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By admin on 3/6/2014 2:38 PM
Have you seen the 2014 Kia Soul commercial? The one w the pudgy hamsters working out? It’s great! And it’s set to Lady Gaga’s song, “Applause,” which has amazing energy and beat to it. I live for the applause, applause, applause I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me The applause, applause, applause Yeah, you can hear it now. It gets you singing along, tapping to the beat. It may even get you a bit pumped up. It has that effect on me at least. It’s a catchy tune, sticking in your head long after it’s been played. Something else that has stuck in my head regarding this song tho is the question, “What happens when the applause ends?” I’m not a famous celebrity singer; I don’t live for the applause of a crowd. But I may find myself living for the affirmation of the crowd. There are certainly plenty of things I do, even placing my identity and happiness on, where I have to ask myself “Is this what I’m living for?” Some...
By admin on 2/24/2014 12:33 PM
2/24/14

 According to JC

    The words were shocking to me. I was not prepared to hear the doctors’ diagnosis. Although this occurred many years ago, I can still recall the day vividly. During that particular period of time I was clearly in a funk. I was struggling mentally, emotionally and physically. Most of the people who knew me would testify that I was not myself. The physical symptoms were persistent but not severe: occasional chest and arm pain along with an overall feeling of fatigue. My wife finally convinced to make an appointment with our family doctor and get to the bottom of the problem.

    My first visit with him confirmed my suspicions that there was nothing wrong with me. However, that’s when he laid the bombshell on me. “Jim, your problem is pretty simple. All your present struggles are related to the same root: you don’t know how to rest.” Immediately, in my heart, I bore witness to the truth of that statement. In all my years of ministry I had never failed to take my weekly day off and I did my best to arrange a mid-afternoon nap on Sundays. Still, this assessment of my well-being went way beyond days off and naps taken. This was a fundamental failure on my part to understand and honor the Sabbath principle.

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By admin on 2/7/2014 11:42 AM
I grew up next to an elementary school so my siblings and I were always playing there. Whether it was riding bikes down the long driveway and around the parking lots, hitting tennis balls against the back wall, using the fields for football and baseball, playing on the playgrounds or under the huge Willow tree in the back, we used that school like it was our own backyard.

I remember coming home one summer night after playing on the school grounds. I don’t remember what I had been doing, but I do remember being THIRSTY! I picked a can of Coke to quench my thirst. I remember downing that Coke so fast. But I was still thirsty. I grabbed another can and downed that one too. It didn’t work. I was still thirsty.

I know now that Coke will not quench my thirst. Nor will Kool-aide, which I probably moved on to next. Whether I didn't want water, didn’t like water or simply thought any liquid in general would quench my thirst, I do not know. But I know now. When I’m thirsty, nothing is going...
By admin on 1/21/2014 5:18 PM


“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,  Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.



Acts 2: 17



  Dreams have always played a significant role in Scripture. While God used them repeatedly throughout the Old Testament, they are no less meaningful in the New Testament. In fact, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to us is the power to dream. The above Scripture is a quote from the prophet Joel. He spoke of a day when God’s Spirit would be poured out on all flesh and the Day of Pentecost signaled the arrival of that promise.



   The last days in this Scripture is referring to the period of time after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are living in the days of God’s Spirit being poured out on all flesh. Notice what happens as a result: there is prophecy, there are dreams and there are visions. This is not reserved...
By admin on 1/16/2014 2:04 PM
Last week, I had 2 separate conversations where the same topic came up: are we understanding what we sing?

 

My first conversation dealt with a line from the song Cornerstone.

 

When darkness seems to hide His face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.

 

This particular individual said they were having a hard time grasping the line, “My anchor holds within the veil.” Their mind couldn’t get past the fact that the veil had been torn when Jesus died. So how could it be an anchor?

 

Good thought. Good question. Sadly enough, I’d never even thought about this line. I’ve sung the song tons of times and had no clue what that line meant. But I kept on singing, thinking nothing of it.

 

Once the question was posed, I did some research on the song. Could the author have written something simply because...
By admin on 12/20/2013 4:19 PM
How I love this scene from my favorite Christmas cartoon.

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.

He then proceeds to quote Luke 2:8-14.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Linus: That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.

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By admin on 12/18/2013 6:16 PM
12/ 14/13

According to JC



    There is an old story about a church that needed renovation. The pastor proposed to paint the sanctuary and to add a chandelier. A church member voiced his objection. “A chandelier is too expensive, no one here can play one and what we need is light!" How true that is. Forget the chandelier, we need some real light.

    Without light we cannot see and will remain in darkness. This is the condition of the world around us. Unfortunately, people adjust to the dark and live their lives as though that was the norm. The remedy for darkness is actually quite simple. “What we need is light.”

    Light travels at 186,000 miles a second. It comes suddenly and it comes powerfully and with it comes vision. The dangers that lurk all around us are easily avoided when we have light. When we have light we are able to walk through “the valley of the shadow of death.” We fear no evil because in His light we see light (Psalm 36:9).

     John the Baptist was...
By admin on 12/18/2013 2:23 PM
This morning the simple words “Come and behold Him” from the Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” have been playing on repeat in my head. That’s it. Just “Come and behold Him” over and over and over.

What a great reminder! “Come and behold Him.”

Come and gaze on Him. Come and look upon Him. Come and observe Him.

Come and behold who? Come and behold what? 

Come and behold Jesus.

When we behold Jesus, this is Who we are setting our sights upon:

•   The Son of Righteousness

•   The Prince of Peace

•   The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending

•   The Anointed One

•   The Bread of Life

•   The Author of Salvation

•   The Savior

•   The Word made flesh

•   The Lamb of God

•   The Comforter

•   The Chief Cornerstone

•   The Deliverer

•   The Everlasting Father

•   The Great I AM

•   The Holy One of Israel

•   The Light of the World

•   The Messiah

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By admin on 11/27/2013 1:26 PM
This morning the Today Show talked about a program called Kind Kids. I didn’t catch the full segment, but they spotlighted 4 kids who are in the running to win some award due to their kindness. The kids ranged from 5 to 8 years old.

Kind kid #1 goes to a nursing home regularly to sing and read to the residents, as well as serve them lunch.

Kind kid #2 gives her birthday gifts to sick children every year. She will be raising money around her birthday this year to send one sick kid to a special summer camp.

Kind kid #3 began having his mom stop the car so he could pick up litter whenever he saw it around town. Now his community volunteers with him once a month to keep the town clean.

Kind kid #4 makes gift boxes for children whose siblings are sick. She wants them to feel special too.

These stories were inspiring and warmed the heart. I love stories like these because it reminds me of the good in the world. Too often we focus on the negative, spending our time complaining about...
By admin on 11/22/2013 10:52 AM
Have you ever found a penny, nickel or dime on the ground as you are walking along? Pennies are never worth bending over for. Most of the time, neither are nickels. Dimes will usually attract my attention and cause me to stop and stoop. Quarters are for sure worth the bending over inconvenience.

Or so I thought.

I was out running last week and there was a quarter on the ground. To pick it up or not pick it up? To break my stride or not break my stride? Such a dilemma I faced. Was a quarter really worth breaking my stride for? Stopping my run, bending over, then having to get myself back going again? Probably not. But it was a quarter. I mean, if it were a penny, nickel or dime, the answer would be no way! But a quarter? A whole 25 cents?

I assessed in those few seconds I had that the quarter was not worth the inconvenience. It wasn’t worth breaking stride for. I kept running and left the quarter right where I saw it, for someone else to discover and enjoy the riches of. That is, if they were...
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