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Did you feel it? That’s the question that lit up Facebook and twitter this morning, around 4:20 a.m. Friends from near the Kentucky boarder, to as far south as Macon, report being awakened by tremors of the 4.4 magnitude Earthquake that originated out of Decatur, Tennessee. What strikes me is the familiarity-of-phrase: “Did you feel it?” Most of the posts and tweets I saw expressed a similar kind of appeal to chime in. In fact, at www.volcanodiscovery.com, you can fill out an “I felt it” report. Which, of course, I did. You’re welcome. Is this what the Shepherds asked? Is this what the Inn-keeper asked, managing too many grumpy...

One of the great moments of 2018 was the celebration of Glenn Crosthwait’s 20th anniversary at Johns Creek Baptist.  On that day, we gave thanks to God for the extraordinary gift Glenn is to our church family. In honor of that celebration, a project has been underway to organize and publish a book of devotions written by Glenn over the course of these twenty years. Carole Smith and Glen Sloan have worked tirelessly to produce the book, which is now available for sale. The title is Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow: Devotional Thoughts from Glenn Crosthwait. The devotions printed in...

Our mortal existence has limits. When we are born, the clock starts. Life [BE]gins. Regardless of what we do to speed up or slow down the clock, one fact is indisputable. One day, the clock will stop. The sand will run out of our glass. It's not something to fear Nothing to protest. It just is. But here is the great mystery. The incarnation demonstrates that THIS mortal life, this limited, fragile, time-sensitive life is worth the journey. It is so worth the journey, that God stepped into the human experience to live, breathe, grow, eat, drink, sleep, live, laugh, love, dance, cry, pray, and play. God came to [BE]! It was to...

Missional Saturday is our annual day of deployment to various sites of service. This year over 260 JCBC members participated in serving Meals by Grace, Georgia Developmental Ministries and 7Bridges. Atlanta’s homeless were fed, a home for adults with special needs was improved upon, lunch for three days was packaged for over 300 needy children in Forsyth Country and the first steps were taken on the new farm for Meals by Grace during our day of serving others. If you are interested in becoming a part of any of our missional ministries, just let us know. Below are opportunities for service...

The month of December is filled with activity and commitment. Remaining faithful to everyone and everything can leave us a bit harried and hurried. Amid the merry chaos of it all, it is easy to let important matters fall through the cracks of our consciousness. As you make your list and check it twice, be sure to remember your church in these important ways at the end of 2016… Help JCBC finish 2016 financially strong! At present, we are behind in our expected contributions for the year. As we near the end of 2016, and prepare for an extraordinary year of...

Last week, our Worship Pastor, Glenn Crosthwait, posted the two pictures that you see at the top of this blog.  Each represents one of the two spectacular nights of worship recently hosted by Johns Creek Baptist. On Friday night, May 6th, we welcomed a packed house to experience the Jeremy Camp and Mandisa concert. It was a night of exuberant joy and exhilarating praise. On Thursday, we welcomed (once again) a full house for the Jubal Chorus concert. More than 480 singers and musicians led in worship through the finest expressions of choral music anywhere. Take a moment to consider both pictures. Two...

  Fearless Dialogues Over Food   Dear God,   I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own, but what you want to give me. And what you want to give me is love— Unconditional, everlasting love. Amen.***   Questions for meditation to consider in addition to the bold questions above: Who are the people hidden in plain view? How can I open my eyes to see the unacknowledged more clearly? What...

“’Come with me’, Mom says. ‘To the library. Books and summertime go together.’” Lisa Schroder   Ah, Ms. Schroder is onto something. Books and summertime do go together. I remember visits to the library and awaiting the arrival of my Weekly Reader in the mail when I was a kid. I also remember that lemonade and summer go nicely together, as do hot dogs and baseball games, and ice-cold Coca-Colas, and the taste of fresh tomatoes. Shifting away from food and drink, there’s the feel of sand and the sound of the waves hitting the shoreline. I’m actually more of a mountain-person so...

Do you remember attending Vacation Bible School as a child? What stands out most in your mind – learning scripture? Singing hymns? Reciting the pledge of allegiance? Maybe the sugary sweet lemonade and cookies? Times certainly have changed in the VBS world. This year, our children will experience costumed storytelling, themed snacks, hands-on missions activities and crafts, and original Biblical skits. However, the message is still the same – God is Love.   For months, we have planned, prepared, and prayed for this year’s VBS. Now the time has come, and we are ready. There is only one crucial piece missing: the...