Connecting With Jay (Page 5)

Connecting With Jay (Page 5)

A race to run and a prize to win.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching…

Let God be your strength.

God is “the fount of every blessing.” He is the center and source of every good thing (James 1:17). He gives good things to those that ask him (Matt. 7:21). He gives perfect peace to those who fix their minds upon him (Isa. 26:3). He saves to the uttermost those who obey him (Rom. 8:38). We owe everything we possess to our God; every good thing to him. He is the maker of…

God Will Prepare Me: This I Know

Life is full of experiences. Back in February, we became parents for the first time. I remember it being early in the morning when we first met Emmett. He was a happy boy but I was expecting a smaller baby not the 10 pound 3 ounce monster that we were given. Despite the shock of his size, it was amazing to see this little human with cute hands, feet, and a full head of…

Meet Mark, Ann, and Emmett Casella

We would like for you to meet the Youth & Family Minister Candidate who will be with us next weekend, July 14th – 16th. As was mentioned in last week’s “The Connection”, there will be various opportunities for you to get acquainted with them. Mark is a 2014 graduate from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth & Family Ministry. He and his wife,…

Good Morning Family!

I (Jay) am thankful for you and your presence here this morning!  My prayer this week has been that we will all come with soft hearts, focused minds and spirits that are bursting with thanksgiving for what has been done for us! After all, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 ESV) I know that we are still basically two…

The Power of Trust

The value of implicit trust in God cannot be accurately measured. It is demonstrated for us numerous times throughout the scriptures. One such example is Joseph. He was the young son of Jacob (later renamed Israel) who endured great trials, temptations, and perils. It all began as a young boy who was loved by his father but hated by his brothers. The dreams of grandeur…

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  Today is a day that we are reminded to honor the men in our life that have helped to raise and guide us along as we have grown – whether they are related to us by blood or not.  A Godly father is a blessing that we should be grateful for so I hope you do not pass up this opportunity to let them know how much you love them and thankful you are for…

Maturing in Godly Faith

James provides the very practical advice every Christian needs, even if we do not always appreciate receiving it.  His advice is intended to move every believer towards a higher level of maturity in Christ. While the thought of a life filled with trials is not very popular, it is true nevertheless. All of us who have lived long enough to reach any degree of physical…

Moving from the temporary to the eternal

The world around us is an amazing, interlocking system that humans will never be able to measure. Its vastness, intricacy, and might is awe inspiring. It reflects an almighty intelligence. The vast orbits of the planets around the sun; the orbit of the moon around our little planet, and the amazing precision of each of them demand someone or something far more powerful…

Memorial Day

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a national holiday.  It is observed each year on the last Monday in the month of May.  The holiday, formerly known as Decoration Day, commemorates military personnel, men and women, who have died while in service to the United States of America. The holiday was first established to honor the many Union soldiers who gave their lives during the…