Opening Weekend Plans and Service Times Change!

Well, it’s HERE finally! Only five weeks remaining at PACT Charter School. Our OPENING WEEKEND in our brand new GUEST HOUSE is now set for DECEMBER 7 and 8. Bring a friend. Invite a neighbor. Drag a spouse. Bottom line: EXPAND the KINGDOM! In order to accommodate our guests, we’ll be making some CHANGES to the schedule that same weekend. For one, we’re starting a SATURDAY NIGHT service at 5 PM, beginning DECEMBER 7. WOO HOO! This service will be IDENTICAL to our Sunday morning services and include KIDNECTION for all ages.

Also, we’re MOVING our 9:15 and 10:45 AM services to 9:00 and 11:00 AM in order to accommodate MORE PEOPLE in our parking lot and lobby. WE NEED ROOM. Plain and simple. Spacing the services apart will create LESS CONGESTION and allow people to enjoy the Sunday morning experience even more.

Now, change can be difficult in any system, even Northgate’s. For example, some of you might be thinking, “What about when the VIKINGS play at NOON?” But my guess is, given their recent performance, that only SOME of you are thinking that. But if you’re a DIE-HARD FAN and you don’t own a DVR, you’ll have to come to church on Saturdays or earlier on Sundays. And please do come!

Others of you who VOLUNTEER might be asking, “How does this CHANGE my life?” Well, it’ll mean that if you volunteer on Sundays you’ll have to SPEND about 15-30 MINUTES EXTRA at Northgate. A bigger commitment, I’m sure, but I hope you agree, well worth the effort. Thanks for your service! We have the best volunteers!

GOD is so GOOD. He is faithful even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). I can’t wait to see what he does in the weeks ahead. THANKS for being a part of it, and thanks for partnering with GOD in this venture.

Northgate Church is passionate about helping people become who God purposed them to be.

Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness (Psalm 115:1).

Some Thoughts on Forgiveness

Looking for a little forgiveness? Chew on some of these verses: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! Psalm 51: 2

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 10-12

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends. Proverbs 17: 9

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7: 14

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, give heed and act! Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name. Daniel 9: 19

For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6: 14

If we admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9

Behold my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins. Psalm 25: 18

Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times? Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven! Matthew 18: 21-22

So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses. Matthew 18: 35

For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more. Hebrews 8: 12

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also. Colossians 3: 13

For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86: 5

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the remission of our offenses, in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor. Ephesians 1: 7

So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you. Acts 13: 38

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop, in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. Mark 11:25

[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins. Colossians 1: 13-14

And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions. Colossians 2: 13

Blessed is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32: 1

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord—then You forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32: 5

Whatever we worry about the most reveals what we value the most. For example, if we worry about our kid's safety, it's because we value our kids. If you're single and you worry that you will never marry, it's because you value marriage. And, if you worry about losing your job, it’s because you value being employed. What we worry about the most reveals what we value the most. At the same time, what we worry about the most reveals where we trust God the least. Worry, I've found, is nothing more than questioning the character and faithfulness of God. We don’t think that God is big enough to handle our small problems.

Has God been faithful to you in the past? Has God revealed his consistent character to you in different seasons of your life? Do you find yourself worrying about things that never happen? If so, take Paul’s advice to heart from Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (4:4-7).

Join me this Sunday for a new perspective on worry.