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We are a family trying to follow God's will for our lives.

Unique Perspective

I have a unique perspective…I have the privilege of seeing life as no one else will
ever see it.

Verse: “I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14a)

Prayer: God, help me realize and appreciate the uniqueness of the special “window” which I view life.

Montgomery Bell Outing 2018

Everyone is invited to the ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC…on Sunday, October 21st, at Montgomery Bell State Park “Church Hollow Shelter”. Worship will begin at 10:00 AM. Following our worship we will have lunch together and spend the afternoon in fellowship and activities.

For lunch you are asked to bring finger food or covered dish (with serving pieces), drinks, ice (which you are welcome to get from the ice machine at the building), etc. All paper goods will be provided. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and items for outdoor activities. You are sure to enjoy the day together.

Regular services will be held at the building that Sunday morning, but there will NOT be a PM service at the building.

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Mission

We have received a mission from God for today. We are capable and this mission defines who we are. THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT or urgent. We must not forget nor fail. The future of the world depends on it. Jesus expressed it this way: “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” Make the environment around you tasty! Let your good works be seen by the world! When your mission is accomplished, God will be glorified. Can you think of any better thing to do with your life today? I can’t.

Joe

Fulfillment

Fulfillment in God’s love…We find what we’ve been missing when we let God into our lives.

Verse: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:9, 11)

Prayer: God, Your love for me is unsurpassed, and in it I find what I’ve been looking for.

Time Lab in action

It’s VBS time at Joelton. After the first night of action many questions remain: Will the doc fix “the machine” to become an adult again? Will she successfully write a history paper on the hero of the world? Did the villain indeed just listen to classical music and will he try to cause havoc?

Come and see. Daily through Thursday (July 12th) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Survival Plan

There is a growing movement in the country these past few years called “survivalists”. Participants emphasize storing food, guns and supplies to be able to survive a coming collapse of our country. It reminds me of the fear and hysteria in the weeks before “Y2K”. The apostle Peter, though, gave us a much better survival plan for Christians in 1 Peter 1:13-19:

1. Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

3. Be holy in all you do.

4. If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth, knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Joe

Vacation Bible School 2018 registration

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming soon to Joelton. It will be Sunday (July 8th) through Thursday (July 12th) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily.

In this day and age, it’s vital that we teach our children that the Bible is more than just a dusty book of stories. We need to show them God’s Word connects to every area of our lives and is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

Online registration is now closed.

 

Irony of Prayer

In schools…

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

Its scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

Is all this not ironic?

Joe

Self-Identity

Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? The answer to this question is called your self-identity and our self-identity and is very important. I hope that our congregational self identity might be unified. How we see ourselves probably reflects our sense of unity. Our yearly goal and theme (Belong) surely is connected to our collective self identity. “We are one in the Spirit. We are one in the Lord. And we pray that our unity may one day be restored. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

I would be interested in knowing how each one of us would answer the question, “How do you see yourself?” What would you answer if someone asked you, “Who are you?” Would you write your answer on an index card and put it in a box on my desk?

Joe

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