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Blog Archives: March 2016

Sermon on the Mount Series

March 29, 2016
Chris Castaldo
The Protestant Reformers cried, “Post tenebras lux”—“After darkness, light”—to signal and celebrate the unleashing of gospel light into the world. Such light was revealed in the resurrection of Jesus, and, by the empowering presence of the Spirit, it is expressed through the radiant life and witness of Christ’s Body, the Church. Here is how Matthew puts it at the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they ...

Our Song Is Love Unknown

March 22, 2016
Chris Castaldo
It will soon be Good Friday, a time to read Scripture, poetry, hymns, and events from church history that probe into the wonder of Jesus’ cross. One of my favorite poems is one that we’re planning to sing on Friday evening at New Covenant Church, My Song is Love Unknown. Let the lyrics sink into your soul and remind you of the inexplicable love that defines this week. My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me; Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be. O who am I, That for my sake My Lord should take Frail flesh, and ...

The Hope-Inspiring Power of Divine Blessing

March 16, 2016
Chris Castaldo
As we enter Holy Week this Sunday, we will naturally hear the familiar words, “God bless you.” Simple, direct, and intensely personal, it is more than sentiment; it is a theological act with potential to instill hope. We wish people God’s blessing so they will experience God’s blessing. When we say “God bless you,” the subject is always God. He is the source of blessing and its primal speaker. Divine speech caused the original creation to teem with creatures; it animated the luminaries, and from time immemorial it has renewed hope and ...

Values from a Mentor

March 08, 2016
Chris Castaldo
As the potter presses his clay, he has in mind a final design. Each spin of the wheel brings this design closer to reality. Scripture uses this pottery metaphor to describe our sanctification, “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” And in this life-long process the Spirit uses faithful pastors to press grace into our souls. When most people hear the name R. Kent Hughes, they probably think of homiletics. His many expository commentaries and long tenure of preaching at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois have ...

Why Sharpen Our Focus?

March 01, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Why should we be concerned with understanding the will of God for New Covenant Church? In this video, Pastor Castaldo provides the answer.   New Covenant Church: Sharpening Our Focus 1 from Chris Castaldo on Vimeo.