Chapel Audio

May 18, 2017 

Drive on Assembly - Mr. Tyler Ashworth 

May 17, 2017 

Drive on Assembly - Mrs. Cheryl Huggins 

May 16, 2017 

Drive On Assembly - Sam Kittrell 

April 5, 2017 

Message - Mr. Trent Norman

March 29, 2017 

Message - Mr. Dan Tubbs 

March 22, 2017 

Message - Dr. Jerry Caravas 

March 15, 2017 

Message - Mr. Joey Launi 

February 22, 2017 

Message - Miss Ruth Techanchuk 

February 15, 2017 

Message - Mr. Scott Osborne 

February 8, 2017 

Message - Mr. Steve Doyle 

February 1, 2017 

Message - Mr. Joey Launi 

January 25, 2017

Message - Mrs. Melissa Wetzel 

January 4, 2017 

Message - Mr. David Colonna 

December 7, 2016 

Message - Mr. Keviin Vaughan

November 16, 2016 

Message - Mrs. Melissa Wetzel 

November 2, 2016 

Message - Mrs. Cheryl Huggins

October 26, 2016

Message - Mr. Marvin Thomas

October 5, 2016 

Message - Mr. Greg Moses

September 28, 2016

Message - Ms. Zulaika Garzon

Testimony - Christian Gerry

Chapel Reflection  

5/16 - 5/18 - Mini Spiritual Emphasis Week "Drive On"

This Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) was a great way to end the school year. Something that stood out to me was mentioned in the message that was shared by First Colonial senior Sam Kittrell. It centered around how we should not try to find a temporary fix to something that needs a permanent solution. Sam compared this to fixing his bumper with duct tape. This was convicting because it was relatable; especially as teenagers, there are so many distractions and insignificant things that we turn to in our lives to fulfill us. But school, relationships, and hobbies are only temporary solutions to a life that needs a permanent solution -- Jesus. Sam linked this to the part of his message about how we need to determine who or what our king is. Do we devote our time and attention to temporary, earthly things, or to the eternal Lord? I considered it a wake-up call for my life. It helped me put my priorities in order. I’m so thankful that Sam was willing to come back to our school and share his passionate message and testimony. It was so encouraging to me, and I’m sure his message affected most of the other students as well.  -Ali Sherrill

This fourth quarter we had a miniature Spiritual Emphasis Week. During this week, bands came to lead worship and different speakers presented the messages. We had a Salvation Army band called “Brothers by Choice” lead worship the first day. Sam Kittrell, a student who previously attended Norfolk Christian,  spoke. This talk was probably the one that stood out the most to me. Sam’s father was diagnosed with cancer this past year and Sam spoke on some of the things that he has learned through this circumstance. He spoke on who our king is in our lives. I learned to be intentional about the choices I make, especially in choosing those I hang out with. I also realized that it's very easy to try to fill voids in our hearts with things of this earth. But I also know that those things come nowhere near the Lord’s vast and unending love. This week was a blessing and gave opportunity to pray for others and fellowship with our peers.
-Sarah Ludvik

As the school year drew to a close, we had our second and final Spiritual Emphasis Week. Various bands opened our time together, including the Salvation Army “Brothers by Choice” band, which was predominantly made up of redeemed drug and alcohol addicts. The band was a testament to how dramatically God can change a life, no matter what. Some of the speakers included Sam Kittrell, a former NCS student, and Mrs. Huggins, the NCMS Director. One speaker in particular captivated me; Mr. Ashworth, the Upper School Director, talked on the subject of being connected to God. He chose John 15:5-8, a well-known passage which states that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. At first I was admittedly a little let down. I thought that the teachers who had previously spoken on this verse had imparted to me all the information that could be gleaned from it. I was woefully mistaken. Mr. Ashworth taught us that as long as we remain connected to God, He will provide for us and give us the strength to face every possible obstacle, things like boredom, stress, temptation, and distraction. While I understood that life was meant to be lived as a relationship between God and man, I never really let that soak in. I’d think about it for a moment, then go back to focusing on my own routine or “God’s work.” What I didn't understand was that connecting humanity to God is God’s work. The purpose of our existence is to have, as Mr. Ashworth describes, a “With-God Life.” While hard work is vital, God doesn’t call us to burn ourselves out, even for His Kingdom. He is primarily calling us to a relationship with Himself. We aren’t supposed to be sheep living life by ourselves, we’re meant to live life with the Good Shepherd who knows our needs and knows how to care for them. -Paul Kastner

