The Easter message tells us that our enemies — sin, the curse and death — are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as though the game were not decided, the battle not fought; we must still reckon with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them anymore.
—Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline
One spring day, a father and son were driving when a bee flew in the window and buzzed around. Because the boy was deathly allergic to bee stings, he panicked. But the calm father reached out and caught the bee in his hand, holding it tight.
After a few moments, the dad reached over, opened his hand and showed his son the stinger, stuck in his palm. “It’s okay,” the father said. “I took the sting, so the bee can’t hurt you.”
Likewise, people who know Jesus as their victorious Savior no longer need to fear the sting of death. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55, ESV).
The Jolly Jays are hosting a White Star Tours, Amishlands Pennsylvania Trip. We are leaving Monday, October 31, 2016, and returning Saturday, November 5, 2016. Time of departure and return will be announced later. Our charter bus, supplied by White Star Tours, will be picking us up at the parking lot of Jay First Baptist Church.
The Jolly Jays will also provide a light breakfast Monday morning before we depart and we will supply bottled water for the trip. Extra cooler space will be available for the duration of the trip.
Cost is only $630.00 double occupancy with trips and taxes included. The only extra costs for the traveler will be: lunches each day, dinners during our travel days, and any souvenirs.
We have 50 open spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. A deposit of $50.00 is due by Friday, March 25, 2016, with the remaining balance due by Friday, July 29, 2016.
Contact Mrs. Laverne Little at (850) 982-4590 or Pastor George Fredericks at (407) 399-0688 for a trip brochure and any additional information.
He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.
As you begin the New Year, make sure to seek God first. Begin each day with a thanksgiving to God and each day will be a blessing.
May you have a Blessed New Year!
Great time of fellowship and remembering the “reason for the season”, our Savior’s birth.
At Christmas, shivers in the spine have nothing to do with climate. Songs are sung not with the lips but with the heart. And light comes not from utilities but from the heavens.
Had a wonderful time last night hearing our Children’s Choir sing about our Savior’s birth!
Come join us Sunday, Dcember 13th, at 6PM. Our children’s choir will be presenting their Christmas program, “Celebrate the True Gift”. There will be a birthday party for Jesus immediately following the program. Come enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship as we hear our children sing about the True Gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
He who thanks but with the lips
thanks but in part;
the full, the true Thanksgiving
comes from the heart.
What is a teacher, if not a mirror in which we perceive the divine image hidden in the soul? What is a teacher, if not a sower of seed and a cultivator of young gardens? What is a teacher, if not a shaper of souls and a guide who gently shows the right path for the journey? What is a teacher, if not the most hopeful of dreamers, who plants and nurtures and sees the bright destiny and harvest of the work even when the student cannot? What is a teacher, if not a shepherd watching over the flock and leading it to abundant pastures?
Dreamers and sharers of dreams, sowers of seed and guides who chart the way, mirrors of goodness and shepherds of grace — it is for these teachers and this ministry that we give abundant thanks to God.