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What I Would Say about Harvey Weinstein and Co.

November 14th, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

I have been thinking for a while about what I would say about the recent revelations of the rampant sexual abuse of women in Hollywood, by the leaders in the movie and TV industry.


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Joni's Witness through Suffering

August 2nd, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

Sometimes the best blog is just sharing someone else's great stuff.


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What Robert Frost, Led Zeppelin, Jesus of Nazareth, and Saul of Tarsus Agree On

May 11th, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

Have you ever had one of those moments when within a short bit of time, say minutes or hours, your good day swings to a bad one? Isn’t it strange how in just a few moments we can go from either singing or complaining?


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News Driven Anxiety

April 10th, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

Is it just me? Is it that I’ve lived long enough to understand a larger world and the chaos that reigns? Or is the world more troubled than ever before? I think it is the digital revolution.


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Resting My Warrior and My Worrier

April 2nd, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

Quick, what does the 4th Commandment say? Did any of your teachers use “pop quizzes”?


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The Weirdest of the Ten Commandments

February 28th, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

Call me crazy, or a confused, but doesn’t the 4th commandment about the Sabbath seem odd?


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Thank You for Letting Me Preach on the Law

February 23rd, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

I’ve heard of people who so love their job, career, or even part of their job that they can’t believe they get paid to do it. Well, that’s how I feel about preaching on the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, in this season of NLCC.


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A Simple Prayer to Begin Your Day

January 13th, 2017 by Pastor Scott Rees

A Simple Prayer to Start the Day.


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Our Christmas Tree Tells Our Story

December 13th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

The Christmas Tree gets a lot of attention every year, probably because it is the centerpiece of most traditional decorations. I’ve spent many a year...


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What Is Caesar’s and What is God’s?

November 22nd, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

The last post left the reader with the challenge to think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:15-22 when he was questioned about paying taxes.


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Give to Caesar What Is Caesar’s

November 17th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

Have you ever read this little, and very important, exchange Jesus had with the religious leaders of his day, the Pharisees? It is in Matthew 22:15-22, and it goes like this:


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What Are People Upset About?

November 10th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

You have probably seen pictures or video of supporters of Hillary Clinton protesting in the cities of America against the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.


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Read the Gospels not the News Cycle

July 27th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

It’s an election year and once again everyone is getting sucked into the emotional frenzy.


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Rain Makes Me Feel Small

July 5th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

What do you feel when it is raining? Happy? Quiet? Thoughtful?


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Summer is a Season

June 28th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

I didn’t grow up with the four seasons of the year. I grew up with climate. In southern California we had two seasons


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How is Your Gospel Reading Going?

June 16th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

I have challenged Life Church to read through the Gospels this summer. At one chapter a day a person can read all four Gospels by the start of school after Labor Day. Have you taken the challenge? How is your Gospel reading going?


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You Might Read Only One Verse

June 10th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

In my sermon of last Sunday, June 5, I set out the challenge for us as a church to read the Gospels this summer.


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Then Jesus Burst into Tears

May 28th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

Are you familiar with the shortest verse in the Bible? It’s John 11:35


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Your Word is a Lamp for My Feet

May 27th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.” If you look there are five nouns in that statement. They are, “word”, “lamp”, “feet”, “light”, and “path.”


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Taking a Break as a Caregiver

May 18th, 2016 by Pastor Scott Rees

In my training as a pastor and from reading in the subject of counseling I’ve learned that being the care giver for a person with a chronic or terminal illness is a major difficulty in caring for someone. I’ve talked to many people who have been in the care giving position and they get very, very drained by it.


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Courageous Martyrs in Oregon

October 3rd, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

This morning the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon were on my mind.


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When God Says "No"

September 4th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Here's a thought...


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Be Calm, It's Just the Stock Market

August 25th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Has the news of the stock market caught your attention lately? Has it caught your breath too? It’s pretty wild right now, so I thought it is a good moment for a good reminder. “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:8


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A Christian News Site

August 17th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Someone from church shared an article from a Christian news site I didn't know about. I thought it would be of interest to some of you.


