The Best Time to Help Others

No more procrastination or excuses. The best time to reach out and help others is now. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth,  gives some very good advice to those of us who never quite feel ready enough.

“I’m an amateur eavesdropper. I often work in coffee shops where conversations swirl around me as thick as the scent of espresso. Most of the time I’m able to tune them out but sometimes one makes my head snap up from my laptop. I’ve heard scandalous confessions of love, details of doctor’s appointments and workplace Helping-Otherscomplaints of all sorts. This morning I found myself the recipient of some unsolicited wisdom.

A young man and his mentor sat next to me talking about faith. Apparently they’ve been meeting awhile because the young man asked, “When am I going to be ready to help someone else?”

The mentor paused and then answered, “I think you’re asking the wrong question. Because as long as you ask ‘Am I ready?’ then you’ll always be able to find a reason you’re not. A flaw. A struggle. Something you think you need to learn more about. The better question to ask is, ‘Have I read more

(c) 2016 Holley Gerth Used with Permission holleygerth.com

Teen/Kids Fun Night

JCC’s kids and teens will be going to Roadrunner Amusement Park tomorrow evening, August 24th. The cost is $7/person for entrance, rides, and food. Please contact 349-0255 for more information.

roadrunner fun

Stuffed Dog Syndrome

marlan dogUsing a stuffed dog and a live, wriggling puppy for his object lesson Pastor Marlan urged listeners to think about what kind of God they serve – the real, very much alive God of the Bible or some lifeless approximation of a god? Click on the arrow to listen to this thought provoking message.

 

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Goliath’s Brother

Did you know that Goliath was not an only child? Well, he wasn’t – he had brothers. Today’s devotional, reposted from Francis Frangipane offers hope as we wage war against the enemy of our souls.

 

“Here’s the scene: You are in a battle against sickness, oppression or some similar struggle. You seek God, and in some way the grace of God touches your life. Your victory may have come through a word or prayer or some other encouragement, but you absolutely know the Lord has delivered you. Using the five smooth stones of divine grace, you defeated your Goliath.

But then, a few weeks or months or perhaps years later, all the old symptoms suddenly return with a vengeance. If you were struggling with an illness, it manifests worse than ever; if your battle was regarding a relationship or a particular sin, it seems as though all progress has been lost. You are back to square one.

Have you ever been there? These negative experiences can drain the faith from your heart. You lose the anticipation and power of faith, and a spiritual paralysis immobilizes your soul. You may still attend church, but your faith is unresponsive. When others testify of deliverance, you worry secretly that they, too, will “lose their healing.”

For many, the result is one of faith-shaking disillusionment. Scripture says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). This “heartsickness” is a spiritual disease that can cripple your walk with God. Remember, faith is the substance of the things you hope for; if you lose hope, your faith becomes hollow. How can you trust God when it seems as though He let you down? You wonder: “Did I lose my breakthrough, or was I only deceiving myself and never really had it?”

Dear one, it is very possible that what you are experiencing is not a loss of God’s blessing but an entirely new spiritual battle. This new war is a very read more

(c) 2016 Francis Frangipane Used with Permission frangipane.org

Ride for Life

Fighting for the rights of the Unborn and encouraging mothers to choose life; that’s the heart behind the Bikers Life Church Warriors 2nd annual Ride for Life. If you’re a Biker please join the group as they ride in support of the Unborn. Meet at 4335 Laurel Street at 9:30 AM and the ride will begin at 10:30 AM. Route maps will be available on site. If you do not have a bike but would like to participate you are welcome to ride along in your car or truck. There will be a pulled pork lunch following the ride. Call 349-0255 for more information.

rfl poster 2016

Really Forgiven

Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth, comforts us with a reminder and a word picture of how complete God’s forgiveness is. It’s easy to mentally assent to that truth, but it’s another thing to believe and be convinced of it in your heart of hearts. Let this truth sink in and buoy you up on your way today.

 

You will again have compassion on us;
    you will hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. {Micah 6:19}

“I walk along a stretch of beach as the sun plays hide-and-seek behind clouds along the horizon. My toe brushes against something and I pause to pick up a piece of driftwood. I run my fingers along the slick edge of its surface worn smooth by time and sand and the pounding of waves.

unrelenting-e1470075700381I wonder who else has touched it. Maybe it was tossed into the water by a carefree child in a pink striped swimsuit. Perhaps a lover threw it in anger after a stroll on the beach turned into a tiff. It might have been swept away before a tail-wagging dog could retrieve it.

I toss it lightly into the surf only to have it come rolling back to me again. I lean back and pretend I’m a baseball pitcher. This doesn’t lead to a better result and may have inspired a few giggles from fellow tourists. At last I give up and surrender it to the sand where it stares up at me each time I revisit this stretch of loveliness.

I think of how God talks about hurling our sins into the sea and I wonder if it’s like this somehow. What if we think they’re gone but when the tide comes in there they are again? It can certainly feel this way in my mind sometimes.

But when I look at the verse where God says this I find I have left out a very important part. It doesn’t just say our sins go into the sea; it says God throws them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).

The deepest part of the ocean is read more

(c) 2016 Holley Gerth Used with permission holleygerth.com

Pride and Humility

There are some people who equate humility with being a doormat. Not so! In Sunday’s message Pastor Ruth discusses the positive kind of pride, the negative kind of pride, and the power of humility. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. We’ve also posted the PowerPoint notes if you’d like to read through them.

ruth’s sermon 8-14-2016

 

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