Interview with Trey Moore for HMO

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Trey Moore is one of the recipients of Northstar’s Holiday Missions Offering (HMO).  I recently interviewed Trey to find out more about him, his ministry, and how the HMO blesses him. Trey grew up in a small town, Cana, Virginia only an hour south of Blacksburg. “All of my family lived within 20 minutes of my house on both my …

December Nights – Consolation

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“If we dwell on a sentence, we will miss the paragraph. If we are paralyzed by a paragraph, we will not get the chapter. And if we choke on a chapter, we will miss the entire story.”  – Jeff Noble This week’s sermon focused in on one sentence in the grand story of Christmas. But, Jeff encouraged us not to …

HMO Spotlight: PRC

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Each December, we ask our members and attenders to prayerfully considering giving to our Holiday Missions Offering (HMO) which is in addition to our regular offering. 100 percent of the money collected is divided between ministry agencies that Northstar supports during the year. One of those ministry agencies is the Pregnancy Resource Center of the New River Valley (PRC) which is …

Where Does Joy Come From?

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Over Thanksgiving Break, I had the opportunity to go to New York City with my family. It truly was a beautiful place during this Holiday Season- lights were strung from buildings, the tree was set up in Rockefeller Center, and there was a buzz in the air. Throughout all of the hustle and bustle of shopping, seeing shows, and people …

Welcome Christmas

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I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” —Psalm 89:1-2 ESV During Jeff’s first December Nights message, I couldn’t help but picture the Whos of Whoville, the …

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 …

Be Thankfuel – Recap

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On Sunday, November 19, Jeff Noble brought us a sermon called “Be Thankfuel.” He began by stating that “Thanksgiving is the heart posture of every follower of Jesus Christ that’s necessary for us to combat fear and to combat stress in a lack of relational peace in our hearts… [it’s] that posture that we must have to enter into right …

#GivingTuesday

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In 2012, the movement known as Giving Tuesday began. According to the Giving Tuesday website, it is an idea that was created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. It’s an idea that harnesses the power of social media and collaboration, encouraging people around the world …

D28 – Enjoying “Small” in Discipleship

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The following was originally posted on my blog, but I wanted to share it here as well for encouragement for those of you considering investing in or being involved in intentional discipleship. Back in 2014, I wrote about how our church was in the process of rethinking how we do discipleship. At the time, we had a box on our …