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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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Two Processions

There were two types of processions on Palm Sunday. There was Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem, and the procession of the pompous Roman legions that moved constantly throughout the city. In Sunday’s message Steve Webb talked about the two different kinds of processions and what that means to us in our lives. Click on the arrow to listen. Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin

Baptism Sunday I

Sunday, March 19th JCC celebrated with five individuals who were baptized in water.

Sunday Message

Due to technical difficulties we were unable to record this week’s message. Hopefully we will be able to fix the problem and be able to resume our weekly message postings. Please click on the Publications page to read this month’s newsletter – it’s full of events, devotionals, and all kinds us good information. Thanks for reading out blog!