Reflections from the Women’s Retreat, Part 1

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Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1) The psalmist repeats the phrase for His steadfast love endure forever for 26 verses! Why? Because he didn’t want the reader to miss it. He wants it to sink in, down deep.   Recently, I got away with many other women of Northstar for …

Grieving the loss of a Christian

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This past week has been a struggle for many in Northstar and in the New River Valley surrounding the loss of our brother in Christ, Joe DeWitt. Joe was a fifth-year student at Virginia Tech. He was scheduled to be commissioned into the Army soon and was to be married in six months. I had the honor of knowing Joe …

A “mom fail” moment

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I’m just gonna lay it out for real here. Earlier this week I had a total mom fail moment. Hazel has recently mentioned once or twice, with no emotion, that there’s a girl in one of her classes that doesn’t like her. According to Hazel she says mean things to her and makes faces at her. The first time Hazel …

Make A Joyful Noise To The Lord

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Two members of the worship team and I traveled to Virginia Beach to lead worship at the Virginia Pre-Teen Convention two weeks ago. As I prepared for that opportunity, I prayed and meditated on Psalm 100. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! (Psalm 100:1-2) Often times as …

ReVerb Movie Night

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This past Sunday Night, Northstar ReVerb all met up at Frank’s Cinebowl Theater to watch God’s Not Dead 2 as a group. We had the awesome opportunity to watch a movie that promoted standing up for your faith in Jesus even when it seems like the hardest thing to do. We are continuing to learn that boldness in Jesus – even …

Summer Camp Scholarship Sponsorship

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We are so excited for camp this year! We will be going back to Crossroads Camp, at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Crossroads is packed full of challenging teaching, modern worship, and more things to have fun doing than you’ll be able to get done! We’ll be participating in team competitions. One of our favorite things about this camp …

How God Used Turkey Hunting to Teach Me About Making Disciples, Part 1

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Everyone loves Spring – warmer weather, blooming flowers, and most of all gobbling turkeys.  I need to confess that I begin thinking about (and looking forward to) turkey hunting in January. I get excited about the thought of standing on an oak-covered ridge listening to gobbling below me. It begins to reoccour more than is spiritually healthy toward the end of February.  And …

Awe

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Northstar has begun its study of Acts.  I have been enjoying this account of the early church.  Over the past several weeks, one thing has stuck out to me – awe.  Over and over again, we read how the early believers were amazed and filled with wonder. First in Acts 2:12, when the Jews were amazed and perplexed by the …

Amazing Love Women’s Retreat Recap

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“I really felt pressed to sacrifice more to God, on a regular basis. I think I became aware of some of my fears and things I struggle to give over to the Lord.” “It was timed great for a needed spiritual challenge/respite…God delivered. I also gained a greater connection to women at Northstar.” These are just a couple of quotes …