Friday, November 30, 2012

Modern Family- Money, Money, Money

This week we are catching up on our Current Sermon Series at NorthStar. Pastor Scott talks about the number 1 reason for divorce in America; Money. The bible gives us clear instruction and teaching on how to spend, save, and give away all that God has given us.

Modern Family- Money, Money, Money from Northstar Church on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Modern Family- He Said, She Said

Here is another update from our Current Sermon Series called "Modern Family"

Pastor Scott talks about how to resolve conflict within marriages and relationships. He gives insights and practical steps to take in order that problems are solved biblical way.

Modern Family- He Said, She Said from Northstar Church on Vimeo.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Modern Family..........Week #1

If you have missed the past few weeks at NorthStar, check out our latest sermon series called Modern Family. 

Pastor Scott gives an introduction to Modern Family at Northstar. This week marks the start of a 6 Week journey into pourning into the families at Northstar. This week he encourages everyone to start to evalute the health of their families situations and to start dialogue on hard to deal with issues.

Modern Family Week 1 from Northstar Church on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mark Your Calendars!!!

  •  Holiday Edition of “Conversations” is on Dec. 1st 9am-11am at the Sherrill Campus. Join us for breakfast, holiday games & prizes, an ornament exchange (bring one day of) and enjoy joyful fellowship and celebration! Signups begin today at Connection Point and online at! 
  • Holiday Craft Crew Day will follow from 12pm to 3pm also on Dec. 1st! Choose from multiple crafts that can be used for those on your gift list—or bring any craft you are currently working on. Either way sign up and pick up a shopping list for each craft at Connection Point today. Deadline to register for both activities is Sunday Nov.25th.
  • Now that the new children’s building is completed, we will be going back to two services starting December 2nd, 9:30 and 11:15 am. Help spread the word!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Join the Holiday Fun!

Our special holiday edition of "Conversations" signups begin Sunday at Connection Point or online now 
Join us Saturday morning Dec 1st 9am-11am at the Sherrill Campus for breakfast, holiday games & prizes, a special presentation we hope will bless you, an ornament exchange (bring one with you the day of) and enjoy some joyful fellowship and celebration!  

**Deadline to register is Sunday Nov 25th

Our “Holiday Crafty Crew Day”  will follow from 12pm to 3pm also on Dec 1st!
Choose from making Beaded Book Marks, Earrings, Christmas Cards, and Scented Sugar Body Scrub for those on your gift list - or bring any craft/hobby you are already working on.
(Sign up either way please so we know how to provide space for each craft area).

Register at Connection Point and pick up the shopping list for each craft - and we suggest only two separate crafts due to time constraints :)

**Deadline to register is Sunday Nov 25th

Both events will be fun so please plan to join us!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

From Overpowered to Empowered

By: Lysa Terkeurst

A few weeks ago I drove to the airport in the pouring rain. The skies were grey. The day felt a bit gloomy. And honestly, so did I.

There were just a lot of little things swarming my thoughts. Feelings of inadequacy stinging. “There are so many things I’m responsible for and never enough hours in the day. I do enough to keep things from sinking. But I just wonder if I’m doing anything well. I don’t think I am – doing anything well.”

The more I focused on these thoughts, the more overpowered I became. The more overpowered I became, the more withdrawn I felt.

I pulled into the parking space and started the fight with my luggage. My suitcase has two wheels missing. And of course I keep intending to do something about this. But I don’t have time. So I make do with a crazy suitcase and a crazy life and a crazy sense I should just pack my family up and move out west somewhere. Live on a ranch where we grow our own food and I cook beans in a black pot over an open flame.

Surely that would fix everything.

Except that I know it wouldn’t.

Because the chaos isn’t from my circumstances. It’s inside me.

I boarded the plane. I stared out the window. I watched the grey clouds envelop us.

And then the grey broke.

Suddenly, we rose above the clouds and the sun was shining crazy bright and far wide and fabulously clear.

The clouds were just a temporary covering. They didn’t stop the sun from shining. They just prevented my eyes from seeing the sun. And it wasn’t just the sky that appeared a little brighter. My mood did as well.

I started to shift from feeling overpowered to empowered as I realized three things:

* Just because I feel it doesn’t make it real.
Just like I felt the sun was gone but it was very much still there, I might feel like I’m not doing anything well, but it doesn’t make it true. The fact that I have weaknesses doesn’t make everything about me weak. I have plenty of strengths.

All I have to do is ask a couple of my friends or my family members to help me see what I do well. I can celebrate those, and then get a plan for bettering things that need improvement. I can start by identifying one thing to improve on this month. And do a little toward making that one thing better.

* There are a lot of people who would trade their best day for my worst day.
Yes, I have a lot to manage. And yes, sometimes things get a little foggy. But that doesn’t mean I have to stay swallowed up in the grey. That means I need to get my head above the clouds and see all the many places where the sun is shining brightly in my life. So, I can start making a list of things for which I need to be thankful.

* My mind needs some space to think.
If I always run at a breakneck pace, I’m eventually going to break. My mind is a powerful tool, capable of seeing things that can be done more efficiently and effectively if I give myself time to think. When is the last time I just sat quietly with a pen and paper and asked the Lord to help me think?

