Posted by: pastorleroy | April 3, 2014

A New Day!!!

As I was reading the Easter story the other day, something refreshing and encouraging jumped out to me that I had never seen before. For those of us who have watched the Mel Gibson movie ‘The Passion of Christ’ (if you haven’t then by all means please take time to watch it before Easter Sunday) we can vividly remember how graphic the movie portrayed the crucifixion of Christ. In fact I have read where some have said that it actually wasn’t as graphic as it could have been, for to correctly portray what Jesus Christ physically suffered for our sins is even beyond Hollywood.

We read when Jesus cried out in a loud voice and gave up His spirit on the cross, it said at that very moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; a large earthquake took place and as the earth shook, the rocks split. Tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died, were now raised to life.  It went on to say that some seasoned, tough, battle-scarred guards who had once stood at the foot of Jesus’ cross; laughing and mocking Him; after they witnessed this great earthquake, they became terrified and quickly declared about Jesus, “Surely He was the Son of God!”  You can imagine the chaos all this caused among the people of Jerusalem that day. Within one week, the people went from shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to just a few short days later, shouting for His death. Within one week, everything went from going more than well to fear and terror; clearing up any damage that was caused by this great earthquake and wondering how they could explain how once dead people, were now alive again.

I drove truck for Nabisco for 26 years and though I hated the fact that I had to begin each day so darn early, I really enjoyed and actually looked forward to watching the sun as it peeked over the mountains and the smell of a new day as it broke forth. For a moment, you could hear the birds as they greeted the new day and there seemed such a calm in the air. Yet, that was all  short-lived because soon those crazy drivers began to hit the streets on their way to work.

We read in the Gospels, that very early on the dawn of a new day; the day when Jesus would rise from His grave, some women got up and took spices to anoint the body of Jesus. I am sure they witnessed the earthquake and all the commotion that caused when Jesus gave up His spirit on the cross. Earthquakes have the tendency to cause some damage and maybe their home was busted up a bit by this earthquake; I don’t know. Earthquakes also have the tendency to place lots of fear and anxiety in the hearts of those who just experienced it. Yet, in spite of all of this, it was a new day and these women were not going to let anything keep them from anointing the body of their dear Lord. Yesterday they were in sorrow but it was now a new day! Too often I believe we live in the regrets and sorrows of yesterday and forget we have a new day to live our life anew.

When the women arrived at the tomb, they expected to anoint Jesus’ dead body and probably spend time grieving some more, but to their surprise, this new day brought the greatest news this world will ever hear. When the women arrived at the tomb, they encountered an angel who said in Matthew 28:5-7 “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him. Now I have told you.”

Easter Sunday is the greatest day for all believers; because of what took place that day, we can know we will live again! David declares in Psalm 40:2-3 “He (Lord) lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in God.” I believe too often we go back to singing the old song we sang before we knew Jesus as Lord; a song of defeat, shame, remorse and fear. David say the Lord gave us a new song to sing and that was all because of what took place on Easter Sunday!! Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Easter Sunday should be a reminder to all Christians of the redeeming work Jesus did on the cross for all your sins! For those who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they can know that Easter Sunday is much more than Easter baskets and eggs and the Easter bunny. It’s about being cleansed of your sins and giving you a new song to sing. Easter Sunday is all about a new day for all our lives and we must never forget’ it by choosing to live in the regrets and events of yesterday!! A blessed Easter Sunday to all and be encouragement to live not only Easter Sunday but each new day with much joy as you sing your new song :-)

Posted by: Debra Cobb Hansen | March 29, 2014

New Day Christian Church Women Enjoy Game Night

The ladies of New Day Christian Church got together for a time of fun and fellowship. One of our regular Laughter and Lattes events featured a pot luck and games like “Apples to Apples”

Enjoy the images from this fun event

Posted by: pastorleroy | March 4, 2014

Come And See!!

Greetings to all my brothers my sisters. For those of you who may be reading my blog today and happen to live in another state, let me proudly say that I live in Las Vegas, Nevada; yes, that’s right, ‘sin city.’ A city where no true believing Christian would ever desire to live. A city that most parents would not choose to raise their precious little children. A city that many outsiders think most of the residents of ‘Vegas’ live in hotels and surely never go to sleep. A city of extreme decadence and definitely not a place where churches would even want to be, right!!!

I always hate telling people I live in ‘Vegas’ because someone will inevitably say to me, ‘Are there actually homes, markets and schools in ‘Vegas?’ I have to laugh whenever I hear people say this because if this was such a horrible place to live, to raise your kids, a place of such extreme decadence that it is even called ‘sin city’, I want to say to them, ‘Then why did you even want to come here??’ 

