God Shapes Us Through Suffering

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The pandemic has thrown most, if not all, of our ‘regular lives’ for a spin. While each of us is in a unique situation, we are all mourning the temporary loss of community, celebrations, and moments that we had hoped for. There is significant hurt and loss in many, if not all, of our lives.  Christians are not immune from …

Passion Week Devotional: Easter Sunday

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

There is so much about the days that we have been walking through in the past month that leave us wanting more. More freedom, more opportunities, and more face to face connections just to name a few.  Most churches usually swell to their highest attendance on Easter Sunday, yet today we look at the same familiar walls at home while …

Passion Week Devotional: Saturday

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This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Friday is over, Jesus appears to be dead. Joseph has wrapped his body in linen and placed him in the tomb. What just happened? He was supposed to save the world. He was supposed to come in and make everything right. Things probably looked bleak to his disciples and his family. Jesus’ ministry on Earth was over. Or was it? …

Passion Week Devotional: Friday

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

The Irony in Jesus’ Approach to Power Earlier this week, as I was driving back from Richmond, I came across a podcast titled With a Politician by Tim Keller: a sermon based on Luke 23:1-25. In a day and age where it seems that our politics and religion go hand and hand, it is difficult to decipher how Jesus approaches …

Passion Week Devotional: Thursday

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Even Rocks Can Crumble It was Thursday evening in an upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus and his twelve disciples were gathered around a table to celebrate the Passover – or so they thought. The evening started off already being different with Jesus taking a servant’s place and washing the feet of all of His disciples. Following the foot washing, Jesus …

Palm Sunday Timelapse

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What goes into a livestream? As churches all over the world are converting to an online format for their church services, there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes by super talented individuals that are committed to serving the body of Christ even during this tumultuous time. Northstar is no exception! Ezra Richards, along with Ethan and Sarah …

Passion Week Devotional: Wednesday

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This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

All too often, the events of the Wednesday of Passion Week are overlooked. It was a seemingly insignificant day in the scheme of events that led to Jesus’ death on the cross. However, it is what’s not directly said about Wednesday, that plays a critical part in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. There is a general consensus among scholars that it …