Archive | January 2017

Are You Hot or Cold?

© Hasan Can Balcioglu | - Tea kettle with boiling water

© Hasan Can Balcioglu | – Tea kettle with boiling water

Have you noticed how quickly your morning cup of coffee or tea grows cold after it has been poured out of the pot? Even a whistle screaming hot tea kettle will not remain hot very long once removed from the heat source. It is the same with our lives. Once we have removed ourselves from our source of power our hearts begin to cool. No matter how screaming hot and on fire for God our hearts are if we do not remain in constant contact with our source we will become cold. Pastor Mike in Sunday’s message urges us to check our spiritual temperature and make sure our hearts stay connected to God. Click on the arrow to listen to this week’s message.



Better Than GPS

I admit it; I am directionally challenged. I use my GPS all the time. Not everyone has as much trouble getting places so they probably don’t need to rely on their GPS as much as some of us. However, might I be so bold as to suggest we all need to trust our spiritual GPS instead of ourselves when it comes to walking out our life journey? Today’s devotional provides some heartening news about the guidance system our Heavenly Father has provided for us. Let’s use it!



Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. — Jeremiah 10:23

I have a GPS on my phone, but I rarely use it. I usually tend to think I know where I’m going, even when I don’t. For the most part, every time I do use the GPS, it’s because I’ve already tried finding something myself but have managed to get lost. When I finally type the destination into my phone, the first question that comes on the screen is this: “Directions from current location?” In other words, “Do you want to start where you are?”

The answer to that question seems obvious enough, right? Of course I want to start from here. I’m not even sure Ia href=’’ title=’Read more’ …/a Source: Better Than GPS

Why We’re Here

Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth’s blog, points us to a purpose and reason for being that transcends our human ideas of worth and value. It both humbles and lifts us up to realize the truth of the simple assertion put forth in this article.


“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
1 Corinthians 8:6, NASB

As the excitement of a new year begins to slip into the ordinary we can find ourselves asking, seeking, “Why am I really here?” Is there more than the Monday morning commute, the Saturday sleep-in, the working and the going and the doing? It can feel big, this life, and we struggle to find our place in it. It can feel small, this life, and we wonder if we matter.

I’ve been thinking perhaps the question we’ve chosen isn’t the one that will give us the answers we really long for most. Let’s dare to ask not “Why am I here?” but “Who am I here for?” The first inquiry seems to hang in the air unanswered but the response to the latter is at read more

(c) 2017 Holley Gerth

Save the Date

Mark you calendars for February 12th at 5:30 PM and plan on joining the JCC family for a Valentine’s celebration country style. Come enjoy a relaxed, come-as-you-are evening of country Gospel music, some down home country style cooking, and fellowship with a great bunch of folks. This is NOT a couples only evening; everyone is welcome.


What’s on Your List Today?

President Trump has a list of things that he wants to accomplish in dt-trainthe first 100 days of his presidency. What about you? What’s on your list to accomplish this year in the next 100 days? What are your goals and dreams? What do you want God to do in your life or through you? Let the question percolate in your spirit as you listen to this week’s message by Pastor Marlan.


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

Are You Fat or Thin?

Last Sunday’s message by Steve Webb asked listeners to think about whether they were fat or thin in the Spirit. Click on the arrow to listen to the message from 1-15-2017

Don’t forget to check the Publications page for the bulletin!


I Am Safe

Today’s devotional is a wonderful encouragement in the face of all of the fears swirling around us in our world today. God indeed is our refuge.



They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid. — Ezekiel 34:28b I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. — John 10:28 By the time he was five years old, my dad had discovered that the world is not safe.

He was the youngest of three children, and his boyhood was traumatic. After his parents divorced, Dad found himself pulled between two dysfunctional homes. In one, alcoholism wreaked havoc. In the other, mental illness and promiscuity. I’ll spare you the details, but trust me, it was nothing a child should ever know.

Somehow he stumbled

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Source: I Am Safe