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You Can’t Outrun God

Pretty much anyone who is alive and breathing has been or will be wounded by another person at one point or another in their lives. It’s an ugly, messy, and painful business particularly when the one doing the wounding is one of God’s people. If you’ve been wounded and are tempted to chuck the whole mess and get out of Dodge please take some time to read today’s devotional by Ann Graham Lotz on Faithgateway.com and rethink your current escape plan.

“I know by experience what David knew. Prayer can help heal your hurt. It can take the sting away. One reason is that it can help put your wounding in perspective. When I focus on God and who He is, my wounders don’t seem so intimidating and my hurt somehow becomes smaller.

So may I encourage you? Put the brakes on any runaway mental conversations you may be having with those who have wounded you. If you don’t, and those sharp words careen recklessly across the highway of your healing journey, your wounded heart and life are going to end up as something like splattered roadkill. At the very least, you will  read more

source http://www.faithgateway.com/you-cant-outrun-god/

Redirection

Some people just seem to be able to stay on track and not take as many wrong turns and missteps or make as many poor decisions as others, but we all have done it a time or two. Or three. Or more. Thank God He is able to redeem it all. Todays devotional reminds us that God can do just that and get us safely to our final destination.

 

“A special report on This American Life follows the lives of several people currently living what they unequivocally call “Plan B.” Host Ira Glass expounds his thoughts on an informal poll and a seemingly universal human reality. He asked a room of hundred people to think back to the beginning of adulthood when they were first formulating a plan for their lives. He called it Plan A, “the fate you were sure fate had in store.” He then asked those who were still following this plan to raise their hands. Only one person confessed she was still living Plan A; she was 23 years old.

It seems a trend among us: There is the thing we plan on doing with our lives, and then there’s the thing we end up doing, which becomes our life. Here, Christians often have a nuanced view of Plan A: it is God’s plan they are trying to follow. But there is still very much an initial picture of what this plan, and subsequently our lives, will—or should—look like. God’s best becomes something like a divine Plan A, while any other plan leads the follower to something else.

But akin to the statistics in the room with Mr. Glass, it is likely read more

Source: http://rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/redirection/

Being a Servant

Does the word servant conjure up unpleasant images of overworked, underpaid, drudges slaving away for indifferent, aristocratic employers? People who are looked down upon and treated as non entities ? Granted, that may be an accurate picture some of the time, but what is a servant really? Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Steve Webb to discover the real meaning of being a servant.  Don’t forget to click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin, too!

Why Do You Go To Church?

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.

Uphill

Walking uphill isn’t always fun, but it’s great for building strength and endurance. Walking on a totally flat surface is fine, but the greatest benefit from your exercise will come from the uphill portion of your route.  Today’s devotional reminds us that the same is true in our spiritual life. Yay for the gain from those uphill climbs!

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“John Maxwell says everything worthwhile in this life is uphill. He’s right.

You’re not going to build the spiritual muscle and tenacity you need to end up where you’re going if you take the path of least resistance.

I think we’ve grown so accustomed to having an app do the work for us in so many areas of our lives, that we think building up our character works the same way. But there are no apps for building character or tenacity. There aren’t shortcuts. We have to do the hard work of crucifying our flesh, obeying Jesus and going the distance in our race.

Today, choose to be all that God has created and called you to be by choosing the challenging path and daring adventure of where He wants you to go – even if it’s uphill.”

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

 

(c) 2017 Christine Caine Used with Permission source: christinecaine.com

 

Don’t Give Up

Today’s devotional was written to leaders but is applicable to us all. There are very few – if any – among us who have not been tempted to just give up at times when the way became especially difficult. Hang in there!

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Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. — Hebrews 10:36

“Effective leaders accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never give up. They never buckle under. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition, and overwhelming obstacles, they persevere with determined resolve. They refuse to throw in the towel.

Often, the easiest thing would be to quit. Just give up. Forget about one’s dream and return to the comfort and convenience of read more

source: http://ministrytodaymag.com/leadership/devotionals/19718-don-t-give-up

Lost Luggage

If you have traveled very much you’ve probably experienced a lost bag or two. Today’s devotional takes that unpleasant experience and turns it into a wonderful object lesson for our life journey.

 

“To begin with, I over-packed. I expected to get all sorts of extra projects done in the “spare time” that would magically materialize during the trip. Also, I couldn’t figure out which clothes to take—why is it so hard to come up with read more

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