God in the Pews | RZIM

Today’s devotional, reposted from RZIM, takes a look at some of the hard questions we all contemplate at one time or another and suggests a different kind of answer from any we may have considered.

“Why isn’t God more obvious? This question is often asked in many ways and in many contexts, by people of all levels of faith. When prayers go unanswered, why is God silent? When suffering or tragedy strikes, why would God allow this to happen? Why wouldn’t God want more people to know God’s good news? When all the “evidence” seems to counter the biblical narrative, why doesn’t God just give the world a sign? If God was revealed through many wondrous signs and miracles throughout the Bible, why doesn’t God act that way today? All of these examples get at the same issue: the seeming “hiddenness” of God.

Atheist Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if after death he met God. Russell replied that he would say: “God, you gave us insufficient evidence.”(1) While many who have found God quite evident would balk at Russell’s audacity, a similar struggle click on the link to continue reading

(c) 2016 Margaret Manning Shull is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Bellingham, Washington.

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7 Ways to Cultivate Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

Having trouble hearing God and finding your way? Trying to figure out the will of God for your life? Today’s devotional, reposted from The Plumb Line, gives some insightful ideas to help you increase your ability to hear what God is speaking to you. 

Too many of God’s people are led by fear, doubt, man-pleasing, presumption, assumption, idols in their heart, false prophets and fleeces. Here’s how to let Him lead you.

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This Week at JCC

We’ve got some fun stuff coming up this week at JCC. Wednesday, the 19th is Parents’ Night Out at 6:30 PM. If you don’t have kids you can come on over for a great Adult Bible Study at 7 PM.

Friday come craft and chat with us at 6:30 PM. If you’re a guy you can pop on over to the Men’s Ministry get-together and hang out for a couple of hours at 6:30 PM on Friday.




Speaking in Parables

Pretty much everyone loves a good story. Word pictures created by dt-sowing-seedan author can stir our emotions, convey information, or teach life lessons. Jesus utilized stories to drive home the Kingdom principles that He taught. In Sunday’s message Pastor Marlan spoke about the parable Jesus told of the sower and the seed and how we can learn some important truths from this story. Click on the arrow to listen.


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I Fled Him | RZIM

If you’ve ever tried to run from God or have a loved one who has run the opposite direction, or if you are currently trying to escape Him this devotional, reposted from RZIM’s Slice of Infinity is written just for you. I urge you to read it and run back to the one who is the fulfillment of all you seek.

“I believe one of the most profound poems ever written was penned by an Englishman named Frances Thompson. Thompson was a genius, but he became a drug addict and was on the run for many years. Towards the later part of his life he wrote the magnificent masterpiece he called “The Hound of Heaven.” The poem describes God as the persistent hound who, with loving feet, follows and follows until he catches up with this person who is trying to run and flee from him. Writes Thompson:

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of read more

Source: I Fled Him | RZIM

You Can Trust God’s Timing

I’ve never liked waiting. I don’t know very many people who do. But God’s timing and His ways aren’t always in sync with what we want when we want it. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth, reminds us that God’s timing is  perfect and we shouldn’t despair when there’s a delay.


“Jesus doesn’t offer answers. He doesn’t try to dry her tears. He doesn’t spout off a spiritual cliché. Instead He weeps along with her. The tears of a compassionate friend. The tears of a tender God. The tears of someone who understands the pain of death. Then He asks a simple question: “Where have you laid him?” (John 11:33).

Jesus does come. And He does see. With eyes that stretch beyond humanity and into eternity. As a quote by Gracie Allen hanging on my mama’s refrigerator says, “Never place a period where God read more


(c) 2016 Holley Gerth holleygerth.com

Joy in the Stillness

When I was younger I worked in a place where even if you didn’t have anything to do you had to look like you were doing something. It seems our culture is obsessed with being constantly busy. If you’re not busy you’re not productive and if you’re not being productive you’re wasting time. Today’s devotional pulls us up short in our mad rush and offers a different way.

Be still, and know that I am God. — Psalm 46:10 (NIV) For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a high-energy, ambitious person. When I was a little girl, my idea of a great time was to start with an idea, create something with my hands, and follow it through to the end. I made lemonade stands in my driveway and elaborate Barbie mansions out of my mom’s old perfume boxes. I put on plays with my cousins (complete with refreshments and playbills). I was full speed ahead all the time, working and worrying, trying, creating, and adventuring.

It’s no wonder my grandmother used to tell me Ia href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/joy-in-the-stillness/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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