Monday, July 21, 2014

Let Your Emotions Be Informed by Knowledge

"If you want to feel deeply, you have to think deeply....but emotion built on emotion is empty.  True emotion  - emotion that is reliable and doesn't lead us astray - is always a response to reality, to truth.  It's only as we study and consider truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love for us.  When we engage our minds with the doctrine of his person and his work, our emotions are given something to stand on, a reason to worship and revel in the very appropriate feelings of awe and gratefulness and adoration."  ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Authority of God's Word

 God's Word should be our standard.  Our feelings can change with the wind, and though prophetic words can be encouraging and useful, even Scripture teaches us to test them by Scripture itself.
"The doctrine of Scripture teaches us about the authority of God's Word.  Scripture must be the final rule of faith and practice for our lives.  Not our feelings or emotions.  Not signs or prophetic words or hunches." ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 7, 2014

How God Makes It All Fit Together

There's not one bit of Scripture that is less important than another, all parts are intended, necessary, and integral to the whole story of God's rescue of us.
"There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story.  The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers his name.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle - the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture."  ~ Sally Lloyd-Jones

Monday, June 30, 2014

Getting the Right Perspective

"If you were to ask me why it matters that we study the doctrine of God, I'd say for the same reason that it's worth knowing that stars are not tiny pinpricks of light just above our heads.  When we know the truth about God, it fills us with wonder.  If we fail to understand his true character, we'll never be amazed by him.  We'll never feel small as we stare up at him.  We'll never worship him as we ought.  We'll never run to him for refuge or realize the great love he's shown in bridging the measureless distance to rescue us." ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Center of the Universe

The more we know of God, the more we know His love. 
"Careful study of the character and attributes of God should leave us feeling more amazed, more loved, and more secure in God's love.  But this happens in the most surprising way.  We become more confident of God's love for us as we understand we are not the center of the universe.  God is.  God is not centering himself around us and our worth.  God is centered on his own eternal glory." ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, June 9, 2014

PILLARS OF FIRE Is Coming to JAG!

Sunday, June 22nd at 6pm, Brent Grosvenor will be presenting his new production "Pillars of Fire" at Jefferson Assembly.  "Pillars of Fire" is a drama based upon the life of Paul the Apostle, and promises to be a moving performance.  Brent is the author of "The Richest Man In The Valley", the Christmas production put on by CoMotion in 2011 & 2012.  Please invite family, friends and neighbors to attend this exciting evening with you!  Admission is free, a simple love offering will be taken.





Monday, May 26, 2014

Not Just About You

Once we give in to the idea that the gospel is only about a personal relationship with God and not about God's redemptive plan to renew all things, we give ourselves permission to stop engaging the world around us.  Once we are no longer engaging the world around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ, once we're no longer caring for the widow and the orphan in their distress but allowing someone else to do it, then we've removed one of the major components of true biblical discipleship.  ~ Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel