Kindness and Compassion

Most people appreciate it when someone shows them compassion when they goof things up, but it can be difficult to extend the same compassion to others when they make a mess of things. Particularly when what they do adversely affects them. Pastor Marlan’s Sunday message emphasizes the need to treat others with kindness and compassion. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.

 

There are some big changes – really big – coming to Joy Christian Center. Our founding pastors, Ruth and Marlan Schoenleben  announced their resignation Sunday morning. They put forth the Children/Youth pastors, Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna Bialik, as candidates for the ministry team who will take over the reins of JCC. Members will vote on this during the upcoming Annual Business meeting February 25th. Pastor Marlan and Pastor Ruth’s last day will be April 1st, East Sunday of this year. You can click on the arrow below to listen to what the pastors had to say about this upcoming change.

 

Please take time to read this month’s newsletter found on the Publications page of this blog.

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It’s Not Too Late

With all of the craziness of life it’s easy to get sidetracked and wind up in a place that isn’t where you intended to go. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from maxlucado.com, sympathizes with our all too human failing in this area. It doesn’t stop there, though, it shows the way to get our lives back on track. It’s not easy, but it’s not too late to get back where we really want to be.

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When Denalyn and I travel together, she wants to drive. It’s not that she loves the steering wheel, it’s just that she loves to stay on track. My mind tends to wander. My thoughts tend to stray. I may be on a highway, but mentally, I’m in a distant land. Consequently, I miss exits, forget to turn, or stray off course. More than once she has dozed off only to awaken in a strange location. The ensuing conversation goes like this: read more

source: maxlucado.com

Faith or Fear

Today’s devotional, written by James Goll and reposted from Charisma Magazine, brings the concept of faith into a flesh and blood, user friendly, concrete form that we can really get ahold of. As you read on, let’s agree to choose faith and not fear regardless of what may be going on around us.

Activists burn a U.S. flag with posters of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as they protest against the police shootings that led to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 7, 2016. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters )

In today’s global society with violence escalating, rampant shootings, riots, tumultuous economic times, wars and rumors of wars happening on an almost daily basis, we have some basic choices to make.

What guides me? What directs you? Fear or faith? Which way will our nations head?

“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast him out?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you'” (Matt. 17-19-20). Many people live in read more

source: charisma.com

Grace and Mercy

For this Sunday’s message Pastor Ruth taught through the first four Chapters of Ephesians unwrapping the theme of God’s grace and mercy. She talked about the gifts that God has given each one and the importance of running with what God has given you and accomplishing His purposes in us. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin.

Press On

It’s so tempting to get in the habit of looking back more than you look ahead. Today’s devotional by Rebecca McInnis, reposted from Charisma magazine, encourages us to keep our gaze forward. Don’t let the past rob you of your blessings for today.

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As I was preparing for work one morning, I dropped a hand mirror, and it went crashing to the floor. The pieces were everywhere. When I stooped down to pick them up, the phrase “seven years” immediately went through my head.
Now, I’m not a person who believes in luck, good or bad. The phrase probably came to mind because it’s one I’ve heard all my life—”seven years of bad luck.” But instead of finishing it, I heard a still small voice say, “Don’t look back,” then “Press read more

source: Charisma magazine

Ladies Night Out

Ladies, it’s time for another night of food, fun, and fellowship at our monthly Ladies Night Out. Please bring your favorite soup recipe to exchange and enjoy dinner and devotions with us Friday, January 19th at 6:30 PM. Please download and fill out the not-so-secret-sisters exchange page for January and bring it to the get-together along with your favorite soup recipe. The other page provides directions and information for the exchange. We’ll see you tomorrow night!

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Getting Past Our Pain

We can often be our own worst critic. Internally we criticize and chastise ourselves for all the stupid things we’ve done. Today’s devotional by Alli Worthington, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a breath of fresh air to help blow away the condemnation. Let this truth resonate in your heart today: “…we don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle of fear and failure. Failure doesn’t have to be your story.” Alli Worthington

We hold onto the pain of past failures until they become woven into our hearts and minds. But that is not what Jesus has for us. In order to heal from the pain of our past failures and overcome the fear of future failures, we must practice our ABCs: acknowledge our feelings, ban the B’s, and choose to believe Jesus. read more

 

source: faithgateway.com