This podcast is dedicated to sharing the preaching and teaching from New Horizons Christian Church of Winter Garden, Florida. In the coming weeks and months we may begin to offer more in audio content such as devotional thoughts, teaching, discussion, etc.
New Horizons Christian Church is an independent Christian Church committed to obeying the teaching of the Word of God, reflecting the character & example of Jesus Christ and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Our singular Mission, Vision and Purpose is found in the simple truth of "Not I but Christ" as we seek to increase the role of Jesus in our lives and ministry to the community as we seek to IMPACT, INFLUENCE and INVEST in our neighborhood and community for His Name's sake!
Jonah's Prayer of Repentance
One of those simple books of the Bible that can be read in its entirety rather quickly is the book of Jonah. While there are many wonderful lessons that can be found in the book, the story arc of Jonah is pretty straightforward. In fact, the story of Jonah has, for many years, inspired a simple outline of the book. It is, in some form or fashion: Jonah running from God, Jonah running to God, Jonah running with God, and Jonah running against God.
In the second chapter, Jonah offers a prayer of repentance. He realizes that he has sinned in not following God's instructions and, realizing that acknowledgement of his sin alone is not enough, prays a penitent prayer in humility. It is that prayer that Frank will focus on and invite us to find application through this Sunday.
Elijah's Prayer for Revival
What would true revival look like in the church today? Would it be a week-long event with a guest preacher brought in for a series of messages to motivate us to service and ministry? What about a special weekend with an emphasis on leading others to repentance?
While those are fond memories many of us may have, it is fairly uncommon to see such "revival" as that these days. To be honest, those were simply opportunities to challenge and encourage revival in the lives of people. It is something that can still and does still exist because even with the concept of a "week-long" revival becoming less common, the same Holy Spirit that is responsible for bringing about revival through repentance is still working through the lives of people.
This Sunday, we look at another prayer from the Bible in which Elijah prays for God to turn the hearts of His people back to Him because they had become distracted and consumed by the worship of idols. It is a prayer we can and should offer for His people today as well.
Don't Be Afraid... Open Your Eyes
Fear wants to steal your joy, take your courage and leave you cold, naked and trembling. Fear's basic strategy is to manipulate you with the mysterious and taunt you with the unknown--fear of death, fear of failure, fear of defeat, fear of rejection, fear of being alone, fear of God, fear of living. Yes the arsenal is vast, and what is the goal? To create cowardly joyless souls.
You see, Fear doesn’t want you to make the journey to the mountain. Fear figures that if if can rattle you just enough, you will take your eyes off the lofty peaks of life, and settle for a dull, drab, safe existence in the flatlands of existence.
This Sunday, we want to encourage with the words, DON’T BE AFRAID! A phrase that occurs 88 times in the Bible and is mostly spoken by God to his people. When these words are spoken by God, we can trust them.
Hezekiah's Prayer for Healing
One of our consistent prayer items that makes it into our regular times of petition to God seems to focus on physical healing. Of course, the question might arise: "Why does God choose to heal some but not others?" Closely followed by: "Why does it seem that miraculous healing doesn't occur today as prevalently as it did in the stories we read from the Bible?"
As we continue our series on "Prayers from the Bible" Frank looks at the prayer offered by Hezekiah for healing in 2 Kings 20. In his message this week, he will share with us biblical truths about healings such as this and the purpose they serve in the life of a believer.
Jesus' Model Prayer
We start up a short series of messages this Sunday, covering some of the important prayers in the Bible. Some are prayed in desperation, others are prayed with accepting faith, but they all serve a purpose beyond the original intent... they serve as a teaching tool for our understanding.
This Sunday, Frank starts with the Lord's Prayer; those words uttered to His disciples who wanted to be more effecting in prayer and thus, as Him to teach them such effective prayer.
Lost within the Church
As we conclude our series on the book of Jame this Sunday, we look to the last few verses of the fifth chapter. In this passage, James offers words of hope concerning those who have wandered from the truth and eventually return for restoration.
While James encourages his readers with this story of restoration and salvation, it is a sobering reminder of what the alternative is for those who have become complacent about their faith, their relationship with God, and their pursuit of His truth.
True to the Word
I appreciate the preaching and teaching content that comes from this church. I love the commitment to Biblical truths. That is not to say other churches don't do that. It just seems clear that NHCC has made a commitment to make sure the Word of God is not only referenced in the message but the real life applications are highlighted through those biblical truths.