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The NewChurch Live podcast hosted by Pastor Chuck Blair is dedicated to spirituality and community. We aim to be an anytime, anywhere destination for regular inspiration. It is our goal to meet you where you are on your spiritual journey. The mission of NewChurch Live is to provide an accepting space where everyone belongs. To help fit worship and spiritual inspiration into your life, not the other way around. On this podcast we will share our Sunday messaging as well as interviews with peop ...
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It Is All a Miracle When we feel empty, burned out, God asks us to remember the miracle. It is not just the miracle of the 1969 "Miracle Mets" World Series Championship. It is the miracle of life, the miracle of the "countless points of goodness." From the service aired on 5/12/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our pod…
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From Emptiness to Purpose Abraham's Journey and Our Spiritual Renewal There is an emptiness that is life giving. Let's hold that as spaciousness. And there is an emptiness that feels soul-defeating. Lets hold that as the void. Out of the good emptiness, out of God-given spaciousness, we can find commitment again, a commitment that will help us re-d…
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The Innocence of Wisdom Innocence is not something we have to leave behind along with childhood. As we grow to understand our intimate and deep connection to God, a new, wise innocence can emerge. with Curtis Childs and special guests From the service aired on 4/28/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever…
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The Bread of Heaven When we're at the end of our rope, we think no future is before us, it is powerful to witness the little miracles that start to show up. The bread of heaven. From the service aired on 4/21/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this …
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Learning How to Pray One of the quieter ways to create a space for God is prayer. Prayer, as Swedenborg writes, is simply a conversation with God. What are the different ways we can pray? What can we pray for? What approaches might help? From the service aired on 4/14/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast where…
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There's Only One Good Reason to be Religious What is religion for? There's a simple yet profound answer that can clarify and energize our spiritual life. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 4/7/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcas…
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Celebrating Easter On Easter Sunday, let's gather together to celebrate the miracle of this story - God’s story - where the final answer to death is not death itself, but resurrection and rebirth. From the service aired on 3/31/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 w…
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Embracing the Hard Stuff The Easter story is rich with darkness, yet it also offers profound lessons on embracing and navigating through it. How might we draw upon these lessons to find strength in our own moments of darkness? From the service aired on 3/24/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get…
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Why Easter Matters The Easter story can generate great meaning in our lives as we come to see God’s providence in the simple yet profound journey of birth, life, death, and resurrection. This is not only the essence of Easter but also mirrors our own journey as humans. From the service aired on 3/17/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscr…
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Your Job is Sacred When we think of spirituality, probably the last thing that comes to mind is our jobs. But New Church theology makes the astounding claim that the most profound worship happens through the useful work we do day to day in our occupation. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 3/10/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to S…
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What Are You Anxious About? While some anxieties are understandable and even at times helpful, other anxieties are purely destructive, leading us literally no-where. Getting rid of those destructive anxieties will leave more space for God. Join us on that journey. From the service aired on 3/3/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe an…
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What Are You Mad At? We all struggle with loops. A common one ... rage. When we hit that point, our thoughts and anger quicken at lightning speed, and more often than not, we make decisions that are self-destructive at best. How can we break out of that loop into a new way of living? From the service aired on 2/25/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be…
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We Don’t “Move On” From Grief. We Move Forward With It A conversation with Nora McInerny – a captivating writer, speaker, and host known for fearlessly embracing life’s highs and lows. After experiencing profound loss, she channeled her grief into raw and vulnerable storytelling through her podcast, “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” and her bestsellin…
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Creating a Pause In a famous prayer, an ancient king does not ask for wealth or victory but instead asks for a discerning heart. God grants the wish. Our part? To pause and ask the question, “what is a meaningful life?” From the service aired on 2/11/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your p…
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Deep Knowing Join us as we do a service based on questions and answers from our congregation. Most people sense something on the other side of this life. What might it look like? From the service aired on 2/4/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this …
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What Happens When We Die Join us as we do a service based on questions and answers from our congregation. Most people sense something on the other side of this life. What might it look like? From the service aired on 1/28/24 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to …
