The Scandalous Message of Jesus

**Author's Note: This post refers to last Sunday's sermon    I remember the moment that I "got" it.  I was a senior in college, and I was in a church service at a large church in my hometown, and it just clicked.  I realized that I could do nothing to get closer to God, because HE did it all.  Good thing...because no matter how hard I tried (trying still) to do the right thing, I invariably fell (still fall) short.   Sometimes though, I still struggle with truly believing people can change.  I don't consciously think that I'm better than they are, but deep down, I have a sense of doubt that they ever will truly change.  I struggle with believing that abusers will stop abusing.  That haters will turn into supporters.  That members of the Islamic State will come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.   But...Saul.  Not King Saul...but Saul of Tarsus, who became The Apostle Paul.  We talked about him in our sermon today at NCC.  Read Saul's story here, and then consider these thoughts: 1.  Think of a person you're pretty sure will never change their ways.  In light of Saul's powerful conversion, will you start praying for that person to come to faith?  Saul called himself the "chief of sinners," but the reality is we're all sinful enough to be excluded from eternal life with God.  So, if you've been changed, why can't they?  2 Corinthians 4:4 says that "the god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."  This week, please pray that Jesus would remove the blinders that Satan has used against that one person you "just…

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Welcoming the "Other"

For too long in human history, there's been a prevailing sense of "us versus them."  From the first relational breakdown the world ever experienced, to their son's jealousy-induced murder of his brother, people haven't been innately welcoming.  As a matter of fact, we've been deeply divided.   Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said: It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning.   I'd sadly agree with Dr. King.  In our sermon today, Pastor Neil shared from Acts 8: 26-40:   26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,     and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,     so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.     Who can speak of his descendants?     For his life was taken from the earth.”[b] 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then…

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Acts 8: Persecution and the Church

Acts 8: 1-25 was the text we used today in our sermon series, ACTS: Our Empowered Community.  The passage is so full of action, and if we're being honest...it is quite frightening.  In the United States, we know little about persecution for our Christian faith.  Let's take a look at the passage, and then continue the conversation.   And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city. 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the…

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Are You Self-Deceived? #DeleteYourAccount

We have an amazing capacity for self-deception.  We loudly call out the faults of others, while ignoring our even more obvious ones.  It even happens during presidential election cycles...I know, cue your shock and awe.  This week's message is a continuation of our series called ACTS:Our Empowered Community, and the focus is on the end (8-15) of Acts 6 & Acts 7.  The gist of the passages is this: The religious leaders were threatened by the powerful, Holy Spirit-inspired preaching and the demonstration of power by Stephen.  So...they trumped up charges against him, and then put him on trial with false witnesses.   Their claims were that he had spoken out against Moses, the law, the temple, and the traditions of their faith.  Of course, he didn't do what they said, and the Jewish Supreme Court (The Sanhedrin) called him to address the accusations.  Interestingly, he never responded directly to their claims, but turned the tables on them by telling them that they didn't even follow the rules they claimed that HE had broken.   The very laws the religious leaders claimed to defend, were the laws they didn't keep themselves.   Here's what I'm wondering...have you ever done that?  Have you ever claimed one belief, but lived differently than you claimed?  How did it feel?  Did you feel like an internally divided person?  And if you've experienced this, what can you do to break the cycle?   Continue the conversation here!

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If Drew Peterson is going to Heaven, then I don't want to be there!

