Friday, September 8, 2017

September 11, 2001: Sixteen years after

September 11, 2001: It was early morning when every television channel was taken over by horrific news... a commercial jet had struck the twin towers in New York City, then a second plane.  Then there was a third plane that hit the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.  Most of us remember every detail from that scary morning: what we were doing at the time we heard the news, how scared and confused we felt, and what our plan of action was going to be.  


Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters: 343 were killed.

Sixteen years later, our country is still at war with Islamic extremist groups and countries.  The aftermath of 9/11 bleeds into the present state and future of America.  

Genesis 9:11 (the irony!) says, "...And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."  


With everything going on in this world today- Floods, nuclear arms race, deadly fires, terrorist acts, division of country- we can find peace in knowing that our God knows all things, loves all of His people, and will protect them.  Let us take some time to contemplate today, and over the weekend, to think of all the different ways that our Lord lifts us up during our trials and tribulations.  Let us thank Him, trust him, and use his love and wisdom to help others who may not know Him. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,". (Psalms 147:3)

God Bless, and see you at Celebration Services this weekend!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Can ‘Church’ really be the Highlight of the Week? ABSOLUTELY!!

At New Venture - we call them Celebration Services… for a reason. Can’t get off the phone or Facebook today, on an otherwise quiet Monday morning with Partners (that’s what we call ‘volunteers’ @ New Venture. Without our Ministry Partners… we don’t have healthy, prevailing ministry!) calling in expressing their excitement love & appreciation for their church, our Lord and all that He is doing through New Venture & its ministries.

Just a few… we get them weekly:

·      *  New Venture City Church had record numbers this week (5th week in a row)!!! SO blessed to be a part of this family. God is AMAZING!!
·     * I LOVE my church!!
·       * We get fed so good here (Pastors are always encouraged by that one).
·     *   I’ve never been at a church so warm & loving… etc.

Conducted Town Hall after-service meeting all weekend. Loved the fact that it gave me a chance to listen to thoughts and feelings of our Church Family members  I loved it because I’m usually one doing all the preaching & talking. I finally got the chance to hear and listen. ).
Their excitement and love for the church was so over-the-top!
Every weekend should be a Super bowl or an Easter Sunday. Weekend’s at New Venture.. we PRAY, PLAN & PRESENT to make it the HIGHLIGHT of each person’s week. Each one deserves that.


CHURCH WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE BORING!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

See You at the Movies!

Imagine a church a block and a half from God’s vast ocean, where you are greeted by smiling faces and warm greetings, every Sunday you arrive. 

You pick up a complimentary beverage and pastry before heading to your theater seat to experience God- with a live, kickin’ band, laser lights, shining and synchronized with the beat of the music, and a half hour message from God’s Word-the Bible, presented to inform & inspire.  Presented on a huge Regal Cinema screen, in an upbeat and encouraging fashion.  The same screen where hundreds of movies are shown regularly, without the life- changing message and values found within the pages of scripture.

The hour-long service in a downtown Oceanside theater-plex moves along quickly.
   
Afterwards, there is laughter, hugs, and well wishes as the growing church’s members leave for walks on the beach or to return to their place of lodging.  Inspired and amazed that they had just 'done' church in the most enjoyable of environments, and left encouraged and ready to take on their world, along with their God, until they gather again - the next weekend. 

Now this is doing CHURCH! You can find God and great people in movie theaters these days. Come check it out!



See you at the Movies.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Passion

Passion is a big deal to God. 

We’re called to love the Lord-with all our passion (Matt.22:37).  We’re also instructed to serve with Passion.  One big area of passion we have at NV is for the 1,000’s of young women caught in the world of Sex Trafficking.  Unfortunately, it’s far more prevalent than most would think. Research shows:

          * Every 30 seconds, another individual becomes a victim of human trafficking
          * The average age of children who are forced into the trafficking world are between 12-14 years old
          * There is a mortality rate that is 200 times greater than those of same demographics and age
4      * Children are recruited primarily through SIMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA TACTICS- like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Craigslist, Backpage, etc. 

NV is planning and preparing to open our first NV House of Hope in 2018 which will be our first live-in safe-house for these innocent women caught in San Diego’s #2 crime (drug trafficking being number one). 

Over 300,000 young people are caught into trafficking on an annual basis in our Country.  Each one of those dear people has a face, a name, and an eternal soul that Jesus came for.  We need to do our part and we’re here to do it with passion.  Be praying along with us, and get involved.  It’s going to happen.  2018-right around the corner.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Debbie Reynolds, God & the ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’

As we begin 2017 with a fresh slate, what new hope and lessons learned can we take from how we closed out the past year? The top story ending 2016, was the shocking national news that Debbie Reynolds died exactly one day after her next door neighbor and deeply loved only daughter, Carrie Fisher - from Princess Leia, Star War’s Fame - passed away from a heart attack. Her mother, Debbie didn’t pass from a heart attack, but rather, a broken heart.
Debbie Reynolds son recalled that when the movie legend first heard that her daughter had passed away, she said: “I want to be with Carrie.” A few hours later, she, too, was gone.

