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Covid “Front-Line Warriors”

Covid “Front-Line Warriors” Here’s the latest list…add more names to the list and remember to pray for these heroes on a daily basis. Nurses, Medical Techs, Doctors, etc. Emily Taylor Kathleen Thorn Tami Woodman Becky Altoft Stacy Gangwer Sherie Stalter Ilse Place Brooke Grime Leslie Rush Courtney Folley First Responders Jim Stowell Ben Stowell   Andy Armbruster Jenna Warner   Blake Pepper     Covid Tracers Julie Dingerson Sara Steed Diane Slocum Food Workers (Production & Serving)      …

Anger – LET IT GO

Anger – LET IT GO It’s hard to be simultaneously angry and truly happy. Anger is inevitable. It’s part of the human condition. Things happen that violates our sense of justice or fairness or pride. You are going to get angry; the question is what do you do with your anger? What is your default response? Blow up? Calculate a way to get back at the other, maybe silent treatment, sarcastic remark, or passive-aggressive actions? Maybe you internalize the anger—just…

Why is Encouragement so Important?

Why is Encouragement so Important? Biblical encouragement isn’t focused on complementing someone’s haircut or telling them how good their homemade salsa tastes. That kind of encouragement is important, but the encouragement the Scriptures refer to is explicitly Christian encouragement. Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone’s heart toward the Lord. It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points a person to God’s promises that assures them…

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…