Author: Cory Jones

KISS – reflecting on the things that matter

Keep It Simple, Stupid (or if you’re offended easily, just K.I.S. But my teacher taught me not to be guided by offenses and used the word stupid when I acted stupid, so…). That’s usually the problem, though, isn’t it? We’re guided by fleeting feelings and base our perception on life and our reading of God’s Word on the very thoughts and emotions that He tells us to take captive. Here’s the perfect example… I’ve been preparing this week for a wedding ceremony that I’ll be officiating, and in the process, have been reading through Scripture concerning ‘love’. I’m always...

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Growing Up

In 1 Corinthians 3, we see Paul use an illustration of being fed milk over meat, and if you’ve been in church for any amount of time, someone has used this to illustrate that you are no longer a baby and that you’re now getting “the good stuff”! And while I agree with this, not a one of us like to associate ourselves as the baby. I mean, maybe I’m not a full grown adult in the Lord yet, but I don’t need my diaper changed either! So how can this analogy better apply to my life? As a...

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Focus Out to Achieve In

The dictionary defines relationships as “the way in which two or more people regard and behave toward each other.” Relationships are everywhere! We have deep relationships with our spouses, and we have fleeting relationships with passers-by. We cultivate and take care of some relationships more so than others, and we abhor and dread some relationships. Relationships are both good and bad experiences, nothing more than just two people whose life paths have crossed. So, it only stands to reason, if we have to deal with relationships daily, that we should understand and take note of how best a relationship...

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Back to the Heart

Is it enough to be good? I’m reminded of a worship song from the late 90’s by Matt Redman, entitled “Heart of Worship”. As beautiful as the song was, the story behind it is even more thought provoking… Redman was music leader of a church that was on the cusp of the christian music scene at the time. The worship was cutting edge and the church had garnered a large following because of the rocking scene. But during this time, the pastor realized that although they had a good thing going, it was missing God’s heart. They had focused...

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DISCOURAGEMENT

Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary, in doing good, because, at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  How easy is it to get discouraged! Look any where around you and someone is doing it better. Being open, even as a pastor, I fight discouragement. There will always be someone bigger or better somewhere out there.  But, just because good doesn’t seem to be working, does that mean that it doesn’t work? We often look at what we’ve accomplished compared to what we think we should have accomplished. “I should have...

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