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

Relative Matters

Order in the Court!?

Over the past six weeks I have seen more drama concerning the court system than I care to recall.  First, there was the District court in Washington state which opined that the President’s executive order on travel was unconstitutional.  Then, the appellate court failed to overturn the district court.  After that, a sitting federal judge was accused of abetting the escape of a defendant charged with illegal immigration practices.  To top it all off, the senate is still fussing about the confirmation of the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  Why all this furor over the selection of judges?  Because we have given judges great power and authority to uphold the law and ensure justice is done.  Judges have a sacred duty to uphold the law and the people have a right to expect that their judges are above honorable and above reproach.

This is nothing new – judges have been part of cultures for thousands of years.  While much has changed over the centuries, the expectation that a judge’s character and conduct are above reproach has remained constant.  Sadly, there have always been instances of judges who lost sight of their sacred duty and allowed their own pride and prejudices to blind them to the injustices they were committing from the Bench.  This week we’ll discuss one of those infamous judges.  His name is Caiaphas and he was Israel’s High Priest and President of the Sanhedrin (their religious court).  I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we review the cataclysmic damage which can be done when a judge loses sight of his duties.  In the meantime, I ask you to pray that we may all remain strong in our faith and not succumb to the temptations of the World.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Time to Think About the Garden

Yes, I know it is currently -3 degrees and there is still a few feet of snow on the ground, but hey, it’s March! And March, to Gardeners, means preparing seeds for sowing and earnest planning and preparation for produce! Garden shops and news articles are already inundating us with ideas they hope will inspire us to new heights of gardening expertise. While planning to play in the dirt is a pleasant and useful undertaking (sorry about the pun), it is also the season to plow and prepare our hearts as we follow Jesus on His Road to the Resurrection. For the next six weeks leading to Easter, we’ll be studying the actions of Jesus in His final week on Earth. This week we begin by looking at the night of Passover as Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before He was arrested by the authorities.

Scripture tells us that Jesus went to the Garden to pray because he was overcome with grief and sorrow knowing what was about to befall Him. In the Garden we see that Jesus underwent a transformation from being grief-stricken to being God-driven as we witness His countenance moving from one of trepidation to one of resolve. I hope that you can join us this week as we begin to travel the Road to Resurrection to see how trusting God in EVERYTHING will bring us peace and Him Glory. As you prepare your gardens in the promise of the coming new life of Spring, please also prepare your hearts for the celebration of the new and eternal life promised to us by the One who has NEVER broken a promise. Pray without ceasing!

-Pastor Dave Jones

Prayer Requests

Most of you will be comforted to know that I have officially QUIT praying for snow!  I am running out of places to push it and had to put new brakes on my truck from all the plowing work so I will now begin praying for a gradual break-up and a nice summer!  Aside from my personal pleas for idyllic weather, please remember ALL our praises and petitions to our Creator and Lord as you go to Him in prayer.

-Pastor Dave Jones