Northside Blog

A Guide to Praying In Uncertain Times

We are witnessing a new way of life with the advent of COVID-19. No one wants this, but there may be treasure hidden in the pain: greater awareness of our seniors and those with medical conditions, a summons to act on behalf of others, growing attention to the many who provide for us day after day in the medical, food, shipping, and energy industries (and many others), understanding that ours is a global community, and, above all, heightened awareness of our profound dependence upon God. Here... Read More
at Monday, March 16, 2020

The Gospel According to Brisket

It’s that season … pools are opening, smokers are cooking & graduation parties are starting up! We all feel a shift in our schedules as summer approaches and our priorities change. We discovered this last weekend that Jesus caught everyone off guard in Luke 14 when He clarified the priorities of what it means to be His disciple. “If anyone comes to me and DOES NOT HATE his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes even his own... Read More
at Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ever Wonder What Your Calling is in Life?

We have three core values that go along with our mission statement to ‘Connect unconnected people to Jesus Christ.” Christ.  Community.  Calling. Obviously our faith and hope are built on the life, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, and the gift of His Church is the way for us to be the people of God. But what does it look like to do the “calling of God” in our lives? Jesus’ own mother and brothers were lost when it came to this question. ... Read More
at Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Secret to Greatness...

We talked last weekend about God doing extraordinary things in our ordinary lives. Serve Day is a testament to this truth & we even saw a seriously awesome story that took place during Serve Day. Check out the first 10 min of the sermon to hear what happened HERE !  Herby is a prime example of what Greatness in God looks like. We don’t have to be famous to live a great life in God, but we do need to know the one who is Great, Jesus. Jesus rattled our cages this... Read More
at Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Its Race Week!!!

It’s amazing how much our schedules will change this week due to the biggest event in our area, the Kentucky Derby. It directs everything around us!  Kids will be out of school on Friday, people will wear the craziest outfits & this sort of marks that spring is officially here.  I can’t help but think that this is a small example of what the resurrection did for Christians. This event set in motion a new calendar, a new set of priorities & a new purpose in... Read More
at Tuesday, April 30, 2019

“We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.”

“We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.” - Barbara Johnson  It didn’t take long for us to remember why we needed Christ to die to take away the sins of the world & rise to defeat death.  With almost 300 lives lost & over 500 injuries in Sri Lanka from suicide bombers, we are met once again with disappointment, anger & deep heartache. Any life lost in situations like this is horrible, but to know our Christian brothers & sisters... Read More
at Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Rollercoaster of Easter

For Christians, the week leading up to Easter is truly in it’s own category.  In this week we find every emotion possible! Read John 13-21 this week and you’ll see the rollercoaster of emotions and events that Jesus experiences.  A roller coaster might be the best visual I can think of for us to envision Easter.  The climb.  The drop.  The euphoria (rest of the ride).  The life of Jesus looked like one that was always having to climb up... Read More
at Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“I’m not Judging, I’m just saying.” 

We’ve all used this line to speak of other people and give ourselves the permission to judge others without feeling guilty. This weekend we dove into week 3 of Pulling Weeds and found out how God calls us not to be people who condemn others or condone sin, but to care for one another.  Jesus has some simple but surprising steps in how we live His life compared to the way of the world. Check out this weeks message HERE .   “So in everything, do to others... Read More
at Tuesday, April 2, 2019

PULLING WEEDS: “Comparison”

This week Jason Petty our Next Gen Pastor dealt with one of the “weeds” that grow in our lives without much awareness; comparison.   Here’s the LINK to the sermon. There’s no win in comparison.  This was one of the points from the sermon and boy is it true!  We often compare with others to feel in control or one up people, but that never satisfies our souls.  Jason challenged us to  “Celebrate others and Celebrate... Read More
at Tuesday, March 26, 2019

​​​​​​​“I’m a professional weed killer” 

This was said to me in a conversation after the Saturday night service by one of the Northside Family after I kicked off our new series, “Pulling Weeds: Letting go of what God never intended.”    Of course, this made me love our Church even more!   This farmer was letting me know that what Jesus was calling His disciples to do in Matthew 16 (deny yourself, take up your cross & follow me) is exactly what he does physically to kill the... Read More
at Tuesday, March 19, 2019

​​​​​​​You Won’t Believe What God Did! 

