Posts by John Jaskilka

Church Statement

Morning Star Community Church wants to be absolutely clear that we condemn all acts of racial injustice as we firmly hold the biblical truth that racism is sin and breaks the heart of God. Racial injustice in any form is not acceptable behavior. We believe that race issues are gospel issues and that the Church has an opportunity to lead a watching world in reconciliation through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ.  It is evident that long-standing and deep hurt…

Home Church and CGroup Recommendations

PRINTABLE VERSION HERE REGATHERING COMMITMENTS We are committed to fervent prayer // How we regather is very complicated, so we ask you to join us in praying daily for our leadership team and other church leaders as we make important decisions that affect the spiritual well being of the many people we care about. We are committed to loving both our church and city // This means that we get to be like Jesus as we humbly set aside our preferences…

Reopening Update 5-21-20

Dear Morning Star family, It has been said many times, but we can’t say it often enough: We miss you and love you very much. Our prayers for you continue to be fervent and consistent as we seek to lead you to pursue a Jesus-first life. As you can imagine, we’re getting lots of inquiries about our future plans. Pastor Scott shared about the framework for regathering in a recent service, and if you’d like to hear what he said,…

Pastor John’s Notes from Bible Study Roundtable

Roundtables: How to Study the Bible. Definition for Studying the Bible: The quest to discover the meaning that has been conveyed in a text. What are the benefits of studying the Bible?  2 Timothy 3:16-17: Teaching, training, correcting, rebuking. Psalm 1:1-3: You will be spiritually fed Jeremiah 15:16: There is great joy and delight Psalm 119:3-4,11: Guide to life, helps us not to sin. What are some barriers to studying the Bible?  Time Satan Habits Cultural The Bible requires action…

PPP Loan Letter

Dear Morning Star Family,  I am writing to you, along with our entire Board of Elders, to share some good news regarding the PPP loan (Payroll Protection Plan) that we recently received from our bank.  When COVID 19 began drastically disrupting our world in mid-March, we experienced a significant drop in giving that was alarming. During this time, the government approved a stimulus package that was very favorable to small businesses with special consideration given to churches. After much fervent prayer,…

Sermon Notes 5.10.2020

Sermon Notes for May 10, 2020 Text: Matthew 7:24-29 Sermon Title: Built to Last  Big Idea: What should we do with the Word of God? We should do what it says.  Overview of Parables  Definition: Parables are an extended metaphor or simile frequently becoming a brief narrative, generally used in biblical times for teaching purposes.  True Parables: These are stories, pure and simple, with a beginning and an ending. They have something of a plot (Examples: Lost Sheep, The Prodigal…

Family Letter 4.29.2020

A letter from Pastor Scott and Pastor John: Dear Morning Star Family, In just a few weeks, Covid 19 entirely changed the way we live. For Morning Star, Covid entirely changed the way that we do church. We rocketed to online gatherings that opened virtual windows and doors to share the good news of Jesus, gather in Webex meeting rooms for prayer and study, and be innovative with how we connect and communicate. Whoever thought people would be attending Sunday…
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