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Thank you

The principal of a local school wants to thank the church for the prayer rally held at the school last week. He said that without a doubt this was the best first week he has had in his 8 years as principal at the school.

Prayer works! Praise God!

Change

If we wanted to change our nation, our families, our health, where should we begin? Should we begin by changing our laws, our political leaders, our military or our elected leaders? Remember that all change will need to be voluntary and it must begin with ourselves. To be practical, we will need to identify what needs to be changed. What do we need to change? What do I need to change? I will discover what I need to change by comparing my life to God’s word. If you know something that I need to change, I would appreciate it if you would let me know the answer.

Joe

Ready? Set? Sign up!

Are you ready for the incredible race around the world? Do you want to see God’s love for the nations? Let’s discover it together at VBS at Joelton. VBS this year is July 14th through 18th nightly from 6:00 – 8:45 pm. Classes are for 2 year olds through 8th grade. Nursery and adult classes are also available. Click here to register (registration closed).

We can’t wait to race together with you!

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.

Three things

There are three things God has never seen:

1. A person that has not sinned

2. A sinner He does not love

3. A sinner He cannot save

Voice of condemnation awakens us as well: “You aren’t good enough” “You’ll never improve” “You failed – again”

These are the voices in our world. They are also the voices in our heads. Who is this morality patrolman who issues a citation at every stumble? Who reminds us of every mistake? Does he ever shut up? Satan never shuts up. The apostle John calls him the Accuser. In fact he makes a career out of accusing. Unlike the Holy Spirit, Satan’s condemnation brings no repentance or resolve, only regret. Christ offers unending intercession on your behalf. He trumps the devil’s guilt with words of grace that leaves Satan speechless.

“…the kindness of God is meant to lead us to repentance.” (Romans 2:4b). Let’s listen to God’s voice.

Joe

Possible God

If nothing changes, invent.

When it does change, try to understand.

If life gets difficult, face it,

And when things get easy, give thanks.

If sorrow surrounds you, rejoice

When you become happy, share it with others,

And when the sorrow begins again, believe in God’s promises.

Believe that you can do all things.

All things are possible.

All things are possible by love and by the faith you have in God.

 

“Lord please bless us and keep us”

Joe

Why Are You Here?

LAST WEEK’S SERMON AND LIFE GROUP PROVOKED SOME GOOD QUESTIONS: “WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE?” OR “WHY ARE YOU HERE?”

On one hand, individually, the answer may vary from person to person according to their profession, family situation, age, sex, etc. On the other hand, there is one single answer for all of us. In this case, the question becomes “What is the meaning of life?” or “Why are we here?” “Why did God create us as human beings?”

No matter who we are, we need to understand the meaning of life. Philosophers have searched for the answer to this question for centuries and most of the answers are not only inaccurate but also too complicated for a common person to even understand. Until we understand what it is all about, we won’t really appreciate how everything in our lives has purpose behind it. I believe there is an answer that is so simple that even a child can understand it: Consider the little earthworm.

As earthworms tunnel through the soil, they ingest the soil and digest any organic matter in it. They create fertilizer and aerate the soil which helps the plants to grow.

What is the meaning of life for an earthworm? Why do they exist? What is the purpose of their existence? Why did God create them and place them on this planet? The answer to these questions can help show the meaning of life for us!

  • Why did God create earthworms? To enrich and improve the soil. To help plants to grow.
  • Why does God want good soil? So plants will grow
  • Why does God want plants to grow? To provide food for us.
  • Why does God want us to eat? So we will live and survive.
  • Why does God want us to live and survive? So we will have the opportunity to come to know and love him?
  • Why does God want us to know and love him? So we will decide to be a part of his family.

Here we arrive at an understanding of the meaning of life. God wants a large family, with many children to love and be with. The Holy Scriptures state it this way in the book of Hebrews 2:9 & 10:

“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, IN BRINGING MANY SONS TO GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

There it is. God’s purpose for creating human beings is that He wants a large family of many sons (children) with Him in glory.

1 John 3:1-3:

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. I  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

The Bible’s one message: God loves you. Whoever you are, whatever you are facing in your life, Whatever is going through your mind right this minute, The great God of this universe – our Creator – loves you.

You may be young or old, male or female, black or white, college professor or illiterate, rich or poor – God loves you. You may have it all together or your life may be a total wreck – God loves you.

You may know who you are and where you are going or you may be lost in a fast paced society – God loves you. You may be strong and faithful or you may have fallen flat on you face in public disgrace – God loves you.

God, our Creator wants you to be His child.

Joe

Deepen Your Relationship With God

Deepen your relationship with God, and then share with one other person. Take five or ten minutes now to meditate, say a prayer, take some deep breaths and let this verse wash over you.

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and focus your thoughts on the person of Jesus Christ. Don’t think about his invitation in the verse. Don’t even think about how tired you are or how he promises rest. Think about Jesus’ gentleness and humility. He has all power in his hands. He hates your sin, so much so that he died to break its power over your life. And you keep tripping up and stumbling, but instead of punishment or disgust, Jesus receives you with open arms. That is meekness. Jesus is the definition of gentleness. Spend time in the gentle presence of the Lord. Feel the beauty of his gentle spirit.

Joseph McKinney

Imagine God

Hi there, Joseph McKinney Jr. here. For the past six months I have been making daily devotionals for the church in João Pessoa. I want to share some of the thoughts with you.

The purpose is to take five or ten minutes to meditate, deepening your relationship with God and then share with one other person, thus deepening your relationship with a brother or sister in Christ. So say a prayer, take some deep breaths and let this verse wash over you.

Colossians 1:15 – “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”

Have you ever tried to imagine what God is like? Did you imagine an old man, a ball of light or a cloud? It is impossible to imagine God, not because He is all powerful or so immense, but because He is Spirit. He is invisible. God wanted to reveal Himself in a way we could see Him.

Now imagine Jesus, a man with a physical body like ours, but with the character, love, and justice of God. Look to Jesus and you are seeing God. And when people look at you, guess who they should see.

Jesus is the bridge between God and us, and we are the bridge between Jesus and other people.

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