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Praises and Prayers

As we continue to study prayer in our Sunday morning services, it is imperative that we “practice what we preach.”  So far we have looked at how to pray with a bold heart and how to pray with a loving heart. In short, we should be confident in our prayers because we KNOW that God will hear the prayer of the righteous and we should pray compassionately knowing that God has commanded us to LOVE one another.  Our prayers are POWERFUL because, rightly done, they invoke the most powerful force in the universe, our Creator God.  I challenge you to pray with joy and great faith having full assurance that your prayers are pleasing to God.  Praise Him and do everything for His glory!

-Pastor Dave Jones

A Lifestyle of Prayer

This Sunday I will begin a new sermon series on powerful praying. Many of us have seen first-hand a “miracle” cure or deliverance as an answer to prayer.  I  want all of us to embrace the power of prayer and to learn to use this tool as the direct link to tapping into the power which God promised all His children.  The power of prayer WILL change lives – both yours and others.  Come join me this Sunday as we learn to pray boldly and kick off this study by observing Holy Communion.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praise and Prayers

An Alaskan summer brings us so much for which to be grateful!  The long days of light and magnificent scenery refreshes our souls and lifts our spirits.  As we enjoy this beautiful blessing, let us always remember to give thanks to the Creator from Whom all blessings flow!

-Pastor Dave Jones

Acts of Obedience

I truly hope you are able to join us this Sunday as we have a very special service planned!  The service is called, “Acts of Obedience” and we will be discussing and then conducting three Acts of Obedience during the service. We will have a Parent-Child dedication ceremony, a commissioning for missions, and a baptismal ceremony.  I urge you to come and celebrate this special service with us – it is sure to be a blessing to all! 

Don’t forget Clean-up day at church Saturday!  And remember to P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)!

-Pastor Dave Jones

Prayers and Praises

A Memorial Event!

This weekend kicks off the “official” start of Summer as we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday.  It is a time to remember all of our fallen Servicemembers who gave their all so that we might enjoy freedom to live in a nation which was founded by Godly men on biblical  principles (for more information, please join our Wednesday Evening study of our American Heritage).  Our dedicated men and women in uniform truly know the meaning of love.  Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13). As we prepare to kick off summer, let us remember those who have made that freedom possible by making the ultimate sacrifice.

Please join us Sunday as we celebrate and worship The Creator who gave us this beautiful land and the freedom to enjoy it.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Don’t Forget to Pray for Mothers!

Yes, this Sunday is Mother’s Day!  There is no greater way to honor your mother than to attend church.  I urge you to join us for Sunday School at 10 and Worship Service at 11 – I guarantee your mother would approve and that you will be blessed!  Mothers are a blessing from God, but (The) Father knows best: (Ephesians 6:1-2).  :)

-Pastor Dave Jones

The Case for Christ

An Encouraging Note

We “mature” (see also AARP-eligible) people seem to spend much of our time bashing what we deem to be the “irresponsible, self-centered, short-sighted actions” of the  younger generation. By the way, if you haven’t watched it yet, there is a fabulous YouTube video by Micah Tyler called “You’ve Gotta love Millennials,” a must-watch for those born before 1980. :) Anyway, I was reminded today of the dangers of generalizing as I witnessed one phenomenal young lady’s act of deep faith and heroism as she very publicly (facebook) confessed her personal struggles with anxiety and depression. While many of her peers complain about their woes because of the “unfair” way they perceive the world treats them, this young lady used her situation as a platform to profess her faith, thank her supporters and glorify her God. I’ll let her tell you her story:

“I have clinical depression and anxiety. I get panic attacks sometimes. In those moments, everything just kind of washes over me and I don’t want to exist; all I can do is lie there and cry and feel miserable. They’re really awful because your basic instinct as a human is to stay alive, and in that moment my brain is trying to do the exact opposite; it’s telling me I don’t want to do that and it’s really scary.

I don’t like talking about this – about what I’m struggling with people because it makes me feel weak. I’ve always felt like I was independent and strong and could do things on my own, and suddenly I can’t. Something I struggled with for a long time was I was afraid to think about getting medication because I was like, “God can fix me,” and yes He can heal me, but God also created medication for a reason. I’ve begged God to heal me of this; I’ve begged Him to take it away. Honestly, it can be really painful to think about God sometimes right now because I have asked Him to take this away; I’ve sought Him so much, but I think kind of what I’ve gotten out of it is God really does act in His own way. Maybe He’s not going to show up in a big way and suddenly cure me of these things, but He’ll show up in my life in other little ways. He’s given me people who let me just cry on their floor until 2 a.m. and comfort me and pray over me. He’s given me incredible friends who love me beyond what I ever felt like I deserved. He’s given me so much in little ways. Maybe He won’t heal me of this and maybe it’s something I’ll always struggle with, but that doesn’t mean that He’s not there; I always have to stop and remind myself that. I really want to make people feel loved and cared about and heard and understood, because I know I’ve spent so much of my life feeling like I mattered to no one: feeling like I’m not loved, feeling like I just am nothing. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like that, because it hurts so bad.”

This young lady, all of 20 years old, has only been a Christian since High School.  She grew up in a non-believing single-parent home and, besides my wife, is the first person in my wife’s family to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Please be in prayer for my very brave and courageous niece, Juliet. She is an inspiration to us all as each of us struggles with our own demons.  May we learn and be encouraged by the deep faith of this remarkable young child of God.

-Pastor Dave Jones

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