Now don’t get me wrong; Las Vegas is definitely a 24 hour city that never sleeps; a city where you can find just about any wicked pleasure you may want to partake of, a place where you can easily get into much trouble. In ‘Vegas’ you will find gambling, immorality, drug addicts, murder, and many other crimes that are too numerous to list nor would I even want to. There are parts of ‘Vegas’ that I wouldn’t suggest anyone to be in after it got dark, or even when the sun was out. I could go on and on and give you all the horrible things about ‘Vegas’ that I truly wished did not exist and that I do not like but I wouldn’t want to forget to tell you about all the good that takes place in ‘Vegas.’

There are many wonderful Christians, people with high morals and high integrity, who live in ‘Vegas.’ There are also many wonderful churches and ministries that exist in ‘Vegas’ that are working hard to change lives. There are many good young people who eagerly desire to make an impact in their schools for Jesus Christ!! I could go on and on talking about all the good that takes place in ‘Vegas’ but I’m not sure if those who do not live here would even believe me.

In John 1:44-46 we read where Phillip went excitedly to find his brother Nathaniel, to tell him the great news; “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nazareth! Can anything good’ come from there?” Nathaniel asked.” Have you ever been so excited to share some great news, that you could hardly wait to talk about I, but when you did, you got same type of response Phillip did from his brother Nathaniel. We all have the tendency to qualify if the news we hear is good by from what or where it is talking about. “Can anything good come from ‘Vegas?” “Can anything good come from that church, that minister?” We even do that about one another. “Can anything good come from that person for they once were so evil? “Can anything good come out of that persons mouth?” Can anything good come from that mess of a life?”

In the book of Jonah the Lord speaks to Jonah to go to the great city of Nineveh because its wickedness’ had come before the Lord. Now if the wickedness of your city was so great that it has now come before the Lord, you know Nineveh must have been a bad city; you would say, it was like ‘Vegas’. (A side note here: before you are quick to judge ‘Vegas’ take a look at your own city; more than that, take a look at your own life; for if you did you might not be so quick to speak.) Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh so he tried to run from the Lord, but we are no match for the Lord’s pursuit.  After spending 3 days and nights in the belly of a whale (disgusting) Jonah is vomited on dry land (nice touch Lord) and again the Lord calls on Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to it and something takes place, this time Jonah goes. To Jonah’s surprise the whole city of Nineveh receives the word of the Lord and turns from their wicked ways; can anyone say Hallelujah!! Yet we read in Jonah 4 that Jonah was very angry about what took place in Nineveh. He tells the Lord that was why he tried to run because Jonah knew the Lord was gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. Amazing isn’t it, yet sadly often we are guilty of doing the very same thing.

The Lord says to stand with someone but because of what we think of them or from where they came, we fail to extend grace and mercy to them and miss out on what the Lord is about to do. The Lord says to pray for a co-worker who we can’t stand and who we know is dishonest and untrustworthy and when the Lord turns their life around, like Jonah we get angry because deep in our hearts we wanted the Lord to punish them, not rescue them. The Lord says to help someone who is constantly prideful and negative to be able to get past their faults but because we think we are now above that, we fail to see the final work of the Lord’s mighty hand on their life.

Phillip’s response to Nathaniel’s words, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth,’ was “Come and see!!” Please hear me my friend, if people knew who you really were, or even what you were thinking last night, or how cold your heart can be, wouldn’t they say that nothing good can come from you? We serve a Lord who can take the worst situation, the worst life, and cause it produce good fruit, make it new once again. So if you ever hear anyone say, ‘Can anything good come from that,’ may our first response be, Come and see my friend!!!

Posted by: pastorleroy | February 3, 2014

He Loves Me!!!

Greetings my friend! I pray when you are reading my blog, that you are sensing the love of the Lord in your life. ‘Sensing the love of the Lord’ is a phrase so commonly used by Christians (myself included) that if we are not careful, those words can lose their significance, their worth to us.

When asked by one of the teachers of the law which commandment was the most important, Jesus replies in Mark 12:29-31 “The most important one is this: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than this.” We go on to read that the teacher of the law agrees that Jesus was right in saying God is One and there is no other but Him and to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love our neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. (just a side note here, it is always wise for us to agree with whatever Jesus is saying) When Jesus heard this teacher of law had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Please understand, to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is not an option for those who call Jesus their Lord and Savior; in fact we just read where Jesus said it is part of the greatest commandment.

