Archive | December 2014

Packing Day

The holiday season is coming to a close, and it’s time to pack up all of the outward manifestations of our Christmas festivities and return them to their long winter’s nap. All able bodied JCCers please join us Saturday, January 3rd at 10 AM to undecorate the church building. Any time that you can spare to help is appreciated. We would also like to work on cleaning out the storage room beside the Teen Room, so if all you guys could come on out to help with that it would be marvy.  Thank you!

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New Year Resolution or Revolution?

The old  year is coming to the end of its course and a new one is about to begin. This is the time of year when many of us put pen to paper and make our list of resolutions for the new year. We take off from the starting line with a mad dash when the clock strikes midnight to signal the start of the race for another year. After a fine start we may begin to flag a bit, and by mid year many of our good intentions have been thrown by the wayside as we run our race. Considering the track record for many of us in relation to keeping our New Year resolutions perhaps it isn’t more resolutions that we need but a revolution. A revolution that overthrows old mindsets and behavior patterns. Click on the arrow below to listen to Sunday’s message by Mike Fields and learn how to stage your own New Year’s Revolution.

Here a youtube video of the song at the end of the service

 

Sunday’s bulletin JCC Bulletin 12-28-14

God With Us

Today’s devotional by Roy Lessin reminds us that God is a present reality not just a story from a storybook. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Emmanuel means that God (Deity) came to be with us (Humanity).

God did not come to us as an idea, a concept, a philosophy, or an ideal. He didn’t come as the sun, the moon, or a star. He didn’t come as a statue or an untouchable being. He came to us as a man. He took on human flesh. Jesus Christ is completely God and completely man.

God with us—not in heaven, not out of touch or out of reach, not a phantom, not a shadow, not a legend or a myth; God with us in grace, in truth, in mercy; God with us in human flesh, touchable, seeable, knowable. Love breathing, love giving, love caring, love dying. Walking where we walk, crying our tears, knowing our pain, feeling our grief, bearing our sorrows.

God with us—in the manger, in the temple, on the road, by the well, in the boat, upon the hillside, in the home, at the table; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting those who mourn.; speaking to the multitude and seeking out the individual; with arms extended, with words that beckon, with a voice that calls, “Come unto Me.”

God with us—to believe in, to follow, to proclaim, to seek, to worship, to love, to cherish forever!”

(c) 2014 Roy Lessin used with permission http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2014/12/jesus-name-above-all-names-emmanuel-god-with-us/

Christmas Eve Communion

christmas-eve-service-web-banner-copy1-625x315Joy Christian Center will be offering a come and go Christmas Eve time of communion tomorrow, December 24th from 4PM to 6PM at 4335 Laurel Street. The pastors will be praying with those who attend and serving communion to anyone who wishes to partake. Come and stay as long as you like. Cookies and coffee will be available in the Fellowship Hall following communion.

The Christmas Cast

The Christmas story boasts a large cast of diverse characters from Mary and Joseph to the wicked King Herod. Pastor Ruth brought the cast to life as she told again the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior. Click on the arrow below to listen. You can view the accompanying Power Point by clicking the link. NOTE: you will need to turn your volume up a bit; the recording is a little bit softer than usual.

 

Ruth’s christmas sermon 2014

 

This week’s bulletin JCC Bulletin 12-21-14

Skeptic’s Christmas

Here is a link to a wonderful Bible Gateway devotional that is an excerpt from a book by Lee Strobel. The publisher allowed us to post a link on our blog to the devotional. We hope that  you will take a moment to read through and think about what the author has to say.

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Bright and Morning Star

Tomorrow marks the shortest day of the year. With a collective sigh of relief we light loving creatures round an annual corner and rejoice that the days will now start to get longer and longer. Today’s devotional by Roy Lessin contemplates another “light” name of Jesus to brighten the dark, winter seasons of our lives and bring some Advent hope.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16 NKJV

It’s always exciting to get into an airplane on a dark and cloudy day, and break through the clouds into the bright sunlight that shines above them. Every moment of the day that you soar above the clouds you spend in the sunlight.

Morning-Star (1)Jesus is the sunlight in your day, and He is much more. As the Bright and Morning Star, He bathes the start of your day in brightness.

Sometimes, when I get up in the morning, I sense that a spirit of darkness or heaviness has come upon me during the night. This sense of darkness, whatever the source, does not have to set the tone for my day. Jesus is my reality, and each morning He is my Bright and Morning Star. It is His light that sets the tone for my day, not my troubling dreams, not my feelings, not my temptations, not my moods, not my subconscious mind, and not any spirit of darkness. The Brightness of Jesus’ name means that He makes the beginning of each day magnificently clear and good.

As the Bright and Morning Star, Jesus also brings hope into our day. We were made to hope, to plan, to imagine, and to anticipate certain things. We all need something to look forward to. A sports fan looks forward to the start of the season and carries the expectation that his team will make it to the championship game. Every fan hopes “this is the year” for his team. Sadly, most teams don’t meet the expectations of their fans, but what a thrill it is for those who cheer on their team and watch them carry off the trophy.

Jesus is our hope and our expectation. He is coming one day according to His promise. He will not let us down. He will not disappoint us and fail to meet our expectations of a bright new day and a glorious forever. “

(c) 2014 Roy Lessin Used with Permission http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2014/12/jesus-name-above-all-names-bright-and-morning-star/