Updated: Oct 11, 2020
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A Word from Pastor John
I pray you are having a good week and enjoying these cooler mornings we have been having. What a great season it is to take morning walks and spend time with the Lord. Psalm chapter 16 tells us this:
"You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever." Psalms 16:11 NLT
Perhaps the greatest joy I can think of is simply being in the presence of God. Of course God is always present among us, but do we recognize and enjoy His presence? I think of all the beautiful sunsets we have here, and how we sometimes miss them, because we are indoors or watching TV or something else. The sunset is there for us to enjoy, but perhaps we are busy doing other things, that we completely miss it. Likewise, God is always here among us, ready and willing to walk with us through our day. But sometimes we find ourselves so distracted that we do not embrace His daily presence in our lives. I hope that we can find some time each day to embrace the presence of God. To come to him in prayer, to read his word, to experience the life-giving joy that only comes from the presence of God in our lives.
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Our pastors and their families
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The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.
Alice Romano's Great neice, Darian
Vern Rupp's Brother-In-Law, Ed Schaap
Dawn Sundstom and family
Judy McGinnis' dear friend, Mary Rush
Talma Harmon's son, KC
Talma Harmon's nephew's brother-in-law, Troy Price
Kamian and KC and family
Barbara Gionfriddo's family
Giselle and TJ Gutierrez
Alice Romano's friend, Chris
Frank Sundstrom's Sister, Andy
Mary Ann's friend, John
Talma's niece's husband, Troy Starks
Mary Ann's Daughter-In-Law's Father
The many unspoken requests
Giselle Gutierrez, is awake and trying to speak!
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California radio program brings gospel to 500,000 listeners
Hundreds of South Asian people from California’s Bay Area have come to know Christ through a radio program hosted by Chris Nallan, pastor of International Christian Center Church of the Nazarene in San Jose.
Nallan was formerly an audio/video pastor at a large church in Gilroy, California, 30 minutes south of San Jose. It was a church of nearly 3,500, and when he moved to take over International Christian Center, it was a bit of a shock. There was no A/V, no sound, and just a handful of people. Nallan had a vision for the church to embody true community, to be a glimpse of “what heaven would be like.”
The International Christian Center holds services in English, Spanish, Korean, Hindi, and Telugu. The Bay Area is incredibly diverse, home to many Latin American immigrants as well as a large group of East and South Asian people.
Because of the church’s Hindi services, a local AM radio station approached Nallan about running a segment on Saturday nights, free of charge.
Originally, the church shared the time slot with a Hindu priest, but eventually the segment became theirs. The “show” runs almost like a church service, complete with worship, devotionals and messages from the gospel, and prayer. It averaged about 10,000 listeners.
“The South Asians, they love singing and dancing and love to worship,” Nallan said. “So we keep our songs upbeat.”
Nallan says the most important thing is prayer.
“We’re always open for prayer,” Nallan said. “We would always promote it, and say, ‘Whatever you’re going through today, call. God can help you.’ And we would give them scriptures and many people call. Many have come to know Christ.”
Nallan and his radio program have since moved stations to Bollywood 92.3, which reaches across the entire Bay Area in addition to San Jose. It is one of the largest Bollywood radio stations in the country, and Nallan’s Christian show has grown from 10,000 listeners to over 500,000.
Nallan believes the radio show’s growth confirms that God has been faithful to the call He placed on Nallan’s life to leave a large church and serve with a smaller, more intentional and international community.
“I truly believe that God had a purpose for us,” Nallan said. “His purpose was to reach out to the South Asian community, one that needed the gospel. I truly believe that God had a purpose for us to reach out to that community.”
Recently, the radio show traveled to Modesto, California, nearly 100 miles away, because they had been invited by a Hindu community that listened to their program. One of the hundred or so attendees said that some of the local Hindu priests had even been incorporating Christian messages into their own teachings.
Nallan sees it as an even greater confirmation that God was working through them to reach a community to which He clearly had called Nallan.
“Did we plan on being on the radio? No,” Nallan said. “They came to us and said they needed a voice from the Christian community just to fill in some space… I think God created that opportunity for us. So why not bring the gospel that is much needed in the South Asian community?”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 18 Sep 2020
Week 41 (10/04-10-10) Bible Reading Plan
We've begun our 2nd week in the NEW TESTAMENT!
Join us here on day 281 is a great place to join the Bible reading plan!
Take bookmarks 9 and 10 in the foyer.
Before you read God’s Word today, seek His help with these 5 prayers:
1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up. 3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before. 4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand. 5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.
Click the blue Scripture and it will take you to that chapter!
Day 281: John 5
Day 282: Matthew 12
Day 283: Matthew 5-7
Day 284: Matthew 9
Day 285: Matthew 11
Day 286: Luke 11
Day 287: Matthew 13