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“Bears our Burdens”

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19

Are you heavy burdened today? I want to encourage you and let you know that the Lord God is right by your side ready to help bear your burden for you. Jesus told us to come to Him, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If you are weighted down by a heavy burden I pray that you will immediately turn to the Lord and allow Him to bear it for you.

Krista Jones – 9.18.17


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Investing In & Supporting One Another

This morning I want us to read through a few passages of how the people in the early church supported each other. I think these passages are a great reminder of how we need to be loving, caring and supporting each other. It is also a great reminder of how important it is to worship together. The early church got together regularly. In doing so they were constantly growing and learning about their faith but they also began to invest in each other.

I don’t know what this will look like for each of us or how the Lord directs you to support others. I pray that these passages will open all of our eyes to the needs of the communities we live in as well as those who are within our own congregations.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:32-35

Krista Jones – 8.6.17

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Forgive & Forget

This morning we will be reading a portion of scripture that will remind us of the importance of forgiving and forgetting. I know this is hard for some of us. Hard because the hurt lingers. But what I’ve learned, or I should say still learning, is that when we cling to past hurts we allow unforgiveness to seep into our hearts. Once this happens it can turn to bitterness and resentment. This, my friends, will only bring more pain into our lives.

I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself. Read Matthew 18:21-35.

Krista Jones – 5.26.17

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Remember To Be Thankful

This morning while I was reading through Luke 17 I came across the story of the ten lepers who were cleansed. Let us review the story now, Luke 17:11-21.

In this story we read that Jesus is passing through Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem. As He entered the city He passed a group of leprous men. We know from this passage that Jesus heals all ten of them but only one comes back and worships and thanks Him, “Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him” (verses 15-16).

This morning as I read this story I was reminded to be thankful for what the Lord has done in my life. When the Lord blesses you don’t forget to go back to Him with a thankful heart.

Krista Jones – 7.5.17

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The Love Test

I just recently read another chapter of the book my best friend and I are going through this summer called “Faith is Not a Feeling” by Ney Bailey. The chapter was on having a hard time loving someone because of a broken relationship from the past that has caused you to become bitter towards this person. I know we probably all suffer from broken relationships and past hurts. These hurts can fester if they aren’t dealt with and forgiveness given.

Here is a little exercise she learned about during a message that she found very helpful for her situation. I will call it The Love Test. Take I Corinthians 13:1-8 and insert your name whenever the verses mention “love”. She wrote it out like this (I will insert my name as an example):

God’s love towards Krista is kind,
God’s love towards Krista is patient,
God’s love towards Krista is not provoked,
God’s love towards Krista does not take into account a wrong suffered,
God’s love towards Krista will bear all things,
believe all things,
hope all things,
endure all things.
God’s love towards Krista will never fail.

Okay, now that you’ve done that take the time to ponder how much God loves you even when you sin or hurt Him. If you have a hard time loving and forgiving yourself you might want to stop here and pray about it. Work through it until you can fully grasp how much He loves you. If you are ready to move on try inserting the name of someone who has caused brokenness in your life.

I don’t have an answer as how the Lord will change our hearts towards those who have caused brokenness in our lives. This is something that you’ll have to work out between you and God. I pray that your eyes will be opened and your heart will be softened along with mine.

Krista Jones – 8.14.17

Note: The Love Test taken from, “Faith is Not a Feeling” by Ney Bailey, pg. 51.

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Pray for the Lost

This morning I was reminded to be praying for those who are lost as I read through Luke 15. Take the time today to read through this chapter. Allow God to remind you through His Word how important the lost are to Him.

He searches for the lost like a shepherd would search for one of his lost sheep (verses 1-7). He searches for the lost like a poor women searches for her lost coin (verses 8-10). He also rejoices greatly when one of His lost children comes home (verses 11-32).

Be praying that there will be a revival in our country like never before. Pray for the lost that they may find Jesus. Be praying for opportunities to share the Good News with those who don’t know Him.

Krista Jones – 7.3.17

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Our Cares in God’s Hands

The above quote is written in the margin of my bible. I have no idea where I got it so I can’t give them credit. The passage next to this quote is about not being anxious. This is something that I struggle with which is why I like how the quote reminds me where to lay my anxious thoughts . . . at the feet of Jesus.

Read through Luke 12:22-34 and let the Word of God speak to your heart if your heart is anxious.

Krista Jones – 7.1.17