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Spring Blog – 2019, Part 4

God loves you, and His plan for you is always good. And that changes EVERYTHING! 

#1 Trust God Anyway! 

Decide to stand your ground and declare; “I will trust, and I will not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2). 

We must grasp that trust is a choice to believe what the Word says and don’t doubt. When things don’t go our way, you must trust Him anyway! 

Trusting and having faith in God means believing He will keep His promise to us, even when things don’t make sense. Also, when we don’t see things working out, we believe God is still bending things in our favor. 

2. Give God Time. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP) says; 11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. 

Did you know that time is on your side? Why? Because God created time! And no matter what, God is on your side! Here is a truth we all must get down inside us, “there is always enough time for God to work in your behalf.” 

Now is your moment in time! God promises He will turn Everything that happens in our life into something Good. (Romans 8:28)  

PS Don’t miss this Sunday as we honor our Graduates and we Honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can worship Jesus Christ in a Free Country. There is no better way to do that than the Church gathering together to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords at NEC. 

Lead Pastor Cory 

Spring Blog – 2019, Part 3

God loves you, and His plan for you is always good. And that changes EVERYTHING! 

Good afternoon- If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, I strongly encourage you to find it in your email feed and read it.  I want to share the last points on “things you should not do when things don’t go as planned.”  

Point #3 Don’t throw away your belief and confidence in the goodness and kindness of God. 

Psalm 27:13–14 (NLT) 13 Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. 14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. 

You will never understand everything that happens in your life, but this truth stands; God is still a good God.  No matter what has happened or hasn’t happened, don’t let life’s struggles dictate what you are going to believe about God.  Repel the enticement to throw away your confidence that you will see the “goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” 

Point #4 Don’t panic, stay calm.   

Your Father in heaven, God Almighty, knows the future.  He does know what He’s doing. Did you know that He has already delivered an answer, a solution, an escape?  God said in Jeremiah 29:11–14 (MSG) 11 I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12 “When you call on me when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, 14 I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD’s Decree. 

You can count on it. When things don’t go your way, take a deep breath and take a leap of faith and relax.  He has a plan. Your future is bright. It’s going to get better! 

Lead Pastor Cory 

Spring Blog – 2019, Part 2

God loves you, and His plan for you is always good. And that changes EVERYTHING! 

If you missed part 1, I strongly encourage you to find it in your email feed and read it. I want to begin with two of four things you should not do when things don’t go as planned.  I will share the other two next Wednesday.  Now 2 of 4 things not to do: 

1. DON’T GIVE IN TO ANGER. 

Every one of us, no matter our personality, can be lured into getting angry when things don’t go our way. We need to understand that anger creates postponements to the outcome we want.  James 1:19 says; Anger does not achieve the righteousness of God.  Notice: anger doesn’t ‘achieve’… 

Achieve defined: successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective, level, or result). 

When you realize it won’t achieve anything, anger can’t hold on to you and have control over you!  We can’t control who knocks at our door, but we can control who we let in.  The enticement to live in anger diminishes when we know God is going to work it out for our good. And He will! 

2. DON’T QUIT. 

If your prayer isn’t answered, what’s your reaction?  You might say, “Well God, I guess I missed It.”  Did you?  Maybe not. Are you standing on a promise for it from scripture? The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:14-15 that if we ask anything according to His will, we can know that we have what we ask for.  It’s yours.  Never give in or give up!  The truth may be that it just hasn’t shown up yet!  Resist the impulse to give up, by knowing its God’s job (and His promise) to bring it to pass! 

Lead Pastor Cory 

Spring Blog – 2019, Part 1

After a piece of equipment failed with our technology on Easter Sunday, (by the way, there was nothing anyone could have done to change the outcome) I began to rehearse as many of the 36 Easter Sundays I’ve been a part of since my salvation moment.  Out of that came this reality, Easter is an interesting moment in the life of a Christian.  Through the years I’ve heard believers and Pastor’s alike give different answers to a straightforward question. “How was Easter Sunday for you?” 

The answers vary from; It was Awesome! To, Well, overall it was decent.  However, I’ve also heard this answer to the question; “It just wasn’t what I had hoped for.” These answers come from an inner thought, one positive and one negative.  The positive- “Things in my life went according to plan on Easter!” And on the negative- “Things in my life failed to go according to plan.”   Notice the keywords? “My Life!” Well, it’s the latter one that I’m going to speak to over the next few Wednesdays by email so be watching. 

