Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

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…

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV) This truth is something that most every Christian has committed to memory.  It’s something I point out quite a bit from the pulpit.  It’s the basis for a song we teach our children… but do we remember that as much as…

Testing and Trusting

In Exodus 17:7 YLT, we see the children of Israel testing the Lord by asking, “Is Jehovah in our midst or not?” After Israelites left Egypt for the land of Promise, they grumble their way through the hot miserable desert. Even though God had demonstrated His watchful care for them, they still felt alone facing the threat of starvation and thirst (Exodus 15:22-25; Exodus…

Praying God’s Promises

You are in a battle! You may not see it and you might forget that it is there. But your enemy would love nothing more than forcing you to start off filled with discouragement and defeat. Do not let him win! If you are a Christian, you are in this battle and your enemy will throw obstacles and attacks your way. This is precisely why Peter said that our enemy was a roaring…

Fear

There is a sense in which some fear is a good thing. Fear is a natural instinct that, at times in life, keeps us from dangers that could truly harm us.  Proverbs 9:10 tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We also know, however, that the Bible speaks of certain types of fear in a negative light.…

Opening Their Treasures

The story of Jesus’ birth is a powerful and important story for all Christians. Even though we are not told Jesus’ exact birthday, Jesus had such an impact on the entire world that, early in the fourth century (AD 336), the holiday we call Christmas was widely celebrated all over the East and West. The impact of the coming of the Christ was, as Paul said in Galatians 4:4,…

A Relative

A husband and his wife were riding along together in a car. They had been quarreling and hadn’t spoken for a long time. Finally, they passed a mule in a pasture. The man pointed to the mule and asked his wife, “A relative of yours?” Without a moment’s hesitation, she responded, “Yes, by marriage.” It is inevitable in relationships that we have conflict. If we are not…

Welcome! Family & Friends Day

Welcome! We are so glad you are with us today as we come together to continue our worship of the Lord together!  I say continue because we know that this connection with God is about more than what happens here.  God wants a relationship with his people and so every day is an opportunity to thank Him for what He has done, talk to Him about what we are facing and what we…