Wow! I never heard of someone suggesting that we quit praying. Read on with us and find out why.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!”— Matthew 25:23 One of the defining moments in my prayer life happened a decade ago. I was in a small group with a friend who worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Georgetown University. Jeremy was working on a shoestring budget, and their campus ministry needed a computer. He shareda href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/quit-praying/’ title=’Read more’ …/a
What a week! JCC’s Submerged Day Camp is coming to a close today after a whole week of music and dancing, crafting and teaching, playing and eating. A huge shout out to the team of 20 from Alabama who traveled all the way to Alaska to help us make this Day Camp available to the kids in our community. This team has been going non-stop since they hit the ground last Friday night decorating, shepherding kids, cooking, cleaning, teaching and making it all come together. They even staffed Parents Night Out for us and ministered at Parachutes to the Teens. Thank you! Thank you to the JCC Teens who were here faithfully each day to help out, too. Thank you to Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna for organizing the event and hosting the team.
Today’s devotional encourages us to ask, seek, and knock because God will surely answer. He doesn’t play favorites and invites all to come.
Editors Note: This is an excerpt from 52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables. Bob Welch walks readers through Hugo’s masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely spiritual reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Have you knocked at that one there? – A woman in Digne who takes pity on Valjean In Digne as aa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/knock-door-opened/’ title=’Read more’ …/a
Sunday JCC was delighted to host a missions team from Alabama who traveled all the way to Alaska to help us with our Submerged Day Camp. The team took the service Sunday morning providing worship and a wonderful word from the Word. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Matt’s message on change.
Don’t forget to click on the Publications page to access this week’s bulletin. There’s still plenty of time to sign your kids up for day camp. Come on over to 4335 Laurel Street 8:30 AM and sign ’em up!
Today’s devotional reminds us of the importance of taking charge of what we think by renewing our mind with God’s Word. Let’s take this good advice and apply it to our lives.
Set Your Course The devil is ever so crafty in communicating negative messages. He will do everything in his power to keep us from getting on the right train of thought. He’ll bombard our thoughts because he knows that most people don’t even think about what they are thinking about. He knows they will believea href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/god-healed-mind/’ title=’Read more’ …/a
God not only chooses us for himself—he also chooses us to do his good works on earth. The amazing thing is that throughout Scripture and history it seems God has chosen the most seemingly unlikely and unqualified people to fulfill his plan and purpose on the earth. Most often, the response of those people has been to insist on their own unworthiness. And if they don’t—the people around them may do so, loudly and shrilly. And therein lies a danger: If we allow other people to tell us what we are and are not qualified to do, we will limit what God wants to do with us. We may never get to those who need our help.
What is impossible with people is possible with God. We just have to believe that God has called us to go into the world in his name, and not listen to the crippling or even paralyzing labels and limitations imposed on us by others. Whom God calls, he qualifies—and he chooses everybody to do something specific, something that is part of his design. In fact, the Bible shows us that since the beginning of time, God has chosen the unlikely to do the unimaginable:
God called Moses, who was nearly eighty years old at the time, to tell Pharaoh to free God’s people (Exodus 3–4). But Moses insisted that he was not eloquent and no one would listen to him.
God called Gideon “a mighty warrior,” and told him to save his people, who were being relentlessly ransacked by their enemies (Judges 6–8). But Gideon, who at the time God called him was working in a hidden place because he feared the enemy, couldn’t imagine how God could use a coward to fight for his people.
God called Jeremiah, a teenager, to deliver news to the Jewish people, but Jeremiah feared that, as young as he was, he wouldn’t be taken seriously.
Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah would have missed out on their moment in history if they’d been allowed to get by with those excuses. We wouldn’t even know their names. We know who they were because God refused to accept their excuses and insisted they accept his assignment—and then provided them everything they needed to succeed in it.
Point to Ponder
Are you declining God’s mission for your life because you claim you’re not up to it? Don’t sell yourself short. God qualifies those he calls. Will you prepare your heart to accept your appointment with destiny?”
Kids ages 2 years through 5th grade are invited to dive into our Submerged Day Camp July 25th-29th 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Join us for fun and games with a fun under-the-sea theme. A snack and lunch will be provided. Parents are invited to jump in on the fun on the last day, Friday the 29th at 3:30 PM to enjoy a program put on by the kids showcasing what they’ve learned during the week and snacks afterwards. Teens will be meeting July 26th-29th each evening from 6-8 PM at Parachutes for fun and snacks. Parents are responsible for transporting and picking up their children. These events are free of charge. If you would like more information please call 349-0255.