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Blog Archives: January 2016

NCC Vision: Principles & Steps Moving Forward

January 26, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Over the last several weeks I have been preparing a plan for the NCC elders by which our congregation can move forward in mission during this exciting season. In advance of Sunday morning’s Community Chat, I thought I’d share the plan with the church to provide a bird’s eye view of where we’ve come from, where we stand at the moment, and how I see us proceeding into the coming months: 1. Building upon our NCC church history We benefit from looking backward at our historical narrative before looking forward. In this respect, we are ...

Renewal in Our Day

January 20, 2016
Chris Castaldo
There is one thing on which most Christians today agree–we need genuine renewal. Faced with rising violence, economic recession, and a growing sense of despair, we recognize that our fundamental challenge is not political or social; it is spiritual. And because such challenges require divine insight and strength, we stand to benefit from reviewing the landscape of Christian history to learn from previous generations. Of the many persons and movements one might consider, Charles Haddon Spurgeon is especially instructive since his legacy ...

Asking for Transformed Lives

January 12, 2016
Chris Castaldo
The longer I live the more certain I become that we need transforming grace. Divine grace. Grace that beckons our feeble lives from the dregs of sin and imparts eternal hope. Grace that is found in the crucified and risen Jesus. The road to deliverance and the pathway to renewal begin here and nowhere else. Spiritual renewal, however, is not limited to the initial steps of faith—what we commonly call “conversion.” The follower of Christ continues to receive God’s transformation. In other words, beyond the initial step of faith, ...

This Is War

January 07, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Sometimes you find yourself against the wall. Try as you may, circumstances appear too threatening to face. You read Scripture for encouragement and recognize that it’s not a playground, but rather a battlefield in which you rise to greet each new day, a fact that is confirmed by news headlines. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world” (Eph 6:12). In the face of such daily threats where can we look to be reminded of God’s presence? One place is ...