In a short “Keepin’ It Real” testimony, Paul Trefry shares the journey that has taken him from a blue collar upbringing, to a high-powered finance career, to a series of life challenges and setbacks, any one of which could reasonably be called a “major”. But with those challenges and setbacks have come life-changing opportunities to love and serve those in even more dire circumstances. Paul explains how he has been drawn from a life of self-sufficiency to one of surrender and dependence–dependence on God, the Church and friends. It is an extraordinary story the ending of which has not yet been revealed.
My Story-A Better Story-A Bigger Story (James Anderson – 9/9/16 – NCS New Canaan)
James Anderson, the President of the New Canaan Society, shares the importance of telling our stories–transparently and authentically. He starts by telling the unpleasant but sacred story of how God brought him from empty “success” (from Hollywood to a wildly successful real estate career selling homes to celebrities) to fulfilling “significance” through Focus on the Family and now NCS. With great humility, Anderson talks about the seeds and depth of his fall and the tremendous grace (both from God and a loving wife) that lifted him back up. He also reflects on how sharing “our story” leads to friendship, friendship lead us to a “better story” and friendship with Jesus draws us into God’s “bigger story”.
The Power of Prayer (Peter Hawkins – 3/13/15 – NCS New Canaan)
Our brudder Peter Hawkins shares the basis for his confidence that God hears and answers our prayers (although not necessarily in the way we hoped). From miraculous healings to winning a “David v. Goliath” legal battle to protect his son against a powerful institution, Peter has seen the awesome power of prayer personally in his life. He also describes the important role that the prayer and support of NCS Energy Groups has played in his life. It is an inspiring story.
Friendship (Wiley Mullins – 9/12/14 – NCS New Canaan)
What does it really mean to “show up” for each other as “brudders” and “do life together”? Wiley Mullins, co-founder of NCS Fairfield/The Journey, shares his vision for the extraordinary possibilities a COMMUNITY like NCS represents for us as leaders, fathers, husbands, neighbors and friends in our everyday lives.
Why Are We Here? (Jason Pankau – 9-24-10 – NCS New Canaan)
With great energy and classic NCS humor, Jason Pankau helps us understand the Great Commission by going deeper into what it means to be a disciple. Sharing his own struggles and the role mentors have played in his life, Pankau explains what it means to be in a “covenant” friendship and why we need mentors and mentees in order to grow in our faith. Jason’s insights can help every NCS brudder gain a better understanding of the transparent and authentic friendships that are at the core of NCS and NCS Energy Groups.
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