Archive | March 2018

When Your World Turns Against You

I don’t think there’s anyone alive that hasn’t felt the pain of a betrayal at some point in their life. For most of us, though, that betrayal, however painful it might have been, didn’t end in our death. Jesus knew ahead of time that the betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane would prove to be fatal, but he went forward to greet Judas just the same. He also knew that not only Judas would betray him, but everyone else as well. How’s that for the ultimate betrayal? Everyone abandoned Jesus that night. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, gives a glimpse into that final betrayal and Jesus’ response to it.

Get up, we must go. Look, here comes the man who has turned against Me.


The words were spoken to Judas. But they could have been spoken to anyone. They could have been spoken to John, to Peter, to James. They could have been spoken to Thomas, to Andrew, to Nathanael. They could have been spoken to the Roman soldiers, to the Jewish leaders. They could have been spoken to Pilate, to Herod, to Caiaphas. They could have been spoken to every person who praised Him last Sunday but abandoned Him tonight.

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Source: faithgateway.com 

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Weekend Services

For all of you who will be in the Anchorage area this weekend, we invite you to come celebrate the Resurrection/Easter weekend with us. Our Good Friday service will be held Friday, March 30th at 7 PM, and our Resurrection/Easter Sunday service will be at 10:30 AM Sunday, April 1st. We apologize for the incorrect information on the Good Friday picture: the time has been changed to 7 PM this Friday

In Times of Sorrow

Every human being who is currently residing in this fallen world, who ever has been alive, or who ever will be born in the future has or will experience grief. Holy week, the week preceding Resurrection/Easter Sunday, is a week of triumph comingled with a heavy dose of grief. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a message of hope and comfort for those experiencing a time of grieving.

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. — Psalm 62:8 NKJV

Trust in Me at all times.

I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling, and I want you to pour out your heart in My Presence. You need to release all read more

source: faithgateway.com

 

Palm Sunday

Pastor Marlan brought a wonderful Palm Sunday message Sunday morning. The congregation prayed for Pastor Marlan and Pastor Ruth following the message, and then celebrated their ministry at JCC with a farewell lunch. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

Families

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The family is one of God’s initial creations, and they are important to Him. They are also important to JCC. Pastor Caleb brought a wonderful message about the value of families and how we can help strengthen the family unit Sunday morning. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

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

Complaining and Miracles

We all want God to do amazing, miraculous, mind-blowing things for us. Too often, however, we find ourselves complaining about the miracles that God has already done for us instead of being thankful for them. Today’s devotional, written by Mark Batterson and reposted from faithgateway.com, urges us to be aware of and thankful for all of those miracles we’ve already experienced, and to take that big step of faith necessary to see the next thing God wants to do.

“I love miracles, and I love food, so I really love food miracles.

And while there are multiple food miracles in Scripture, the day God provided quail meat in the middle of nowhere may rank as the most amazing. When the Israelites exited Egypt, a quailstorm was definitely not in the forecast.

The people of Israel also began to complain, “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see read more

 

source: Devotionals Daily at faithgateway.com

Coping with Contradictions

What do you tell someone who scoffs at your faith because they believe that the Bible contains too many contradictions? Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from faithgateway.com, provides some practical answers to help us answer those who are skeptical about Christianity.

Editor’s Note: In this excerpt of The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel is having a theological debate with Norman Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a fantastic discussion to share with a friend who is seeking to know the truth today!

When I asked about alleged contradictions in the Bible, Geisler leaned back in his chair and smiled. It was an issue he had spent a lifetime studying.

“I’ve made a hobby of collecting alleged discrepancies, inaccuracies, and conflicting statements in the Bible,” he said. “I have a list of about eight hundred of them. A few years ago I coauthored a book called When Critics Ask, which devotes nearly six hundred pages to setting the record read more

 

source: Devotions Daily at faithgateway.com