              It is amazing how quickly we sense moral superiority when we compare our sins to the sins of others, isn't it?  We tend to have tremendous grace for ourselves, but when it comes to others, we are very content and smug in judgment. The infamous former Bolingbrook police officer, Drew Peterson is back in the news.  After being convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and being the sole suspect in his fourth wife's (Stacy Peterson) disappearance, he's now on trial for solicitation of the murder of Jim Glasgow.  Fortunately, the plan never came to fruition. While is is easy to suggest that somehow WE are better than Drew Peterson because WE have never murdered anyone...that is only true from human standards.  And we believe that one day, we will have no defense as we stand before God, no matter what WE think about ourselves and others.  So, if that is true, then we must humble ourselves and take a long look into our hearts, and into God's standards. In Romans 3:23, the Apostle Paul says:   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God   If this is true, then this changes everything.  If this is true, then we are all too messed up to go to Heaven.  If this is true, then you are every bit as hopeless as Drew Peterson.  Then where do we find hope and purpose?   The very next verse says:    and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus   Maybe we should be slower to judge another's sins.  Maybe THIS is the truth: I don't deserve to go to heaven and neither does Drew Peterson, but by the grace of Jesus, we…

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#TheStruggleisReal

#TheStruggleisReal

Life is so full of twists and turns and struggles that sometimes what we really need is the mundane.  Right when we seem to get our bearings, something else happens that threatens our sense of peace and purpose.  The text from the sermon today was Acts chapter 4 and it centered around the aftermath of the healing that was done by Peter and John through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Not everyone is a fan of good deeds!     Acts 4: 1-31~   The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. 5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas,John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man…

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Tell Me What You Want…What You REALLY REALLY Want!

Tell Me What you Want...What You REALLY REALLY Want!

The Spice Girls really knew what they were talking about.  Yes, that's the last time I'll ever say that!  It can be so hard to really admit what we want, much less, what we truly need.  But until we admit what we need, we shouldn't expect to receive anything from God.  It feels vulnerable.  It feels uncertain.  What if God lets us down?  What if our needs aren't really on the top of God's to-do list?   But...what if he DOES care, and wants to change life's circumstances for us?  He did in Acts chapter 3, so allow this to infuse you with hope:   3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled…

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A Healthy and Whole Church Community

Pastor Neil spoke today about what the first church looked like after its initiation by the Holy Spirit.  It was power-filled and united.  It was healthy and whole.  This is the text:   The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.   There are really three areas of life that are touched on in this passage of scripture; our relationship with God, our relationships with each other, and our level of connection to God's purposes.  So, here's the question:  Of those three areas, which one(s) need(s) the most attention in your life, and what will you do about it?  Continue the conversation here!  

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We All Have Stories…What’s Yours?

We All Have Stories...What's Yours?

Stories are powerful because they help us to solidify our beliefs about God.  Pastor Neil shared his own story today after talking about the Apostle Peter's life and the incredible Holy Spirit-inspired message he gave to the people of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2: 14-41~ 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your young men will see visions,     your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days,     and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above     and signs on the earth below,     blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness     and the moon to blood     before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls     on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[a] 22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[b] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it…

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One love, One heart---way better together

The highly esteemed theologian, Bob Marley, knew that people were better together than apart. The Bible makes it clear in both word and in example that God does some of his most incredible works both in us and through us, when we gather. Today's sermon was all about what the Holy Spirit did when the apostles obeyed Jesus by coming together in love and waiting. God showed up in a powerful life and world-changing way, but many of us struggle to leave behind our self-imposed isolation. Let's take a look at three passages of scripture that address the need for community:   1 John 4:10-12~ 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.   1 Peter 5: 8, 9~ 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.   Galatians 6:2~ 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.   Jesus performed so many miracles John said of them "...if every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25)  Yet, the greatest miracle according to Jesus was this: OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER...because "by this everyone will know that you are my disciples." (John 13:35)  I've never…

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Journey With The Holy Spirit

Journey with the Holy Spirit

    We're convinced that the key to a full and satisfying life is to know what the Bible says, and then to live it out.  Read these three passages, answer one question, and watch a video.  Make sure to continue the conversation on our Facebook page to help you on your journey! Luke 11: 11-13~   11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Matthew 7: 11~   11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! John 16:13~   13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth...   Discussion and Life Application Question One way to get excited and more brave about walking in step with the Holy Spirit is to hear from others who are intentionally living the same way.      Please share how you personally experienced the Holy Spirit leading you today.