I’ve got some amazing stories, pictures and life change to share with you from our Baptism Weekend. But behind the incredible stories, is a God who has remained faithful from the beginning, in our despair and in our turning towards Him.   HE IS ENOUGH! We saw Jesus rescue & redeem 60 people this week! From seven to ninety-three year olds, life change was happening all over the place!     ROOTED TAKING ROOT ... Read More
at Tuesday, March 12, 2019

“But the Lord…”

These three words in Acts 9:15 are paramount to understanding how to deal with the topic we discussed this weekend of how to share our faith.  Jesus is calling us to be His Ambassadors in this world and to help lead others to find healing and hope in Jesus.  A simple way to remember how to share your story looks like this…    I use to ____________________ (list struggles, sins & issues)  BUT THE LORD  Saved me and now I’m... Read More
Posted by Sam Thomas

What if Jesus doesn’t Answer Your Request?

This kind of sounds harsh coming from such a “loving” God, doesn’t it? I mean, if He loved us, He’d give us what we wanted, right?  We discovered this weekend in Luke 12 that Jesus is more concerned about our hearts than our requests. A man came to Jesus & asked for His help to get his brother to share the inheritance (which he didn’t need to) with him. Turns out greed has been around for a loooonnngg time!  Jesus heard the man’s (and... Read More
at Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Purpose is Caught not just Taught

Ben did a great job preaching this weekend preaching on the Good Samaritan out of Luke 10. Jesus was asked a question, “who is my neighbor?” by a man who was trying to justify himself by what he knew instead of how he lived.  Jesus leaves no room for us to think we’re great followers of Him by only knowing Scripture by never applying it.  So Jesus did as only Jesus can, He leaned into the heart of the matter so everyone could catch His... Read More
at Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What’s My Purpose in Life?

This is a hard question to answer, especially if we don’t put purpose in its rightful place. This is why it’s always fuzzy when we ask ourselves or others ask,  ‘what’s your purpose?’     We want to know what the purpose is for  MY  life but the problem is that purpose is a means not a goal. So we keep looking for ‘our’ purpose but never find it because we’ve focused on the end and not... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Break Through

It has been an absolute joy to go through this Rooted series with you all. But I’ll be honest, it feels like each topic could be a series of its own!  Some of you right now are saying, “Nate, you DID preach a whole series in a sermon!”  I heard that!  Understanding spiritual warfare and Satan’s schemes are crucial to our growth as Christians. He’s slicker than we give him credit for but the good news is we have the power of the Holy... Read More
at Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dino Nite & What to do When Life Ain’t Right

The Church has always been a place where people of all ages are to welcomed, poured into and set free to live the life God has called us to. But sometimes it takes dinosaurs to help communicate the good news of Jesus to the next generation! Dino-Nite was an absolute success for our 3-5 th  graders! We had 257 of them stay over night on Friday to have fun, learn about Jesus and build community with one another.  It also involved 70 volunteers, 90 pizzas, 600 krispy... Read More
at Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Putting Roots Down

Hey Northside Family,  I hope this LOOP finds you doing well and excited as we kick off our first week of groups diving into ROOTED.  This is not just a 9 week curriculum, but a plan of introducing us into life long habits of walking with Jesus because as He said in John 15:5 , “Apart from me you can do  nothing .”    PUTTING ROOTS DOWN  Last night, Ruthie and I got to take our daughter Lily to her first ever IU basketball game... Read More
at Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy New Year to You!

I hope you had a memorable and meaningful Christmas and you’re looking forward to an amazing year of walking with Jesus. If you happened to serve or attend one of our Christmas Eve services, I want to say thank you for being a part of the largest weekend gathering in Northside’s history and invite you to be praying for all of those who made decisions to start a “new tradition” by accepting the grace and mercy of Jesus into their lives. I can’t wait to gather... Read More

Connecting Unconnected - Drew Wortham

When Drew's father unexpectedly passed away, he turned to drugs to get him through the pain. Things went from bad to worse, and Drew went from being a home owner to homeless and living on the street. After a near-death experience, he turned to God for help and met him at Northside.    Read More

2017 Guatemala Mission Trip Recap

Another amazing experience in Guatemala! We've shared the stats--164 people, 120 HS students and adults from The Rising, 9 houses built, and 3 baptisms.  Beyond the stats, though, are the more important results of the trip--the countless moments of God working through this group.  Before the trip, Matt Jaggers was coming up $490 short in his fundraising efforts.  One day, while driving a Mini Cooper into the Kroger gas station, a women drove up to him and... Read More
at Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Guatemala Mission Trip Day #5

Here is a final update from Doug: In only four days, 9 houses were completed by Northside for 9 wonderful families. Today was especially moving as we dedicated the homes to God and these families. Many tears of thanks (on both sides) were shed.  This afternoon, Cynthia Stillings and Ashley Ledrick were baptized into Jesus Christ in front of everyone from both groups.  Tomorrow, we'll enjoy some down time. Some will zip line, some will hike a volcano,... Read More
at Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Guatemala Mission Trip Day #4

