Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

Common Ground

Being a minister is interesting. You meet a lot of different people who have different backgrounds and are from all over the place. There are meaningful conversations to be had everywhere and new beginnings to create. But you also hear questions and comments. One of the ones that I have heard a lot in the last year is that “The Bible doesn’t apply to me because it doesn’t…

Abiding in Christ

In John 15:1-17, Jesus speaks to us about abiding in Him. He draws a beautiful picture of an olive vine with its many branches. We expect to see each branch filled with beautiful fruit but it’s not. Instead, we are confronted with branches that are failing to produce, branches that have the potential to bear fruit, but for some reason they are empty. He then tells us how…

Five Ways God Uses Problems

In Romans 8:35-37, the apostle Paul who was beset by problems on every hand (2 Corinthians 4:8-18) stated: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all…

The Church and the Christian Life Cycle

Who Needs the Church? And, Who does the Church Need? Do you need the church; does the church need you? Do the lost need the church; does the church need the lost? Does your family need the church; does the church need your family? Do children, singles, young families, older families and retirees need the church; does the church need them? The fact of the matter is that…

That Sweet Aroma

One of my favorite things to come home to is the sweet smell of a delicious meal or dessert that Ann has made. A personal weakness of mine is the smell of chocolate chip cookies. I could eat those all day long if I was allowed to and didn’t have to suffer the consequences of that decision. Someone shared a quote recently that I have always liked which says, “Your attitude…

Carry Out Your Assignment

I don’t know about you – but I’ve been pretty excited for football season to roll around again. I saw something posted online about how people are glad that now we get to stop fighting and hating one another over things like politics… and we can finally begin to hate each other over things that really matter like college football. I know…

Psalm 51

Have you ever struggled with sin in your life? If you are like the rest of us, everyone who lives and breathes, then I know you have. How many times have you struggled to stop and repent of a sin only to find yourself back there again? It can be the most heartbreaking, discouraging place you could find yourself and yet we find ourselves there more often than we would like…

Click

Sometimes we all have that moment. The moment where we go from having a blank spaced out memory to having a genius thought or where everything just clicks. Have you ever stared at your test paper during school but had no thoughts? But then out of nowhere everything finally comes back to you? Or did you struggle to learn a skill until it finally comes together. Click! This…

Oh the Places You Can Go

Dr. Seuss had written many books over the course of his lifetime. I remember reading them as a child and during school. One of my favorite is a story of a person who has brains in his head and feet in his shoes and can choose where he wants to go. He can look at streets and look with care. He might run into dangerous streets or even places to wait. But the point is that…

Kid’s Closet

We had our back to school Kids’ Closet event on Saturday, August 5th.  We had seven families for a total of 19 children to participate.  Several of the families were regular participants who really count on our Kids’ Closet to provide school clothing for their children.  Thank you to all who donated clothing and to those who helped out on Saturday, including…