There was a popular song when I was a little kid that suggested that love was something there was just too little of in our world. That is true. However, I think that peace – real deep heart-felt peace – is also in short demand these days. Today’s devotional offers the way to find real and lasting peace.
We now know what it means to be a Christian. We know the price that was paid to get these elusive things called peace and happiness. I know men who would write a check for a million dollars if they could find peace. Millions are searching for it. Every time they get close to finding the peace found only in Christ, Satan steers them away. He blinds them. He throws up a smoke screen. He bluffs them. And they miss it! But we Christians have found it! It is ours now forever.
We have found the secret of life.
The word peace has been used often in the last forty or fifty years. We talk about peace, and we have many peace conferences; yet, at the moment, it seems that the world is heading toward anything but peace.
JCC celebrated all the men of JCC from the youngest to the oldest during Sunday’s Fathers’ Day service. Pastor Mike brought a message about being a man of God after the congregation prayed for all of the men who had come forward. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. Don’t forget to click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin.
Happy Father’s Day to all the guys out there! Here is a prayer by Rebecca Barlow Jordan on Crosswalk.com for all the men in our lives.
Bless every father and every grandfather with the best of your spiritual blessings today. Let him know he is not alone in the tasks you have given him to provide for and support those under his care. Show him how much you delight in his work, and affirm the value of whatever You have given him to do—both as a father or grandfather and as a child of Yours. Confirm his worth daily so he has no reason to doubt whether he is loved in the eyes of his Heavenly Father.
Create in him a deep sense of trust in You, knowing that He can count on You to help him lead and protect those dependent on him. Let him know that every unselfish act of love and encouragement he has offered has been a gift that You receive gladly. Show him how effective the prayers of a godly man really are, and what a difference he has and can make to those around him, no matter how big or small the assignment.
When challenging times push him beyond his limits, assure him that You can take Him further into the realm of possible impossibility. Speak deep into his spirit the powerful words he longs to hear from read more
I was stopped at a red light the other day and heard a man on the sidewalk having a very vocal discussion with his friend. He loudly complained that he had had no choice. I have no idea what they were talking about, but let me tell you; there’s always a choice. It may not be a choice we like, but there is always one there. You don’t have to do things that are wrong or sinful regardless of the pressure you may feel to do so – you have a choice. Today’s devotional brings that home in a real way. Let’s choose wisely today.
It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.
In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.
Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I read more
Why do you go to church? What are the reasons that we should have? Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan explores these questions about church attendance plus more. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. There is also a brief interview with one of JCC’s long time members. Don’t forget to click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin.
Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.
Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more
It’s so easy to see the proverbial mote in someone’s eye t hat Jesus talked about and miss seeing the log in our own eye entirely, isn’t it? And we don’t even realize that we’re doing it usually. That’s why it’s called a blind spot; a Mac truck can be hiding there and we’d never even know it. Today’s devotional bids us take a look in the mirror and see the log in our own eye and the Mac truck in our blind spot. It’s a bit painful, but it hurts so good in the end. And it’s much better than being run over by said Mac truck!
“…It is far more difficult, however, to consider how well we play the role of the Pharisee. We have perhaps so villainized the lives of these religious leaders that we consider their self-righteousness as unreachable as the sins of infamous war criminals. Hence, sometimes standing with stones, other times simply putting one’s self in lesser categories of depravity, we can look at the crumpled, errant world around us with an air of disgust. In fact, often no matter one’s profession of belief or practice of faith, we can rally together in circles of righteousness, surrounding those whose lack of whatever virtue we value is far more obvious. We can name their sins publically and consider their humiliation well deserved, perhaps even beneficial for them. And all the while we fail to see our pharisaical similarities, Jesus crouches beside us writing read more