Have you ever noticed that when you pop a bag of microwave popcorn, some of the kernels don’t pop? Even though the kernels receive the same heat in the same bag at the same time, sometimes they just don’t pop. It can be a struggle to find the right amount of time to get it all to pop. As Christians, sometimes we are like this. When we don’t respond, we are like kernels that don’t pop. We read the same scriptures, but we don’t pop. We hear the same spiritual songs, but we don’t pop. We listen to the same sermons, but we don’t pop. We hear the same teaching on giving, the same call to serve but we don’t … Read More
Friends, I believe it is safe to say that we are in transition. Believe it or not, this is good news. Whenever you go through transition, something is disrupted, challenged or changed. On the surface this may not seem like a good thing. I want to suggest that it is. While I must acknowledge transition can be difficult, transition can also be a blessing. When a woman is in labor, the final stage is called transition. It is an indication that birth is near. A woman progresses from 7 to 10 centimeters in less than an hour. It can be very painful, and it can be emotionally challenging. A woman’s behavior may change, she may become panicked or fearful. This … Read More
Creed: What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this book for Lent, Easter, and beyond, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters.
The Christmas season is upon us! What a blessing to experience the hope, love, joy and peace the birth of Christ offers us. I want to express my appreciation for your faithfulness to New World Church through your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We have been blessed this past year with many changes. We have a new youth director who is passionate about ministry with our youth. Our children’s church continues to expand. Our facilities have a new look. Our worship service has a new vibe. Our church has a new vision and mission: New World Church: Modern, Christ-Centered Community We are a welcoming, loving safe place to worship God and serve others. We are called to impact our … Read More
The Faith to Overcome Fear is a very powerful emotion that can impact our lives in helpful and harmful ways. Fear is helpful in that it teaches us to avoid danger. Fear is harmful when it keeps us from new experiences and possibilities for growth. Fear can help or hinder. The recent shooting of Botham Shem Jean created a great deal of fear for me. It shook me to the core that this vibrant young man was not safe in his own home. It caused me to fear for the safety of my young adult children, nieces and nephews. I questioned my own safety. This incident has stirred racial tensions once again in the city of Dallas. A subject which … Read More