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What Will It Take For You To Believe?

What Will it Take for You to Believe?

If God would just speak to me, I'd believe. If God had healed my dad, I'd believe. If God would give me a sign, I'd believe. We all have different reasons for struggling to believe or for struggling in our beliefs.  The disciples on the Road to Emmaus were no different.  They were just real men.  Disappointed men.  All that they thought was going to be true about Jesus, apparently wasn't.  Have you ever felt that way?  One minute you were positive that things were going to be different in your life and the next minute, the walls came crashing down.  Maybe there's more to your story than what you see!

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Best Bible Apps for online, iPhone and Android

At NapervilleCC, we strive to healthy, Mind, Body and Spirit and sometimes, we need to do those things with each other. So today, we focus on being spiritually healthy, heres some Bible reading apps to help you on your journey!

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Celebration Of Wholeness

Celebration of Wholeness

To celebrate the end of the Beat the Staff Challenge and kick off our next steps on the journey to wholeness, we will be celebrating after church with a healthy lunch and raffle to benefit our winning charity. Please bring a healthy food item to share! Anyone who participated in the BTS Challenge will receive one free raffle ticket. Other tickets will be available for purchase. Even if you didn't participate in the challenge, you can help us celebrate those who did, our winning charity, and jump on board for our next steps! https://www.facebook.com/events/1773836082839125/

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Music For The Waiting | Easter

Music for the Waiting | Easter

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Harboring Healthy Mindsets

Harboring Healthy Mindsets

The sea is calm and still.  Birds are chirping in the sky above.  The sun is beating down and you feel its warmth on your shoulders.  You are smoothly sailing along the Sea of Life, thankful that the Lord above gave you the free will to be the captain of your own ship.  You check in with Him once in a while, thankful to have a co-captain for those times when you need a little extra help navigating the circumstances around you. Suddenly, the circumstances change.  The wind starts to blow in the form of tension at work.  The waves get really choppy when you learn that you will be losing your job and you worry that you will not be able to provide for your family.  To top it off, you find yourself amidst relationship troubles.  Your marriage is strained and you and your spouse are not as connected as you once were.  There is so much tension at home that you are not sure whether or not you will jump ship. Maybe you live alone and you find yourself drowning in the Sea of Loneliness.  You’ve gone several weeks, or even months, without any meaningful communication from the outside world and you just feel so isolated and empty as you watch everyone around you seemingly steering their ships without any trouble.  You’ve tried reaching out for a life preserver, but it’s barely keeping you afloat. You’ve resorted to your own devices and have furthered your isolation by avoiding people and activities that you love.  You’ve instead turned to unhealthy eating, or perhaps even drugs and alcohol, as a way of masking the pain. You continue to try to steer your own ship, but you are no longer consulting your co-captain as often because when you do, you don’t feel…

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Children And Christmas

Children and Christmas

Children bring so much joy to our lives, especially during the Christmas season!  Many of us look forward to the traditions we hold near and dear: baking Christmas cookies, opening our homes to the Elf on the Shelf, and visiting Santa.  For so many families it truly is the happiest time of year.  While burdens and the everyday hustle and bustle may exist, we can usually still find ways to find at least a glimmer of joy during this season.  There is so much anticipation in the air about what Santa may bring that we may often, without meaning to do so, lose sight of the real gift we have already been given. So, the question becomes, how do we bring the focus back to Jesus?   There are many ways to do just that while continuing to carry out our family traditions. 1).  Read about the birth of Jesus together as a family.  The bible story never gets old for young and old alike.  There are many modern day stories out there that focus on the true meaning of Christmas.   Some of my personal favorites are The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie, God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergen, and The Legend of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall.  Ann Voskamp also writes a great family advent devotional titled Unwrapping the Greatest Gift:  A Family Celebration of Christmas.  Many of these books intertwine the traditions we hold close to our hearts with the reason for the season. 2).  Play worship songs in your car and encourage your children to sing along.  The children in our ministry have been working on singing "The King is Born Tonight" by Jamie Grace and "Born in Bethlehem" by Third Day. 3).  Watch movies together as a family that focus on the gift we received that first Christmas night.  Superbook has a nice video titled "The…

