Connecting With Jay (Page 2)

Connecting With Jay (Page 2)

Five Things a Pencil Can Teach Us

Pencils are a simple tool. You sharpen the pencil so you can write or draw with it. It has an eraser to correct mistakes that you make with it but yet you can do a lot with it. I came across an idea that Paolo Coelha had shared in 2009 and I wanted to share some things that I gathered from it. There is a hand that directs the pencil: Just as a pencil, we only are able to…

Preparation

This week I was reading an article entitled “The Best Quotes from 5 Christian College Graduation Speakers” and came to #4, which was a speech given at Biola University by David Kinnaman.  Kinnaman  is an author and the president of Barna Group.  I hope you will take some time today at lunch or whenever to talk to your kids, friends or whoever about this topic.  “We are…

Sunday Morning Isn’t Enough

There are 168 hours in a week. Factoring in sleep (and pretending everyone sleeps 8 hours per night), that’s 112 waking hours per week. Calculating one hour for Sunday morning worship, that leaves 111 other hours in the week, but sadly for many Christians that one hour constitutes their entire engagement with the church each week. Most congregations still hold to the…

A Lesson from One Mother’s Love

On a cold Christmas Eve in 1952, when Korea was in the throes of civil war, one young woman struggled along a village street, obviously soon to deliver a child. She pleaded with passers-by, “Help me! Please. My baby.” No one paid any attention to her. A middle-aged couple walked by. The wife pushed away the young mother and sneered, “Where’s the father? Where’s your…

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

Recently during dinner two of my children ignored an instruction which resulted in a glass of milk getting knocked over. The two offenders’ consequence was that they had to clean up the mess without grown-up help. One child had a smile break out and thought that they got off easy. The other child began crying lamenting the punishment and considered it harsh. A common…

Here I Am – SEND ME

In Isaiah 6:8 we read: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” For me, this has always been one of those verses that inspires. Thinking about how I too have volunteered to be one of the vessels that God has chosen to send into the world has the power to take my day from the common and gives…

VBS 2018 – GO FISH

It is that time of year! I’m not talking about the part where the Government reminds you that taxes are due soon but VBS! This year’s VBS is taking place on June 30th here at the building. We will begin at 9am Saturday Morning and finish up around 3:30 in the afternoon. The theme and stories circle around Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Matthew 28:16-20 and…

Lads to Leaders 2018

Last weekend many of our kids went over to Nashville to compete at the 50th annual Lads to Leaders convention in areas like speech, song leading, Bible reading, puppet theater and art among others.  As usual, the kids put in the time and effort and impressed us all!  I hope that you will make the effort and plan on coming back tonight for “Showcase” at 6:00 to see and…

Who’s in Charge Here?

           Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:10–11, ESV). Jesus. Undiminished deity dwelling in full humanity. The One who spoke and the worlds were formed. “He is…

Defined By What?

What defines your life? Is it something that you have done in the past? Is it something you are really good at? Is it a failure? Are you defined by what someone else says? What defines you? We live in a world that can be harsh. When we look into a mirror what do we see? Do we see our insecurities? Our weaknesses? Our Failures? Something that we did a long time ago? When…