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Moving Through Seasons of Loss When we face loss, we face a basic choice - which is to embrace life as it is. The broken parts, and the blessed parts as well. Join us as we look at the continuity of the human experience, acknowledging it as a way to hold life even in moving through seasons of loss. From the service aired on 1/21/24 If you enjoyed t…
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Not the Way It Used to Be We are left many times with the realization that life and our capabilities are not what they used to be. We struggle with those limitations in our own lives as well as struggling with what we witness in those we love. Join us for a conversation on how we can better understand a life that is not what it used to be. From the…
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Living a Life That Matters A lot of our lives are formed around three questions. Am I enough? Do I belong? And do I matter? Most of us wrestle with these questions throughout our lives. How do we live a life that matters? What is God's intention for us? We all matter. How do we pass that feeling on? From the service aired on 1/7/24 If you enjoyed t…
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The Easiest Way to Understand Who Jesus Is We've just spent a whole Christmas season celebrating Him, but who exactly IS he? How do we connect with him? And how does the way we change our voices when talking to babies give us a clue? with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 12/31/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review o…
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The Gift of Love: On Christmas Eve Join us for our special family Christmas Eve Service. The final light of Advent is love. It is love because it is God’s light, the light we welcome into our lives and into our world every Christmas season. From the service aired on 12/24/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast w…
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The Gift of Joy: At Christmas Maybe we owe the world joy. Maybe there truly is a "duty of delight." It is not a small thing that we often celebrate Christmas in song, singing "Joy to the World." Join us this Advent season as we look at joy and the ways it comes to our hearts this Christmas. From the service aired on 12/17/23 If you enjoyed this epi…
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The Gift of Peace: At Christmas God promises us a "peace that passes all understanding." That is a different kind of peace than the peace we are most familiar with - a peace that is temporary and fleeting vs. permanent and enduring. Join us this Advent season as we look at the deeper peace and the ways it comes to our hearts this Christmas. From th…
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Purpose and Heaven In this episode we will explore the concept of “purpose” as a continuation of the series on Heaven. Through NewChurch theology we are able to understand more fully what heaven is like and what types of things people do in heaven. The idea of usefulness is explored and how our life on earth can be preparation for finding meaning a…
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The Gift of Hope: At Christmas The Christmas story is filled with timeless messages. One of the key messages is the movement from fear to hope. Hope open to the impossibilities of life. Join us as we start our Advent season! From the service aired on 12/3/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get y…
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Conscience: Your Access Point to Heaven God takes great care to build this miraculous access point into each of our souls called conscience. Come and learn how you can build yours, improve it, and use it to connect to Heaven and God. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 11/26/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review o…
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Glimmers of Goodness: Trust and Connection In challenging times, gratitude is a hard practice. But what if in hard times we could discover a new trust and connection? From the service aired on 11/19/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcast, a…
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As In Heaven In one of the most striking passages in the New Testament, Jesus reminds people, "You are the light." Our job:? To let it shine not for ourselves but so that others can see. From the service aired on 11/12/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to sup…
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As In Heaven The prayer reads, "As in heaven, so upon the earth." So should our lives - now and then - as we come to answer the Question. From the service aired on 11/5/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcast, and it’s free! Go to the main p…
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What Matters Most What Are We Responsible For? This question moves us out of ourselves and into the inspiring conversation around how to form a life that while not always easy or always entertaining, always carries great meaning. From the service aired on 10/29/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you…
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Life's Many Layers We are created by God with many layers, from the most external to the deepest love embedded in our souls. How do we touch the deepest while at the same time remaining grounded and part of this world, this life? From the service aired on 10/22/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you…
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Place and Heaven In this episode we will explore the concept of “place” as a continuation of the series on Heaven. Through NewChurch theology we are able to understand more fully how heaven is organized and how people are able to find their place in heaven. The place where surrounded by like-minded people bringing an inner peace, sense of belonging…
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Life Worth Living What is worth wanting? What in the end truly matters? Let's look at these questions in a deep and caring way because, in the end, the answers will largely shape our lives. From the service aired on 10/15/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to …
