Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

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…

Reasons to Rejoice

There are those in the church today who have lost sight of their joy. Indeed, several things in this world tend to rob us of our happiness. In Philippians 4:1-9, the apostle Paul speaks to us on the subject of joy. He is qualified to talk about the issue of pleasure, for in spite of his hardships and persecutions, he found the secret of real Christian Joy. In fact, he was…

Your Identity in Jesus Christ

Do not forget these words: You are not who people say you are and not even who you feel you are! You are who God says you are! Few things in life shape a person like the words used to describe them. I will never forget the first time someone called me a preacher. I almost panicked and was visibly shaken by those words. I will always remember being told that I was a loser…

Inconvenient!

Suppose we changed our meeting time to 3 AM on Sundays. While we might not like it, many of us would be here despite the inconvenience. Now, relax! There are no plans to change the meeting time! It brings up the question, though: How willing are you to be inconvenienced in your service to God?  Antonius Felix, governor of Judea, didn’t like what he was hearing as Paul was…