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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!

Faith and Freedom

July 03, 2017 | Chris Payne

Hey New Charlotte! I wanted to share a few thoughts from Sunday's conversation with First Lieutenant Josh Marano of the US Marine Corps. You can watch the whole conversation on our podcast page...

Heaven Series

May 01, 2017 | Chris Payne

I hope you’re enjoying our Heaven series at New Charlotte as much as I am! I am learning so much about what will be our final destination as Christians, and it is exciting. The reality is,...

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...

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...

Passion Reading Plan

March 19, 2015 | Chris Payne

Advent Devotional

December 12, 2014 | Chris Payne

The Laws of the Harvest

December 02, 2014 | Chris Payne

Sunday’s Message on Galatians 6:7-10 {in 12 tweets}   #1. We give & not get, plant & not produce, work & not win, invest & not get returns, sow & not reap. We be...

Advent Season is Here!

November 25, 2014 | Chris Payne

Advent is a special time each year when we prepare ourselves for the “Arrival” of Christ. I want to encourage you to participate with us in our Advent devotionals at New Charlotte this se...

Abba Changes Everything

November 18, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past Sunday, at New Charlotte Church, we continued our #BeFree series with a message about our Adoption. The passage for the message came from Galatians 4:1-9. The Bottom Lin...

Be Free: One in Christ

November 11, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past Sunday at New Charlotte Church, we continued the Be Free series with a message from Galatians 3:23-29. The heart of this message is found in verse 26. Galatians 3:26: “In...

You're Invited

October 08, 2014 | Chris Payne

These 2 words are what every person on the planet needs to hear from the local church. Jesus is God’s way of saying to every man, woman, and child…You’re Invited. This past week...

How Giving Can Connect Us to the Heart of God

September 30, 2014 | Chris Payne

We are never more like God than when we give. Do you believe this? I’d like to say that I do, but often I do not. I know that “God so loved the world that He gave…” But,...

Making God's Story Your Story

September 09, 2014 | Chris Payne

Randy Frazee, in The Heart of the Story, writes about the “upper and lower” stories of life. The lower story he writes is, “Filled with traffic, troubles, doctor visits, work,...

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves?

June 24, 2014 | Chris Payne

In one of Aesop’s fables, Hercules and Waggoner, a well-known expression was introduced. Well, more than just an expression…a strongly held belief. Waggoner becomes mired down in mud...

Orange Day

June 03, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past weekend at New Charlotte we celebrated Orange Day. For us, Orange Day was a chance to talk about our philosophy of Family Ministry at New Charlotte. We believe that two combined i...

Last Words

May 29, 2014 | Chris Payne

Last Words are important. Last words typically epitomize a person. We remember people by their last words to the world, hence the expression: Famous Last Words. Jesus’ Last Words to us tells...

Passion Week Scriptures

March 31, 2014 | Chris Payne

Over the next several weeks at New Charlotte, we’re going to be working through key Passion Week scriptures. I’d love for you to follow along with me, and study them on your...

Bridge Building

March 04, 2014 | Chris Payne

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Christ.”  C.S. Lewis As City Changers, we do not stand in a spotlight screaming, “Look at...

"Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men"

February 11, 2014 | Chris Payne

What a statement; a call; an invitation. Jesus makes this call to Peter and Andrew, as they fish among a crowd of other young Galileans. There is nothing about these brothers that makes them stand o...

Providential Relationships

January 28, 2014 | Chris Payne

We all need people in our lives that can see God’s best in and through us. We all need people who will journey with us and are committed to helping us get to where we need to be. We all need...

What I Learned in Childbirth Class

January 22, 2014 | Chris Payne

It’s been almost 9 years, but I can still remember the night Jen and I spent together in our first childbirth class at the hospital. We were so excited for our first child to arrive. I was only...

How to Grow Your Faith

January 14, 2014 | Chris Payne

On Sunday, I preached the first of six sermons on How We Can Grow Our Faith this year. Each week, I’ll post the 10 statements or soundbites that summarized the sermon. You can also...