Tag Archive | seeking God

Moving Forward

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.

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Crazy Hunch and a High Hope

There are many article and devotionals devoted to the subject of faith. Some are very scholarly and theological. Others are the tried and true, been-through-the-fire-and-out-the-other-side kind of articles. Today’s devotional from Biblegateway.com by Max Lucado offers a perspective drawn from the experience of a biblical character who persevered in faith and was abundantly rewarded.

 

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“If I can just touch his clothes,” she thinks, “I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28 NCV).

Risky decision. To touch him, she will have to touch the people. If one of them recognizes her … hello rebuke, good-bye cure. But what choice does she have? She has no money, no clout, no friends, no solutions. All she has is a crazy hunch that Jesus can help and a high hope that he will.

Maybe that’s all you have: a crazy hunch and a high hope. You have nothing to give. But you are hurting. And all you have to offer him is your hurt.

Maybe that has kept you from coming to God. Oh, you’ve taken a step or two in his direction. But then you saw the other people around him. They seemed so clean, so neat, so trim and fit in their faith. And when you saw them, they blocked your view of him. So you stepped back.

If that describes you, note carefully, only one person was read more

Source: Biblegateway.com

 

What On Earth Am I Here For?

Today’s devotional may sound like a plug for a book, but it has some good thoughts on finding your purpose that will make you stop and examine your own life to see if you’ve gone about things quite the right way or not. 

 

Editor’s Note: The Olympic Games are underway and earlier this week, swimming star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, made headlines when he opened up about the pain in his life and shared how he was deeply impacted by Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. Watch the ESPN video interview witha href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/what-on-earth-am-i-here-for/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: What On Earth Am I Here For?