Connecting With Jay (Page 3)

Connecting With Jay (Page 3)

Growing Conditions

About 12 years ago a close friend gave my wife some saw tooth oak seedlings he brought back from Arkansas. We took them and planted them all over our place. One particular tree was planted out back near where we had burned brush while cleaning the place up after we bought the property. Another was planted out front near where the old railroad line used to run. The tree…

Unforeseen, Unexpected Blessings

Psalm 95 (ESV) Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!3 For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods.4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his…

Pray, and not faint

Have you become wearied and ceased praying? Why do some believers stop praying? Could it be because we live in a world where we have come to expect almost immediate satisfaction of our needs and when God does not immediately grant us what we asked, we grow weary and ceased to pray? In Luke 18:1, the Bible tells us that Jesus “told them a parable to the effect that they…

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…