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i've never felt so small
By Irina Coombes
September 22, 2020

My family and I have been traveling in an RV around the country this past year. We have visited most of the Western hemisphere since we left Missouri in early February. I have not traveled much prior to this...

finding rest
By hannah gallagher
September 18, 2020

“I’m just so tired all the time.” I have heard this from so many people in our current season of life. And I feel it too. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of global trauma where everyone has been affected in some way.

what's wrong with bbq pork?
By Hubert Pun
September 15, 2020

From Galatians 2:16, we understand as followers of Christ, we are justified before God simply through our faith in Christ. No more and no less. Nothing we add through our works or amazing efforts to prove ourselves to God can ever be sufficient to replace the sacrifice Christ paid on the cross for me and you!

boast in your weakness
By Irina Coombes
September 11, 2020

In today's reading, Paul talks about a thorn in his side. He has asked God repeatedly to take it away but simply put, God said no. So then Paul says, "That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.

ah, sinful nation!
By Chris Oliver
September 8, 2020

“Repent, sinner!” This was the message that confronted me at the entrance of every baseball game I frequented during the San Francisco Giants dynasty. I was young, energetic, and full of devotion to God and to my baseball team. Dozens of times a year I passed one of my local prophets and internalized a strange discord of hope and scorn: anticipation of the kingdom of heaven, yet sadness for the state of my city.

wisdom
By amber eifler
September 4, 2020

I grew up going to a Catholic school until my freshman year. For as long as I can remember we studied the word of God by reading the Bible and diving deeper into the sermons we heard every Sunday morning. As a young believer, I felt so knowledgeable.

friends who console
By Irina Coombes
September 1, 2020

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has "argued" with God! I mean, Job did too, but anyone else?! Then the Lord said to Job, “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” Job 40:2

be wise
By andy tan
August 28, 2020

I usually skip the book of Job when I am reading the bible as I find it very depressing, but this chapter of Job about a poem of wisdom is very interesting. If God can grant you one gift of: power, wealth, skill, or wisdom, what would you ask for?

sometimes the good suffer
By Freddy King
August 25, 2020

I grew up with the same folk wisdom that Job and the Counselors had. That good behavior is always rewarded, and bad or immoral behavior is always punished, that the good succeed and the evil do not. Through the book of Job, we see the biblical authors...

words to live by
By Michael Farbstein
August 21, 2020

We love stories of overcoming adversity. In sports. In movies. In history. I think we enjoy them because the adversity is usually for a noble cause, and because, in the midst of it all, we have an abiding sense that all will turn out well in the end.  We yearn for that ending, and no story seems complete without a resolution that confirms our hope.

all in perspective
By Irina Coombes
August 18, 2020

Have you ever watched One Night With the King? It's a movie about the story of Esther. A woman of faith, boldness, and bravery. I watched the movie while I was pregnant with our first child and had recently found out the baby was a girl. I was drawn to the name "Hadassah" (Esther's real name) and wanted...

hope of the farthest seas
By helen park
September 21, 2020

My parents went to see the 1975 summer blockbuster Jaws when it was released. As they never used babysitters, my three year-old self tagged along with them.

too much confidence
By Scott Dyer
September 17, 2020

Two and half years ago I experienced what was possibly the scariest and most embarrassing moment of my life. My wife and I were living in Asia at the time and we had taken a winter holiday to an island off the coast of Thailand.

responding well
By Lily Jow
September 14, 2020

We have all heard that we are in unprecedented times! This entire year has been filled with unprecedented events. I keep saying to my kids, “I have never in my life seen…” whether it is the concerns over COVID, the massive lighting storms, the raging fires, the orange sky and now the ash...

holy, holy, holy
By Janice Lewis
September 10, 2020

At the beginning of this summer, a friend and I embarked on a study of the book of Revelation. (Revelation: G.K. Beale said the book of Revelation is, “The Bible’s battle cry of victory, for in it, more than anywhere else in the NT, is revealed the final victory of God over all the forces of evil.”)

