Posts by Judy Jones

Posts by Judy Jones

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…

Change the World

I like it when things don’t take long to happen. When I am mowing the grass at our house, I wish I could snap my fingers and the grass be totally taken care of. Cut perfectly, looking nice, and keeping my neighbors from looking at me because I don’t cut my grass every week. But sometimes things take time to happen. I have a bad habit of not wanting to drink just pure…

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.…

Pray Your Age Challenge

As I looked at goals for this year, I looked back at the past year at the things I personally did well in but also those that I didn’t do so well in. One of those things that stuck out to me was the trend of prayer. As the year went on last year it wasn’t where I wanted it to be personally for myself. I thought about where we are as a youth group and prayer is something…

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,…

Walking in the Light

It is a joy to have two wonderful sons. I enjoy how they like to laugh and be happy over little things. It is a joy to watch them learn about new aspects of life and I appreciate watching them try to figure out how everything works. Despite all of these joys, there are times, and sometimes lots of times, where there are things I don’t enjoy but I know that I will miss…

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…

Present Hope

For me, November starts the beginning of a busy holiday schedule. The weather has cooled off, sometimes we get snow (like this year already), Thanksgiving is around the corner, and that is just November!  This year, after Thanksgiving is Present Hope! Like the last few years, we are teaming up with the Arlington Church of Christ and other Knoxville area churches to serve…