Author: Cory Jones

Be A “First Responder”

Over the last couple weeks, there have been numerous articles (including in the “Washington Times” and “USA Today”), that have stated that Faith-based groups have provided the bulk of the relief in disaster areas such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Even surpassing the work FEMA and the government is doing! This is amazing and what we, as His church, should be doing. One article even went so far as to say that “people who put God first, people who are committed to serving Jesus, people who are driven by a moral compass that comes from above, are the...

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Affection : stay focused on what matters

The other day I picked my kids up after school and had already made plans to treat them to pizza and a movie as it was Friday. Earlier that day, I had taken the time to pick them each up a lunch and take it up to the school where I sat through their lunch periods with each one of them (side note: nothing says labor of love quite like sitting through a 3rd grade lunch period). After picking them up at the end of the day, I asked them (pointedly) what the best part of their day was,...

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Relief vs Rebuild

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the massive destruction we have seen, I have noticed a few things that I feel can help us all as we try and help others. This article, by no means, is meant to be a condemnation of what you may have already done or are currently doing. But more an awakening to continue, with direction, the desire and heart to assist. Sometimes with the best of intentions and a heart to truly be a blessing, we forget the needs of the ones we’re trying to help and instead, inadvertently think of ourselves....

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Who’s My Neighbor?

In all probability, you’ve heard the story of the “Good Samaritan.” This was a story Jesus told in response to a question asked of Him when asked to describe whom we have to love and care for. But today, I wanted to look at this same question from a different perspective. This past week, I have had the privilege of working at Casa Angelina, an orphanage in Guatemala. (Missions work is an adventure both physically and spiritually and is something I believe everyone should do at least once in their life.) While there, I heard a scripture that I’ve...

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Controlling?

Over the last few weeks on my Facebook page, I have been asking friends questions about dealing with anger, pride, envy and control. Some hilarious responses have been written. And of these, what has surprised me the most is the responses towards the issue of control. What I saw, was that it was predominately easier to recognize anger, pride, and envy in others, but a bit harder to see (or admit) them within our own lives. But control on the other hand… not only do we recognize our own insatiable desire to control everything around us, but we tend...

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