Breaking Through the Roof

Today marks the beginning of our annual VBS. This year we have a team from Tennessee to help us put on our Mega Sports Camp. Some of the members of the team led worship for our AM service, and team leader, Pastor Adam, brought a stirring message about doing that extra thing to make sure that those we care about have a way to come to Jesus. Using the story about the friends of the paralyzed man who broke through the roof of the house where Jesus was teaching in order to get their friend to Jesus, Pastor Adam encouraged the congregation to do whatever it took to get our friends and family to Jesus. Click on the Sermon page to listen to today’s message.

 

If you are in the Anchorage, AK area bring your kids to VBS this coming week. Sign up at akjoy.com/events

 

Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin.

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Activating Your Spiritual Senses

We’ve been doing a sermon series on the Gifts of the Spirit, so today we’re reposting a wonderful article written by James Goll about activating your spiritual senses for Charisma’s online magazine that goes along with our series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

(Photo by David Pisnoy on Unsplash)

“Each of us needs to become a discerner—no matter what our personal background or specific gift or function in the body of Messiah. Although some believers are especially gifted as prophets, every follower of Jesus receives the gifts of revelation and discernment. And every believer needs to use them! In fact, without discernment and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, we cannot read more

source: charismamag.com

Gifts of the Spirit

Pastor Caleb brought the second teaching in the Gifts of the Spirit series last Sunday. He talked about the Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom and their place in our lives today. Click on the Sermon page of this blog and then click on the message to listen. Thanks for tuning in!  The July newsletter is posted on the Publications page.

Game On!

If you live in the Anchorage area and are age 4 years through 6th grade – or you have kids or grandkids that are – it’s time to get your game on. Joy Christian Center is offering a mega sports camp day camp for the kiddos. The daycamp runs from July 9-13 9 AM to 3 PM each day. A snack and lunch are provided. The kids will have a blast doing crafts, playing sport games, singing songs, building character, and learning more about Jesus. Sign up at akjoy.com/events. Call 349-0255 for more information.

God’s Thoughts Toward You

If you’re feeling forgotten today’s devotional written by Rebecca Barlow Jordan and reposted from her blog will remind you of God’s love and care for you. If you don’t feel that way at the moment tuck this gem away for one of those inevitable rainy day or better yet share it with a friend.

rebeccabarlowjordan.com

“How often do you think about God? Early in the morning? At mealtimes? Before bedtime? An hour a day? Once a week? Once a year?

Do you ever wonder if God thinks about you? If so, how often? Once a year? Once a month? After all, He has billions of names to remember. Maybe you’re just read more

source: rebeccabarlowjordan.com

Invisible

Invisibility is only a good thing if you’re a superhero trying to bring down the bad guys. If you’re a regular Jane or Joe it’s not so fun. Today we’re featuring two devotionals that speak to a similar issue: feeling invisible. The first devotional, written by Wendy van Eyck and originally posted on ibelieve.com, brings encouragement and hope for those of us who sometimes feel unloved and even invisible. The second devotional, written by Lynn Cowell for Proverbs 31 Ministries on ibelieve.com, provides a way we can encourage others who may be feeling invisible. Thanks for reading with us!

When you feel unseen…

“I get it if today you don’t want to hear that God sees you and has a plan. Even though it’s true, it is the kind of cliché that can mean so little when everyone forgets your birthday, or you have just been passed over for a job you really wanted, or you are heating up another meal for one and feeling like no one even read more

Source: ibelieve.com

Caring for the invisible

“Jesus was garnering notoriety, going about His community spreading the Good News of His Father and performing miracles of healing. As He made His way, Jesus is approached. A person identified by the scales peeling off his skin, he “… knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said.” (Mark 1:40b, NLT) Full of confidence in Jesus, he

source: ibelieve.com

Doing Things God’s Way

We humans are an opinionated lot sometimes. OK, most of the time. We tend to think we know how a thing should be done, and we push through in our own wisdom to “get ‘er done”. Today’s devotional written by Lysa TerKeurst at Proverbs 31 Ministry shows us a better way. God sees the beginning from the end, and He has more wisdom and understanding than we in our finite minds will ever have. Read with us today!

Photo:proverbs31.org

“I am a planner. A problem-solver.
So when I bring my struggles to the Lord in prayer, I tend to also bring my carefully thought-out ideas and suggestions He can choose from.
Here’s what I think will work, Lord. I just need read more

source: proverbs31.org