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a Critical Spirit

Overcoming a Critical Spirit! Romans 14:10-14“Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. And so each of us shall give an account of himself – give an answer in reference to judgment – to God. Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never…

Does Worshiping Together Matter?

Most of us know that we live in very singular societies. Compared to biblical times when the significance of people groups, families, and generations was so great, our worlds now largely value individualism above all else. As Christians, combating this self-first culture is largely what drives our God-given mandate to serve and love one another. I can’t help but wonder how much this individualistic worldview affects our approach to corporate worship. We know that we’re warned to not give up…

Here Come the Barbarians!

I’m re-reading one of my favorite books by Erwin McManus called “The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within”. In summary, the author says that two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate to lead us? Is it possible that to…

Modular Worship

Join us on December 23 @ 10 o’clock for a celebration of the Christmas story in a way you’ve never experienced it! And then, starting on December 30, 2018, Lakewood United Methodist Church will be moving to a modular approach to Sunday morning worship and education on Sundays. Modular Worship Coffee and snacks will be ready for you at 9:30 and will begin Sunday School time for kids and various offerings for adults. 10:15 will kick off our worship time with…

Invite

Invite a Friend Sunday – September 23 Recent research has shown that the best-received means of seeing new people walk into one’s church is a personal invitation. However, it’s good to remember that in today’s culture, you might be inviting someone to attend a church service for the first time in their lives. Communicating the value of why a churchgoer attends is going to take some time. Almost 70% of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member or…

God of Mercy & God of Wrath

God of Mercy & God of Wrath Must be two different Gods…right?!? Not so fast! As we read and study the Bible, it becomes clear that God is the same in the Old and New Testaments. Even though the Bible is 66 individual books written on two (or possibly three) continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years by more than 40 authors, it remains one unified book from beginning to end. In it we see…

Why You Should Keep Taking Your Kids to Church

Why You Should Keep Taking Your Kids to Church I remember sitting as a kid in church sucking on wintergreen Lifesavers and coloring with a pencil that was supplied for me right there in the pew. I would fill in all the spaces in the e’s and o’s on the offering envelopes or bulletin. And though I might have been preoccupied with my mints and doodling, I was picking things up. Was it easy for my mom and dad to corral…

Memorial Day Prayer

I was struggling years ago to find just the right prayer to pray on Memorial Day. I wanted it to be a prayer where we can thank God for our country and thank God for the men and women who have defended this country, without stating that God has somehow made us better than others who live in other countries. Has God blessed us in the U.S.? Absolutely! But I believe he has also blessed the people of other nations…

Let’s Be Clear

Let’s Be Clear We’ve all heard that it’s important for a church to have a vision statement. Let’s face it, people have been talking about how pastors need to cast vision and explain purpose for as long as you can remember. The vision is a clear and challenging picture of our future. The vision statement inspires our church to pursue our mission. The vision touches and flows out of the hearts of the church members. Our vision is what we…
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