You cannot stay where you are if you want to move forward. It may seem like a “duh” statement, but if its so simplistic, then why do many of us continue to do the same things the same way then complain when nothing changes and we don’t make any forward progress? Huh. Maybe we need to think about doing things differently, right? Sunday’s message by Pastor Shayna urges us to begin doing things differently so we can move forward. She suggests that fasting can be a way to help us make those necessary changes. At the end of the message Pastor Shayna asks that the JCC family join Pastor Caleb and her in a 21 day fast to ask God how to move forward in this new season. That call is relevant for each of us, however, regardless of what church family we are a part of. If you need some help getting moving please feel free to join us on this 21 day fast. Whether you do a total fast, fast a meal a day, fast a food group is up to you. Be sure to add in some time with God in prayer while you’re at it. Click on the arrow to listen. Read this week’s bulletin on the Publications page of this blog.
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
Sunday JCC was delighted to host a missions team from Alabama who traveled all the way to Alaska to help us with our Submerged Day Camp. The team took the service Sunday morning providing worship and a wonderful word from the Word. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Matt’s message on change.
Don’t forget to click on the Publications page to access this week’s bulletin. There’s still plenty of time to sign your kids up for day camp. Come on over to 4335 Laurel Street 8:30 AM and sign ’em up!
We humans rather like our comfort zones, don’t we? It’s much easier when we don’t have to go through a personal metamorphosis. Today’s devotional, reposted from Rebecca Barlow Jordan, reminds us that change is part of the deal when you sign on to become a Christ Follower, but God’s got a plan and it’s good.
When God Wants Change
We don’t usually add change to our personal agendas. We’d love to write the scripts for our lives; unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. And when God includes the word change, He often means something different than we think.
What Does Change Mean to You?
What does the word “change” mean to you? Most of us, if we admit it, usually think about our circumstances, or those things that can affect us negatively in this world. Things like “government,” “personal health,” “personal finances,” “job,” “family,”or “difficult relationships,” may trigger a desire for some kind of change in our lives.
Everyone and everything else could change. But us? Hmm. That’s not usually my first thought. How about you? No matter what our circumstances, we’re not always interested in God changing us.
Does God Even Care?
It’s not that God doesn’t care about your circumstances. The God who created this world–and your own unique self–loves you so much He sent His own Son, Jesus, to die for you. He does care.
But God knows everything about us: our potential, our strengths, our weaknesses, our past, and our future. He has a plan read more
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