Posts by Debbie Christian

Worship Wars

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Jeff’s sermon on Genesis 4 left me asking myself: Who do I worship? Am I like Cain, wanting to apathetically offer some of what I have, with an un-submitted heart and lack of commitment to God? Is God an after thought? Am I holding back? That sounds self-serving, not God serving, doesn’t it? Or am I like Abel, who purposely …

Sermon Recap – Lessons in Confidence

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“God doesn’t give you grace by the teaspoon, but by the bucket!” I gravitated to this spiritual object lesson in Jeff’s sermon on Sunday. How many times have I over-analyzed, critiqued, or belittled my situation and myself–all the while knowing, mind you, that God’s grace is plenty enough for the loved ones in my life or even the stranger I …

HMO Spotlight: International Students, Inc.

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Northstar reaches the nations with a local group! What’s important about the Holiday Missions Offering? So glad you asked! It’s a crucial part of the life of Northstar Church, as it focuses on sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ within our community and throughout the world! For a full list of Northstar supported missions, click here. One of …

A Tsunami of Praise

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It was a packed room this Sunday for our first December Nights service as we sang “Do You See What I See” and more heart humbling lyrics as we worshiped our newborn King! Twinkling preschoolers drew us near to the baby Jesus as they burst with joy to the well-known “Away in a Manger.” The Northstar December Nights tradition is …

Why a Marriage Retreat?

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This past weekend, 34 married couples from Northstar Church stole away to the rural town of Floyd, VA, at the charming Hotel Floyd, where they participated in a video training series, “Mingling of Souls” by Matt Chandler. The teaching content was challenging, wrought by Matt’s personal journey in his own marriage, his Bible study in the Song of Solomon, and …

What Is Stephen Ministry?

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We’re so glad you asked! Carolyn Noble, who’s been a Stephen Minister at Northstar for five years, shares, “Stephen Ministry is a care giving ministry for Northstar members and regular attenders. It is best for those who need a listening ear or encouragement during a time of struggle. Northstar has several trained Stephen Ministers that provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care …

Why Baby Dedication?

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Have you ever wondered why our church does a Baby Dedication like we did at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, January 22? “Baby dedication is a time for you and our church family to come together and promise to do our best in raising your children to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him throughout their life,” …

Passion 2017 – The High School POV

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“I’m all in. No matter what’s ahead.” – Rachel Christian Rachel Christian recently joined Northstar’s college ministry as they headed to the Georgia Dome for Passion 2017, whose stated purpose is “to see a generation leverage their lives for what matters most.” Rachel, a high school senior and one of the youngest of the 18-25 year olds in attendance, said …