We’ve pretty much all heard the “reason for the season” phrase. Generally it is used at Christmas time to remind people that we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus’ birthday first and foremost. However, there is another holiday that is so secularized that we forget the literal reason for the season, and that is Easter. Or as many call it, Resurrection season. Jesus is the whole reason for that season. To deny that fact and leave it out of our celebrations denigrates the whole season to nothing more than a pagan holiday. Cute, colorful, fun, but without meaning or purpose. Pastor Shayna helps us turn our attention to the real reason for the upcoming Easter season: Jesus. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.
Congratulations to Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna. They were voted in as the new senior pastors of Joy Christian Center yesterday at JCC’s annual business meeting. They will assume the senior pastor’s role following Pastor Ruth and Pastor Marlan’s final day, April 1, 2018
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Have you ever thought about what it would sound like to hear hundreds of thousands of bones rattling around? Or what it must’ve looked like to see those same bones join together as if by an invisible hand, and while you watch flesh and skin wrap around those bones? Sounds like a fantastical scene from Dr. Who or something, right? Pastor Marlan talked about Ezekiel’s vision recorded in Ezekiel 37 and how it relates to our lives today as Jesus followers. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. There is some dead air at the beginning, so keep listening!
Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin. Don’t forget that next Sunday, February 25th, we’ll be conducting our annual business meeting following the morning service. All JCC members are strongly encouraged to attend. Thanks!
Today’s devotional is a prayer. Let’s agree with these sentiments today and remember those who are hurting today, and ask God to help them as He has countless others.
For the Tough Times: Do It Again, Lord
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. — Matthew 6:9-10
We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, What a horrible dream.
We are sad, Father. And so we come to You. We don’t ask You for help; we beg You for it. We don’t request; we implore. We’ve read the accounts. We’ve pondered the stories, and now we plead, “Do read more
Happy Valentine’s Day! There is no greater love, none that lasts longer, goes further, or gives more than the love of God for us. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from faithgateway.com, highlights this amazing love on this day when we celebrate love.
Oh, the things we do to give gifts to those we love.
But we don’t mind, do we? We would do it all again. Fact is, we do it all again. Every Christmas, every birthday, every so often we find ourselves in foreign territory. Grownups are in toy stores. Dads are in teen stores. Wives are in the hunting department, and husbands are in the purse department.
Not only do we enter unusual places, we do unusual things. We assemble bicycles at midnight. We hide the new tires with mag wheels under the stairs. One fellow I heard about rented a movie theater so he read more
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for our Valentine’s Party. The food was good, the music absolutely excellent, and the fellowship sweet. Thank you to Pastor Ruth, Brenda, Pastor Shayna, Joy, McKenna, and Jada for all the help setting up, and thank you to the Teens, Season, and Pastor Shayna and Jon and Joanna for help serving the food. Special thanks to the Strive for Glory worship team who provided some outstanding music. You really missed it if you weren’t able to make it.
I think pretty much everyone I know has that one closet or drawer that no one, and I mean no one, ventures into, right? All the junk collects in those dark hidey holes and we feel like we would curl up and die if anyone saw into the depths of those places. And if we are honest, we have some of those hiding places in our hearts. King David in the Bible was referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”, yet even he had some dark places that hid some truly dreadful things. The book of Psalms records one of the most dangerous prayers that anyone can pray penned by David. He knew he had bad stuff in his heart that needed to go, so he prayed that God would search his heart. Scary though it might be, if we want to go further in God we, like David, must utter that prayer as well. Pastor Caleb talked about this dangerous kind of praying and the results of praying this prayer in Sunday’s message. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.
Join us for a fun evening celebrating God’s love at 5:30 PM tonight at 4335 Laurel Street!
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There’s an old saying that tells us that anything worth having is going to cost us something. For the Christian having the character and nature of Christ is definitely something worth having, and, yes, it’s not a free ride on easy street to obtain it. Compassion is one of those highly prized attributes that will not be cheaply won. Today’s devotional by Craig Groeschel, reposted from faithgateway.com, explores the cost of compassion for those who would follow Christ and become like Him.
Compassion not only requires action, but it also pays a price and sacrifices something. In Luke 10, Jesus tells a compelling story about a man from Samaria who went out of his way to help a Jewish man. In their culture at that time, these two men would most likely have hated each other. But when the Samaritan found the Jewish man beaten up by the side of the road, he put bandages on him, took him to a hotel, and paid two days’ worth of his wages to the hotel owner to let the man stay there and to take care of him.