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Christmas Eve Eve Service

Christmas Eve Eve Service

We would love to have you join us for our Christmas Eve Eve Service on December 23rd at 7pm. Come celebrate Christmas with us. We'll have Christmas candies, hot chocolate, coffee and a story for the kids. We can't wait to see you there.   If you're a regular attender, don't forget to bring your favorite KCup or Candy to share. We're looking forward to spending time with you!

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Snow Day Music

Snow Day Music

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Trunk Or Treat

Trunk or Treat

What is Trunk or Treat? Trunk or Treat is one of our annual fall events in which we invite the entire community to join us for some Halloween fun!  Members of our church decorate the trunks of their cars to fit a particular theme of their choice.  Our guests, typically children from birth-12 years old, come to trick or treat at each trunk.  We will also have crafts, games, and a bounce house available! What is the cost of this event? We ask that each guest in attendance donates a baby item (bottles, baby food, spoons, rattles, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, etc.) to Care Net Pregnancy Services.  You may also choose to make a monetary donation of $1 (or more) per guest, which will directly benefit Care Net. Who is invited? Anyone and everyone! Where is it located? This event is hosted by Naperville Christian Church.  We are located at 25 W 530 75th Street in Naperville. How Can I Get Involved? Simple:  Decorate the trunk of your car and pass out candy to our trick or treaters!  You will also be asked to supervise a craft or game at your trunk, which will be prepared ahead of time for you!  E-mail raven.larkin@napervillechristian.org if you would like to host a trunk! Trunk or Treat Theme Ideas  I Spy-You can place a variety of random objects in your trunk, as well as an “I Spy” search list and a magnifying glass.  The kids would really enjoy hunting for the different items in your trunk! Pet Shop-Use various stuffed animals and pet supplies Beach-Stock your trunk with towels, flip flops, beach balls, etc.  This trunk is sure to make a splash! Harvest-Put your fall decorations to use! Western-Gather some rope, bandanas, and horses for a trip to the Wild Wild West Sports-You can choose one sport…

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Top 5 Ways To Give Back To Children’s Ministry

Top 5 Ways to Give Back to Children's Ministry

As we kick off another year in Children's Ministry, we wanted to share five ways that you can give back to the program that aims to give your children the best possible care on Sunday mornings.  We hope that you will consider helping in any way(s) that you are able! 1.  Provide moving help-One of our beloved and extremely dedicated Sunday School teachers is moving to a new house in Naperville this Saturday at 9am.  If you can help her with her move in any way, I know she would be most appreciative.  Please email me for her address if you would like to help. 2.  Serve on a Sunday morning-We are in need of teachers, assistants, nursery attendants, and substitutes.  If working directly with the children is not for you, we have positions available to help with security and the check-in stations. 3.  Volunteer to host a trunk at Trunk or Treat October 17th from 1:30 pm-4pm-We are in need of people to decorate the trunks of their cars, pass out candy to approximately 100 kids, and host a game or craft at their trunk (crafts and games will already be prepared in advance). 4.  Donate craft supplies and/or snacks-At this time of year, school supplies start going on clearance.  If you come across some good deals on markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, Play Doh, stickers, etc. please consider picking up some for Children's Ministry.  We are always in need of snacks.  All snacks must be peanut free.  Acceptable snacks include pretzels, animal crackers, Goldfish, and Cheez-Its. 5.  Help us reinforce the behavior expectations sent out earlier this week while in the church building.  We really appreciate you partnering with us in making the environment safe for all!

