Chris' Blog

My hope is that you’ll find this blog to be a resource for study, inspiration for sharing the Gospel with our city and encouragement for living in constant communion with God. From my thoughts that didn't make the sermon to teachings and notes that will help you in your study, I hope you’ll visit the blog often for additional thoughts and insights. You’ll also find my observations and learnings about fathering, pastoring and life. Thanks for joining me here!

Advent 2016

December 08, 2016 | Chris Payne

Gather with family & friends. Share the Devotional. Read the scriptures. Light a candle. Pray together.  Download a PDF version here!

Advent 2015

December 06, 2015 | Chris Payne

Advent is our favorite time of the year.  We really love decorating the house for celebrating and welcoming guests, reading through the Scriptures, putting the candles in their place, and prep...

Be: United Top 10

November 24, 2015 | Chris Payne

I’ve had an amazing time preaching through the book of Ephesians these past 7 weeks at NCC.  I hope and pray that the sermons have been helpful and that you’ve been able to re...

Welcome Home or Keep Out

November 09, 2015 | Chris Payne

“No foreigner is to enter the barriers surrounding the sanctuary. He who is caught will have himself to blame for his death which will follow.” The temple of God in Jerusalem was su...

But God [Ephesians 2:1-10]

November 03, 2015 | Chris Payne

Reading the first few verses of Ephesians 2 is like being punched in the face. In fact, the first 3 verses read like a modern day rap sheet. It’s bad. Really bad. Ephesians 2:1-3: ...

The One Decision

October 29, 2015 | Chris Payne

This past Sunday at New Charlotte, I had the amazing privilege to speak to our middle school students in The Hub. Middle school can be really tough. These in-between “wonder” years are...

Be: United | Week 1

October 21, 2015 | Chris Payne

For the past several months, I have been studying, thinking and praying through the book of Ephesians – preparing for our current teaching series. In this brief letter from Paul to the chur...

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

April 27, 2015 | Chris Payne

“God helps those who help themselves.”  75% of Americans agree with this statement. 68% of Evangelical Christians agree with this statement.  (George Barna, 2001)...

Passion Reading Plan

March 19, 2015 | Chris Payne

Advent Devotional

December 12, 2014 | Chris Payne