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The Hope that Easter brings

                                                            What an exciting time!  Things are so busy this time of year at our church, Oaklawn Baptist!  We are excited about our Easter drama “Once Upon the Truth”  that will take place this weekend.  Tonight at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow at 1 & 6:30 p.m.  Our prayer is that lives will be changed for the glory of God!  This will be the second time in my life that I have had the privilege to play the part if Jesus.  It humbles me to play such an important role and it really makes me reflect on what my Savior did for me.  There is no way that we could accurately depict what He went through, but hopefully we can paint a picture of the Savior’s love for those in attendance. 

On another note… I am so excited to annouce that my latest release “Forgiven” will debut at #53 on the Singing News national gospel charts in the month of June!  I never thought in a million years that something like this would happen!  If you would like to hear my latest single you can go to www.myspace.com/jayboyce  Thank you so much for your support and prayers!  I would like to personally thank our local southern gospel station Joy FM for their continued support of my ministry.

The summer months are right around the corner and they are the busiest for me when it comes to singing on the road.  I found out this week that I will have the privilege of leading worship for a Bible conference in California at the end of May.  I will also be in Tennessee at Fort Bluff Camp for another week of Awana Leadership Camp in the month of June.  In July, I will be on the campus of Murray State University for a week teaching voice, and songwriting at the Charles Novell School of Music.  So… please be in prayer for me and my family as we will be traveling some in the coming days.

Praise the Lord for what He is doing!  I want to personally tell my wife, Samantha, that I love her very much!  God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and two beautiful boys, Grady and Judah!  We look forward to hearing from you all!  If you get a chance… call and request “Forgiven” at your area southern gospel station!  Till next time…

Jay
Romans 8:28

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Merry Christmas

I wanted to take the time and share some lyrics to a Christmas song that is not so well known, but one of my favorites.  The song is called “The Way He Came” written by Mark Harris.

 Just to think such royalty would come the way He came, in a dusty little town.  Born to such humility upon a bed of hay, certainly He laid His glory down.  Who would think this little child would be the promised one?  Would the Messiah really come this way?  And certainly this was no birthplace for the Son of God… isn’t it amazing how He came?  I can’t believe that I would be the reason why He came.  I can’t believe He left His mighty throne.  He became a pauper so that I could be a king!  He denied Himself and then He made my heart His home.

 Isn’t it amazing, the way He came?  No crowds, no throne, no big parade.  There were no fanfares played… no jubilant display.  Isn’t it amazing how He came!

Enough said don’t you think?  Jesus did this for us… Let us not forget that He is the reason for the season.  We are looking forward with anticipation to our first Christmas at Oaklawn!

Merry Christmas from Jay, Sam, Grady & Judah (And Bailey, our dog J)

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

It’s Been A While!

Judah Elliot Boyce

Hey everybody… it has been quite some time since I updated my blog!  Sorry about that, things have just been so hectic and crazy!  The last few months have been so exciting and I am proud and pleased to annouce the birth of my baby boy, Judah Elliot Boyce!  Judah was born Sunday, July 25th, around 5:30 in the morning!  We are so excited about our new little addition.  Judah has been home now almost 4 weeks and is he and mom are doing very well.

More exciting news… On July 11, I was voted in as the Worship Pastor at Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  We are thrilled about our new church and church family and God has been doing some really cool things since we have been here! 

And… one more thing!  My latest release, “His Story”, is getting regular air-time on our local radio station!  I would like to thank Joy FM 91.3 for playing my song.  It has been such an honor to hear folks tell me how much the song has touched their life!

God has been so good to me, and for that, I am so grateful!  Remember, you can order the new CD, “His Story”, right here on my website, and you can keep up with where I will be singing next!  Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Blessings,

Jay

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Updates And Such… New CD Is Here!

The long awaited and much anticipated CD is finally here!  We are so excited about the new project and pray that it will touch the lives of many people.  “His Story” is what we chose to be the title for the album;  it just seemed to fit as each and every song describes a part of our journey over the last year.  You can order your copy by clicking the link to the right of this web page.  Sometime in the near future you will also be able to order a copy of my first CD “Most Of All” online. 

We have been staying busy the last few weeks as our travels have taken us to St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida to Brunswick, Georgia and back!  A special thanks to Kevin Tiller and Bible Baptist Church and Jason Cross at Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville for your kindness and hospitalitiy while we were with you.  This past weekend was very special as we spent Easter Sunday with our life long friends David and Susan Hudson and the wonderful folks at Lighthouse Baptist Church.  Thank you is not enough…

Keep us in your prayers and things are starting to pick-up and check the upcoming events page for concerts and events.  Also… the new song “His Story” is being released to radio!  Please, pray that God will use the song to reach many for His glory! (and call and request it if you think about it 🙂

Thank you for your prayers for the Boyce Family… God continues to show Himself very strong on our behalf.

Blessings,

Jay
Romans 8:28

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Begin With The End In Mind

I read this story today… thought I would share it with you.

This lesson is wonderfully taught through a high school junior, Kay Bothwell. Kay was greatly admired by both Christians and non-Christians alike. Not only had she given her life to Christ, but she had also allowed Christ to be formed in her.

One day she was given the following assignment in her English liturature class: “State how you would spend your time if you knew this would be the last week of your life.” Her essay read as follows:

Today I live, one week from today I die. If a situation such as this came to me I should probably weep. As soon as I realized there are many things to be done, I would try to regain my composure. The first day of my suddenly shortened life I would use to see all my loved ones and assure them I loved them all very much. On the evening of my first day I would ask God, in the solace of my room, to give me strength to bear the rest of my precious days and give me His hand, so that I could walk with Him.

