An Open Letter to New College Students


Dear College Freshman,  In these first few weeks of freedom, you will have a seemingly endless amount of choices to make. Some will be small, like which dining hall to go to for dinner, or whether or not to loft your bed (the extra space will be worth it I promise!). On the other hand, some of these decisions matter …

The Power of Prayer

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Determining whether someone is going through a challenging season or not is difficult when the only time we see them is on a Sunday morning. The battles they endured Monday through Saturday are almost invisible when they walk into the church building with a wide grin on their face, telling other members of the Church that “God is Good.” However, …

Stuff Kids Say: Drive Time

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Stuff Kids Say

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you …

Sunday morning prayer reflections #unity #breathe


Northstar has a prayer group that meets on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. via Zoom. They have traditionally prayed for our morning services (and most recently our livestreams). This past Sunday, they focused their prayers around the tumult and chaos in our nation surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd.  Here are some of the thoughts from the team that they …

The COVID Connection Project

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This entry is part of 7 in the series Caught in the Act

Recently Northstar member Bethany Teague created a video for her company titled #InItTogether. After we saw it, we asked her to write a blog about her experience: Unprecedented, historic, strange.  If I had a roll of toilet paper for every time I’ve heard these words since March 1, I could drink milk for life without a care.  And as much …

Ode To Our Seniors

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Bittersweet. Bitter because we will lose two of you and sweet because Blacksburg will get to keep two of you, at least for a little while longer. Becca, Lissa, Nick and Paisleigh have all served as interns for Northstar and have become near and dear to my heart as well as the rest of the Northstar family. Becca, you were …