Momentum | The Update

Hey Church!

A few months ago at the airport I met an old friend who had been on fire for God and passionate about winning the lost. It only took a few seconds of conversation to realize this was not the same guy I remembered. He said that somewhere he had lost the fire. I didn’t have much time to talk since both of us were heading in different directions. This morning as I was looking through my journal, I saw his name with a note next to it. How did he lose the momentum? What put the fire out? I thought about momentum and how it doesn’t stop overnight. It’s a gradual thing. Little by little we drift away from the things we love. It is never on purpose; just life in general can have that affect on us. So how do we keep ourselves on course?

In Philippians 3:14-16 from the Message translation Paul says this:

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made, but I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong. By no means, do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not looking back.”

Paul puts this into perspective. If we lose focus on Jesus, we’ll end up in a place where we never planned to be. Keep your eyes on him! Love you guys! Enjoy the last weekend of the summer, and keep Jesus in focus this weekend as well!

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The Church Has Left the Building | The Update

by Senior Ps. Erich & Joanne Eisenhart

Hey Church!

We are already into August, and the summer is flying by. We will be having our first Compass Kids Summer Camp and, if I know our team, it will be first class. Invite and bring your kids, your neighbors and your grandkids. It will be a life-changing event and, if you get them there, we will give them the gospel. We are called to make disciples of all men. It doesn’t tell us what age, so I would have to assume there is no age restriction for discipleship.

We have been called to reach all people, every age, and every nationality. That is the mission of the church. Remember the church is not just a Sunday thing; it is an every-day lifestyle. You are the church. When you left True North Church last weekend, the church left the building as well. Be blessed, and see you this weekend expecting God to do something great.

Whatever It Takes | The Update

By Senior Ps. Erich & Joanne Eisenhart

Hey Church,

This past week has been a great time down at Wave Conference in Virginia Beach. It was an exciting time to see all the network churches, as well as hear some great speakers including Wayne Alcorn and T.D. Jakes. True North was actually acknowledged for having brought the highest amount of people to the Conference of all of the churches represented.

I believe with all my heart that what God is doing down in Virginia Beach, He can and will do up here in New Jersey. It will, however, take a great team up here to make that happen. God is all about team building. Building a team and being part of one requires a large amount of love for others. That “love for others” will place the goal of the team above their personal ambitions. It is a “whatever it takes” attitude. That team attitude will never put a fellow team member down; and if they are down, they will lift them up. It will also take a lot of behind the scene work on your part to make the church look good, but it shouldn’t matter because in the end the church team wins. We at True North will do all we can to be part of the Church that Christ is building (Matthew 16:18).

See you all in church this weekend, expecting God to do the impossible.

God bless!

Growing Pains | The Update

by Senior Ps. Erich & Joanne EIsenhart

Hey Church!

We believe that growth is an indication of good health. The problem with growth is that it creates more problems as it happens. However, what is viewed by one as a problem can be considered as an opportunity to someone else. We view growth as an awesome opportunity for us to be the church God has called us to be. Growth requires work; the greater the growth, the greater the work load.

In Proverbs 27:25-27 it says, “When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats will pay for your fields. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family.”

A good farmer will harvest hay and put it away for the winter and dry months. When he harvests the hay, new healthy hay will sprout up to feed your flocks. It takes extra work. It is a pain in the neck, but in the end, your family and your church will be well clothed and well fed. Let’s be a church that looks at growth as a great opportunity for God to give the increase.

See you in church this weekend. Magnus Persson is a world class speaker and a good friend of the House. He’ll be speaking at both morning services as well as in the evening with a different message.

Be blessed!

Expect Favor | The Update

By Senior Ps. Erich & Joanne Eisenhart

Hey Church!

This past Sunday I spoke on “Thinking Like God Thinks.” At first it sounds like a cute little sermon topic, but when you really think about it, it’s much more. This week I would challenge you to begin to live out the principles we talked about. They are: you are approved, be joyful always, declare blessings, focus on the future, live to give, let God defend you, and expect favor. I really believe in all of them, but I want you to focus on “expecting favor.” That’s really a hard one for most of us believers. To expect God to bless you may seem a little childish and even a bit selfish, but remember Psalm 84:11, “The Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

We walk in favor not because of who we are, but because of whose we are! Start off each day in thankfulness for whose you are and the blessings the Lord has given you.

If you missed last Sunday, we experienced God’s favor in all of our services with decisions for Christ and God’s blessing poured out on us.

See you all this Sunday!