Today was another great day. Not only are the houses nearing completion, but also was a day of great interaction with the families and the community. One of the teams was invited to a school where kids were able to get out of class to play with our group. They had a blast!  Tomorrow, most of the houses will be completed in the morning, with dedications planned for the afternoon. There should be even more opportunities to interact with our new friends.  Every team seems... Read More
at Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Guatemala Mission Trip Day #3

The team had a great 2nd day of working! Here is an update from Doug: What an amazing day in Guatemala!  Each of the teams stood walls of the homes and began putting up the siding. We're loving the interaction with the families and the kids in the community. The pastors have been working with us on the build sites, so it's great to see their support and work with the families. The community as a whole has been so encouraging, and thankful that we're here to help. Casas por... Read More
at Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Guatemala Mission Trip Day #2

It was a big first day of building for our teams! Doug's team (with the adult/family group) was blessed to have a great worksite that was well prepared in advance and with lots of space to work. There house is for Pastor Juan's son and his family. Two of the three adult sites were pretty challenging. One was up a steep hill, while the other is working in very tight spaces. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed the hard day of work, knowing that we're serving families in great... Read More
at Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Guatelama Mission Trip Day #1

Today, 164 students and adults left for a week long trip with Casas Por Cristo in Guatemala. They will be split up into two groups that will be building a total of nine houses (six by the student team!).  This afternoon, The Guatemala team all arrived safely. They made it to the camp to settle in, get some rest tonight and begin the house-builds in the morning. Be praying that God uses this team in big ways and stay tuned for daily updates this... Read More
at Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Return: The Experiment

This last week The Return, our college age ministry rounded out a teaching series called Made New with something we call The Experiment. The series had been focused on what changes when Jesus becomes Savior and King in our lives. We become members of a new family, we take on a new mindset about life, and a new mission is adopted for our lives. The Experiment is simply that… an experiment, a testing of our hypothesis that God proves faithful in the moments we step out and trust Him.... Read More
at Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #6

Today, we packed up, moved out of camp, and headed for the beach to enjoy a little rest before returning home on Sunday. Along the way, one of the trailers hauling luggage blew a tire.  After repairs and getting back on the road, the other on the trailer blew. It was a minor inconvenience and all arrived safely where we will stay for the next two nights. The highlight of the day was witnessing the baptisms of three of our teammates in the ocean:... Read More
at Friday, October 7, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #5

What a great day of celebration...and sadness. We celebrated the completion of the 7 houses. They're beautiful, and to think that they were each built by unskilled and inexperienced laborers.  Each dedication was special and tears were shed for our new Dominican friends, and the need to say goodbye.  On build team 6, the new homeowner shared that his father passed away one month ago today. In tears, he shared how his father would be proud to see that he now has a... Read More
at Thursday, October 6, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #4

Another amazing day! The eye clinic doubled its patients and saw 252. The medical clinic saw about 120, and the dental had 68--most needing tooth extractions. The baseball camp was open for the first time and had 53 kids. The Princesas outreach to girls has increased each day, with most groups having around 70 girls. Today, they had so many girls that they ran out of crafts and had to improvise. What a great problem to have! Six of the seven houses are... Read More
at Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #3

Today was nothing short of a miracle from God!  If you're following this DR team, then you're probably also following the weather.  Forecast here was 90% chance of thunderstorms--all day. Some reports said 100%. So we prepared for an unproductive day on the build sites, potentially setting us back a day to get the projects completed. However, would you believe we had ZERO rain?!  Yes, nada!  A sprinkle was felt once but that's it.  ... Read More
at Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #2

The team is doing terrific after a first day of hard work! It started raining this afternoon, but didn't keep the 7 build teams from completing the concrete foundations of the new homes.  They then draped a tarp over the newly poured foundations to keep the rain off as they dried. We're ready to stand walls tomorrow, as long as it's not raining too much.  The medical team saw 107 patients, while the eye team fitted 113 patients with eyeglasses, and 72... Read More
at Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Day #1

This morning, our church-wide Dominican Republic mission team of 227 people left to answer the call on their lives to a week of ministry.  At this moment, most of the DR team has arrived, all with safe flights with the remainder arriving tonight and tomorrow. The weather has been great so far and we ask for continued prayers that it would remain clear to maximize our time on the field. Tomorrow, we will start our projects of building homes, offering medical, dental, and... Read More
at Sunday, October 2, 2016

Connecting Unconnected: Matt and Jamie Fleenor

Collectivley, there isn't a lot that Matt and Jamie haven't been through in their lives. But, when they connected with Northside, God recycled their pasts and have turned them both into connectors themselves.    Read More