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Worship While Fishing

August 9th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

On August 2nd my sermon title was "How to Worship God While You Are Fishing." You'll have to listen to it on line if you missed it. But I thought that for fun I'd share the funny comments I had in slides that day. Just for fun.


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Encouragement for Today

August 6th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

There are a lot of booklets and framed quotations produced that are supposed to give us an encouraging thought for the day. These are helpful. The best ones teach biblical truth in memorable ways.


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You Have Heavenly Help Today

August 3rd, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Here’s an encouraging thought for you from the Bible. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” It’s Hebrews 1:14.


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Maskil Psalms

July 24th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

This is actually a preview for Sunday’s message. Those who are beginning to use their phones to access our website are going to be in on the secret before then.


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God is Our Greatest Joy!

May 12th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

“God is our greatest Joy!” “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” John Piper This is the summary truth that will change what you think of your relationship with God.


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A Sermon Series You Don't Want To Miss

March 14th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

There are lots of very good sermons, message, bible studies, and devotions I've come across over the years, but this one I really, really, really want others to check out. It's from Andy Stanley, and it's been fueling my soul.


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The Obviously Invisible God

July 15th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

As we read the Old Testament it can seem almost like an unbelievable story. Think of some well-known story like the parting of the Red Sea as Moses led Israel out of Egypt. It is such an overwhelmingly amazing story that people reduce the lesson of it to something like “God will help us in difficult situations.”


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Be Sure to Water Your Soul

June 27th, 2014

On June 7 about 30 volunteers of NLCC scurried about the campus and cleaned up, cut up, dug up, and fixed up the property. It was a lot of work, and a lot got done, and there’s still more to do. The main visible result you all see is the new grass growing on the south side of the building. It was a lot of work and to see the grass spouting is satisfying and hopeful. But the work is not done. The problem is not solved. If we fail to water it regularly it will die and return to a barren state.


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Rhythm and Stumble

June 10th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

I try to visit our church website at least once a day.


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Seasons of Growth

May 19th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

It’s Spring and all the trees and plants are putting out new buds, shoots, and leaves. But this is not unexpected, is it? We knew it was coming, though we had a long and deep Winter. It was not surprising when the blossoms popped because we know that Winter turns to Spring.


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A Typical Sunday at New Life Church

April 27th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

It is Sunday evening and for some reason I am reflecting on the worship service this morning. I have the unique perspective of a pastor of Sunday services, and I thought you might be interested to see from my vista.


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Dwelling and Resting

April 26th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

One of my favorite lines from the Psalms is Psalm 91:1, which says, “The person who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”


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Go See the “God’s Not Dead” Movie

April 7th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

This is an unashamed plug for the movie “God’s Not Dead.” Patti and I saw it this past Sunday and we rarely go to the movies, due to the price and mostly useless products. We thoroughly enjoyed, were deeply moved, and inspired by this movie.


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Change is Irritating

March 29th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

A recent experience of buying a new chair reminded me of why change is so hard. It’s irritating. Even a simple and good change like getting a new chair because the old one squeaks too much and is starting to break down some can be irritating. How much more difficult is a big change?


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Better Eating, Better Living

March 24th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

You have probably seen or heard the Papa John’s Pizza slogan “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.” Have you ever heard the saying “you reap what you sow”?


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"Grace Unplugged"

March 8th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

"Grace Unplugged" is a very well done Christian movie. I got it from Redbox.


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Go Watch These Andy Stanley Messages

March 5th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

There is a sermon series by Andy Stanley that I recently listened to that I just have to alert people to check out. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone in even posting this on Facebook but I really want to share something very good for us.


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One Rule I am Always Going to Keep When Reading the Bible

March 4th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

How many proverbs or sayings do you know? How many do you live by? What I mean are proverbs like “hindsight is always 20/20” or “a stitch in time saves nine” and “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”


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Hey Dads! Check This Out

February 21st, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

How Dads teach their children happens in the little things.


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Looking the Wrong Way

February 18th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

I have always wondered about the story in Genesis 30:25 when Jacob negotiates with his father in law for the spotted and streaked sheep as his wages.


