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Persevere

There was a time in Israel’s history when they were surrounded by nations who wanted to destroy them and it seemed that they might succeed. Israel cried out to Jehovah: “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” The Psalmist listed the nations who formed an alliance to exterminate Israel: “Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre, and even Assyria joined them.” Ten nations, none of which you will see on a modern day map. Which nation can be found? Only the name Israel! (Psalm 82:17). Why would we ever imagine that God does not hear when His people go to Him in prayer? Let all the nations know that you, whose name is the LORD — that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. Let us also know that “the effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much” (James 5:16).

Let us persevere in prayer,

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

Youth Ministry:

JYM Spring Retreat 2017:

       Recently our youth ministry participated in a Spring Retreat with three other youth groups (White House Church of Christ, Main Street Church of Christ, and Lafayette Church of Christ). The theme for the retreat was “Mayhem.” We were playing off the AllState Insurance Company’s point that “Mayhem is everywhere.” We began the weekend by addressing the fact that inevitably there will be storms in each of our lives. Then we talked about how we can prepare ourselves for those storms, and we emphasized the importance of having a firm foundation in God.

       The students participated in a couple of object lessons that emphasized that we need each other to get through the storms of life. In the first object lesson the students got into pairs, and one student was blindfolded, so they could not see. The other student had his/her hands tied behind their back, so they could not use their hands. They had to walk up the hill to the mess hall to eat lunch this way. They had to completely rely on each other to move around and to eat. Once again, the lesson was that we need each other when the storms come.

       The second object lesson was a prayer walk at night. The students were divided into small groups, according to their age and gender. Each group had to carry a cross that weighed up to 110 pounds, similar to what Jesus had to carry when he was on his way to be crucified. The cross was heavy, and the students needed each other to help carry it all the way across the camp. The lesson was very humbling, and it emphasized once again how much we need each other during the storms of life.

       I believe each of the students had a great time, and I believe they learned valuable lessons about preparing for the storms of life. I hope they remember to grow their roots near God, our only true source of life, and I hope they build a firm foundation in Him so that they will stand strong when the storms come!

Youth Area Wide Fellowship

Recently the Joelton Youth Group has gotten together with a few other youth groups in the area. Different congregations have hosted these events and this past Sunday it was time to meet at Joelton. We had a great time with praising God, sweet fellowship, tasty food, and playing games. Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who made this evening a success.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:5 & 6

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