Posts by Pastor Jay

February 10, 2016 Intro to Esther

We are moving from the book of Ruth to the book of Esther this week. I decided to do the introduction in my blog because I don’t want to have to rush through it to get to chapter 1. When you turn from Ruth to Esther, you enter a totally different dimension. You go from a quiet Jewish village to a busy Gentile city, from doing business in a traditional way at the city gate to obeying decrees of a…

February 3, 2016 Waiting

What is it that is so hard about waiting? If you were in the service on Sunday you heard me say that I am not the best at waiting. I am learning to wait. I think our problem with waiting comes from the world in which we live. As technology progresses waiting is something we don’t have to do as much. Travel is faster, transfer of information is faster, answers to medical problems are faster. How we operate in life…

January 25, 2016 Committing to a Deeper Relationship

Committing to a deeper relationship is not a small undertaking. This commitment calls us to a place that is not comfortable or natural for us humans. Jesus tells us in the book of John chapter 14: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” That is radical and not easy. Jesus is calling us into a deeper, satisfying, and rewarding…

January 18, 2016 Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

When you saw the title of this blog, “Does God want you to be happy?”, what was your first instinct? If you are like most people I believe you would say, “Yes, God wants us to be happy.” After all God is a loving God so why wouldn’t he want us to be happy? As I think about Sunday’s sermon in Ruth 2, I see events taking place that will certainly make Ruth, Boaz and Naomi happy, but was happiness…

January 11, 2016 Running

I have been thinking quite a bit about Sunday’s sermon title, “Commit: Don’t Run.” How we handle life’s challenges says a whole lot about a couple of things, our commitment level and our faith. I think more so, our faith. According to Warren Wiersbe in his commentary on Hebrews, “True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of the circumstances and consequences.”   This, my friends, is the failure of our society. We have lost true Bible…

January 4, 2016 Excellence

As we look forward to this new year I know we all have good intentions to improve in some way from last year. It is what we do, whether we verbalize it or not. In ourselves we want to be healthier, happier, more stable, more prepared financially for the future, or we just want to be a better version of ourselves. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. In and of themselves they are good and they are…

December 28, 2015 Philippians

I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while but I felt I needed to follow up on the series we just completed in Philippians.  Now that we have completed the series we need to not lose what we have learned in this study.  The essence of Bible study is living out what you learn, not just learning for learning’s sake.  As we start a new year I encourage you follow a few steps so that in 2016 you…

August 10, 2015 Distractions

Distraction is not a new method that the enemy employs to keep us from being who we were created to be.  This tactic was used in the garden with Eve.  The enemy twisted truth just enough to draw Adam and Eve from the absolute truth of what God had commanded.   He took Cain’s hurt feelings and turned it into murder.  I could go on and on.  The enemy has been at this for a very long time and is…

August 4, 2015 Trust the Heart of God

Do we really understand the heart of God as it pertains to His love for us?  Sure, most of us can recite John 3:16 and as we get old enough to be in a meaningful relationship and have children we begin to grasp a little better the love that God has for us.  We understand why He gave His Son and we understand Jesus laying down His life for us. But do we really understand on a daily basis that…
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