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What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Today’s devotional reminds us of the comforting fact that God is the one who has the final say. It is He who will reverse the curse, turn the tide, and uses something that was intended for our harm to become something that helps us.

 

 

Joseph Son of Jacob Graduate with honors from the University of Hard Knocks Director of Global Effort to Save Humanity Succeeded How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/what-was-meant-for-evil-god-uses-for-good/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

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

Divine Direction: Stay — Finish Strong – FaithGateway

When times are bad and things get unpleasant it’s tempting to throw in the proverbial towel and hit the road. Although there are times when removing oneself from a negative situation is called for, more often than not God wants us to trust Him and stay put. Think about King David or the Apostle Paul or a myriad of other saints of God who persevered. If they could, by God’s grace, so can you. Today’s devotional offers encouragement to “keep on keeping on” even when the way is painful.

 

 

One day you’re going to come to a fork in the road. And this new direction may look like the perfect route to take. But no matter how appealing it is, God may lead you to stay the course instead. Maybe you’re in college right now. You’ve been thinking, I’m not going to make it.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/divine-direction-stay-finish-strong/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Divine Direction: Stay — Finish Strong – FaithGateway

Don’t Give Up

Today’s devotional was written to leaders but is applicable to us all. There are very few – if any – among us who have not been tempted to just give up at times when the way became especially difficult. Hang in there!

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Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. — Hebrews 10:36

“Effective leaders accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never give up. They never buckle under. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition, and overwhelming obstacles, they persevere with determined resolve. They refuse to throw in the towel.

Often, the easiest thing would be to quit. Just give up. Forget about one’s dream and return to the comfort and convenience of read more

source: http://ministrytodaymag.com/leadership/devotionals/19718-don-t-give-up

No One Else Can Define You

It is surprising the extent to which we consciously or unconsciously allow those around us to define who we are. Kids are especially vulnerable to the words of those around them. Sometimes it’s difficult to hear the “still, small voice” of God’s viewpoint when there are so many louder voices filling the air with a jumble of opinions about who we are. Today’s devotional brings us back to the one opinion that truly matters in the end.

 

 

“I step into a Junior High lunch room that smells like old fries and sticky plastic trays. I scan the scene—the popular kids at one table, bookworms at another, the theater crowd and the athletes and the rebels. Who will look up and invite me over?

Tell me who I am.

My friends and I have crushes and dates and boyfriends. We fix our hair a hundred different ways. Crowd into dressing rooms to try a thousand different outfits. Loop silver and gold through our ears. The doorbell rings and he is holding roses.

Tell me who I am.

I am typing into a small screen and read more

Why We’re Here

Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth’s blog, points us to a purpose and reason for being that transcends our human ideas of worth and value. It both humbles and lifts us up to realize the truth of the simple assertion put forth in this article.

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“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
1 Corinthians 8:6, NASB

As the excitement of a new year begins to slip into the ordinary we can find ourselves asking, seeking, “Why am I really here?” Is there more than the Monday morning commute, the Saturday sleep-in, the working and the going and the doing? It can feel big, this life, and we struggle to find our place in it. It can feel small, this life, and we wonder if we matter.

I’ve been thinking perhaps the question we’ve chosen isn’t the one that will give us the answers we really long for most. Let’s dare to ask not “Why am I here?” but “Who am I here for?” The first inquiry seems to hang in the air unanswered but the response to the latter is at read more

(c) 2017 Holley Gerth http://holleygerth.com/

Sports Camp Sunday

Sunday morning JCCers were treated to worship, testimonies, and a message from our missions team from Iowa who came up to help us with a Sports Camp that JCC  held. Click on the arrow to listen to two testimonies and Pastor Troy’s sermon.

Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin.

If you have kids age 2 through 5th grade there are still two nights – Monday June 13th and Tuesday June 14th – to bring your kids to 4335 Laurel Street at 5:45 PM. Teens will meet at 6 PM at Parachutes. Call 907-349-0255 for more information.

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