Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

Attention to Detail

“Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” Hebrews 2:1 ESV One of the songs that E likes to listen to is “Colonel Hathi’s Elephant March”, “Hup two three four. Keep it up two three four!” from the Jungle Book. The elephants are on patrol looking out for danger in the jungle. The elephants stop marching and line up. Colonel…

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…

Why Do You Have Faith?

Good morning and welcome! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Have you ever been asked about why you go to church, or why you have faith in God?  Hopefully all of us that attend regularly could answer that question clearly.  We use phrases like “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God” and “I knew I was sinful and wanted to go to…

Look How Far You Have Come

Road trips can be a lot of fun. Ever since I graduated High School back in 2010 I have been on a lot of road trips. Most of them consisted of the 24 hour journey from New Hampshire to Arkansas while some of them were shorter in nature. One thing that always intrigued me was how far you can go in a short amount of time. You sit in a car for four or five hours and then look…

Happy Fall!

What a week!  First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to Mandy Cline and Glenda Fannon for all the work they put in to plan and organize our Fall Festival!  Also, I am so grateful for everyone else that bought supplies, brought things from home, ran the different booths (especially Jane for risking traumatic head injuries as the kids whipped their ‘clothes pin…

Teach a Child While They are Young

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Being a Daddy is pretty cool. It also comes with a lot of challenges and things you wouldn’t think of before. Emmett is always teaching me something new. It might be how I interact with him or how I need to treat him in different situations. Right now he is obsessed…

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…