josh longanecker life groups pastor at james river church

Josh Longanecker

Josh Longanecker is the Church & Community Care Pastor at James River Church. Focusing on connecting people in the community to available resources at James River Church, Josh is dedicated to showing the love of Jesus to others so they can come to know Him more.

Where is God When You are Suffering?

As we go through life, we will experience suffering. At times, suffering is physical pain caused by an injury or disability, other times its emotional or mental anguish. Suffering could be the result of the loss of a relationship, or an uncontrollable economic hardship which has brought us to our knees. It could be abuse, or death of a close friend, or a host of other issues. The point is that we will all suffer to some extent, but the question often boils down to, why? And is there any meaning is suffering? Well, the answer to that questions comes down to who you ask.

The Story Behind: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

One of the things that makes Christmas such a memorable time of year is the music. The same songs, year after year, get stuck in our heads and we can often recite the words without even thinking about it. Recently, I attended an incredible performance by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra which was a dedicated to the music of Christmas. As the program came to a close, the Conductor asked the audience to join the musicians and sing a few lines of some of the most well-known Christmas carols, including several verses of “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!” Many of the carols we sing have a rich theological tradition, and “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!” is no exception.

How to Recognize What God is Doing

The whole city was in an uproar. The crowd screamed and shouted. They flooded into the streets waiting for a glimpse of the coming King. Finally, He was there. The King had come to Jerusalem! Jesus began His descent from the Mt. of Olives, and as He did, the crowd took off their cloaks and cut down palm branches and laid them on the ground in front of Him. They cried out, “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD!” as Jesus rode into town (Luke 19:38 NLT). And yet, Jesus didn’t wave. He didn’t blow kisses to the crowd. He didn’t call out with a grand speech. Instead: He cried…

6 Tips on How to Hear from God

Hearing the voice of God can sometimes feel like a difficult process. As we look at the life of Samuel, we find six tips on how to hear from God on a regular basis.

Under the Surface

Jesus sets the perfect example of what perspective leaders should have when it comes to people and ourselves. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. See how to gain God’s perspective in your life.

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