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I’m Fine Now

I'm Fine Now

Most people won’t tell anyone about their past abortions. “The doctor asks how many pregnancies I’ve had, and I just say the one with my son. He doesn’t need to know about the first pregnancy.” “You know it’s strange. I can’t remember if I ever told my husband about them. It was so long ago….” While working at Restore After Abortion, these women have confided in me. Secrets are shared. And so often followed by: But I’m fine now. Absolutely they are. I see these beautiful women, investing in their marriages, raising lovely children, furthering successful careers, developing rich friendships. Yes, they are fine now. And yet. I long for them to be more fine. I know there is a place where the old wounds can be totally healed. Where shame disappears. Where remnants of anger can be cleansed by full forgiveness. Where women can walk knowing that they have completely forgiven themselves. I long for women to know that there can be even more healing for them. Healing happens every day at Restore. It requires an investment of time and a risk of trust. But it is possible. We are here because we care and want to help. Learn about what Restore can do for you at www.restoreafterabortion.com.

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Worship Music Monday

Worship Music Monday

Today was a long Monday! Brandi has some new worship music picks that make every Monday better. Listen, enjoy and we will be singing some of your favorites on Sunday mornings. You can also follow us on Spotify @NapervilleCC. You can find favorite music from our staff and worship team!

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Handling Truth

Handling Truth

In a culture that is seemingly inoculated to what is true, it seems that it is of vital importance for the church to re-gain its prophetic voice in a sea of voices that all say “anything goes.”  Last Sunday, I shared a message about how we should handle truth.  As people who love and follow Jesus, we need to only look to his example. He did three things in all of his interactions with regular people, just like you and me: 1~ He was led by LOVE. 2~ He spoke the TRUTH. 3~ He shared truth with COMPASSION. Click the like below if you’d like to hear the whole message http://bit.ly/1JeFP9x Peace, Neil Schori

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Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday

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Top Ten Reason To Send Your Kids To VBS

Top Ten Reason to Send Your Kids to VBS

Outback Rock VBS is only a few weeks away.  Haven’t signed your kids up yet?   Here are the top ten reasons you should! 10.  It just happens to take place during prime date night hours.  Take advantage of having a few hours on a Friday and Saturday night to reconnect with your spouse!  At only $5 for the entire weekend, it’s the cheapest babysitter in town! Here are some ideas for date night!  9.  If date night doesn’t work for you, consider meeting up with an NCC friend in downtown Naperville for the evening.  For ideas of things to do, click the following link:  http://downtownnaperville.com/  8.  Our VBS volunteers are so much more than babysitters.  They are loving and responsible people dedicated to making this a fun and memorable experience for your children!   7.  Outback VBS allows your kids the opportunity to get to know their NCC friends more and meet new friends in a safe and nurturing environment.  Haven’t attended NCC before?  Outback VBS gives you a closer look as to what we are all about! 6.  Inviting friends to church can sometimes be intimidating to both children and adults.  Outback VBS gives kids the opportunity to invite their friends in a way that seems more natural.  Plus, if your child brings a friend to VBS both your child AND the friend will earn a prize!  Start inviting your friends, family members, and neighbors! 5.  At Outback VBS the bible comes to life!  Your children will hear the bible in a new way.  The lessons are all interactive and call for lots of student participation! 4.  Your kids will learn fun and catchy worship songs!  As an added bonus, you will get to watch them perform during the service on Sunday morning. 3.  Your kids will learn…

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Rainy Sunday Worship Music

Rainy Sunday Worship Music

What a rainy Sunday! Since this afternoon will be spent indoors, here's some music recommended by Brandi, our worship director. Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends!

