BONUS BLOG I wanted to do a three part series, but there are simply TOO MANY amazing resources I wanted to tell you about.
SO, here’s a bonus post for Prayer resources – enjoy! One of the things I tell the people in my local church constantly is that God wants to hear from us. The bible actually says that the Holy Spirit will HELP us pray. Sometimes we don’t know what to say, or what words to use, or anything – but the bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will literally inter
This is the second in a three part series about how to bring REVIVAL to your faith life. The pandemic made things difficult for us all – but our FAITH WALK IS VITAL TO OUR HEALTH – emotionally, psychologically and even physically there are documented benefits to prioritizing your connection with God. The first step is WORSHIP. Showing up on a Sunday, and carving out time EVERY WEEK to spend with God and with family is crucial to developing a healthy rhythm.
Click here for the Word Doc.. Click here for the PDF.. I Have A Story To Tell – 06.26.2022 [Acts 17] [put the celtic knot on the screen]. This symbol is called triquetra, or more commonly the Celtic Knot. It’s a single unbroken line looped into a symbol that is one line with three distinct, but equal parts. It has been a Christian symbol of the trinity for over a thousand years, dating back to the 8th and 12th centuries in Ireland. It has been a prominent Christian symbol
Click here for the Word Doc.. Click here for the PDF.. How To Be A Good Friend – 06.19.2022 [Proverbs 25] Today’s sermon is the finale to our series on Proverbs – which has been so practical and helpful. BUT today is also Father’s day. So it felt appropriate to open with the greatest dad joke of all time. It’s a classic, so you might have heard it before – but it’s called “Moses and Jesus play golf.” It goes like this. Moses and Jesus are part of a threesome playing golf one
Click here for the Word Doc.. Click here for the PDF.. Powerful Words – 06.12.2022 [Proverbs 12:14-28] Once there was a man working in the produce department at a grocery store – like Beuches. A lady came up and asked if she could by a half a head of lettuce. He replied, “Half a head? Wait, are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that’s how we sell them!” But she was persistent, she said, “you mean that after all the years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me half
Let’s face it – the pandemic was like a wet blanket thrown on the sparks of our lives. Even if we managed to avoid getting sick, or had a mild case when we did catch COVID – the emotional/psychological/spiritual toll has been significant. Whether it was because of the endless shut downs or pandemic related restrictions – a lot of us fell out of some very good habits.
Maybe we stopped working out. Maybe we stopped hanging out with certain friends who used to be such an impo
Click here for the Word Doc.. Click here for the PDF.. The Value of Elbow Grease - 6.05.2022 [Proverbs 10] In the beginning there was nothing. Then the creator God spoke and out of that nothing God created light. Out of the darkness God fabricated our entire universe, the Sun and the stars, the earth – the sky, the land, the water and every single living creature – all brought into existence and held together by his power. The last piece was those made in his image – people.
Updates From Upstairs This is the section of our newsletter where I (Pastor JJ) will try to keep you informed on some of the denominational kerfuffles going on at the district and global levels. These are very important conversations, but do not necessarily affect the day-to-day work of church life. I have two big things I want to talk about today. First, an update on the listening sessions that happened in May. As some of you may have heard, I decided to excuse myself from t
Pastor’s Bookshelf - Welcome to my bookshelf!
Each month I will discuss a recent book that I’ve finished.
*disclaimer; I don’t always have time to sit and read physical books, but I do quite a bit of my reading through audiobooks these days.* This month I’d like to talk about
The Way Of Abundance By Ann Voskamp I want to be very honest up front and admit that this book was a little outside of my comfort zone. I have a lot of respect for Ann Voskamp as a Christian leader an
Newsletter – June, 2022 Greetings from the desk of the Pastor! I feel like I blinked and suddenly summer has arrived. May was jam packed and FULL of celebrations. We are not a huge church, but boy do have we some vibrancy within these walls. As we shift towards summer I, for one, am looking forward to those sunny days and a (slightly) lighter schedule full of enjoying all the good things God has given us. When I was a kid, I remember it was always so hard to focus in school