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FAMILY VALUES

This month at Northgate, we’ve been talking a lot about marriage and family as part of our Picture Perfect series. We’ve been looking at marriage and relationships, but we’d be remiss not to note the importance of values.

A crucial component in any family is values.

Values are those ideas and principles that take priority. In many ways, a family can be defined by their values. Whether they’re developed deliberately or by default, they become the operating system by which an individual, couple, or family lives.

Think of some of the most famous families today--you can almost name their values, good or bad, based on their behaviors and the fruit of their relationships…

  • Chip and Joanna Gaines = Creativity and Entrepreneurship

  • The Mandelas = Freedom and Equality

  • The Simpsons = Subversion

  • The Kardashians = Celebrity Status

  • Billy and Ruth Graham = Evangelism

  • The Incredibles = Justice

Okay, so some of those are weird examples, but you get the idea. The values of each family become obvious. And those values inform how they spend their time and money, who they hang out with, and how they conduct themselves.

Values are important.

Northgate is a family, too. And we have a set of values that we hold dear. Maybe you’ve seen them hanging up on the wall in the lobby. We have 9 principles we live by to keep our family focused, healthy, and strong.

Give them a read today and reflect. Which of them is your favorite? Which of them have you personally observed at church? Which of them would you like to help develop more in our church? Which of them would you like to see more of in your own life or household?

Read them, reflect, and pray!

The Northgate 9

1. We won't shut up. We can't stop talking about Jesus. In Him we find life and forgiveness, hope and peace, healing, freedom, and purpose. We want everyone to know God, and will risk just about anything to get the word out.

2. We are lean and mean. We choose to do a few things well and wholeheartedly, not several things poorly and halfheartedly.

3. We hang together. Everyone is going to hang out together in heaven some day, so we might as well start practicing now.

4. We are downwardly mobile. We want to go lower and serve deeper. Jesus said, “The last will be first,” and frankly, we're competitive.

5. We are weird, because normal isn't working. Following Jesus is counter cultural. Transformation is weird to the world around us, but normal here.

6. We innovatively teach the Bible. We don’t shy away from the deep truths of Scripture. We use simple, non-religious language and culture, as well as humor and the arts, to communicate the message of Jesus in its entirety and to apply it to our lives.

7. We like to party. We joyfully expend resources worshiping God and leading others to Him. He is worthy of more than anything we can offer.

8. We rely on God ...mostly because we have to. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” So, we are a church who prays all the time, leans on the Holy Spirit, and leaves the results to God.

9. We do for a few what we’d like to do for many. While we can’t do everything for everyone, we make a concerted effort to practice peace, generously care for those in need, and bless the most vulnerable in our community and around the world.

 

SCRIPTURE READING MADE SIMPLE

Northgate’s mission to help people become who God purposed them to be comes alive when we’re all engaged with scripture.

True story, bro.

Sure, Bible reading can be difficult to focus on or confusing at times, but the simple, routine act of opening up the word and asking God to move through it, builds big dividends that payoff later.

What does God say about reading scripture?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17    

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8          

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

Wild and wonderful things happen in our hearts, minds, prayers and actions when we digest all the goodness that scripture has to offer. Even when we don’t understand something the first time we read it, God helps us come to an understanding over time. Our job is simply to come to the table and feast.

That’s why Northgate is always encouraging people to really dig into Bible-reading and we provide resources and reading plans to make it happen.

And now, here’s a super simple way we can help you dive in…

The SOAP Reading Method is still our favorite tool to dissect scripture, but instead if uploading a list of verses for you to follow, we’re gonna recommend some amazing devotions through our app!

With each new series, we’ll suggest the perfect plan to supplement the weekend teaching and get you seeing the scriptures in a whole new way. Cool, right!?!

Here’s how to get it:

                -Open your app store

                -Search for Northgate and our round “n” logo

                -Download the app

                -Look for Devotions (or “Devos”) and start reading

This month, we’re featuring a reading plan on marriage, to go along with our “Picture Perfect” message series. No marriage is picture perfect, but this reading plan can help couples get closer to having the marriage God purposed them to have. It’s all in the scriptures!

Keep checking the app often for news, reading plans, and other helpful resources!