Life doesn’t always go the way we plan in our mind.  Maybe something unexpected happens as a technology equipment failure on Easter Sunday, or someone promised you they would come to church on Easter Sunday and instead sent you an excuse why they won’t show up. The truth is, the Bible doesn’t guarantee that we will never face disappointments against what we had hoped and planned for, even on Easter Sunday.  But the Bible does make us a very powerful promise in Romans 8:28. 

Romans 8:28 says that “all things work together for good to those that love Him and are called to His purpose.”  Are you called to His purpose?  Yes, you are!!  So, His plan for you is always good, and that changes everything.  Over the next few weeks, I will share two things with you that you can do when your plans fail to happen as expected.  I will also share four things not to do when plans fail to arrive. 

Hear me on this! This is your moment! God promises He will turn everything that happens in your life into something good! 

Lead Pastor Cory 

From My Desk To Yours: Living a Life that Supports the Teachings of the Bible, Part 1

As Difference Makers, as Leaders, as Pastors, as Christians, if we are going to fulfill the Mission and Vision of NEC, we must live a life that supports the teachings of the Bible. The key to that is, we must know what the bible says, and we need to model to others that we do what it says.

The Bible is the single most significant book ever written. This most important book is the eyewitness account of historical events of such enormous magnitude that these events have shaped our world in which we live. I don’t believe it would be too much to say that the events chronicled in the Bible have been declared by a substantial percentage of people who’ve lived on this earth to be the most significant events ever documented.

Let me say that the Bible is the foundation of just about everything humanity will ever know, face or achieve. It has directly led to vast undertakings of good will and charity. Because of this amazing book, life-giving, life-changing projects were undertaken that changed our world. It was once said; “It would be impossible to claim to be an educated person without having some familiarity with the events contained in the Bible.”

Let me end part one with this, for us to be effective Leaders, the Bible must be our constant companion. The truth is, all of us are going to make mistakes as leaders at the most inopportune times, but the knowledge contained in the Bible will help minimize those mistakes and help us not to continue them. In my opinion, and I’m very biased to the core when it comes to God’s Word, but I believe that everyone should know the truths exposed in this book and live by them.

-Pastor Cory

From My Desk To Yours, Part 6

The Bible has a great deal to say about both fasting and praying, including commands to fast and pray. The Bible also gives us examples of people who fasted and prayed, using different types of fasts for various reasons, all of which had positive results. The followers of John the Baptist fasted and prayed, the early church fasted and prayed, and Jesus fasted and prayed. What the Scriptures have taught us is, it’s something we are to do. Fasting and Prayer put us in the best possible position for a Breakthrough. That breakthrough might be in the realm of the spirit. It may be in the realm of your emotions or personal habits. It may be in the realm of a practical area of life, such as a relationship or finances.

The Scriptures give countless stories of periods of fasting and prayer that produce great breakthroughs.

I too could provide many personal stories of the same experiences. Like, what wasn’t a reality suddenly-unexpectedly now is a reality! A project that hadn’t been working out all of a sudden now works. The unwanted situation you’ve been facing is suddenly gone. The relationship that was unloving, unforgiving and unreasonable is suddenly full of love, grace, and mercy. That job that hadn’t even come close to materializing all of a sudden opens, and you step in.

Every person I know needs a breakthrough in some area of their personal life or family or church. I am no exception. I may require a breakthrough in understanding a situation, a breakthrough answer to a problem, a breakthrough idea, a breakthrough insight, a breakthrough in finances or material provision, either personally or for NEC. Someone may need a breakthrough in their health or a breakthrough in their marriage or family.

If you have any need in your life that seems unmovable, then you need a breakthrough from God to meet that need!

Fasting and prayer break the yoke of bondage and bring about a release of God’s presence, power, and provision. God told us to Start Strong at the first of the year, so we fasted for 21 days. Now just past the mid-way point, we are going to once again fast together as a church for 14 days to Stay Strong. July 18-31.

Don’t miss my message this Sunday called “Acronym” as I unpack a new tool for you to use in the Rhythm and Routine of your Devotional life during this fast and beyond. Prayer is your most significant weapon when used with Gods Word. And new tools are a big help too.

– Pastor Cory

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