Podcast by First Church Charlotte


  • Between Bethel And A Heap Of Ruins

    Between Bethel And A Heap Of Ruins

    27/07/2020 Duración: 43min

    July 26, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms • Bethel is a place of heaven connecting with earth… • Bethel is where the desperate individual, pursued and threatened, becomes aware of the world above this world… • Bethel is a place of dreams... not a place of mission. • Bethel means the House of God, yes… • But notice, Bethel is not heaven... Bethel is solidly on earth... but it has a heavenly ladder As a church, we want to be a place of connection… But Jacob must pass through Bethel... he cannot stay there... and later, Jacob must return to Bethel… Ai is first mentioned in the book of Genesis in connection with the life of Abraham. Ai means, “a heap of ruins.” Israel suffered a tragic defeat at Ai. 36 men died. Because of hidden sin… There are two traps for the person who is trying to overcome a spiritual setback. 1.) Fear 2.) Discouragement • Fear or anxiety often leads to sin. • Fear will immobilize your spiritual life. • Fear will also make God’s Word unproductive in our lives. Why are both of these things

  • Leading With Your Mouth

    Leading With Your Mouth

    23/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    July 22, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms Our words are a reflection of what we believe. Praise and prayer gives us the correct context to the Creator and to ourselves. The believer holds onto truths that can only be perceived through faith. Action comes first, and then it is followed by motivation. Trying to motivate yourself first usually fails.

  • Can You Help Me Get Home?

    Can You Help Me Get Home?

    19/07/2020 Duración: 52min

    July 19, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms The church is the original, "Can you help me get home?" program. We are all cast-a-ways from the presence of God. Except for the grace of God, we are all runaways. We cannot have look at people where they are presently, because they might be dreaming of Heaven. If people want to be helped, they can then be helped, but know that God will not give up on people or you. When Jesus sees a sinner, He doesn't see an enemy, but instead he sees a lost child that He wants to guide home. We all need to be born again & cannot earn salvation for ourselves. Every person bears the image of God; which gives value and identity. At some point we have to choose to come home to God. All the Kingdom of God is helping lost children find their way home. The church is a program to helping you get back home to God.

  • Staying True To The Work

    Staying True To The Work

    16/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    July 15, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms Jesus Christ is still working through His church; which is why the work of the church is very important. Since the church is still on the earth, it shows that our work is not yet completed.

  • God in the Shadows

    God in the Shadows

    14/07/2020 Duración: 53min

    July 12, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms Have you ever asked yourself why God would hide Himself? Why would God choose faith as a path to his heart? Here is a lesson I have learned: God often works in the shadow and mystery. Remember Elijah? Elijah has not been given a “problem”; Elijah has been given a mystery. Mystery doesn’t just humble us; it also offers a strange sort of comfort. In the life of Job, for instance, all of the man’s troubles—the loss of his family, wealth, and health—leave him miserable, and he waits for God to show up and provide answers for his suffering. And yet, when God does show up, He doesn’t provide the man with a single answer. Instead, in Job 38:2-11 (ESV), God offers a cascading series of questions and images: God offers example after example of the strangeness of creation; God layers image upon image, immersing Job in an ever-larger world. God speaks to Job, not to solve problems or answer riddles, but to propound mystery and expand Job's understanding of the power of God ... Verbal

  • Post Tramatic Growth

    Post Tramatic Growth

    09/07/2020 Duración: 26min

    July 8, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms As shown within the Bible, growth doesn't happen when everything goes well for us, but instead, growth happens when we face adversity and learn from it. It is during hard-times that humanity and our character grows.

  • A Journey Called Freedom

    A Journey Called Freedom

    06/07/2020 Duración: 43min

    July 5, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms As those who trust in Christ, regardless of our past, we can leave our slavery to sin and condemnation as we joyfully step into our freedom in Christ. Moses led the greatest freedom project ever... Moses was “a man of God.” Moses was a song-writer… Moses learned through years of living that the Presence of God Himself is the secret to wisdom. God does provide, work miracles, fight our battles; but the man or woman that simply lives with God, and does not just seek to use Him is the man or woman of God. But living with God is not automatic. The song of Moses, curiously, is also a part of the final book of the Bible, the book we call The Revelation. Over in one corner of the vast mural of epic struggle which is the Apocalypse is a mysterious inscription of blessing. The song of Moses is also the song of the Lamb, freedom.

  • Blessing I Will Bless

    Blessing I Will Bless

    02/07/2020 Duración: 24min

    July 1, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms God is looking for someone to bless. It can be you if your faith will combine with His promises. God's motivation is love for you.

  • The Gates are Made of Pearl

    The Gates are Made of Pearl

    29/06/2020 Duración: 49min

    June 28, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms It is impossible to understand Christianity without a deep, even theological understanding of love… God does not only give love; He is the source of love. As the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1), He is the One who created love. It is because of His love that we are able to love. As 1 John 4:19 notes, "We love because he first loved us." Love is Heaven's why! As Christians, we have a dual role: 1.) To receive God’s love. 2.) Demonstrate that divine love We want to be used of God... but we don’t want to hurt too much... 1. If you love, you’ll hurt. But it’ll be worth it. 2. Pain isn’t spiritual dying. Pain is spiritual birthing. 3. Pain can be a portal to God’s power. The pearl inside has amazing beauty and holds great value– all because the oyster had great suffering.

