Luke 6:39-49 (click to display NIV text)
March 10, 2013: Fourth Sunday in Lent
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.”

 

Many years ago I was the coach of my son’s soccer team, when he was 7 years old. During the week we would work on having the players spread out over the field and have them practice passing the ball side to side. On Saturday mornings they would play a game, and all the players from both teams would cluster around the ball as it moved around the field. The pressure of opposition changed everything they had learned to do.

This week has been the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska. In the first half of the race several of the mushers used unconventional strategy to try to get an edge on the competition. Martin Buser sprinted from the start, then took his mandatory 24 hour layover much earlier in the race than usual. Meanwhile, Lance Mackey drove hard to the halfway point, hoping to be first to that point and win a $7,000 prize, and then he took his 24-hour rest, which was much later than most of the teams. But this year the temperatures have been very warm, and with the warm temperatures came strong winds. So, in the face of wind, the strategies did not mean as much. Now it is down to who has the strongest dogs, rather than who has the best strategy. Buser held the lead all day Saturday, breaking trail in the soft snow and facing the strong wind. But it wore him out, and now he is fading out of contention. The opposition of the warm wind changed everything.

Our lives are lived under pressure, under opposition. Under the pressure of various types of storms and the resistance of competition we find that we need a teacher, one who can see what we cannot see, one who can guide us. Our strategies tend to fall apart when we face opposition. Under stress, we act like we are blind. Read more

Ping-Pong-175-4Come join the men of our church and their friends for some lively Ping-Pong action.  We have had a good mix of people coming, and all player levels are welcomed!  We play every second Thursday in the church basement starting at 7:00.  It is a great way to get to know people.  We recently purchased a new table, so come join us, and bring a friend!

lumunous

You are invited to come to the Men’s Lumunos  Retreat on March 15-17, 2013 at Covenant Harbor,  Lake Geneva, WI.  Everyone who has been to this retreat would recommend it!
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From “In The Spirit” Newsletter
by Merileen Thorson

When Bruce and I agreed to serve as co-chairs of the Deacon committee three years ago, it was with some reservations as well as some reluctance. We agreed that Bruce could handle the meetings side; he’s much better at that than I am, and I’d handle “details”. That seemed workable.  The same reluctance I felt at chairing deacons came when it was time for the first Prayer Retreat.   Silence. Growing up on a farm, there was plenty of silence in the wide open spaces, but also plenty of noise—animals, machinery, siblings…so, a prayer retreat….spending eight  hours in silence and prayer?  Read more

Bible TV

The Bible is an epic ten-part miniseries premiering March 3, 2013 on the History Channel at 7 p.m. Each episode of The Bible brings Scripture to life with powerful performances and dazzling visual effects to present tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.

We are still looking for another delegate for our Denominational Annual Meeting in Detroit, June 27-30, 2013.  Please contact the church office or Trevor James (tjames@northpark.edu) if you are considering going.

  • Our Love INC Starter Kit ministry and those it serves
  • Brady DeJong who has been improving and looking for a return home this week
  • Our church family who has experienced loss of their loved ones
  • Our pastoral search process
  • Covenant Harbor and Covenant Point as they prepare for their summer camp programs

Luke 6:27-38 (click to display NIV text)
March 3, 2013: Third Sunday in Lent
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

The prophet Isaiah says “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” God is merciful. God is available to those who seek him. He is near to those who call upon him. Even the wicked have a chance with God. They can turn to him and he will have mercy on them. The mercy of God is effective because the word of God accomplishes the will of God.

Jesus pointed people to the mercy and goodness of God.   Jesus called his followers to act with mercy because God is merciful. That is the message in this section of Luke chapter 6. Read more

Luke 6:27-38 (click to display NIV text)
March 3, 2013: Third Sunday in Lent
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

The prophet Isaiah says “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” God is merciful. God is available to those who seek him. He is near to those who call upon him. Even the wicked have a chance with God. They can turn to him and he will have mercy on them. The mercy of God is effective because the word of God accomplishes the will of God.

Jesus pointed people to the mercy and goodness of God.   Jesus called his followers to act with mercy because God is merciful. That is the message in this section of Luke chapter 6. Read more