Connecting With Jay (Page 8)

Connecting With Jay (Page 8)

New Years Resolutions…

Do you plan on making resolutions for the New Year? The first of the year is a great time to start fresh, set goals, and begin something new. In fact, it’s the perfect time to evaluate our spiritual health and set some goals for growth.             We can’t cause our spiritual growth. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to transform us into the image of Christ (2 Cor…

No Detour from Calvary

Devotional by John Piper And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6–7) You would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, he…

Be Prepared

  “He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17) What John the Baptist did for Israel: the season before Christmas can do for…

Christ Loved You

Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tenderhearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person no matter what your background has been. The Bible assumes that God is the decisive factor in making us what we should…

Separating Sheep From Goats

We’re all familiar with the parable of Matthew 25:31-46 in which the final judgment is likened to a shepherd separating the sheep and the goats. It occurs to me that, in some ways, sheep and goats are very similar animals. At least, they resemble one another more than either resembles a baboon! But, all likenesses considered, there are also some distinct dissimilarities.…

Friend’s Day

Friend’s Day October 30, 2016 Bible Class: 9am Worship: 10am Worship will be followed by a BBQ lunch We have children’s worship (ages 3-5), staffed nursery AND after lunch, there will be a staffed playground and bounce house! Next week is Bring a Friend Day!  Out in the foyer you will find invitations that look similar to the image above and I am praying that you take…

Foul Weather Faith

There is a “fair weather” faith that is precious to all believers. When our confidence in God’s presence is reinforced by good things that happen, when His protection and His direction are easily recognized, the security of His bosom is such a joy! But life isn’t always like that. Sometimes we are bewildered by God’s strange way of managing the universe. John the Baptist…

“I’m So Discouraged”

First, let me say that feeling discouragement and disappointment is not sinful. No one thinks you’re less Christian simply because you feel like that. Honestly, I think we have all reached that point at some time in our life and the more you care the more likely you are to feel it. Sometimes it is about what is happening at church and sometimes it’s about what is not…

Making Disciples: By Marshal Segal

Following Christ means making disciples. His words echo in the back of our minds, “Go therefore and make disciples . . . ” (Matthew 28:19). Not first and foremost “have daily devotions” or “give to the poor,” but make disciples. We don’t become a Christian by making disciples, but once we are in Christ, few things come closer to capturing the heart of our calling while…