Archive | January 2014

Bless Their Socks…On

When someone really makes your day it’s common to use the phrase “they blessed my socks off”. JCC’s Sock-it-to-Me ministry is in the business, however, of making people’s day by blessing people’s socks on. Each year the ministry collects warm, new socks to distribute to those in our community that are in need of some warm footwear. This year’s collection began mid January and will finish up February 23rd. If  you would like to donate to this effort please drop your donation by the church building, 4335 Laurel Street,  Sunday mornings. If you are unable to make the service at 10:30 AM you may call 349-0255 or email info@akjoy.com and set up a time to drop off your gift. We also accept warm hats, scarves, and gloves.  Thank you for blessing someone’s socks…on…this winter.

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Gone Fishing

fishingAlaska is famous for all of the prizewinning fish that can be had by the skilled anglers that flock to riverbanks, lake shores, and those willing to sail out into the deep. Pastor Marlan reminded us that no fisherman (or woman) worth their salt who was in earnest about catching one of those legendary fish waits for the fish to come to them. No, those wily fisher folk make their way to where they know the fish hang out. Braving dangers, inconvenience, cold and wet, taking days off work, these intrepid souls let nothing hinder them from their objective. Jesus called us to be fisher folk. If that be the case, and that’s what we are, can we do any less than these hardy, determined fishers of fish? Listen to today’s message and ask God how you can be a prizewinning fisher of men. When all  is said and done you may not have a trophy to hang on your wall , but you will have a reward in heaven that will make it all worthwhile.

Make sure to read through this week’s bulletin and take note of all of the upcoming events.

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Superbowl Party

Picture2All of you football enthusiasts are invited to join the JCC family for a Superbowl party next Sunday, February 2nd at 1:45 PM. Come and enjoy some game day fare and watch the big game with us. For more information contact 349-0255 or info@akjoy.com

A Temporary Move

Due to bad weather and nasty road conditions last week we postponed the Create & Connect until this week. So all you crafters gather up your supplies and join us tomorrow evening, Friday, January 24th at 6:30 PM at JCC. Whether you knit, crochet, draw, paint, or color in coloring books you are welcome to join us.

Try Our Tasty New Holiday Blend

Nopluau 5e, it’s not a new kind of food or new kind of coffee. JCC is blending the February Coffeehouse and the annual Valentine Banquet into a tasty Island Luau celebration just for you. Save the date and plan to join us for the fun. This is not a couples only event; everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the evening. As always, we will have live music and a self serve coffee bar, in addition to an amazing Island feast that will treat your taste buds.

Sunday, February 9th at 5:00 PM
Joy Christian Center 4335 Laurel Street

If you  have any questions, need directions or a ride, or would like a copy of the invitation you can contact
349-0255 or info@akjoy.com and we’ll help you out.

NOTE: We will NOT have coffeehouse on the usual 1st Sunday of February, we will gather on the 9th instead. We will return to the regular schedule for the coffeehouse in March.

A Society of Redeemers

This article by Francis Frangipane encourages us to not just endure until the Rapture, but to redeem the world around us while we wait. By God’s grace and power we can do it!

“Before we discuss a number of ways we can develop our powers of discernment, let us acknowledge that our world is under a great, multidimensional assault. Hell is advancing and its goal is to swallow civilizations in darkness. I’ve seen the demonic legions, strident in their rebellion, shaking their fists toward Heaven as they lay claim to our open and foolishly naive cultures.

I have even known, on a rare occasion or two, the intimidation of the Prince of Darkness. I’ve felt the weight of his confidence as he gloats at how unprepared the church is — how divided and carnal. Satan does not doubt he will fulfill his intention to rule this world.

However, Jesus declared plainly that, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). No word spoken by God can return to Him void; every word spoken by the Almighty will accomplish its divinely appointed purpose (Isa. 55:11). Thus, the immutable Word declares it will be the kingdom of the Most High that expands worldwide, not the kingdom of darkness. As it is written of God’s kingdom, “There will be no end to [its] increase” (Isa. 9:7).

Again, God’s Word says that “in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains … and all the nations will stream to it” (Isa. 2:2). Yes, even as I see darkness spreading, advancing and covering the earth, and deep darkness covering the people, I remain encouraged. For it is in this very context that the Spirit assures us: “But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you” (Isa. 60:2). As a result, the Most High pledges that “nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising!” (Isa. 60:3).

And yes, we know the world will enter the period of the Antichrist, the Rapture and the tribulation. Yet rage as he will, even Satan will ultimately realize his defeat. The prince of darkness will bow his knee and with his tongue acknowledge that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11; Rom. 14:11).

Therefore let us not surrender to fear or unbelief. If Satan has legions of demons, God has an army of redeemers. In truth, as each of us matures, we must stop thinking of ourselves merely as “church people”and more as a society of redeemers, for that is what we become as we are conformed to the heart of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-29).

Transforming Our Anger
Yes, there are times when I feel completely outraged by what the devil is doing to people, especially children. I burn inwardly with anger at the injustice and heartache I see in the world. But I know that my anger, by itself, cannot attain the righteousness of God (James 1:20). I must gather my passions and submit them to the Holy Spirit that they may regenerate into a redemptive response, even one that empowers my conformity to Christ.

I know many believe redemption on a citywide or larger scale is not possible in our day — that all that awaits us is the Rapture. Let us not minimize the great hope promised by God in the rapture of the church! If the Rapture happens today, I will certainly be prepared.

But what if it does not occur for another twenty years or more? I don’t want to be found looking up at the skies when there remains a great work to be done on earth.

Therefore, let’s arm ourselves with discernment and wisdom, and reach in faith to possess the mind of Christ. Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14). The world has seen Christianity; let us now reveal Christ as He manifests Himself through a society of redeemers. ”

(c) 2014 Francis Frangipane used with permission http://francisfrangipanemessages.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-society-of-redeemers.html

Taking a Walk

In this week’s message Pastor Marlan encouraged the congregation to walk as Jesus did. The disciples left everything when the call came to follow Jesus. They walked where Jesus walked and walked as He did while He was on earth. The same call to follow comes to us today. Let’s leave the temporal, earthly pursuits and follow Jesus’ footsteps. Click the arrow to listen to the message. Sunday’s bulletin is also posted here, and you can click on the link to view it.

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