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Coming Home

We love vacations. We love new experiences, new places. We very much dislike airports but I suppose we have to tolerate them for safety reasons. Some of our fondest memories are eating in Johnson’s Restaurant in Ephraim, Wisconsin where there were goats on the roof. Or Custer State Park in Wyoming where we had to wait for a herd of bison to get out of the road. Trust me; they never get in a hurry. Or Estes Park where we stopped to let a large bull elk cross the road with-in a few feet of people. He ignored them. God is magnificent; He can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to His greatness (Psalm 145:3)

But by far my favorite part of the whole travel experience is coming home to the recognizable sights, smells and sounds of home. There’s something seriously comforting about coming home. The familiar is where we feel safe. After being gone for several days, as soon as we pull in our drive I thank God for a safe trip.

Unfortunately, for many families this isn’t the case. Our homes and families don’t always live up to our hopes and expectations. We’ve come to realize that the idea of a completely functional and perfect family is something of a myth. For too many people, family life is not the safe haven of peace that it was originally intended to be.

So how can we find a sense of peace and security? The Bible speaks about one homecoming that will be extremely joyous. No earthly homecoming can compare with the joy of coming home to God. First John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” If your heart is restless, struggling to find peace in an earthly home, there’s a Father waiting to welcome His children home.

Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Thought for the day: Service is love in action.

Tommy

Do you belong?

Do you feel like you belong? Do you fit in with a special group? Are you lonely? Are you a part of a family? Do you join in with the conversations that go on around you? Do you ever feel rejected by others? In order to feel that you belong, do you need to be told that you are loved? Or appreciated? Or needed? Or important? If you don’t feel like you belong, is there anything you can do to change that? Can you spot a person around you that doesn’t feel like they belong? If you do detect such a person, have you ever asked them if it were true? Do you care if someone feels that way? Have you ever reached out to such a person? How would you reach out to include this person? Can you feel their pain or loneliness? Please think about all this and share with me your thoughts.

Joe

Belong at Joelton

It is a shared desire among us that every person at Joelton will become a follower of Jesus and will seek out his purpose for their lives.  The church at Joelton is a family – a spiritual family of believers who are passionate about their love for Jesus.  Families are not perfect.  But even with all of our shortcomings, we realize that each person here is a precious and loved child of the King.

We belong to God and to each other, and we invite you to share in that same experience with us.

Now you are the body of Christ,

and each one of you is a part of it.

I Corinthians 12:27

Feed the Flock

Following a BBQ meal, the church family had a great time at Joelton’s annual talent show, “Feed the Flock.”  The night of music, skits, and comedy included performances from several adults, teenagers, and children who showcased their God-given talents.  It was certainly an evening full of fun, laughter, and entertainment!  Thank you to everyone who organized this year’s event to make it a huge success!

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