Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

The Service Station

Remember the service station? When the car needed fuel, you pulled up to the pumps at your favorite full-service gas station. The attendant came out and pumped your gas, washed your windows, checked the oil, water and air in the tires and “serviced” what was required. To the best of my knowledge, there are no more full-service stations in our area, gone the way of…

Here I Am – Send Me

In Isaiah 6:8 we read: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” For me, this has always been one of those verses that inspires. Thinking about how I too have volunteered to be one of the vessels that God has chosen to send into the world has the power to take my day from the common and gives…

The Power of Trust

The value of implicit trust in God cannot be accurately measured. It is demonstrated for us numerous times throughout the scriptures. One such example is Joseph. He was the young son of Jacob (later renamed Israel) who endured great trials, temptations, and perils. It all began as a young boy who was loved by his father but hated by his brothers. The dreams of grandeur…

Growing Conditions

About 12 years ago a close friend gave my wife some saw tooth oak seedlings he brought back from Arkansas. We took them and planted them all over our place. One particular tree was planted out back near where we had burned brush while cleaning the place up after we bought the property. Another was planted out front near where the old railroad line used to run. The tree…

Unforeseen, Unexpected Blessings

Psalm 95 (ESV) Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!3 For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods.4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his…

Pray, and not faint

Have you become wearied and ceased praying? Why do some believers stop praying? Could it be because we live in a world where we have come to expect almost immediate satisfaction of our needs and when God does not immediately grant us what we asked, we grow weary and ceased to pray? In Luke 18:1, the Bible tells us that Jesus “told them a parable to the effect that they…

Psalm 19 (ESV)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.  In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a…

Words Reveal Our Heart

In Luke 6:45 Jesus says “…out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (ESV) Out of all that we have stored up inside of us, our words flow.  That sure is a bold statement – and is one that can bring us some strong emotions.  It can bring joy and peace in instances of someone that is known for their kindness and gently spoken words.  As I think…

Great Expectations

Someone said that if you aim at nothing, you’ll certainly hit it! Could that be why we’re not growing as we should, both as a congregation and as individuals? If I may borrow the title of a famous book, we ought to have Great Expectations! Let’s consider that statement from three angles:  First, what are your expectations of God? Because He…