Challenges of growth

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By Jeff Noble In August 2011, Ron Edmonson wrote an excellent article entitled 5 Dangers of Explosive Growth. I’d like to share his points and elaborate on them in the context of Northstar. Explosive growth masks real problems. EG outpaces leadership development. EG strains existing structures and systems. EG causes people to be left behind or feeling scattered. EG tends …

Hidden Things Revealed


This is a personal blog from ten months ago, but I don’t have many followers, so it’s probably new to you! 😉 As we were on our way to Roanoke yesterday, I noticed among the many trees the dozens, even hundreds, of birds’ nests. Obviously most of them are there throughout the year, and it’s certainly easy enough to see …

Sinkland Farms fun


On Sunday, October 9, the Northstar Church family and friends met at Sinkland Farms to enjoy a beautiful fall day. Pumpkin Chunkin’, kettle corn, hayrides, a corn maze, and a guest appearance by the Hokietron rounded out an afternoon of fun! If you’ve not been to Sinkland Farms yet this year, it’s a wonderful, family-friendly environment to enjoy a weekend!

Childish Actions


As my 6 year old son was stepping off the bus, the driver, Miss Carolyn, waved me over. As I got to the doorway, she said that she just wanted to tell me how proud she was of him today on the bus. A kid that sits near Elijah has been picking on my son, calling him names, and I …

Who are you?


An internet radio station is playing in the background when an ad comes on.  At one point it states, “After all, without your stuff, what are you?  Better yet, who are you without your stuff?”  That kind of hit me like a brick.  It not-so-subtly is telling me that I am nothing without my worldly items.  If tomorrow each of …

Future Plans

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There’s a battle raging in my mind A battle for control Not sure whose voice I hear anymore Father help me let go Still my mind So that I might find Your path for my life Still my thoughts Till I believe my life was bought And I have nothing to prove For you father are God You Jesus are …