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Complaining, Adapting, Thriving

February 15th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

A few days ago I was taking my wife, Patti, to work because her car was in the shop. Lucky for her it was that morning when those big, heavy snowflakes came. It was beautiful to watch, but it ruined the commute and workday for many.


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Seasons Are Not Forever

February 11th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

As I write this my iphone says it’s 10 degrees and the website I checked said it is 7 degrees. The website also said that it is 12 degrees in Islip. That means that it is a lot colder way out East here in Oakdale!!


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Do You Believe in Angels?

October 28th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

Do you believe angels exist? Do you believe they are active in your life? What do they look like, or sound like, or what do they do? About the time the subject of angels comes up it seems more questions than answers come.


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We are Wee Little Flowers - Rejoice!

July 12th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” Ps. 103:15-16


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A "One Another" Thought

July 10th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

This morning a burst of people's faces played on the screen of my mind. And then a word from Scripture came. And then a grand thought came.


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Wisdom in Art

June 16th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

Artists have limited space so they find the right words


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Anxious in Nothing

June 6th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

God has given us medicine for our soul. But like the proverbial horse being led to water that can't be made to drink, so Christians seem unwilling to use the simple remedies for the challenges and ills of life.


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John Calvin's 6 Reasons for Prayer

May 10th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

John Calvin is the defining thinker/writer/leader of the Reformed Tradition. Here's a summary of some key ideas of his on prayer. Bet you never heard these.


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Scripture to Encourage Confession

February 26th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

The practice of confessing our sin has gotten a bad rap. Maybe these Scripture passages will help us.


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Back To Basics

February 11th, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

When life gets difficult the best plan is to go back to the basics. In sports this is a mantra. Coaches constantly repeat, even to seasoned professional athletes, "fundamentals! fundamentals! fundamentals!" This is great advice for the Christian life.


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Innings, Game Clocks, and Calendars

January 2nd, 2013 by Pastor Scott Rees

Just like in sports and games, in life we need something to say "Enough! Time to move on!" That is the beauty of a New Year.


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Kill Your Anxiety

October 8th, 2012

We may not always be able to understand everything about life including the sources and extent of the effect of anxiety or stress, but we do know it is something we need to handle better. As Christians, do we have help to deal with this unavoidable part of life? Yup. We sure do.


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This Graduation Is Different

June 23rd, 2012 by Pastor Scott Rees

On June 21 our fourth child, Daniel, graduated from Connetquot High School. The first high school graduation for us happened in 2005, the next in 2007, and the third in 2009. With each child's graduation it marked a transition in our family, and their subsequent departure to college reduced the busy-ness of our house and lowered the food bill... only a transfer of funds really.


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NLCC Elders Get Political

June 12th, 2012 by Pastor Scott Rees

In an election year it had to happen sometime. The Elders talked politics at our June meeting. Much as we try to stay focused on the needs, ministry, and people of NLCC, for a moment we got caught up in a political discussion. You will totally surprised by our views.


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Sports Radio: Why Do I Even Bother

May 29th, 2012 by Pastor Scott Rees

I was listening to some sports radio recently and they were discussing a recent baseball game where the first base ump made a bad call that affected the outcome of the game. They got into a discussion on the pros and cons of video replay, and then I caught myself and asked, "Why am I listening to this?"


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Movie Reviews ... Sort of

May 22nd, 2012 by Pastor Scott Rees

I have never been the kind of person who uses pop culture to understand Christianity. It has always seemed a backwards way to my goal. But sometimes a movie or a song says something a certain way that helps me on the journey.


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You Can't Cut & Paste Forgiveness

March 6th, 2012 by Pastor Scott Rees

I was sitting at a stop light and the question came to mind, "Why did Jesus say we had to forgive others not just 7 times, but 70 times 7? And then I thought of the cut and paste feature in word processing that I use all the time, and how I have also just reused a document template again and again instead of work to learn really how to make templates. And then I realized why Jesus wants us to forgive 70x7.


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