Breaking up the Fallow Ground

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Ground that has not been worked in awhile becomes hard and has to be ploughed up before it can properly absorb moisture and be useful for growing crops. We need to allow God to break up the hardened ground of our hearts so that we can receive what God wants to pour out into us. Pastor Shayna continued the series on fasting and prayer Sunday morning this a message about fasting for breakthrough in our lives. Click on the arrow below to listen. We’re beginning week 2 of our 21 day fast. If you would like to join us please do!

 

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Healthy Regret

There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.

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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we read more

source: biblegateway.com

Stop Building Monuments and Start Becoming a Movement

Monument or movement – what do you want your life to be? A memento of something that was great at one point but no longer is, or do you want to be moving and changing and growing and remain vitally alive? Today’s devotional, reposted from charisma.com, is an eye opening word from God about not remaining in the same place we’ve always been doing the same things we’ve always done. (BTW –  Pastor Shayna brought a great message Sunday morning that goes along with this theme. If you haven’t listened to her message you can scroll down a bit and have a listen.)

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Recently in prayer, I have been discussing this thought with the Lord, “God, what I do, I want to be doing it strong, five years from now and 10 years, 20 years and even 40 years from now.” I don’t ever want to be someone who is doing something great for the Lord and then kind of fade away. I want to leave a legacy for my children, my grandchildren and my spiritual children.

What the Lord has been speaking to me is, “always be a movement and never create a monument.” A monument is something the men build in order to read more

 

Source: charisma.com

Moving Forward

You cannot stay where you are if you want to move forward. It may seem like a “duh” statement, but if its so simplistic, then why do many of us continue to do the same things the same way then complain when nothing changes and we don’t make any forward progress? Huh. Maybe we need to think about doing things differently, right? Sunday’s message by Pastor Shayna urges us to begin doing things differently so we can move forward. She suggests that fasting can be a way to help us make those necessary changes. At the end of the message Pastor Shayna asks that the JCC family join Pastor Caleb and her in a 21 day fast to ask God how to move forward in this new season. That call is relevant for each of us, however, regardless of what church family we are a part of. If you need some help getting moving please feel free to join us on this 21 day fast. Whether you do a total fast, fast a meal a day, fast a food group is up to you. Be sure to add in some time with God in prayer while you’re at it. Click on the arrow to listen. Read this week’s bulletin on the Publications page of this blog.

The Practice of Thinking

Our brains are thinking machines, so it’s imperative that we take charge of our thinker and think good thoughts. It’s not enough to stop thinking negative thoughts, we need to replace the negative thoughts with good ones. While it’s not an easy task, throwing up our hands and giving up on the battle is not an option. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, illustrates what happens when we turn our minds to those things that are good, noble, pure and worthy.

I was on a flight to Toronto beside a woman whose nose was in a book. I hunkered down in the window seat with my Bible and notepad and studied through the flight. We didn’t chat until time to land, at which point she looked over and commented about my studying the Bible. I told her I enjoyed studying the Bible very much. She told me she was the national director of human resources for a large automotive company, and that she had read her Bible in younger years. On one occasion, she said, she had been asked to give a recitation. She had several choices of material, but she had chosen a passage from the Bible, and it had meant a great deal to her at read more

source: faithgateway.com

One Month to Live

We are beginning a new adult Bible study series tonight, April 4th. It is a 6 week class. It’s a wonderful series that can be a life changer. The class is about an hour long from 7-8 PM and will run each Wednesday PM ending May 9th. It is a DVD series and we will watch the video and discuss what we’ve learned. There is a book to go with the series that has a brief daily reading to help internalize the lessons. If you live in the Anchorage area we would love to have you join us.

Easter Message

This past Sunday was Pastor Marlan and Pastor Ruth’s last Sunday at Joy Christian Center. Before the message Pastor Marlan brought farewell sentiments to the congregation. He then preached a brief Easter message. This Sunday Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna were informally installed as the new senior pastors of Joy Christian Center. Both messages are included in this post.

Pastor’s final sermon at JCC

 

 

 

Installment service for Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna