#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 …

It’s Not About You or Your Agenda

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Last weekend was a special time in the life of Northstar Church. It was a special time because it was designated as Missions Weekend. We welcomed guest speaker Sean Cooper, from The Traveling Team, who was willing to share God’s heart for the nations. On Sunday morning, he walked is through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in an attempt …

What Could Possibly Be THAT Valuable?

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” –Matthew 13.44 ESV This past Sunday, we wrapped up a four week teaching series on stewardship by walking through the parable of the hidden …

For the Love of Money: Reflection

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It’s all about perspective. As part of Northstar’s For The Love of Money series, Associate Pastor, Neal Nelson opened his message by inviting us to take a player’s perspective versus a spectator’s perspective to God’s word. If we do, we will: Wonder why we may be tempted to trust anything other than our Heavenly Father. Be excited about opportunities to …

Unity Takes a Wholehearted Effort

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“I, therefore, as a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” — Ephesians 4:1-3 As I sat at the kitchen …

How Did You Spend Your Harvest Hoedown?

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Sunday, October 15, may not have felt much like autumn, but that didn’t stop the people of Northstar Church from celebrating fall and all the season has to offer! Originally, Northstar’s annual Harvest Hoedown was supposed to take place the week before, on October 8. But the forecast of heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate gave us …