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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Tuesday, July 20 2021

One way that I grow deeper in my faith is when I take a section of scripture and consider how it may connect with a current season of life or situation I am encountering. I spent the past week with 40 children and over 30 youth and adult leaders at Vacation Bible School. This morning, as I reflected on the week and all that God had been doing, I read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. These are words I would share with all who joined us last week during VBS.

It was a week of planting seeds and seeing the fruit from many years of faith experiences. Many of the faces that joined us last week have been faithfully joining us for VBS for years. It was a joy to see faith in action during the week and listen to the ways that God has been at work in many over the last year. I was blessed to spend time with all of the children for the Bible Story station in our Outdoor Chapel each day. We took some time each day to interact and retell stories of Moses, the Israelites and their journey in the wilderness. One day, we walked the meditation trail/nature path crafted by Tom Strader as his Eagle Scout Project. Each group of children were excited to travel the path and explore God’s creation in prayer. Many of them asked to do that again a second time the next day.

I would also invite you to see how these words connect with your current season or situation.

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

Philippians 1:3- The Message

Prayer for Today

Gracious God, May you open our hearts so that your love will flourish and that we will not only love much but well. Help us to learn to love appropriately. Guide us on the path to a life filled with fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
(inspired by Philippians 1:9-11 The Message)

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