Posted by: pastorrobbiejones | March 29, 2013


You know there is something amazing about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  For us connected and serve in a local church or ministry, the Easter season is consumed with reaching out and touching the community, neighbors and family hoping that maybe some of them will join us on Sunday morning.  I can tell you that we at Parkway Christian Center are no different and have put forth an incredible effort this year to touch more people than ever before by way of videos, postcards and special invitations.  I am so appreciative for all of the time and effort that many have given to make this EASTER WEEKEND CELEBRATION such a success.  As a pastor I could not be more blessed than to serve with the church family that attends PCC.

But this afternoon it wasn’t all the planning and making sure everything looked just right for the weekend that overwhelmed me.  It was the thought of “it is the Friday”.   I just began to weep when I realized the price that has been paid for our redemption.  But not just our redemption; the power of cross has paid the price for CHANGE today.  I just kept thinking about the people who I have seen CHANGED because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  It is mind-blowing!  And it is worth stopping in the midst of all of  our busyness and reflecting on what Jesus did for all of us on that Friday afternoon over 2000 years ago at Golgotha.

I am really looking forward to the PCC Easter Eggstravaganza and watching all of the children playing and hunting for eggs.  There is going to be so much laughter, excitement and fun.  But what I am really praying for on this FRIDAY night is for those coming to our campus tomorrow and Sunday to have an encounter with the ONE who CHANGES lives.

Thank you Jesus for changing my life and allowing me to see your power that changes lives who call on your name!

Posted by: pastorrobbiejones | March 27, 2013

Why are you following?

This morning I was challenged with the question “why are there so many who are willing to follow after the example of Jesus without having a desire for a personal and intimate relationship with HIM”?  It is like saying, “hey I will go to work for you, but I really don’t want to be married or anything that resembles that level of commitment.”  We see this thought process in John 6 right after Jesus feeds the 5000.

v.28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too.  What should we do?

v. 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: BELIEVE in the one he has sent.

v. 30 They answered “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you.  What can you do?  After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness!  The Scriptures say, “Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

It is so easy to get caught up in the works of the Kingdom and forget that the greatest command is to “love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind.  Nothing, not even acts of kindness or compassion can come before our LOVE for God.  Service and outreach should flow out of our relationship with HIM or it becomes philanthropy (meaning: “love of humanity”)

There are many who love the deeds of Jesus: like feeding the hungry, providing for the homeless, visiting the prisons, and reaching out to the down and out.  They love how ministering to “broken” makes them feel.  They are standing there with their hands raised in the air trying to get the attention of Jesus saying “we want to perform God’s works too. What do you want us to do?”  Then we get frustrated or angry because on occasion Jesus answers and says “just spend some time with me today, spend some time getting to know me better”.   And we jump up screaming, “NO, we don’t have time to waste.  People are hurting and dying and going to hell.  We have to get out there and serve!”

The realization: Why are we really following?  Is it because we love what Jesus stands for or do we really love Jesus for who HE is?

I know what you are asking.  But Robbie, aren’t we commanded to reach out to those who are hurting and in need?  Absolutely!  In fact I am convinced that we cannot fully follow the teachings of Jesus without a heart to reach out and serve.  But again, our love for the works of the Kingdom cannot be greater than our love for the KING.

Search your heart and ask: “Why are you following”?