9 WAYS TO ROCK 2019

Call them what you like—goals, resolutions, to-do’s, or aspirations. No matter how you slice it, a new year is the perfect time to reflect and re-calibrate.

We’re still at the top of 2019 and excited to see what the next season will bring!

But if you’re one of those people who just isn’t feelin’ the whole “new year, new me” vibe, then we have 9 super simple suggestions that may help this be your best year yet, without all the pressure of setting big, lofty, long-term goals.

1.       Make prayer priority #1.

First on the list because it’s seriously the most important thing you can do for your faith, family, career…anything! Here’s a goal that can be done in the car, while you’re brushing your teeth, or loading the dishwasher. Hit up our website if you need a resource to help you pray, or if you want to join Northgate’s passionate movement to pray 50,000 hours as a church.

 

2.       Compose a personal mission statement.

If you’re thinking “nerd alert!” think again. Curating a succinct personal mission statement can be a really powerful exercise. It’s one way to define your purpose and add focus to your life. Here’s a cool article to get you started. And remember, once you write it, you should memorize it and begin to live by it.

 

3.       Get your finances figured out once and for all.

A 2014 Gallup World Poll study concluded that only one in three adults is “financially literate.”  YIKES. That means it’s possible that one in three people in our church, our community, our workplaces is suffering under the weight of consumer debt or with no plan for their financial future. If this is you or someone you know, don’t waste another year (or paycheck) frustrated by money. A simple step is to sign up for Financial Peace University which starts in just a few days. Take the course, work the steps, and finally be free from financial stress.

 

4.       Surround yourself with great books.

Books make your brain a beautiful place to hang out and the super simple goal of reading more can help you in every area of your life. A stat circulating on Facebook asserts that if people were to put down their phones for two hours a day, they could read 200 books in one year. CRAZY! Here’s the math on that. But, you don’t need to try to crunch in a ton of books to see the benefit. Just grab a few good books to keep on your nightstand, get reacquainted with your local library, or do a book swap with friends and commit to reading a chapter a day.

 

5.       Get happy with a gratitude journal.

It’s Biblical. It’s scientifically proven. And it’s incredibly easy. To have an amazing year, simply identify a little “amazing” each day with a gratitude journal. Even if you’re not a big writer, jotting down just 3 short things in a notebook or app at the end of the day can have a significant impact on your mood and your relationship with God. Give it a try.

 

6.       Do some serious self-care.

While some folks are making bold proclamations about their impending weight loss in this new year, others have had it with all the fitness propaganda. But self-care isn’t just about eating leafy greens and lifting weights; it’s about consistently doing small things that contribute to your health and make you feel better. For you, it could be as easy as going to sleep a half hour earlier, trying a tooth whitening kit, deep breathing on your lunch break, taking a daily vitamin, or making that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off. And hey, small victories provide momentum to bigger goals. So pick one or two ways to begin taking better care of yourself today and see if that doesn’t make you feel better this year!

 

7.       Make a new friend.

Some of us are social butterflies with big friend networks. However, some of us still crave a sense of belonging and have yet to find community. If that’s you, take the simple step of looking at this group page. Is there something on here that appeals to you? Sign up! In two weeks, all these group leaders will be in our lobby at our Group Link Event so you can meet them and ask questions. Making one new friend may really lift your spirits and give you a good year.

 

8.       Instead of a new beginning, try quitting.

Author Bob Goff has famously said that he quits something every Thursday. It may sound crazy, but let that thought sit for a minute. Is there something in your life or your routine that’s taking up valuable bandwidth? Then quit it! Perhaps you need to quit negativity, quit your kid’s Highlights magazine subscription (that they never read anyway), quit fast food, quit a volunteer role you’ve outgrown in favor of a new one, or quit hanging your pants when just folding them would suffice. Whatever that looks like for you, consider all those things that take up valuable time or head space and see if there’s anything you can safely quit.

 

9.       When in doubt, drink more water.

If everything else on this list of suggestions seems too daunting, then just start drinking more water, okay? Because honestly, most of us probably ain’t gettin’ in those eight 8-ounce glasses each day. Let’s hydrate, people.

 

Happy 2019!

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