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Blog Archives: February 2016

Come O Lord

February 23, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Imagine what it would look like if genuine gospel renewal came to New Covenant Church. Just imagine! Can you see the parlor full (or, better yet, the sanctuary) on a Monday night to pray? Imagine elders, deacons, and other leaders of the church openly confessing their sins. Imagine long-standing conflicts between congregants settled by the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. Imagine young people stepping forward to give themselves in consecration to Christ, recognizing their call to serve with all of their lives. And imagine us acquiring ...

Sharpening Our Prayer

February 15, 2016
Chris Castaldo
As I consider the challenges and opportunities of this season, there are many needs for which we can pray. Reflecting on the full range of these needs, one identifies a common thread. Whether it pertains to individuals in need of spiritual life, those who are ill, the needs of our nation, or suffering in the world, the solution to each of these maladies exists in a loving Savior who has invited us to present our requests to him. Therefore, in what follows, we wish to help families and individuals of New Covenant Church approach the throne of ...

Praying the Ones: A Way to Pray Everyday

February 09, 2016
Chris Castaldo
In the frantic movements of each day, prayer is often the first discipline to go. If only we had a way to initiate prayer, continuing it might be easier. This is where “praying the ones” is helpful. Pray for one ministry opportunity, once a day, for one minute. When most of us “pray the ones” we will continue praying beyond one opportunity, once a day, for one minute. Just imagine how God can work through an entire congregation that prays like this! If you are like me, you find inspiration in the example of men and women whose ...

Sharpening our Focus: Defining the Ministry Priorities of NCC

February 03, 2016
Chris Castaldo
The vision of New Covenant Church continues to be “Christ preached from all the Scriptures. Love extended to the church, the city, and the world.  Lives transformed by the power of the gospel.” In view of this commitment, we wish to acquire clearer perspective on our ministry priorities and think together about the specific activities that these priorities lead us to engage. Toward this end, we are now entering a season of focused prayer (February), dialogue (March-April), and formulation (May). Here is a closer look. I. Prayer (February): ...