Archive | April 2015

Coming Your Way

A couple of things coming your way this weekend for you to get in on.

krispy-kreme-fundraising1. The final day for the Teen’s Krispy Kreme summer camp fundraiser. Get a dozen original Krispy Kreme glazed donuts for $13 and help a teen pay their way to summer camp.

 

may ch 20152. It’s coffee time again! Bring a couple of friends and a snack to share and join us for a relaxing evening together listening to some amazing music and sipping your favorite beverage in a peaceful, pleasant atmosphere. Angelique Miller and friend will be bringing the evening’s musical entertainment.

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Publications

Sunday’s bulletin is posted on the “Publications” page of this blog.  You can also find the April/May 2015 Bikers brochure with a current schedule. The May 20th Date Night invitation is there, too. The Sunday sermon will be posted in a couple of weeks since the main posting person is on vacation. Thanks!

Truth

Today’s devotional is re-posted from Francis Frangipane’s blog – good stuff!

Our pursuit is not only to know the heart of God, but to know our own hearts in God’s light. Indeed, as I draw closer to the heart of God, the very fire of His presence begins a deep purging work within me, and in the vastness of His riches, my poverty appears. The psalmist wrote, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully” (Ps. 24:3-4).

We cannot even find the hill of the Lord, much less ascend it, if there is deceit in our heart. How does one serve in God’s holy place if his soul is unclean? It is only the pure in heart who perceive God. To ascend toward God is to walk into a furnace of truth where falsehood is extracted from our souls. To abide in the holy place we must dwell in honesty, even when a lie might seem to save us. Each ascending step upon the hill of God is a thrusting of our souls into greater transparency, a more perfect view into the motives of our hearts.

It is this upward call of God which we pursue. Yet the soul within us is hidden, crouching in fears and darkness, living in a world of untruths and illusions. This is our inner man, the soul God seeks to save. Have you discovered your true self, the inner person whom truth alone can free? Yes, we seek holiness, but true holiness arises from here; it comes as the Spirit of Truth unveils the hidden places in our hearts. Indeed, it is truthfulness that leads to holiness.

God, grant us a zeal for truth that we may stand in Your holy place!

Men everywhere presume they know the “truth,” but they have neither holiness nor power in their lives. Truth must become more than historical doctrine; it must be more than a museum of religious artifacts — mementos from when God once moved. Truth is knowing God’s heart as it was revealed in Christ, and it is knowing our own hearts in the light of God’s grace.

(c) 2015 Francis Frangipane  Used with Permission

Unlike Anyone Else

Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth is an encouragement to be the unique person that you are.

“I walk through my house, thoughts swirling through my mind like the dust bunnies doing dances in front of my vacuum. I think of other women who have cleaner houses. Which leads to thoughts of other women who cook better meals. And that goes on to other women who have cuter outfits, and are better at Twitter, and can make small talk with ease.

I wish I could be like… is the refrain that goes round and round in my mind.

Finally I hit the power button on the vacuum, feeling drained myself.

I whisper a question, “God, why do I feel I need to be like so many other people?”

It seems there is an answer that comes so quiet…

Because the enemy would rather have you be like anyone but Jesus.

As we used to say in Junior High, um, duh. If I’m busy trying to be like Mary, Martha and Margaret then I’m left with no time to be me. Or, more specifically, to let Jesus be who He is through me. Each of us are made in the image of God. That means we’re created to show Him to the world in a way no one else ever has and no one else ever will.

I do that by being who He made me.

And you do that by being you.

So listen, brave friends, let’s decide together that we will stop trying to be like each other.

And instead be conformed to the One whose likeness we’re made in.

I empty the vaccum into a bag, dust and clutter giving way to clean again. I smile because my heart suddenly feels like that, too. Comparison replaced by clarity–about who I am, what I’m called to do, and the God who’s wild enough to choose me for His purposes.

And you.

And you.

And you.

All of us.

Just as we are–and unlike anyone else.”

(c) 2015 Holley Gerth  Used with Permission http://holleygerth.com/like-anyone-else/

The Peace of God

lion lambIt’s important to understand the difference between peace with God and the peace of God. Both are vitally important to have. The first will determine your eternal destination, and the second will help determine what kind of life you have on the way to your eternal destination. Click on the arrow below to listen to Sunday’s message by Mike Fields on the Peace of God.  Thank you to our new sound person Chris who ran the sound and recorded the message this morning.

 

 

 

remember that the bulletin is posted on the publications page of this blog. Stop by and take  a look at what’s up this week at JCC!

This Friday Night at JCC

There’s lots to do tonight at JCC. The Men’s Ministry meets at 6:30 PM at the church building 4335 Laurel Street, and Create and Connect – aka Craft & Chat – also meets tonight at 6:30 PM at the same location. You don’t have regularly attend JCC to participate in these fun events. Just head on over at 6:30 PM tonight and make some new friends or have a night out with some old friends.

Follow Me

Today’s devotional is a repost by Roy Lessin. – Good stuff!

 

“As for you, follow me.” John 21:22 (NLT)

Jesus is your Shepherd. As your Shepherd His call to you is “follow Me.” Following is how you know His will for you as you move through your day.

He does not say to you, “Give me your list of all you have planned today so that I may know how to walk with you and meet your needs.” Also, He does not say to you, “Here is the list that I have prepared for you to walk in today…do the list, one thing at a time, and check things off as you do them.”

As you follow Him, your walk is a walk of faith, not a walk of lists. His will is revealed through your relationship with Him. You will know His will, not as you look around to see where others are going or what they are doing, but as you look to Jesus and see where He is going and what He is doing.

His will is not known or done apart from Him. Follow Him—the work He wants to do through you today is something He may not be leading anyone else to do.”

(c) 2015 Roy Lessin Used with Permission http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2015/04/follow-me-2/