Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

Hello Family

Hello family – instead of the normal article on just one topic I thought I would instead share a couple of things that have been on my mind lately that I have been praying on.  I hope that as you read these things, that you too will spend some time thinking about them as well: Striving alongside you for the prize, Jay

Lone Wolf Christianity

Talk about an oxymoron. The epitome of isolation and loneliness connected with what should be the epitome of family, purpose, and belonging. You may disagree with my choice of titles, but chances are, you were taught to be a “lone wolf” just like me. From childhood most of us were taught that all we needed to succeed in life was hard work and determination. We were…

The Love of God

The Bible abounds with verses about God’s love for us. The Psalmist David described God’s love with these poetic words, “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:4). He goes on to write, “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God” (Psalm 36:7). In another Psalm, David wrote, “You, LORD, are forgiving and good abounding in love…

A Giver or a Taker?

What do I mean by a giver and a taker? A giver is someone who is always serving, always giving their time, always involved in the life and activities of the church. A giver is a person whose life is built around the idea that contributing to the life and welfare of others is more important that taking from it. So the opposite is true of a taker. They are always coming to…

Thanksgiving: An Obvious Response

How often do you forget to spend time being or reflecting on being thankful to our Lord?  Is it relegated to a holiday?  A time we set aside in our worship services?  Or is it a daily, moment by moment realization?  The importance of being thankful cannot be overestimated in our lives. If you were to count them up, in one form or another, we are told to be thankful over…

All Other Ground is Sinking Sand

Election season is on us again and the politicians are making promises about what they will do, initiatives they will start, reasons why you can trust them and why you can’t trust the other side. The drama unfolds before us in commercials, debates, Facebook, the dinner table – at times it can seem like it can be all around us. What strikes me as dangerous though, is…

Never Say Never

How many times have you heard that sentiment? It’s often used to remind someone that though they may believe that they are certain in their conclusion, they have no way of controlling the situation and it may change.  “Never” carries such huge implications. To use the word “never” you have to be positive about what you know and positive about every circumstance under…

Earning Respect

One of the most wonderful principles governing life in our democratic society is that people are “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” No practical illustration of that principle in action comes immediately to mind, however. We’re more inclined toward the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” principle. I’ve even heard Christians say, “people have to earn my respect”—as…

Christ – Alpha and Omega

Four times in Revelation (1:8; 1:11; 21:6; 22:13) Jesus refers to himself as the “Alpha and Omega”. You probably have heard that these are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, in fact our word ‘alphabet’ comes from ‘alpha’ and the second letter ‘beta’ which are also similar to the first 2 letters in Hebrew ‘aleph’ and ‘beth’. When we think of Jesus saying…

Excellence in Ministry

What does your ministry look like?  Every Christian, every born again believer, has a ministry given to them by God.  A purpose for your life that will further God’s kingdom.  He has placed you in your home, office, school and given you friends and allies.  But for you to succeed in your ministry, it takes more than you just hearing the call or saying,…