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.

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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

A Father’s Blessing

In a world where good fathers are in high demand but low supply many of us do not receive a father’s blessing from our earthly father. Receive this devotional prayer laid on the heart of Bill Yount by Father God as your own blessing today. (reposted from charisma.com)

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“When I was a child, my father drank heavily at times for years, and I felt like I could never please him. My father passed away many years ago. One of the last times I saw him in the hospital, I left his bedside and was walking toward the door when I heard my father say, “Bless you, Bill.” It was as though read more

source: charisma.com

Being Still Doesn’t Mean Doing Nothing

There is debate about what our part is and what God’s part is in living out the Christian life. Are we supposed to be passive and let God do everything or do we have a part to play? Today’s devotional, reposted from biblestudytools.com, presents a clear idea of what our part is in the big picture of our lives.

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“I hear people use this verse for the wrong application:

Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

I’ve heard well meaning people use it as an indicator that, because we are on the winning team, we will never face read the rest here

source: bibletools.com