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Surprise: The Power to Be Different One Rabbi famously said that "God is the God of surprises." That is true. God forever seems to show up in unexpected ways, surprising people and places. From the service aired on 10/8/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to su…
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The 5 Secrets of Heaven Heaven is a state of mind we can be in right now. Here are five handy tools to get you there and keep you there. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 10/1/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcast, and it’s free…
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Conflict with Others Heaven is more interested in solving problems than conflict. Hell, on the other hand, would have us flip, prioritizing conflict over actual constructive engagement with others to solve problems. Let's choose the better approach. From the service aired on 9/24/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our p…
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Conflict with Ourselves Every human being is a mix. Blessed and broken. Saint and sinner. True self and false self. How can we hold all the conflict in a healthy way as God would have us hold it. From the service aired on 9/17/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 wa…
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Problems Are Ok As much as we'd all like to avoid the challenges and setbacks we're faced with, there's an incredibly potent silver lining that comes with them. Today we look at how God's Providence uses everything negative that happens to us for the benefit of our soul. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 9/10/23 If you enjoyed this episo…
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Finding Faith Many of us want more faith in our lives. "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief" seems like a common experience. And God does answer that desire. It’s an answer far more about a living faith than a static set of beliefs. Let’s look a bit closer at finding faith vs belief. From the service aired on 9/3/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be su…
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Slowing Down We live in a time in which we relentlessly pursue efficiency. Efficiency has many positive attributes, but it rapidly can cost us our presence. How can we learn more about being present to God and to others? Perhaps a little less efficiency would serve us well. From the service aired on 8/27/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to S…
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The People in Heaven In the afterlife we encounter various people who help guide us to our heavenly home. In this episode Chuck and Curtis discuss the people you meet, how we find people with similar interests and backgrounds to settle into our spiritual home. How heaven is designed with the human form in mind and the topic of sole mates as it rela…
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Love Is Patient One of the most powerful definitions and descriptions of love can be found in 1st Corinthians 13. The first line is... "Love is Patient." Why is being patient key? How can we, with God's help, learn how to be patient in our lives and with those we love? From the service aired on 8/20/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscr…
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What Are Heaven and Hell? Is there a place of eternal reward called heaven? And a place of eternal punishment called hell? Join us as we explore Heaven, Hell, and how they both might be more familiar than we think. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 8/13/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever …
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House Building 101 Jesus asks us to build our house “on the rock.” What is the “rock” we can build on? What are the “sands” we need to remain leery of? From the service aired on 8/6/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcast, and it’s free! Go …
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Do Not Worry We live in an anxious time. How can we rediscover a God-given trust that helps lessen the anxieties that haunt us? From the service aired on 7/30/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It is the #1 way to support this podcast, and it’s free! Go to the main podcast pag…
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Strong and Generous in the Face of Hate We will all have “enemies” of a sort - those who committed an actual wrong that in some way harmed. When facing such harm, how can we find that higher place, a place where forgiveness and reconciliation might someday be possible? From the service aired on 7/23/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscr…
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How Love Works in Heaven Sure, we talk about love a lot. We look for it, we sing about it, but do we really know what it is or the kind of power it has? Let’s learn more about this crucial part of existence by peering into the spiritual side of life. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 7/16/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscr…
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The Sermon on the Mount: Staying Kind in Hard Places The Sermon on the Mount is considered Jesus' "magnum opus" or "great work”. In ways very subtle, the message gently calls to look at life in a new way ... and to live in new ways even in hard places. The key notes are struck in the famous beginning to the sermon, commonly known as the Beatitudes.…
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A New Creation One of the most beautiful promises of a spiritual life centers on newness. As Paul phrased it "...the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" How do we welcome that newness? From the service aired on 7/2/23 If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to Subscribe and review our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. It i…
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God Will Wipe Away Every Tear The Bible is full of strife, pain, disruption, and hopelessness, but it actually has a happy ending! Our lives can have a lot of the same hard things in them, but guess what? There’s a “happy ending” carefully being built for your life right now. with Curtis Childs From the service aired on 6/25/23 If you enjoyed this …
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