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A Field Full Of Wishes

A Field Full of Wishes

We’re walking together. She’s holding my hand. Well – my finger actually. She’s only five after all.   My daughter and I are going fishing. It’s something of a tradition. When there’s the right combination of sunshine, breeze, and boredom, Hannah’s inner alarm clock goes off.   “Daddy, can we go fishing?” she asked. “Sure, honey. Get your shoes on.” I said. Our favorite fishing spot – an abandoned golf course pond – is about a ten-minute drive from our house. The pond sits just inside of a bend on the trail next to a field. The field might have been a golf course fairway years ago. But it’s much different now. We park the car and start the short walk toward the pond. She’s carrying her princess fishing pole in her right hand, holding my finger in her left. It’s 5:00 in the evening and we’ll have a few hours together before the Sun sets behind us. I’m excited to take her fishing tonight because I know the dandelions are out. I saw them a few days ago – a yellow-bright glowing field that’s sure to make her smile with 5-year-old-girl joy. These are the scenes that fathers pray for: the right fusion of wonder, mystery, purpose and love. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she sees 10,000 flowers all dancing just for her.   But I can see the field ahead. The dandelions have turned to seed overnight. The yellow-bright is gone. They’ve greyed and turned soft. The shimmering evening glow of yellow is now late spring’s dull grey mist.   I wonder if she’ll be disappointed. I really hope not. I want her to wonder.   When we round the corner to the field, she gasps. Eyes open wide, mouth open next. She turns to…

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There Is A Place

There is a Place

There is a place. A place that's has been prepared for you and me that will never decay. A place that is peaceful, full of joy, and restoration. Where worry, fear, and anxiety can not prosper. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) When we are lost, we worry and get anxious. Jesus is the way. When we lie or are lied to, it brings imprisonment and confusion. Well Jesus is the truth. And when we feel like no one cares or understands. Jesus does because he is the life.   I stand today restored, pieced back together because of: What Christ did What He said What He gave in the Gift the Holy Spirit Now, this place that I spoke about. . . is in knowing Jesus Christ.   I pray that you would get to know more of Him. The wholeness that He has prepared for us.   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ KJV) Overflow With Love, Jeff Love

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5 Things To Do On A Date Night In Naperville

5 Things to Do on a Date Night in Naperville

At Naperville Christian Church we're big fans of supporting healthy relationships. The weekend is coming, why not plan a date night? Date nights are a perfect way to rekindle romance or get to know each other, both really important parts of being healthy together. Here's some of our favs around the Naperville area! 1. Le Chocolat 127 – 129 S. Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540 Phone : 630.355.5720 You can enjoy their "spacious dessert cafe by day or candlelit bistro by night." Le Chocolat is the perfect place to have a candlelight dinner before heading to the River Walk.  2. Naperville River Walk 188 W. Jackson Avenue Naperville, IL 60540 "The Naperville Riverwalk was created in 1981 as a permanent commemorative to honor Naperville’s 150th anniversary.  Embraced as a gathering place for all ages, the linear park is a focal point of the community."  The River Walk is prime picnic location. We like going to the Riverwalk and just spending uninterrupted time together. 3. Sur La Table Cooking Classes 55 South Main Street Naperville, Illinois 60540 Phone: 630-428-1086 We love the idea of taking cooking classes on a date! We highly recommend Sur La Table. "In 1972, the first Sur La Table store opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was a place where serious cooks found a surprising selection of culinary tools from around the world, with helpful, knowledgeable employees who loved cooking, too." 4. Naper Nights Summer Concert Series 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540 Phone: 630.420.6010 Find a concert and relax on the lawn! Here's what Naper Settlement's site says about their Summer Concert Series, "Rock out to great music at Naper Settlement’s Naper Nights Community Concert Series and dance the night away on our beautiful 12-acre grounds. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, your family and friends for a summertime…

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Newbie Meet And Eat

Newbie Meet and Eat

We're growing! So, at NCC we tell you all the time that we're about Wholeness. Part of that is being connected right here in our own community. We're so excited for the new families to NCC. So Sunday, May 17th, we're having a Meet & Eat. You'll meet our staff, hear about our ministries and let us know your needs.  As Neil says (all the time) "church people like to eat" so, pizza it is! We can't wait to see you there!

