Qualified

Sometimes we may hesitate to step out in obedience to something God is calling us to do because we honestly don’t feel qualified, and that someone else would be a better choice to get the job done. Other times claiming that we aren’t qualified can be more like an excuse for not being obedient. I’m not qualified therefore I can weasel my way out of this thing I don’t want to do. Today’s devotional blows both of those lines of reasoning out of the water. God is the one who both calls and then qualifies us to follow that call.

 

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Are you more dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More plumber than executive? More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you. read more

Event Updates

Check out our events page for information on upcoming events. Here are a few peeks at recent events at JCC.

JCC was please to welcome Cissy Padgett of Music with a Mission Ministries for a fantastic time of ministry. Cissy preached the word through song and sermon and blessed and encouraged the JCC family.

The Biker’s Life Church participated in this year’s Bike Blessing. It was a beautiful day for the hundreds of bikes and bikers who attended the event held on the Parkstrip at 9th Avenue. You can see more pictures on akjoy.com

 

Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional is a word of encouragement to us all. Each and every one of us will at some point – and probably multiple points – in our lives encounter changes. While change is not necessarily a bad thing it can be a wee bit frightening and sometimes downright uncomfortable. This excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young will comfort your heart wherever you happen to be on your journey, entering into, in the midst of, or on the other side of change.

 

 

I am the Risen One who shines upon you always. You worship a living Deity, not some idolatrous, man-made image. Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with olda href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/not-fear-change-2/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway

Sunday Morning Concert

For all of you who are in the Anchorage area we invite you to head on over to our place at 10:30 AM tomorrow, Sunday, May 7th for an amazing concert. Cissy Padgett of Music with a Mission will be bringing some fantastic music that will bless your socks off during the morning service. For more information call 349-0255.

Forgetful Father

Today’s devotional encourages us to reject the slime of condemnation that the enemy seeks to heap on us into the experiential reality of God’s grace and forgiveness.

 

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“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12 NIV).

“You can’t teach a Bible class with your background.” … “You, a missionary?” … “How dare you ask him to come to church. What if he finds out about the time you fell away?” … “Who are you to offer help?”

The ghost spews waspish words of accusation, deafening your ears to the promises of the cross. And it flaunts your failures in your face, blocking your vision of the Son and leaving you the shadow of a doubt.

Now, honestly. Do you think God sent that ghost? Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said, “I will remember your read more

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Ask Seek Knock – FaithGateway

It may be polite and socially acceptable to not badger someone when they tell you “no”, but it won’t get you very far when it comes to prayer. In the words of today’s devotional “keep pounding the door”.

Editor’s Note: Today is the National Day of Prayer and we would love for you to join other believers all over the United States in praying for our families, our nation, and the world. We’re so thankful for God’s blessings and know that He hears us and responds when we pray. We hope you’ll join us.   Jesus’ story about village neighbors must have provoked smiles and chuckles in his first-century audience. A man opens his door to an unexpected guest late one night – not uncommon in a desert climate that encourages travel after sunset – only to find his pantry a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/ask-seek-knock/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Ask Seek Knock – FaithGateway

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