|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on June 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (4)|
In music when a note is played that is different from the other notes the sound is unstable; it is called dissonance. When the dissonance is done on purpose it is to create interest in the musical score. At first when the composer does this the note does not sound right, but in the next note he will use a note to resolve the dissonance and make the note sound stable.
Have you noticed that everything in creation, with the exception of man, does what it was created to do? Ev...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Henri Nouwen was a trapeze artist and wrote, “As the flyer is swinging high above the crowd, the moment comes when he lets go of the trapeze, when he arcs out into the air. For that moment, which feels like an eternity, the flyer is suspended in nothingness. It is too late to reach back for the trapeze. There is no going back. However, it is too soon to be grasped by the one who will catch him. He cannot accelerate the catch. In that moment, his job is to be as still and m...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I thought this week of Abram’s father, Terah (Gen 11:31). Terah was going to Canaan Land, but stopped in Haran. Terah’s name in Hebrew means, “The man who stopped.” I wondered, “Why did he stop?”
What cause me to think of Terah is another man who has made a Phoenix bus stop his home. At first you think he is a shadow, but he is a man who has made the stop his airy home. Daily he sits with Dread-locked hair, dirt caked skin, and layers of ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 18, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
On May, 7th the Ecumenical Church came together in Anthem’s city park to pray. The denominational walls came down and Christians by the hundreds came and prayed in unison for the family, the church, the sick and homeless, our government, and the schools.
The universal church came together, but it was not Roman Catholic; those present believed in baptism, but they weren’t Baptist; they believed in the Reformation, but they were not Lutheran; they believed in the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
“Jesus did not trust himself to them, for … He Himself knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Think how Jesus knew people: About John the Baptist he said, “I must increase, he must decrease.” Andrew asked, “Where are you staying?” He said “Come and you will see.”
Impetuous Peter denied him; He restored him. Philip would not come unless called, so He called him. His mother Mary; He corrected. To the intellectual Nicodemus H...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
There is a great restlessness in the world today. A manifold restlessness of world leaders expanding their boarders, migrants seeking a better life, and refugees fleeing wars. A world on the move from sea to sea, east to west, and north to south.
I’m reminded of Amos 8:11, “I will send a famine through the land … a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” In the next two verses you find the similarity to today’s restlessness: Staggering, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
The old hymns have hidden truths. In the hymn “Rock of Ages,” there is a line that calls upon the blood of Christ to, “Be of sin the double cure; save me from its guilt and power.” What is the double cure? With regard to God we have two problems: First, we have broken God’s Laws and are liable for the law’s penalty. Second, we continue to sin. Because our problem is twofold, God’s grace must offer a double cure.
When a person believes...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 19, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
In chapters one and two of 1st John, the word abide appears nine times. When a word appears that frequently it means the author is trying to make a point. John’s point: In times like these if a Christian is to remain faithful to Jesus they must abide. Abide means to wait patiently for. As Tennyson put it, "I will abide the coming of my lord."
How does one abide in Christ? You abide by spending time alone with God, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with Christians, and at...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Jesus said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear,” (John 16:12). This has always been true. God has more to say to us, but it is more than we can now bear. So God must patiently wait for our ability to bear before he speaks to us about things we should know. We see this idea expressed by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still wo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
The family is the foundation of a society. It is sad to see that our society’s families are being destroyed. As a result of that destruction many children have grown into adulthood having never known an intact home. Damaged in childhood means damaged in adulthood, for the damage doesn’t magically repair itself on the day of one’s emancipation. Naturally when something of ours is broken we spend time trying to fix it, but how does one repair a damaged childhood caused by...Read Full Post »