Fasting and Brokenness

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Brokenness isn’t ever a comfortable, easy thing. However, it is necessary for us to be able to grow into all we were created to be in Christ. Fasting is one means to brokenness. We humble ourselves and fast and pray, and God breaks stuff in us and off of us. So, even though it may not be a pleasant experience the pay off is amazing. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Heidi’s message about fasting and brokenness. This is our third week in the 21 day fast. There’s still time to jump in and experience some of the spiritual benefits of fasting and seeking God with us.


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Breaking up the Fallow Ground

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Ground that has not been worked in awhile becomes hard and has to be ploughed up before it can properly absorb moisture and be useful for growing crops. We need to allow God to break up the hardened ground of our hearts so that we can receive what God wants to pour out into us. Pastor Shayna continued the series on fasting and prayer Sunday morning this a message about fasting for breakthrough in our lives. Click on the arrow below to listen. We’re beginning week 2 of our 21 day fast. If you would like to join us please do!


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Moving Forward

You cannot stay where you are if you want to move forward. It may seem like a “duh” statement, but if its so simplistic, then why do many of us continue to do the same things the same way then complain when nothing changes and we don’t make any forward progress? Huh. Maybe we need to think about doing things differently, right? Sunday’s message by Pastor Shayna urges us to begin doing things differently so we can move forward. She suggests that fasting can be a way to help us make those necessary changes. At the end of the message Pastor Shayna asks that the JCC family join Pastor Caleb and her in a 21 day fast to ask God how to move forward in this new season. That call is relevant for each of us, however, regardless of what church family we are a part of. If you need some help getting moving please feel free to join us on this 21 day fast. Whether you do a total fast, fast a meal a day, fast a food group is up to you. Be sure to add in some time with God in prayer while you’re at it. Click on the arrow to listen. Read this week’s bulletin on the Publications page of this blog.

Easter Message

This past Sunday was Pastor Marlan and Pastor Ruth’s last Sunday at Joy Christian Center. Before the message Pastor Marlan brought farewell sentiments to the congregation. He then preached a brief Easter message. This Sunday Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna were informally installed as the new senior pastors of Joy Christian Center. Both messages are included in this post.

Pastor’s final sermon at JCC




Installment service for Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna

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.


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.

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The Reason for the Season

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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