Pastor Colleen pushed us this weekend to step out into our dreams and promises that God has given us, to not be afraid of failing or how large those dreams are, but to rest in Christ that he will see us through it all like he did with Joseph. Not everything in Joseph's life was easy (slavery, attempts on his life, false accusations, imprisonment), but Joseph focused on his God-given dream knowing that God would see him through it all. We all know the end of that story and how God vaulted Joseph into the unimaginable through simple obedience. What dreams are you chasing today?

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Do Something Good

Small acts of kindness with great love change the world. That's the mantra of Steve Sjogren, a church planter and pastor in the Vineyard network, who spoke this weekend and shared with us stories of how he has seen kindness advance the Kingdom of God. Steve showed us how simple it is to do small acts that produce big results.

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Resurrection Sunday

We serve a king named Jesus who was raised from the dead in bodily form. We as Christians often talk about leaving this body and earth for heaven, but the beauty of resurrection is that it’s ‘other worldly’ and ’this worldly’ at the same time. The testimony of scripture is a resurrection that portends new creation: a new creation that began on resurrection day.

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