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  • Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church
    July 20, 2015
    My story of why New Hope is so important.

    I grew up in a church-going, Bible thumping home - we were in the habit of going to church twice on Sundays and at least once more during the week for prayer meetings or youth group activities. I hated church as I associated it with boredom and guilt and being forced to do things I despised.
    Sundays we were forced to socialize for those big "invite-some-strange-family-over" Sunday dinners. I, as the oldest girl, often had to do the mountain of dishes by myself as my parents relaxed with the guests.
    Sundays we were forced to eat food I didn't like - my Mom didn't make breakfast on Sundays and we had to eat Puffed Wheat, which I hate because it makes me gag. I always went to church nauseated and hungry.
    Sundays we always missed the ending of the Sunday Disney show because we had to get to evening church.
    I never woke up Sunday mornings eager to experience the second day of every weekend. I always woke up Sundays with a sense of doom and a never-realized hope that my Mom and Dad had overslept. I always woke up Sunday mornings wishing it was Monday.

    My high school years were spent at a religious boarding school where we did even more church if that was possible. Once every morning, an additional session every Tuesday evening, plus twice or three times on every Sunday. Then we suffered through twice-a-year conferences with twice-a-day church. By the time I was a married adult I felt I was stuffed full-to-vomiting with the Bible - I was so sick of it and all it represented.

    Going to church became even more of a burden - a chore I had to do to maintain my salvation - something you did because it was expected, but everything was so old and false and I just wanted to be done with it. To the chagrin of my mild mannered husband I rebelled and took a 5 year church holiday. I found a measure of relief but there was an underlying sense of loss as well. I didn't miss church but I did miss God.

    Then we found New Hope via a relative who had periodically attended. From the first moment I felt like I had come home. I had found many of the things I had been craving; no expectations, no pretensions, no dress code, an open invitation to be involved as much as I wanted to be involved. The underlying theme of God is Everywhere really stuck a chord in my under-developed sense of spirituality.

    I was reintroduced to old, well known bible stories and ideas which became new and deeply personal for me. I found time and again that I was experiencing wonder from things I had grown tired of. What I was hearing and seeing on Sundays revealed a previously squashed need to meet God during the rest of my life. NH has awakened my desire (and the tools) to develop my spiritual life.

    Community events have always been difficult for me, as a confirmed introvert, but I feel that NH has also allowed me to develop my place in this church's community at my pace, with no pressure or judgment.

    The telling event came a few years ago when we woke up late one Sunday morning and needed to make a quick decision about going to church. In a previous life I would have said a quick prayer of gratitude and gone back to sleep. I hate being late (if late is even possible at our church) and it was never a big loss to miss church, but this day I wanted to make the effort - I wanted to go to church. Amazing!

    Becky


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    Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church
    July 20, 2015
    I was thinking about my story for how I came to new hope

    I came to visit new hope at the 2006 Christmas coffee house with my friend Mark. It was there that I unexpectedly got recruited by Gary Strom to play piano and sing on a worship team. I soon discovered a very laid back, refreshing, contemporary approach to worship; and in church in general. This was the one and only time that I'd ever experienced a place where the secular world, and the religious world, were married together fluently. I fell in love with this new way of looking at church; without the hypocrisy of organized religion. This was a place I could be real, be myself, and not have to be concerned about being a fallible human.

    Adrian


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    Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church
    July 20, 2015
    Like most people the majority of my friendships start at work. Spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with people and you start to get to know each other pretty well. One of my friends from work was struggling with her marriage and had a lot of unanswered questions. In our conversations church and God became more and more of focus point. While her experience with church was more limited than mine over time the desire to know more was contagious. In retrospect I believe it was the feeling of hope, and being attracted to a community where seeing and knowing God can provide a lot of answers for life. Our family was not attending New Hope Church at the time. We were at a more traditional church. When she said she would like to come to church with our family deep down I knew that where we attended was not the right place for her and her child. I knew of New Hope but never attended myself. We tried it out ahead of time to see if this was a place where someone new to the faith can learn and be welcomed. It only two Sundayís and we not only knew that New Hope was a the perfect place to take our friend but it was also the perfect place for our family. That was 16 years ago, and we feel the same way today.
    Chuck


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    The Parable of Leonard Cohen
    July 18, 2015
    You sing it, like you lived it.... beautiful :)

    Janine Sico


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    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


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    Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church
    July 16, 2015
    Here's my story.

    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


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    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


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    Jealousy - Knowing God through your Emotions
    May 15, 2015
    I stumbled across this page, i am so grateful... what an awesome teacher!
    Azrielle77


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    God, Infinity and Mathematics
    March 18, 2015
    I am a mathematician and thank God i am. Mathematics is the closest we will get to God's handwriting.
    mitino aiken (via YouTube)


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    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)


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    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


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    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


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    Godís Healing Presence in a Nurse
    February 01, 2015
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! This is exactly what I needed to hear at this time.

    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


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    Godís Healing Presence in a Nurse
    February 01, 2015
    So glad this message found its way to you Jennifer. Keep serving, helping, healing, loving, enduring, supporting, and restoring life.

    john
    john van sloten


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    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


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    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


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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)


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    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


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