Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church July 16, 2015 Several times over the past month I've heard a song that we sing at church - Home, by Phillip Phillips - being played in a place outside of Sunday morning; while out shopping, in the car or lounging poolside. Every time it's happened I've smiled at the reminder of how good the vision of our church is and how this whole world really does belong to God and how he truly does speak everywhere! With all the change that's been happening recently, the lyrics of the song have been so timely and encouraging;
"Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you're not alone
Cause I'm going to make this place your home
Settle down, it'll all be clear
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you're not alone
Cause I'm going to make this place your home." John
I was widowed 5 years ago and looking for a church closer to home. My son and his wife had begun attending New Hope and suggested I join them as I was getting frustrated trying to find a church that fit for me. The first time I attended there was a song that spoke to my grief and took my breath away. I mentioned it to my son and he said "You know that isn't a Christian song" but God can speak through it. I found that what God had been teaching me in my life was very much what New Hope was all about-finding God everywhere so I am still here 5 years later and three grandchildren have been born to my son and his wife in the last five years so there are 6 of us now attending. Jan
Your Story; Finding God at New Hope Church July 10, 2015 New Hope has become our home. There was a time when I honestly did not think I would ever go to church again. I have found a place to be quiet and listen for God here. I've been taught how to pray and see God in all His places here but not told how to be and act to fit in. And I've been encouraged to speak out and get involved--again, a very big surprise to me. And He has shown me himself in the people at New Hope. They are prayerful and honest and thoughtful. When I was struggling with the idea of church years ago, I remember reading about when John the Baptist was asked if he was the messiah and he just said, no, don't look at me, look over there--and pointed to Jesus coming. That was what a christian community needed to be for us. A home to be ourselves, to use our voices, and be pointed towards Jesus in all the places He is doing His thing in our world.
Also, I love that my kids love Serena Ryder and Eddie Vedder and consider their songs to be "the God songs we sing at church." Jacqui
RUSH: Humanist philosophers & God's prophets February 20, 2015 "This is a beautiful message. It is wonderful to discover fellow devout Christian brethren who are also fellow devout Rush fans. Rush music is of an higher order, it is for the enlightened, it is about real issues of the human condition, not
superficial topics so common with those musicians who chose to bow to the demands of the priests of the temples of the music industry, for acceptance, five minutes of fame and a quick buck. Indeed, they chose the right path, and as we see history play out we see that they are being justly rewarded more and more, for the daring chance they took; the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctorates, a dedicated fan base mourning the possibility that R40 may be their last tour, myself included. The legacy and music of Rush will endure like that of Beethoven and Bach and Mozart well after 2112
has come and gone." Randy Whitehead (via Vimeo)
Epigenetics and the Love of God February 13, 2015 I think science connected to religion, when it brings glory to God, is very important. We believe we are saved by grace through faith, and that can not be scientifically proved, but there are many people who dont even believe there is God, or they are not sure of His power and pocition,here would be handy some scientific support to help the people to see and understand God better. Merle M
Epigenetics and the Love of God February 11, 2015 science has no place in a discussion about religion. Religion is about blind faith,science is the opposite,only tested and proven material is valued. scarred10
I have been a registered nurse for 8 years now and lately have feeling beaten down and wondering if I should stay in this profession. When I decided to go into nursing it was very much a calling from God. I imagined times of helping others through difficult times, providing life sustaining medical treatment, helping babies born or holding the hand of those dying. And I do, I do these things on a routine basis, being a rural nurse requires you to wear a lot of different hats, asks a lot of you personally. What I wasn't expecting was the verbal abuse you sometimes are subjected to from family members going through crisis and blaming the first person that walks through the door. I wasn't expecting the organization I work for to not provide the resources and education I need to thrive and do well and keep myself healthy at my job. I wasn't prepared for the impact that all of this would cause on us, as a nursing staff unit, the burnout, the discontent, the frustration, the lack of empathy and the hardening of the spirit in some.
