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Why Human Life is Important to God

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Pastor Brent Whitefield, Northpoint’s Pastor of Missions and Outreach.

Why Human Life is Important to God

Hello Church Family,

This week, we will commemorate Sanctity of Life Sunday, affirming our stand for the dignity and worth of human life, and against the practice of abortion. The sanctity of human life is, of course, something that we should and do celebrate every week as we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. But what are some specific ways that we can participate as we reflect on the sanctity of life this Sunday?
Pray:
The most important thing that we as Christians can do is to pray. We need to pray for a revival in our land that will bring people to Christ, and in changing their hearts, give them a new concern and care for the unborn. We need to pray for our political leaders, who have it in their power to make changes, to pass God-honoring laws that protect the most vulnerable in our society. Pray for those who participate, one way or another, in the abortion industry to repent and seek forgiveness from God. Pray that the day will come when abortion will be so uncommon that a sanctity of life Sunday will no longer be necessary.

Support:
Secondly, we should support the work of places, such as Corona Life Services, who offer a Christian alternative to abortion. Organizations like CLS are under tremendous pressure to water down their life-giving message to comply with godless government directives. Pray that they will have the courage to stand up for their convictions, and the ability to continue to operate with the spirit of Christ. Pray that the families with whom they interact will not only turn away from abortion but turn to Christ as Savior. We can also support them financially, through attendance at events and fundraisers, and with volunteer hours.

Act:
As Christians, we can be agents for change through participation in the political process, organizing and attending marches and rallies, raising awareness about the cause. We should not be silent on an issue that is so near and dear to the heart of God. We should be thankful that through political advocacy, abortion has become more restricted in many states over the last few years, and the total number of abortions has been going down. We can hope that through continued, concerted action, the tide may turn decisively against abortion in our land. But our advocacy should not stop at the condemnation of abortion. We must also help with the alternatives. Namely, we should be at the forefront of advocacy for adoption, the most attractive alternative to abortion. Christians should adopt children themselves, support Christian adoption agencies, and provide support for adopting families. Recognizing that we ourselves have been adopted into God‘s family, we must always treat adopted children as first-class citizens in our midst.

As we take time to reflect on the sanctity of life this Sunday, let us remember why human life is important to God: because we were fearfully and wonderfully made in his image, and reflect, however imperfectly, his glory. In upholding life, we glorify God, which is, after all, the chief end of man.

In Him,

Pastor Brent

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Marti Wiegman, Northpoint’s Director of Women’s Ministries.   Who Do You Say Jesus Is?   Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Last Sunday evening at the Golden Globes Awards, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Her impassioned and inspiring acceptance speech… Continue Reading

Praying Together

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Tamene Menna, Northpoint’s Pastoral Assistant. Tamene holds a PhD from Talbot. He and his wife, Tigist, have three children: daughter Lelena, and sons Liam and Lucian. Praying Together Hello Family, I grew up in Ethiopia, which is located in eastern part of Africa, also known… Continue Reading

A New Year’s Prayer

12.28.2017 A New Year’s Prayer Hello Family, A little over a week ago, Jenine and I went shopping to buy Christmas gifts for our four children.  Our goal was to start and finish this (daunting) task in one day, even if it meant staying out late to do so. When we arrived at our first… Continue Reading

Does the Bible Tell One Story?

12.21.2017 This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Taylor Mendoza, Northpoint’s Director of Students Ministries Does the Bible tell One Story? Hello Family, In the fall of 2012, I was a freshman in the Bachelors of Applied Theology program at California Baptist University, where I experienced an awakening. One of my professors consistently used the word, meta-narrative when he referred to the Old Testament’s… Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season to Be … Busy!

This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Scott Williams, Northpoint’s Pastor of Adults and Families. ‘Tis the Season to Be … Busy! Let me ask you a question: Have you, in the last few days, weeks, or months, been tempted to answer the question of “How are you?” with the answer, “I’m doing good, but things are just really busy”? In today’s culture, busyness is… Continue Reading

Don’t Neglect the Details

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Manufactured Positivity and the Surprising Source of True Joy

11.16.2017 Manufactured Positivity and the Surprising Source of True Joy Hello Family, I was driving to meet some friends for lunch today as back-to-back Van Morrison songs played on my car stereo. The first was a hook-heavy ditty called “No Religion,” in which the Belfast crooner decries the purported naivety of all so-called faith-systems, particularly… Continue Reading

Three Reasons We Don’t Do Evangelism

11.9.2017 This week, Pastor John hands over the TAGD keyboard to Pastor Brent Whitefield, Northpoint’s Pastor of Missions and Outreach. Three Reasons We Don’t Do Evangelism Hello Family, Are you in the regular habit of sharing your faith with nonbelievers? When is the last time that you told someone the good news about Jesus Christ? All… Continue Reading