Archive | June 2018

Invisible

Invisibility is only a good thing if you’re a superhero trying to bring down the bad guys. If you’re a regular Jane or Joe it’s not so fun. Today we’re featuring two devotionals that speak to a similar issue: feeling invisible. The first devotional, written by Wendy van Eyck and originally posted on ibelieve.com, brings encouragement and hope for those of us who sometimes feel unloved and even invisible. The second devotional, written by Lynn Cowell for Proverbs 31 Ministries on ibelieve.com, provides a way we can encourage others who may be feeling invisible. Thanks for reading with us!

When you feel unseen…

“I get it if today you don’t want to hear that God sees you and has a plan. Even though it’s true, it is the kind of cliché that can mean so little when everyone forgets your birthday, or you have just been passed over for a job you really wanted, or you are heating up another meal for one and feeling like no one even read more

Source: ibelieve.com

Caring for the invisible

“Jesus was garnering notoriety, going about His community spreading the Good News of His Father and performing miracles of healing. As He made His way, Jesus is approached. A person identified by the scales peeling off his skin, he “… knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said.” (Mark 1:40b, NLT) Full of confidence in Jesus, he

source: ibelieve.com

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Doing Things God’s Way

We humans are an opinionated lot sometimes. OK, most of the time. We tend to think we know how a thing should be done, and we push through in our own wisdom to “get ‘er done”. Today’s devotional written by Lysa TerKeurst at Proverbs 31 Ministry shows us a better way. God sees the beginning from the end, and He has more wisdom and understanding than we in our finite minds will ever have. Read with us today!

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“I am a planner. A problem-solver.
So when I bring my struggles to the Lord in prayer, I tend to also bring my carefully thought-out ideas and suggestions He can choose from.
Here’s what I think will work, Lord. I just need read more

source: proverbs31.org

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Sunday’s message kicked off a summer sermon series dealing with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This initial message in the series is an introduction to the gifts. Click on the Sermon page of this blog and then click on the message to listen. Thanks for checking out our Sunday sermons. Go to the Publications page and click on this week’s bulletin to see what’s up at JCC.

God’s Power in Your Weakness

I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty doggone easy to make excuses when I don’t feel like doing something. Today’s devotional by Rebecca Barlow Jordan, however, puts an end to that notion. It’s a very nice kick in the pants to help all of us get loose from the inertia that wants to hold us back.

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“It’s not exactly a Bible promise we like–at least not at first. Who wants to boast of weakness? Power and strength are what enamor us, especially when the task is our idea. When we’re operating in our own strength, who gets the credit? But when God gives power in weakness, who gets the glory?

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Have you ever tried to read more

source: rebeccabarlowjordan.com

From Dragon to Boy

The Chronicles of Narnia series was originally penned as a children’s story. Nevertheless, there are some amazing spiritual truths for all ages tucked in those books. In today’s devotional author Jim Burgen uses the story of Eustace to drive home one of those hidden gems. The devotional is reposted from faithgateway.com. If you find yourself in Eustace’s position, take heart; God is still in the un-dragoning business.

“The story takes place in a magical world called Narnia, and it’s about a boy named Eustace and a few of his friends. Eustace is arrogant, selfish, unfriendly, and generally disliked by almost every other character in the story. During their travels throughout the vast world of Narnia, the children run the ship ashore on a mysterious island. Eustace wanders off by himself and ends up read the rest here

source: faithgateway.com

Characteristics of a Good Father

What does a good father look like? There are many examples of both good and bad dads in scripture. Pastor Caleb brought a message Sunday for Father’s day about the characteristics of a good father using Joseph the husband of Mary as an example. Click on the Sermons page of this blog and click on the message to listen. Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin. Don’t forget to visit our webpage, akjoy.com and check out what’s new.

The Nature of God

The nature of God. Way bigger subject than could be contained in one message – or the work of entire lifetime for that matter. However, Pastor Mike gives some insight into the subject and some scriptures to get you started on your own study. Click on the Sermons page of this blog to listen to the message. This week’s bulletin is posted on the Publications page as always. We’ve changed our format a little bit so it’s easier for folks visiting our webpage to access the weekly sermon without scrolling through all of the other great posts that are on our blog. You should take a minute to hop on over to the new webpage – it’s been redesigned and is more user friendly than ever. akjoy.com