If the clouds have been looming close lately, maybe it’s time to stop. Pause. Lift your eyes to an altitude that can rearrange your attitude.

And if you happen to know where I can get some good luggage with sturdy wheels, do tell.

Friday, November 2, 2012

50 Super Encouraging Tweets

Words of encouragement for Christian women 

  1. In the eye of the storm, God is wrapping you around with His whole self. No one walks through the valley alone. @incourage

  2. Don’t forget to remember, fear tells you who you are not, but faith reminds you who you are! @ChristineCaine
  3. Beauty is a state of heart, not of hair. @incourage
  4. Love is a roof that absorbs the storms. #1000gifts @AnnVoskamp
  5. Success isn’t “not failing;” it’s simply trying. @sarahmarkley
  6. Just make friends. Don’t network. @inspiredbryant
  7. When you think your dream is done, it’s the perfect time for the impossible to happen. @squeeinc
  8. When you say: I feel defeated. God says: You are a conqueror! @ReneeSwope
  9. The more we stand in awe of God, the less we’ll stand in judgment of each other. @bobgoff
  10. Reason to be thankful: my gravatar never has a bad hair day. @HolleyGerth

  11. I ask for eyes to see the world brand new every day. ‏@stacey29lincoln
  12. There are times dirt must be ignored. We’re headed to the pool! @RachelWojo
  13. I can always give thanks because an all-powerful God always has all things – always under control. @AnnVoskamp
  14. Just remember that God is on your team and He adores you and your children. He will be faithful to you. @Sally_Clarkson
  15. The truth will set you free… but first, it will make you mad, defensive, and uncomfortable. @THEmollybowman
  16. When you let the walls crumble, you begin to really walk by faith into the Light and everything changes. @sarahmae
  17. Bad moments don’t make bad mamas. @LysaTerKeurst
  18. What happens in us matters far more than what happens to us. Our experiences don’t define us; our response to them does @gritandglory
  19. I think God is whispering to my heart that He is still in the business of doing new things. @stacey29lincoln
  20. God isn’t disappointed in our failures; He delights in our attempts. @bobgoff

  21. Our children don’t expect us to be perfect, they just want us to love them. @Sally_Clarkson
  22. Exhale a little and think about failure being God’s gift of redirection. @TraceePersiko
  23. Sometimes being kind is more important than making our point. ‏@lisajobaker
  24. Be anxious for nothing. God is still in control! @DaySpring
  25. Monday Encouragement: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 @compassion
  26. Cast your care on God, and enjoy your day while He works on your problem. @JoyceMeyer
  27. “Ordinary” is often the disguise of the divine. #lessonsfromGideon So keep your eyes open today. @PriscillaShirer
  28. Accepted in Christ, we now run the race “for the joy that is set before us” rather than “for fear that comes behind us.” @DailyKeller
  29. I am not nothing.You are not nothing. We are daughters of the King bought at a price. We are beloved. @incourage
  30. Anytime we find our way back to God, He’s not just waiting, He’s *running* toward us! @incourage  

  31. When regret weighs heavy, only turning outward and not inward lightens the load. @Kristen_Strong
  32. Help me, Jesus, to never stop learning what you are teaching. @stacey29lincoln
  33. Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness. God has not given us a spirit of fear—but of power, love & self-control. #Fearless @MaxLucado
  34. Sometimes the benefit of the doubt is the very best gift you can give a friend @incourage
  35. The simple act of [loving] is the most unmitigated and courageous display of Christianity we can show our neighbor. ‏@BiancaOlthoff
  36. If you expect the best of people, that’s usually what you’ll find in them. @incourage
  37. Love is generous. Enthusiastically so. @lisajobaker
  38. Laughter can make moments more memorable. Whether laughing along or with others, it helps us feel good about our memories. @PatsyClairmont
  39. Don’t worry about tomorrow. God is already there. @incourage
  40. New things can be both good and scary. Focus on the good and pursue what’s up ahead with courage! @LisaRWhittle

  41. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Ps. 30:5 — All suffering is temporary. @AGLotz            
  42. Chocolate is proof that God is sensitive to our needs… and meets each one perfectly. @incourage
  43. Beautiful is what happens when no one’s looking: in the laundry room, back row at church, or changing diapers @incourage
  44. Try and fail. Try and succeed. But always try. We don’t know what we’re capable of unless we try. @BiancaOlthoff
  45.  Celebrate your progress; don’t mourn how far you still have to go.  @JoyceMeyer     
  46. Without doubt I believe the best use of your life is love. @pwilson
  47. Laughter can make moments more memorable. Whether laughing along or with others, it helps us feel good about our memories.@PatsyClairmont
  48. Don’t heavy today with yesterday’s regrets or poison it with tomorrow’s troubles. Fill you day with God; choose to make it great! @MaxLucado     
  49. I read on a t-shirt just yesterday & thought of you – “Save planet earth! It’s the only one that has chocolate!” @lifesurrendered
  50. Motherhood isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. @WeareTHATfamily   

 FROM: (in)courage