Pastor Jay’s Blog

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 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…

June 30, 2015 Introduction to Discipleship

It has been very challenging for me preparing the messages that God has been showing me. It is challenging in that it is bringing about changes in me that have been long past due. I have been challenged in the same way hearing these messages from other pastors and it has stirred me but when it came down to it, fully surrendering to the challenge was too hard so I was like most people. I prayed real hard for those…

June 23, 2015 House Building

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of…

June 17, 2015 Witness

What is it about witnessing that makes it so hard for most to do?  If you stop and think about what witnessing is in the general sense of the word it really doesn’t seem that difficult to do. Dictionary.com defines witness as “to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident.”  So if you look at it like witnessing an accident means you were there and you have knowledge of what occurred in the accident. …
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