As believers and followers of God’s Word, the Bible, we are instructed to be led by His Spirit & not any other outside influence, including our emotions (Ephesians 5:18). However, our lives are wrought with emotion-filled experiences that can deeply move us. None greater than the departure of those we love.

Is it possible for the emotions to literally cause one’s death? We’ve all heard of the touching stories of elderly couples who, after lifetimes of marriage, die literally days, weeks, or sometimes even hours apart. They are the most touching of stories. In fact, there is science that confirms this. Upon research, I discovered it’s called ‘Broken Heart Syndrome.’ The American Heart Association says that Broken Heart Syndrome is real. It can be caused by an extreme, emotionally stressful event’, causing a surge in hormones as a result that puts stress on the heart.

Reynolds, who died on December 28, 2016, commented while planning her daughter’s funeral with her son Todd that morning, that “she missed Carrie” and “wanted to be with her again.” She also remarked of having some trouble breathing. He stated by TV interview that, “In those exact words and within 15 minutes from that conversation she faded out, and within 30 minutes she was gone.” Her death appears to be due to stroke. But for many others, the reason for passing is far more obvious - it was a broken heart.

The Bible is clear – God doesn’t desire us taking life’s last journey alone. His heart aches for us to know Him here, now – and one day have the assurance of spending eternity with our heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus – and loved ones in Christ who have gone on before us.


We don’t know when our particular journey is; but I do know where I’m going… and who I’ll be with. How about you? If you don't know the answer, start the new year by asking the question. And if you do, let's start 2017 with gratitude and praise for the only thing that matters in the end -- this year or any year. 

God bless and Happy 2017. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

What If....

This week between Christmas and New Year’s is the most reflective week of the year for many, and for us at New Venture, even more so as we prepare to serve North County in 2017. Looking backwards on a year of incredible ministry and great blessings, we’re gearing up for a year of “New Ventures” beyond anything God has taken our church through in the last 27 years.

Before Christmas, the rush was on here on campus and outreaches throughout our community: Hundreds of toys collected and distributed to children REACHED by our church family, Voices of Praise REACHING crowds of shoppers and moviegoers at the Vista Village Christmas Outreach, the annual Trees for Troops project which REACHES military families in thanks for their service and sacrifice, and a Season of Celebration Services and Giving designed to REACH “each home in our region” for Christ.

This past weekend, as we celebrated with family and visitors from around the world, we asked the question, “What if Christmas Never Happened?” But beyond Christmas, it’s a question that applies to anything we do as a church – or as Christians. What if…each of our outreaches never happened? What if we didn’t invite that neighbor or friend to service, or the Open House last fall? What if we hadn’t Partnered in Kid’s World or the Guest Center and made a connection with that child or visiting family that made all difference?

In this week of reflection, what if the question wasn’t about what God has done for us – but about how much more we could be doing for HIM? “What if we DID happen…?” in greater and more impacting ways, as individuals, as a church, as Christians? What if we made the most of the opportunities God has given in our neighborhoods and cities? What if we broke out of our comfort zones and tried something new? What if…we started a whole New Venture?

As 2016 draws to a close and we prepare to scale new heights in the New Year, we’re ready as a church to ask ourselves what we’re not doing enough of…and how would San Diego County look different if we lived out our belief in bigger, bolder ways that “with God, all things are possible”?
We challenge you to ask this question with us this Christmas and New Year’s season as we ask God together what He’s calling all of us to be a part of in the New Year. What is your personal “what if”? What could He do through you at New Venture? What if the impossible happened for you andyou’re your church home this year?

At NVCF, we’re going for it in 2017 and invite you to be a part of what God has planned when we take leaps of faith in His name. “What if…” we did it all for Him?


 “Jesus did many other things as well. Even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21: 25

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bah Humbug...or Not.




BRINGING HOPE & HELP THIS CHRISTMAS

This weekend we’re looking forward to sharing Christ’s love and
giving out over 800 toys to needy children and families in the area.

In addition, another 42 high-need families were ‘adopted’ to receive gifts and help by families @ New Venture.

Thanks, New Venture Family, for sharing God’s love and generosity in providing joy to many others this Christmas!

WHAT IF CHRISTMAS HAD NEVER HAPPENED?

If you haven’t met Pastor Robert McFaden (2nd from the right) and his wonderful family, you’re in for a treat! They’re awesome people – and need I say… Star War geeks!


Pastor Robert is New Venture’s Pastor of Partnership and Ministry, and is a tremendous blessing to all of us around New Venture.

You can hear him preach this weekend – as he and I are ‘Team-teaching’ a message entitled: WHAT IF CHRISTMAS HAD NEVER HAPPENED?

Join us this weekend (Dec.17,18) for a great time @ all Celebration Services.
Below is several other happenings going on around the church. Be sure to check them out.
Until then, have a great end to your week… and we look forward to seeing you this weekend.

A Blessed & Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours!