The Struggler

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In my post entitled The Struggle, I concluded that struggling with sin was a normative part of following Jesus.  An implication of this truth was that those who follow him need to become master strugglers, a Jedi Knight of Christianity.  A master struggler is a maturing believers who, though not “made perfect” (at least not yet) has learned to to struggle well, to “walk in …

The Struggle

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The writer of Hebrews motivated his discouraged audience to faithfulness in the midst of life difficulties (sin, persecution, weak theology ) by comparing following Jesus to running a race (Hebrews 12:1). He reminded them of the importance of focusing on Christ’s winning example(Heb 12:2-3). Then he made his appeal personal. He wrote: “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the …

An adoption story complete

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We first introduced you to Tom and Whitney Blaszak and their adoption story in our last Northstar Magazine (catch up on their story at the link). On Saturday, July 9, Tom brought Hope home to Blacksburg from Ethiopia, completing a four-year adoption saga. We are grateful to Bethany Teague of WSLS for featuring the Blaszaks in a story that aired …

Story: Dr. Jamie Sanchez

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On Sunday, June 26, Dr. Jamie Sanchez shared her faith story with us since moving to Blacksburg in 2012. Jamie has been active in Northstar, serving in GAP leadership, D28 leadership and as the leader for our Missions Team. This was her last Sunday at Northstar before transitioning to her new job at Biola University as  Assistant Professor in the …

The 21 Day Challenge

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In the Think to Change message on Sunday, July 17, Jeff issued an invitation to join him in a 21 Day Challenge. The message focused on the joy of knowing Jesus. The 21 Day Challenge involves: Reading a chapter of John each day for 21 days Writing down one quality of Jesus that is praiseworthy in your Bible on that …

Kids’ Camp Follow Up Ideas for Parents

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The glitter and glue have settled and life in the children’s ministry department has gone back to normal (as normal as can be in our office!). Northstar Kids’ Camp is over, but our hope is that it was the beginning of a new spiritual spark in your child’s life. Whether their favorite part of camp was worship, games, crafts, hearing …

Youth Camp recap and highlight video

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On June 20-24, Northstar ReVerb traveled to Anderson, South Carolina to experience Crossroads Summer Camp at Anderson University. Northstar Pulaski’s youth group joined us on the trip as well. The Blacksburg campus took 21 students and three leaders while the Pulaski campus took 10 students and three leaders. Crossroads offered a great lineup of preachers, awesome worship, and fun activities for the week. …

A Winning Approval

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“Mommy, look at me!  Watch this!” My son yells to me as he swings from the monkey bars.  I look away for one quick second during his “performance.”  “Mommy you didn’t watch!”  So, this time I lock my eyes on what he is about to do and try to not even blink.  He does a flip.  “Great job, Jack! That …

Kids Camp 2016 – Days 2 and 3

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Guys! Do you realize that we got to have camp outside for nights 2 and 3 of Walk This Way Summer Kids’ Camp? Well, we did. And it was AMAZING! Rain may have caused us to move indoors on Monday, but the weather has been dry and beautiful for the rest of our week at camp. Nellie’s Cave Park has …