I’ve often wondered why at times I find it difficult to love the Lord in the way He has commanded me to do; is that the same for you? The last few weeks the Lord has been taking me down what I would call, a new insight on the path of love. To be a little more specific, the Lord has been revealing to me what it meant to my Christian walk to know’ that the Lord loves me. Love is I believe the most beautiful expression for anyone to ever experience. We all have our first love, our love for our family, our love for our spouses, our love for our friends, our love for our church, our love for the lost, (did I mention our love for chocolate cake, oops I got off track a bit) Though I know this is only a partial list of the things we can love, it is also sadly true that our love can and does decline at times in our life or worse than that, it can even vanish. Amazingly, we even have the ability to hold back our love if we so choose to do so.

The Lord has revealed to me that if I were to first get a small grip on the truth that the ‘Lord loves me’, I would have more success in loving Him. Notice I said ‘get a small grip on the truth that the Lord loves me.’ Psalm 36:7 “How ‘priceless’ is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” One of my favorite TV shows is, Antique Roadshow. On this show, people bring stuff they think is just junk, stuff they’ve had stored away in their attic or in a box; stuff they’ve bought at a garage sale or was passed down in the family, only to happily discover that sometimes the stuff they thought was just stuff, suddenly had great monetary value to it. Every so often, someone will bring in something the appraiser will say is ‘priceless’, in other words, worth very much. Let me ask you, how ‘priceless’ is the truth that the Lord Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, the One who spoke the stars into place and knows them by name, the One who know the number of hairs you have on your head (or not) to name a few, ‘loves you’ so very much?

Jesus says in John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love.” Earlier I said if we could get a small grip on the truth that the Lord loves us, we would have more success in loving the Lord. Jesus said ‘As’ the Father has loved Him. I don’t know about you but I can’t even begin to imagine how great the ‘Father’s love’ is for His Son Jesus; in fact I think it is impossible to even try and comprehend that kind of great love. Jesus says ‘As’ (in the same way) the Father has loved Him; in other words, with that same kind of unfathomable, incomprehensible love, so has ‘He loved us.’

My dear friend, if you have been struggling lately in expressing your love to the Lord, I suggest you take some time and focus on the truth that the Lord loves you with a love that is ‘unfailing’ as the Scripture says. As you do that, I believe the Lord will begin to open your eyes, as He has mine, to a fresh view of His love ‘for you’. When that takes place, your times of worship will become fresh and alive again, When you read His Word, His truth will begin to jump out from the pages to you. You will look at your enemies in a much different way. Your joy will be made new and where you have grown weary, you will experience fresh new strength!!! He loves you and me my friend!!! There is no greater truth than that for our life; so begin to enjoy it :-)

Posted by: Debra Cobb Hansen | January 12, 2014

Morris Chapman Appearing Feb 2 in Las Vegas – A Worship Experience

New Day Christian Church is excited to welcome Morris Chapman to our church on February 2nd to celebrate our 12th Anniversary with a special Worship Experience! Come join  us for an intimate time of worship as Morris leads us into the presence of the Lord.

The worship concert is being held at Becker Middle School Gymnasium located at 9151 Pinewood Hills Dr, Las Vegas in Summerlin.  Sunday, February 2nd at 9:30 AM

Morris Chapman, songwriter, worship leader, and minister is known around the world for his ability to lead people into the presence of the Lord.
MorrisChapman Worship Experience Feb 2
Morris has accomplished much in the years since he began full time ministry in 1978. His songs are widely recognized around the world, especially in praise and worship. Crossing cultural and international boundaries, his songs have been recorded by such artists as Sandy Patti, Rosie Greer, Kenneth Copeland, the Maranatha Singers, Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and Bill Gaither.

Morris is a three time Dove nominee and received a Grammy nomination from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1983 for best soul gospel performance for the album “Long time friends” which featured the songs, “Bethlehem Morning,” “We Remember You,” and “We give you praise.”

Word Records signed Morris in his early ministry days and later he was signed by Maranatha Music. Morris has completed more than fifteen solo recordings and he has also sung solo on other projects as well.

Morris has traveled extensively throughout his ministry, leading thousands of diverse congregations in praise and worship to God.

In 1993, Morris was invited to become a member of the praise team for Promise Keepers, and he served on the team until 1998. Promise Keepers recorded several of his songs including “The family prayer song,” “Jesus your name is power,” “the Reconciliation song,” and “Christ in us be glorified.” Morris was also part of the praise team for “Stand in the Gap” 1997 on the Mall in Washington DC.

At 40 years old, Morris left his safe career with the Clark Country school district and anwered a call to ministry and music. Over the past 35 years Morris has served the Lord as a songwriter, worship leader, recording artist, and proclaimer of the Gospel.

We invite everyone to attend! For more information contact Pastor Leroy Roybal  at 702-658-1124

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