Thoughts from Pastor Mark after the Recent Synagogue Shooting

Dear New Life, Something happened recently that I think is worthy of a few comments from your pastor.  I’m talking about the startling reality of terrorism in the name of Christ. On April 27th, John Earnest entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue in southern California.  Armed, this 19-year old man shot and killed one person and injured several others.  We are thankful his gun jammed before taking aim at the many others present. It right that we should condemn this shooting.  And

What are New Life’s Spending Priorities?

Have you ever have that moment when you realize you don’t have enough money to give to everyone and everything you want to? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? It demonstrates that we live in a world in which we have limited resources, and that means we have to make tough choices. This is especially true since we don’t typically have chapter and verse in Scripture that prescribe for us whom to give to, nor the exact dollar amount. This challenge proves

Remember visiting New Life for the first time?

I recently had the opportunity to visit a local church for a conference, and I noted my experience through the entire visiting process.  I don’t think I’m that shy or anxious of a person, but neither am I exactly fearless.  From the time I entered the parking lot I noticed that I felt somewhat comfortable (the lot was in good condition and I had an idea where the front door was), and everything started off well. I remember opening the

Recap of Continuing the Conversation II (Sunday July 29)

Hello New Lifers! Sunday night yielded another helpful conversation about the future of our church family, and especially the stewardship and future of our beloved building. Thank you, Lord, for this congregation!   I certainly have enjoyed this continued and delightful conversation with you all. Let’s keep praying and talking about the next 30 years. A quick recap: 1. Hospitality! In our current sermon series the concept of hospitality occurs at least twice. Marc Davis preached on a passage in which

Where Is My Neighbor

If you are hard-pressed to name a friend (a neighbor you see fairly often) who does not know Jesus then I would challenge you to ask the questions: Where is my neighbor? and then: Where can I alter my path?

Why are churches important?

Today there are many wonderfully important institutions and associations, ones that bless and enrich our lives tremendously. Yet it is remarkable to think that Jesus established one in particular, the church. (Matt 16:18-19) Two thousand years later, the world is full of local churches. Not full enough, we hasten to add — but still, we are amazed at what the Lord Jesus has accomplished. But what does a local church have to offer modern Americans? More than we might think.

Continuing the Conversation, part 1

This post will summarize the “Continuing the Conversation” meeting, which occurred June 20.  This meeting was the first follow-on to the big April 29 potluck dinner and presentation “The Next 30 Years.”  The next one will occur July 29. Greetings in the Name of the Lord, New Lifers! It is a joy to be writing you.  Yes, the dog days of summer are here, but many things are happening at New Life that you will be hearing about in the coming months. Some

Who is my neighbor?

The two greatest commandments are: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 10:27) This is what Jesus lived and what we are called to live. So, who is my neighbor and what does it mean to love him?

Missions in Jonah, Missions Today

This Sunday we end our sermon series on Jonah.  It’s time to ask: what’s this book about, anyway? It’s definitely about Jonah running. It’s also definitely about Jonah being saved from certain death by a big fish that does God’s bidding. It’s also about Jonah’s startlingly successful preaching campaign. And finally, it’s about Jonah’s anger at this startlingly successful preaching campaign. Note what this means. Every chapter is about the man Jonah. The last chapter is especially telling, because do

Announcing The Life Course

How should we live life?  What is true?  What really matters? When questions like these are asked, sooner or later we begin talking about God.  (Hopefully sooner rather than later!)  God must have some very important things to say about life since He created it.  He created you and me. Jesus said two things about life immediately worth mentioning.  First, some incredibly good news:  “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).  We could hardly think of anything