Tag Archive | christian life

Breaking up the Fallow Ground

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Ground that has not been worked in awhile becomes hard and has to be ploughed up before it can properly absorb moisture and be useful for growing crops. We need to allow God to break up the hardened ground of our hearts so that we can receive what God wants to pour out into us. Pastor Shayna continued the series on fasting and prayer Sunday morning this a message about fasting for breakthrough in our lives. Click on the arrow below to listen. We’re beginning week 2 of our 21 day fast. If you would like to join us please do!

 

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Healthy Regret

There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.

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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we read more

source: biblegateway.com

Stop Building Monuments and Start Becoming a Movement

Monument or movement – what do you want your life to be? A memento of something that was great at one point but no longer is, or do you want to be moving and changing and growing and remain vitally alive? Today’s devotional, reposted from charisma.com, is an eye opening word from God about not remaining in the same place we’ve always been doing the same things we’ve always done. (BTW –  Pastor Shayna brought a great message Sunday morning that goes along with this theme. If you haven’t listened to her message you can scroll down a bit and have a listen.)

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Recently in prayer, I have been discussing this thought with the Lord, “God, what I do, I want to be doing it strong, five years from now and 10 years, 20 years and even 40 years from now.” I don’t ever want to be someone who is doing something great for the Lord and then kind of fade away. I want to leave a legacy for my children, my grandchildren and my spiritual children.

What the Lord has been speaking to me is, “always be a movement and never create a monument.” A monument is something the men build in order to read more

 

Source: charisma.com

What Are You Looking For?

Most of us have heard the phrase “looking for love in all the wrong places…”. But we humans don’t stop at looking for love in the wrong places, we look for pretty much everything else in the wrong places, too. Today’s devotional by Louie Giglio, reposted from faithgateway.com, tackles that tendency head on and offers us instead the one place we can find all we’re looking for.

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Right now, He’s asking you the same question He asked Peter and the disciples. Jesus is looking at your familiar patterns of living and asking, “How’s that working for you?” He’s not asking for any information from you. He already knows how it’s working out for you. He’s giving you the opportunity to form the words in your heart and mind that affirm the reality of what’s happening. Once we affirm that reality, then God is able to restore us.

As long as we deny our situation and continue to think that what we’re doing is great and fun and satisfying and that we’re running the show, then we’re still read more

 

source: faithgateway.com

The Reason for the Season

We’ve pretty much all heard the “reason for the season” phrase. Generally it is used at Christmas time to remind people that we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus’ birthday first and foremost. However, there is another holiday that is so secularized that we forget the literal reason for the season, and that is Easter. Or as many call it, Resurrection season. Jesus is the whole reason for that season. To deny that fact and leave it out of our celebrations denigrates the whole season to nothing more than a pagan holiday. Cute, colorful, fun, but without meaning or purpose. Pastor Shayna helps us turn our attention to the real reason for the upcoming Easter season: Jesus. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.

 

Congratulations to Pastor Caleb and Pastor Shayna. They were voted in as the new senior pastors of Joy Christian Center yesterday at JCC’s annual business meeting. They will assume the senior pastor’s role following Pastor Ruth and Pastor Marlan’s final day, April 1, 2018

 

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The Cost of Compassion

There’s an old saying that tells us that anything worth having is going to cost us something. For the Christian having the character and nature of Christ is definitely something worth having, and, yes, it’s not a free ride on easy street to obtain it. Compassion is one of those highly prized attributes that will not be cheaply won. Today’s devotional by Craig Groeschel, reposted from faithgateway.com, explores the cost of compassion for those who would follow Christ and become like Him.

Compassion not only requires action, but it also pays a price and sacrifices something. In Luke 10, Jesus tells a compelling story about a man from Samaria who went out of his way to help a Jewish man. In their culture at that time, these two men would most likely have hated each other. But when the Samaritan found the Jewish man beaten up by the side of the road, he put bandages on him, took him to a hotel, and paid two days’ worth of his wages to the hotel owner to let the man stay there and to take care of him.

Who would do read more

source: faithgateway.com

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