Relationships: Forgiveness

Continuing his series on Relationships, Ron Simkins shares about forgiveness. May we receive more, extend more, and grow more in forgiveness. -Renée Antrosio, NCF Pastor NO RELATIONSHIP GROWS WITHOUT FORGIVENESSIt is amazing how many people today find it annoying when a pastor or teacher brings up the fact that we sin against God and against one another.

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A Doorway into Prayer

Hello NCF family and friends! I have a personal prayer update to share with you.  After a week of increased pain around my port, heart palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath, I ended up at the ER last Friday. The good news, I did not have a heart attack; the bad news, after multiple,

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quarks, the strong force, and freedom

Physics, mathematics, and astronomy. Not my usual subjects, and not how I would expect someone to find God. Michael Guillen arrived at Christianity by another approach, through science. In Believing is Seeing, he shares his discovery (while teaching physics at Harvard) that the Bible matched his scientific worldview better than his Atheism, and how he

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You Can’t Go Back

“There’s no going back.”  “It’s never the same again.” Have you ever realized that?  Have you ever fought against this idea? With every ounce of your being? Have you ever tried so hard to get back to where you were before? Before…fill in the blank. It’s futile isn’t it? The diet that worked before doesn’t

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Listening for Right Relationships

Thank you for your prayers for Ron’s surgery. Overall things went well and the surgeon was pleased and optimistic about the longterm outlook. Please pray for complete recovery and healing. He and his family are grateful for all your prayers. -Renée  Good Listening for Right RelationshipsI am finding it quite challenging to think about what growing in

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Breath Prayer

I wasn’t looking for a new way to pray. I was searching for a new way to be. The old ways- routines and ruts- were no longer working. My body, my spirit, my emotions were all telling me (loudly) that I needed to listen and attend.  In my own way, like the ancient men and

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Covenant Loving for Right Relationships

Of all the lessons from Steve and I’s two years of theological training, the lesson on the Hebrew word chesed has always remained. We kind of laugh when we hear it, because it was SO frequently repeated in our training. But really the meaning of this word is so important to understand, I can see

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Nothing to Fear

As a kid in Montana, camping was fun. With my sister and best friend in the forest behind our house, Peanuts the faithful collie kept us “safe” from yipping coyotes. The best was when the worship leaders took our youth group to their hunting and fishing camps before high-end clients arrived, leading us up on horseback into

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Book Review: White Too Long

If you like to read, but your stack of “to read” is about to topple over OR you really can’t get through a book these days, but want to be in the know, then this book review is for you! Carolyn Vance, NCF Librarian, provides us with a detailed review of the book “White Too

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A Scarlet Thread

This week’s Blog contribution comes from Judson Chubbuck. Part of the lyrics of his song say, “but eyes of faith, can perceive, That through our lives this thread can weave, Garments of love and unity.” What a great recap of what Jeff Trask referenced in his teaching this past Sunday: the disciples coming together in

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