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Become A Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

Become a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

Reblogged from NeilSchori.com So many of you have reached out to me to ask how YOU can help save lives of the many victims of domestic violence in your communities. For that, I’m truly grateful. Thank you so much! I believe that it is time to mobilize our communities to make a real difference for women whom are suffering in silence. In order to do that, we must ACT. Because of my involvement in the Drew Peterson murder trial, I’ve received a lot of media attention, and I’m using it for good. My desire is for every church in the country to be a safe place for abused women. In order for that to happen, we must have a plan, and pastors and parishioners must respond appropriately to the plan so that abuse victims get the real assistance they need. The Evidentiary Affidavit of Abuse was created in response to the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. The goal was to eliminate the “hearsay” that Drew Peterson’s team claimed (unsuccessfully) was not legitimate evidence of Drew’s guilt.  I’d love it if all of you would go to http://documenttheabuse.com and read about the Evidentiary Affidavit of Abuse. It will bring offenders to justice more quickly than Drew Peterson. It will also empower women and help them to get back their voices. I’ve used it repeatedly in my own church with incredible results. Not one woman has been killed since we started to use this incredible tool. My goal is for churches and other concerned members of the community to learn to use this tool, but then to offer temporary safe families for victims of domestic violence.  If just 5 families in each church in the nation would step up to this challenge, all 1.3 million victims of abuse would be safe from their attackers. There are many domestic…

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Jesus Came For So Much More

Jesus Came for So Much More

Earlier today, one of my favorite followers of Jesus (that I’ve never met), Carlos Whittaker (@loswhit), tweeted this: "Jesus didn’t die just so you could go to heaven.  He died so you could fully live on earth.  Salvation is for today." I LOVE this for so many reasons.  Too many Christians walk around filled with hopelessness.  Too many Christians have settled for mediocre lives.  Too many Christians have bought into the idea of “surviving earth” and one day floating on a cloud in heaven. What about NOW?! Why do we paint Jesus into a corner, instead of expecting him to do GREATER things in our lives?  Because we don’t understand why Jesus came. In the gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 10, Jesus said that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the FULL.”  While heaven is our destination, we shouldn’t wait to truly live until we get there.  Heaven can start to manifest itself in our lives the moment we say yes to Jesus.  If we are supposed to have FULL life, then why do we settle for less than that? I am daring to believe that Jesus meant what he said, but I know that it will take work on my part.  I’m not going to sit and do nothing and expect to live a full life.  I believe that Jesus wants to partner with me in bringing about the full and whole life that he spoke of throughout the gospel accounts. So what does that look like?  At my church, Naperville Christian Church (@napervillecc) we are on a mission to experience every bit of wholeness that Jesus wants for us while we’re on this earth.  It will be messy, but we’re going to stand with you…

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Worship Music Monday

Worship Music Monday

New worship music Monday is here! Here's some new music recommendations from Brandi. "Worthy, Worthy" by Vertical Church Band ''Hands to the Heaven" by Kari Jobs "I Am" by David Crowder Listen, Worship, Enjoy!

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The Overflow

The Overflow

This year, we've been talking about Wholeness. We talk about it all the time, but it really is a strange word. One we hope doesn't become a vague "church word." So what exactly do we mean by wholeness? Here it is in a nutshell: Jesus cares abut your whole life. Sometimes in religion, there is a void located between conversion and death. We don't follow Jesus simply for the hope of heaven. In John 10:10 Jesus says, "I came that they may have life, and have it to the fullest." Your spiritual, mental, emotional & physical health are so important. Jesus cares about those things and we do too. When we are wholly healthy, when we live life abundantly, we can enjoy "the overflow."

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Easter For Today’s World

Easter for Today's World

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