There’s a tale of a traveling priest who was confronted by a soldier in pre-revolutionary Russia. Rifle in hand, the soldier barked, “Who are you? Where are you going? Why are you going there?”
Instead of answering, the priest asked how much the soldier was paid – and offered double if the soldier would challenge him with those three questions each day as he passed by.
Those three important questions can guide us on our journey through the brand-new year ahead. For Christians, thankfully, the answers are clear:
-Who are you? “I’m a child of God!”
-Where are you going? “I’m going out into the world!”
-Why are you going there? “I’m going out of love for Jesus, who died for me!”
Place these questions and answers in a spot where you can see them each day. Then go forward confidently, knowing “whose” you are and what your purpose is.
Join us along with Jay United Methodist Church next Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30PM-7:00PM for Trunk or Treat. If you would like to participate by decorating your vehicle and distributing candy or prizes, please park in the lot between the two churches. Hope to see you there!
Join us Sunday, October 15th
Brother Fran Picker will be delivering the message. We’ll have dinner on the grounds immediately following the service. Bring a covered dish, drink, and or dessert. We look forward to seeing you here.
The North Santa Rosa Ministerial Association will be hosting a Back To School Rally for all young people on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00PM at Cornerstone. Pizza and drinks will be provided immediately following. Please join us as we start off the new school year by rallying for Christ.
It’s that time of year again! AWANA Clubs will begin Wednesday, September 6th. We would like to invite you to come by the church office Tuesday-Thursday, 8AM-1PM to register for the upcoming year. If you can’t make it during the week, please join us on September 6th beginning at 5:30PM for the first night of clubs and fill out your forms then. We look forward to seeing you soon.
When you have a sense of calling — whether it’s to be a musician, soloist, artist, in one of the technical fields or a plumber — there is something deep and enriching when you realize it isn’t just a casual choice; it’s a divine calling. [That’s] not limited to vocational Christian service, by any means.
—Charles R. Swindoll
During the coming weeks, as you or loved ones celebrate graduation, remember it isn’t a closed door, an end or a farewell. Instead, it’s an entryway threshold, a beginning, a hello — and one of many such opportunities that mark life.
“God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings, just as graduations are not terminations but commencements,” writes Bernie Siegel. “Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.”
Of course, we can “create a perfect world” only by letting God guide our actions. So, dear graduates, may you partner with God to meet suffering with love, kindness and compassion through all the new beginnings of your life!
AWANA Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30PM in the sanctuary at Jay First Baptist Church. Join us for the ceremony and help the kids celebrate their success. Refreshments will be served in the Family Life Center immediately after the ceremony. Our 2017-2018 AWANA year will start in September. Please remember to sign-up in August for another exciting year of AWANA.
Great group of young women and men. Our time for this year is almost up. I’ve truly enjoyed being able to try and help you see the path that God has for you. Stay true to your beliefs, serve God everyday and in every way possible, pray daily, and always give God the glory. I love each of you.
The world is filled with wonders, writes Nathaniel Olson. Consider chemistry: Salt is formed by two poisonous substances (sodium and chlorine). The alnico magnet, the world’s strongest, contains three nonmagnetic substances (aluminum, nickel and cobalt). And water consists of oxygen (which is flammable) and hydrogen (which burns easily); yet water puts out fires!
That pales in comparison to the wonder of salvation through Jesus. Every day, Olson writes, Jesus transforms filthy, hopeless sinners into new, forgiven creations. “On the skid rows of our cities, in wealthy and poor homes, in jungles … whenever any soul wants Christ, the wonder of the new birth is taking place.”
Our God is the true Wonder of wonders. “None can compare” (Psalm 40:5).