  • Breaking Down, Waking Up

    Breaking Down, Waking Up

    25/06/2020 Duración: 30min

    June 24, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms The heart of God longs for a relationship with each one of us. The first step is to wake up to our need for God, then reestablish the relationship with God and with each other.

  • Good Dad Bad Dad

    Good Dad Bad Dad

    21/06/2020 Duración: 46min

    June 21, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms Good dads choose their kids every day… We're left with some interesting lessons, three takeaway truths: One. Never underestimate the providence of God. Two. Never underestimate the influence of a good father. And then lastly, never underestimate the significance of a disciple.

  • Spiritual Warfare A Practical Guide

    Spiritual Warfare A Practical Guide

    18/06/2020 Duración: 30min

    June 17, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms The devil has already been defeated by Jesus Christ. Our battles are with the strongholds or mental beliefs, which war against the presence, the Word and the love of God in our lives.

  • Tear Down This Wall

    Tear Down This Wall

    15/06/2020 Duración: 53min

    June 14, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms The apostle Paul talks about the ministry of reconciliation. We have been reconciled to God, and now we preach reconciliation. First, let's talk about what God has done for us. Sin comes with a curse... that curse is death… The death of Jesus has cured the curse of sin, the curse of the law... In fact, you will notice in verse 18 that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. At the end of verse 19, it says that he has committed to us the word of reconciliation. In verse 20, it says we are ambassadors—that is, we take this message, this word, this ministry, to an alien land. It is our duty. It is our responsibility to tell people they can be reconciled to God. That's our mission. That's what we live to do. Let's begin by recognizing the Law of Lamech. Gen 4:23-24 Lamech killed a man for wounding him and then said that he would seek revenge 77 times over against anyone who hurts him. You cannot be a recipient of reconciliation without being a giver of reconciliation…

  • You Quit Church Over What?

    You Quit Church Over What?

    11/06/2020 Duración: 29min

    June 10, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms

  • The Trouble With Fear

    The Trouble With Fear

    08/06/2020 Duración: 49min

    June 7, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms There is a healthy fear that builds faith and allows us to see the truth and the correct comparison between God and mankind. We know that unhealthy fear is dangerous. It is viral & it spreads. I want to try to show the reality of how unhealthy fear destroys faith. What unhealthy fear becomes is diametrically opposed to our faith. Unhealthy fear shows us that despite David having been anointed by a prophet and on his way to the top position in the kingdom, he said, “. . . There is but a step between me and death. . .” This is the power of unhealthy fear: Like David, we have the presence of God, but fear makes us forget God's presence. David would say and sing: Psalm 23:4 (KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. How do we overcome fear? We face it! “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But

  • The Way The Truth The Life

    The Way The Truth The Life

    04/06/2020 Duración: 27min

    June 3, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms

  • The Heartbreak Gospel

    The Heartbreak Gospel

    01/06/2020 Duración: 50min

    May 31, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms So much pain and hate in the world right now. The tragedies and injustices that have happened recently are heart-breaking. There is a brokenness to humankind. It isn’t new. It is as old as history. It’s as old as Eden. Oldest Human Corpse Was a Murder Victim In a world that spills the blood of the innocent, it's easy to despair. But it is a broken world that Jesus came to save. We must understand brokenness as a spiritual principle, not simply an emotional reality. Brokenness does not mean, as some think, having a gloomy countenance or being morbidly introspective. Nor can it be equated simply with deep emotional experiences. Brokenness is not a feeling; rather, it is a choice, an act of the will.  Brokenness is a lifestyle of agreeing with God about the true condition of our heart and life… To be poor in spirit means to acknowledge your spiritual bankruptcy, to acknowledge that you are in need of God. The broken man or woman is more conscious of the corruption in his own b

  • Spiritual Harvest

    Spiritual Harvest

    28/05/2020 Duración: 26min

    May 27, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms 1st Church CLT The Holy Spirit leads believers to all Truth and empowers to witness of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

  • What Is Your Plan To Remember

    What Is Your Plan To Remember

    25/05/2020 Duración: 52min

    May 24, 2020 | Pastor Nathan Elms When God asks you to build a memorial it is like Him saying: What is your plan to remember? Memorials focus you on what God-has-done NOT what you-have-done. Shame and guilt are memorials to everything that you’ve done wrong. But God in His grace has given us a new way of remembrance in the New Testament: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

  • Seeing Good When Good Is Hard To See

    Seeing Good When Good Is Hard To See

    21/05/2020 Duración: 27min

    May 20, 2020, | Pastor Nathan Elms The Lord can repurpose anything that happens and bring good out of it.

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