On the second day I would awaken early in order to see the rising sun, which I had so often cast aside to gain a few more moments of coveted sleep. I would continue throughout the day to visit family and friends, telling each one, “I love you. Thank you for the part you’ve played in my life.”

On the third day I’d travel alone into the woods, allowing God’s goodness and creation to surround me. I would see, undoubtedly for the first time, many things I had not taken the time to notice before.

On the fourth day I would prepare my will; all sentimental things I possess I would leave to my family and friends. I would spend the rest of the day with my mother. We have always been very close, and I would want to especially assure her of my deep gratitude for her tremendous impact on my life.

On Friday, the fifth day, my life almost ended, I would spend the time with my pastor, speaking with him of my relationship with Christ and seeking advice for my final hours. I would spend the rest of the day visiting with those who are ill, silently being thankful that I know no pain and yet I know my destiny.

On Saturday morning I would spend my time with a special friend who is going through a difficult time with her broken family and seek to comfort her. The rest of Saturday I would spend with my treasured Grandparents and elderly friends, seeking their wisdom and sharing my love. Saturday night I would spend awake in prayer, knowing that God was by my side. I would be at peace now, knowing that because of Christ I was soon to going to spend eternity in heaven.

Upon wakening Sunday morning, I would make all last preparations, and then take my Bible, I would go to church to spend my last hours in worship and praise, seeking to die gracefully and with the hope that my life had influence on others for His glorious name. The last hour would not be spent in agony, but the perfect harmony of my relationship with Jesus Christ.

One week almost to the day after she handed in this essay, Kay Bothwell was ushered into eternity when she was killed in an automobile accident just outside her home in Marion, Indiana. For the last week of her life, at least, Kay lived life with the end in mind.

What a sobering article. Life… It seems to be here on day and gone the next. So please, let’s all learn the valuable lesson of living like we were dying.

Till next time,
Jay
 
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Posted by on February 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Paul’s Major Motives

Paul had three major motives and they were

(1) The love of God and of Christ, “shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Spirit.”

 

Romans 5.5 says… Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

2 Corinthians 5.14 says… For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if one died for all, then all died.

(2) The terror of the Lord, even for Christians

2 Corinthians 5:10 & 11 says… For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.

Hebrews 10:31 says… It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.

Hebrews 12:28 & 29 says… Therefore since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverance and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

(3) The goal of reigning with Christ in His glorious kingdom

2 Timothy 2:12 says… If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 & 18 says… For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also all who have loved his appearing. 18 – And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for his Heavenly Kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

If Christians today had even one of these powerful motives, in the same degree of intensity that Paul had all three, they might be able to face every circustance of life victoriously! I believe the very goal of his life was to reign with Christ! He was so filled with such passionate love for his Savior and his heart was so fearful of displeasing the Lord Jesus, that he could have no other goal. He, as he penned it, was a slave of the Lord Jesus.

Where is the fear of the Lord these days? Something to consider is the absence of this teaching in so many churches. As you can see from the verses above that the New Testament is very clear about the coming day of judgment for the believer. We say we love Jesus… yeah right. If we really loved him we would live his love language… we would keep his commandments. Striving to live holy and blameless in this world.

Grasping the fact that, as good a Christian as Paul was, he still thought himself to be the worst sinner of them all, should cause us to stop and think a minute. How good am I? Really? How much time am I going to waste before I finally wake up and smell the coffee?

We stand and sing “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!” Really? What does the scripture really say about eternity? I know one thing… sometime in the beginning (I think, during the Tribulation) The Body of Christ will be judged at the Bema. Sobering isn’t it? If your concept of eternity is angel wings and harps and dancing on streets of gold you may be badly mistaken… I’m just saying.

Listen to the words of our Lord in these several verses… “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness…Well done, thou good and faithful servant (Greek, “slave”): thou has been faithful over few things, I will make thee ruler over many things… To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne.” (Matt. 6:19,20 & 33; 25:21; Rev. 3:21)

Hmmm… kind of makes me think that the way I live down here matters. I heard a great preacher say one time, “Performance down here, determines position up there”. Where is your treasure?

I wish I had realized this sooner… like a year ago.

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Posted by on January 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

I Can Handle It!

1 John 1:1 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

What an awesome verse… John here alludes to his eyewitness statut. That of which he speaks, he has witnessed personally. His witness pertains to the Word of life. 1 John, and awesome little book, and, one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible in my opinion, deals with fellowship with our Creator. Notice I did not say “relationship” but “fellowship”… there is a huge difference!

John, right off the bat, sets the tone by telling his readers that he has seen with his eyes and he has handled the Word of life. He has beautiful fellowship first hand with Jesus Christ. In the following verses (I would like to challenge you to read 1 John 1) the beloved disciple sends a message to his readers that they too can have intimate fellowship with Jesus. In the coming days, as I walk through 1 John on my own, I will post some of my thoughts on this book. For today, know that you can have wonderful fellowship with Jesus! We will discuss what to do when fellowship is broken and what it means to walk “in the light”.

Do you have a Bible? Do you read and study God’s Word? This, I believe, is where it all begins… As a matter of fact did not John say under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in his gospel chapter one verse one, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God”? Every time I read those words I stand in awe that God allows me to open the sacred pages of His Word… I “handle the Word”. So… you can handle it! Start today by making it a regular routine in your life!

Blessings,

Jay

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in Uncategorized