So thank you, I needed a reminder of my calling and that what I do does matter and make a difference. I can go to my next shift tonight re-energized and mindful of what a blessing it is to be a nurse. Jennifer Schott
Epigenetics and the Love of God January 18, 2015 Genes may hold control over our lives, but our environment dictates their every move. The reason for this strategically developed relation is simple: just like any other living organism we need to survive and thrive. Miruna PMC
Geophysics and the Ground of all Being November 16, 2014 Praise the lord
I watch in YouTube Geophysics and the Ground of all Being. I would request to for geophysicists to come to Kenya train them this area on volunteer basis. Charles Osango
Finding God in Meaninglessness October 23, 2014 Thanks so much for this message. It really helped me a lot. I've had problems with meaninglessness for a long time now, and I agree that without God, any meaning we create in this existence is inescapably shallow and never truly satisfies the question, "is this it?". I was particularly impressed by how well the speaker seemed to understand the topic. Often the way he'd describe things and even his choice of words hit very close to home with me, which doesn't happen much in my life! So thanks very much for this message. I'm going to remember it for a long time Apple Sewer (via YouTube)
God and Divorce - Blue Christmas October 16, 2014 Thanks, i'm headed toward the end of a divorce in progress. i have two children 9 and 12 and am very encouraged after watching your post and prayer. glasscitadel12 (via YouTube)
GOD & TRUTH and MUMFORD & SONS October 16, 2014 Listening to Pastor @johnvs7 of New Hope Church preach a unique and dynamic message of faith through @MumfordAndSons' music. Yinka Akinwale @yinkaakinwale (via Twiiter)
GOD & TRUTH and MUMFORD & SONS October 11, 2014 I'm very happy to see recognition of this bands message being interpreted to your congregation. I am a non believer who listens to Mumford regularly understanding the message and have been curious if the translation has been made. My critique would be only be that your lead singer take his hands out of his pockets and actually try to help with this transition. He seemed obviously annoyed by the song choice of "I will wait." This is something that turns me off of actually attending service. The disconnect between service and devotions. I very much liked the sermon but there was no heart in the performance. Regardless, thank-you. Anthony Tatro (via YouTube)
The Day Metallica Came to Church - Ufonic Interview October 07, 2014 A true song writer writes of life and experience and way may happen or simply how a person feels because they maybe caught up within themselves at a bad point in their life.We all have cursed sinned and broke many commandments.
Singers express those feelings through that music for many reasons and one maybe to not go back to that same thing again.
And you can't judge a song by a few lines because it's a very big possibility that you are taking away the whole meaning and what the song truly means.
For instance, Creeping Death or Enter Sandman.
And anyone who judges the meaning of someone else's song is literally just wrong because the writer himself could be approaching from another angle. Disciple of God (via YouTube)
The God of travel - Exploration September 13, 2014 "I was always fascinated by mountains when I was young I used to look at this book The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide Brain Patterson Bart Robinson 1973 I dreamt of all the place that I could not walk to, I did eventually manage some of the shorter ones. I had a fascination to see mt Assiniboine. When I had a car I drove to see it from the south via radium. I saw it slightly in the distance but it was so elusive,
( I used to think of god that way till now I realize that god is everything, and is Hidden in Plain view ) anyway thanks for making the video" Rick Slobodian (via Vimeo)
Lust - Seven Deadly Relational Sins September 11, 2014 Novelas (soap operas) are too pornographic for me, but my current wife used to watch them.
Now she doesn't probably because she is too tired from work.
I avoid going to church so that I won't see beautiful women.
If my wife was more submissive then I would have a better life. Daniel Caron (via YouTube)
God, Infinity and Mathematics August 26, 2014 I'm a mathematics major recently reconverted to Christianity. If anyone is watching this and would be willing to buy me these books by Jim Bradley, I would greatly appreciate it. This is my wishlist: http://amzn.to/1lf5kxi Brandon Hoffman (via YouTube)
Gluttony - Seven Deadly Relational Sins August 20, 2014 I think America has a problem with gluttony, and I am sorry but those who cannot control the pie hole as far as pies seem most likely to sell a sibling, child to Moloch, Marduk, whatever, just for another taco, kid, cakie, cookie, coin, castle, cream....it's their greed, self-delusion. SentientChic1111