5/10/17 - Mr. David Colonna

This week’s chapel was led by Mr. Robbie Kuschel and Mrs. Shannon Kuschel.  Mrs. Kuschel has worked at Norfolk Christian in numerous roles related to counseling students for the past five years.  Mr. Kuschel is a licensed counselor for the students at Regent University. Chapel began with a combined time of worship followed by gender separate discussions led by the Kuschels. Mrs. Kuschel spoke to the female students about how to present themselves on social media, the problem of pornography in our country, and other issues related to the internet that impact their Christian lives.  Mr. Kuschel spoke to the male students about the problems that result from pornography and gave practical steps to take if a student is addicted to pornography. Students are encouraged to schedule follow up conversations with the Kuschels or other teachers about what they heard in chapel on these very important topics. 

Looking Forward: Next week will be our Spring Spiritual Emphasis Week.  We will have services on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-3 p.m. on the theme “Drive On.”  The goal of these services will be to encourage students to press into their faith as they enter the summer break.  We will have different speakers each day, and a guest band will lead worship on one of the days as well.  

5/3/17 - Paul Kastner

Worship today was led by Weston Dove, Virginia Hobbs, Will Rodriguez, Mr. Oberdorfer, Josh Laderer, and Isabelle Tan. We sang “The Lion & The Lamb” and “Resurrecting.” The special question and answer session was led by the Bible teachers: Mrs. Wetzel, Mr. Gyorfi, and Mr. Colonna. The three most-asked questions were: why pray if God already knows what He is going to do, what will heaven be like, and why is it that we must give all the glory to God.

The common mindset is that prayer is like a wish list we send to God, but it’s much more than that. It’s our lifeline to heaven. We were created to have a relationship with God, and the key to relationships is communication. By communicating with Him, we allow God to align our thoughts and action with His. It is also how God reveals His thoughts to us.

Heaven is a promise that God will complete the restoration process He began with Jesus. When we think about Heaven, we should think about what the Garden of Eden was like. It is a new creation where we will live as we were fully created to live: doing fulfilling work in communion with God. A sub-question of this topic was whether or not those who were unable to accept Christ (either due to being alive before Christ or being too young to understand what a relationship with Christ means) go to heaven. The dominant view is that God holds us accountable to that of which we are aware.

When we glorify God, we put His beauty on display as we receive the character traits He extends  to us. These characteristics include His kindness, compassion, and love. We acknowledge that He is God. Glorifying God is celebrating the power and love that are inherent to Him.

4/12/17 - Paul Kastner

Today’s chapel was special. As we wrap up Lent and Holy Week begins, we were led in worship by Mr. Oberdorfer, Weston Dove, Elizabeth Alexander, Will Rodriguez, Jordan Rickman, and Isabelle Tan. We sang “Resurrecting” and “Your Glory.” Voce Deus, our school choir, sang a special presentation of “In Christ Alone.” The guest speaker was Ron Righter, our new athletic director. He spoke about events that led to the reason why Christians can live free from sin and shame. These events include Jesus driving out dishonest merchants in the temple, Jesus’s betrayal by Judas, the mock trial of Jesus Christ, Jesus’s scourging at the hands of the Romans, the conversion of the thief who was crucified next to Jesus, and most importantly, the Resurrection itself. The true significance of the Resurrection is that it is the pillar for our faith. Without a Resurrection, our sin and guilt still remain; man is still doomed to experience a second death completely devoid of God’s presence. We are fortunate indeed that Jesus did rise from the dead.

Tyler Ashworth, M. A.
Cheryl Huggins
Robin Slopnick, M.Ed.
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