psalm 51:10 (again)
By Sam Cerdena
September 7, 2020

Psalm 51:10 is a verse that many of us might know. I’m generalizing a little bit, but I feel this way because I’ve seen it in places like social media profiles  and even on posts with this text superimposed on breathtaking landscape photography. Either way, David asked God for a pure heart and a steadfast spirit. And if you’re asking (or posting) for the same, I’m happy to hear that.

hero worship
By guy anthony
September 3, 2020

Mark David Chapman was just a regular Beatles fan whose hero worship morphed into madness and led to the murder of John Lennon in 1980. Who do you put on a pedestal – a current Tiktok star, Stephen Curry, Taylor Swift or Tim Cook?

get it done
By michael miller
August 31, 2020

As I read all the verses for today, Proverbs 22:13 kept on sticking in my head and I think it is revealing for us today. Clearly God was speaking to me. The verse mentions a sluggard and a lion waiting to devour him. What is a sluggard?

stand on this truth
By ariel dyer
August 27, 2020

When I was in college, I was in the University Choir and Orchestra. One year we sang a rendition of the hymn How Firm a Foundation. With rehearsal and concerts, we probably sang it at least a hundred times. That particular semester, I felt like God had forsaken me and didn’t hear me, I felt abandoned.

it is what it is
By Susan Solomon Yem
August 24, 2020

It is what it is is my least favorite expression because I always want to say, but it doesn’t have to be! I’m starting to think the better response might be, why is it what it is? Or what is the Lord trying to show me? Years ago I read a book called Dark Threads the Weaver Needs by Herbert Lockyer.

words. words. words.
By jessica jimenez
August 20, 2020

Biden is a fascist. Abortion is a woman's right. Abortion is the murdering of innocent human lives. Black lives matter. All lives matter. Love is Love. Marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Kids deserve a mother and a father who are married to each other. Love makes a family.

to eagerly hope
By jonah gallagher
September 19, 2020

Most days, outside our window in Daly City, there is a blanket of fog that descends at some point during the day. More often than not it feels like a foggy weight lies on our daily lives.

a few reminders
By Frank Cutter
September 16, 2020

As I looked at all four of these passages and wondered what to write today, I realized that each passage reminded me of a truth I need to remember each day, so here they are.

are you listening?
By Paul Tang
September 12, 2020

There's no question that Isaiah speaks to us today as much as he speaks to the nations of his day (1 Cor. 10:6). The question is, will we listen. In truth, we can identify with every human role Isaiah speaks of in today's passage (Is. 10,11);

fear of god - but why if he's all loving?
By Tiffany Kennedy
September 9, 2020

Having grown up in a Christian home, I have always appreciated God’s loving characteristics, but something that is more uncomfortable for me to accept and think about in my daily life is that God is also just and we will all stand before Him one day...

striving & being
By daniel kennedy
September 5, 2020

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 A big challenge I’ve been wrestling with lately is the tension between “striving” and “being” - or what I define as: 1) the persistent desire to achieve or accumulate more; vs...

in his time
By joelle brinkley
September 2, 2020

If we all had a dollar for every time that we heard someone say the phrase everything in its time, we would all be millionaires by now. It seems that what we tend to struggle with most is what to do with our time. More importantly, who or what determines what we do with our time?

thank you for seeing me
By amanda farbstein
August 29, 2020

A common refrain heard within particularly American Evangelical circles is that “it’s not about happiness. It’s about joy.” And joy is not contingent upon circumstances whereas happiness is. Happiness became such a bad word that years ago...

someone to believe in
By nicole flowers
August 26, 2020

2 Corinthians 1:3-6 are some of my favorite verses of the Bible. I’ve had them underlined, page marked, for years on years. I’ve found them to be such a welcome refreshment in times of distress and times of rejoicing to know there is a reason for my suffering!

staying faithful through the unknowns
By Ida Skinner
August 22, 2020

I can say 2020 started amazingly! I had high hopes for this year (and I like to think I still do). We moved to the Bay area at the end of January and officially joined this incredible church body here at New North Church.

don't miss out
By Scott Dyer
August 19, 2020

One reason I love the story of Esther is because she, like me, tried to fly under the radar for most of her life. Esther didn’t want anyone to know that she was a Jew - she didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, and then all of sudden she was in a unique position where God could use her.