Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hell, the Devil and Eternal Punishment

This Sunday we’re continuing our series on the End of the World. We’ll look at what the Bible says about Hell, the Devil and Eternal Punishment. Here are a couple of questions to get you thinking?

Who is in charge of Heaven?
Who is in charge of Hell?
Can the Devil read your thoughts?
How does the concept of Hell line up with God's Love?

See you on Sunday?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November Financial Update

November Giving - $34,908
November Shortfall ($7,996)

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Above is a chart of our average monthly giving for recent months and our current monthly minimum budget.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Weekend Messages

During the weekend service Mike Hannah teaches the Bible. Over the next couple weeks we're going to do a few questions and answers on the weekend message. This week's question is....

Question – How do you decide what to speak on?

Answer – Each Fall I begin the process of putting together the message schedule for the following year. I usually begin with a season of prayer and reflection. During this time I seek direction from God. I also try to take into consideration needs of the church, and a balance between what we’ve covered recently and things we haven’t covered as a church.

My favorite way to teach is to go through books of the Bible, so that is my natural leaning. If you look back at our history as a church, about 75% of the time we go through books of the Bible, about 25% of the time we do topical studies. Some subjects, especially theology is probably best covered topically. For example, if you want to know what the Bible says about Holy Spirit, you need to look at more than one passage.

After praying and getting initial direction, I’ll usually run a proposed message schedule by the church board and at a staff meeting for feedback. After this, I’ll put together a message schedule for as far into the year as I can plan. I usually have a rough idea of what I’ll be speaking on at least six months out, sometimes for the whole year.

For 2008 I’m thinking of going through three books of the Bible.

The book of Luke – It’s been a while since we’ve done a series through the life and teaching of Jesus, the last time was 2001. You can’t go wrong when focusing on Jesus!

1 John – I’ve never done a series through 1 John and I’m pumped about studying this book. As part of our “One Hit Wonder” series we studied 2nd and 3rd John, so this will complete our study of the three epistles that bear John’s name.

James – In Fall of 2008 I’m praying about doing a study through the book of James. There is a lot of practical advice for living for Christ in James. One of the focuses is on putting your faith into action.

Small Group Report

Here's an email from someone who visited one our small groups for the first time.

First of all, thank you so much for allowing me to come--thinking that it was only a young couples group, which I can see is not the focus--it really is the only one that I can attend due to my crazy "i need to learn to say no" schedule.

Second, I really really enjoyed it. I haven't been to a Bible Study in a long time where I was forced to think about what I was going to say. I actually had to stretch my mind. I love that feeling. It was very refreshing not having to answer the same "churchy" questions in the same "churchy" way. I really enjoyed the challenge of exploring ideas that are both Biblical and different from my own understanding.

Third, I really liked splitting up into groups at the end for prayer--the "guys with guys" and "girls with girls" thing. I think that that is very important and beneficial.

If you are part of small group, let us know about your experience by emailing us at

If you're not part of small group, check out groups on our

Monday, November 26, 2007

Have You Been to an On Mission Meeting?

If not there’s one scheduled for Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm at our Corona Hills location. This meeting is an opportunity to hear about our focus as a church and learn how to play a part. Sign up on Sunday at the Information Table.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lets give thanks to our awesome God for all he does in our lives and the lives of others.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
--Psalm 30:11-12

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Giving to God!

Giving is a way to worship God with our wealth. To find out more about giving, check out this page on our website.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Baptism Congrats!

Congratulations to Jeremy Fischer, Teddy Johnson, Keri Kaus and Joe Monge. These members took the step of faith and were baptized Sunday.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Youtube Videos

We have now had over 3500 views of Youtube videos. Below is a player for our channel on youtube.

P.S. If you want to check out out videos, on the right column of this page, you can scroll down to "labels" and choose videos.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

End of the World FAQ's

Here are some frequently asked questions about the end times. Click here for answers to these questions.

What is the battle of Armageddon?
What is the mark of the beast (666)?
Will Christ come before or after the Tribulation?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Women's Retreat

Here are some photos from the Women's Retreat. It was an awesome time of fun and fellowship!

Monday, November 12, 2007

End of the World Song

The trailer for our current series includes clips from old shows and the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” The original song was by a band called R.E.M. The version you hear on our video is by a Christian band called D.C. Talk (pictured above). DC talk covered the song on their 1997 live album Welcome to the Freak Show.

The song goes quick so it’s hard to hear the lyrics, so here they are…

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, Birds, snakes, and aeroplanes You know I am not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs Feed it like an aux feeds, grunt, no, strength, no Ladder starts with a clattered gear found high Wire in a fire represents a seven gauge In a government rage

It's the end of the world as we know it It's the end of the world as we know it It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

That's great, it starts with an earthquake,
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes Toby Mac has never, ever, ever been afraid Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs Feed it like an aux feeds, grunt, no, strength, no Ladder starts with a clattered gear found high Wire in a fire represents a seven gauge In a government rage

End Times Hotline

Check out our "End of the World" webpage. You can ask end time questions and check out end times information.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Giving Update

As a church we’re trying to get “On Mission” but we’ve had a challenge that’s holding us back – our weekly giving. We recently sent out an important letter with the details. If you didn’t get a copy, you can check it out here. If you did get the letter, let’s pray for giving that will help us go to the next level as a church.
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Interested in serving at New Life?

If so, check out First Serve. First Serve is an opportunity to test the waters in serving at New Life. It's designed as entry level experience to serve God. For more information check out our First Serve webpage.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

It All Starts With an Earthquake

Check out our Website for Resources from this Sunday's message. Click here to visit.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Fall Back!

Don't forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night. This is the time we fall back.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A HUGE Thank You!

Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers that made our Harvest Festival a great event. We appreciate all you do here at New Life!

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3