Connecting With Jay (Page 7)

Connecting With Jay (Page 7)

Lord, help me be like the coffee bean!

There was a daughter who complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of all the fighting and struggling, because it seemed as though in solving one problem, two more would arise. Her father, who was a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with…

We Work by Grace

By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Paul realized that the first part of this verse might be misunderstood. So he goes on to say, “Though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” This text…

The Ugliest Sin

Disrespect gets my vote for the “Ugliest Sin” award! You may disagree, of course, but please bear with me for a moment as I plead my case. For starters, while I hate to be a name-dropper, the fact is that God doesn’t think very highly of disrespectfulness. Neither do those closest to Him. Jesus said that anyone who uses insulting terms to describe his brother is in danger…

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord.

As I was reading this week, I came across Psalm 84 and found it so uplifting and encouraging to listen to the words of a man that was so in awe and excited about God that these words poured forth out of his soul… but I also found it challenging!  As we come together this morning we will sing songs and spend time focusing in on communion and prayer, and we will ask for…

First Mark of the Upright Heart

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2) The first mark of the upright heart is that it trembles at the Word of the Lord. Isaiah 66 deals with the problem of some who worship in a way that pleases God and some who worship in a way that doesn’t. Verse 3 describes the wicked who bring their…

Faith, Hope, and Love

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, ESV). As Paul spoke with the church in Corinth, his purpose was to correct many false ideas and many problems within the church. In chapter 12, he addresses problems about spiritual gifts. It would seem that the church was unusually fixated on what gifts…

My Sin, Not in Part, But the Whole

“My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought.” This is a strange phrase. Has it ever caught your attention before? In the third stanza of “It is Well,” the hymnist leads with this curious arrangement of words. It always struck me as odd. How can I consider my sin blissful? Eventually, I learned to look at things in their proper context. I had never connected those lines…

The Need for Growth

As a Christian, we know that we have been called to grow and develop.  We understand by experience that at baptism, there is not an automatic download and reboot that takes place that changes our ways and makes us always do the right thing and make the best choices.  We don’t become super-leaders or spiritual giants overnight… that requires growth and development…

Youth & Family Minister Candidates

On March 12th – 13th   and March 19th – 20th we will have candidates visiting Northeast to interview for our Youth & Family Minister position. Nathaniel Hensley will be with us March 12th – 13th, and Jacob Galloway will be here March 19th – 20th.  If you have children or teenagers, please make every effort to have them attend the events we have planned for their…

What Satan Needs You To Do

Often we focus on what does Jesus want for us. We spend great deals of time considering how and what we should be doing as Christians. The other day I read an article that made me ask another serious question. What would Satan want me to do?  That’s a scary question to even consider but it can be a beneficial thing for us to process. So… He needs you to be distracted…