Church Blog (Page 2)

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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…

A-Great-Culture

A-GREAT-CULTURE Agriculture?!? No, A Great Culture. I’ve worked in a lot of places where the culture was less than healthy. There is nothing worse than working in an organization that has a bad culture. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how many weeks of vacation you are given; when you work in a toxic environment, you still come home tense and stressed at the end of each day. And that isn’t worth it. On the other hand, there is…

Purpose Driven Bulletin

The new bulletin design is up and running and it’s a great thing! A reminder that the mission at Lakewood is to BRING people in; BUILD them up in the faith & SEND them out to serve! It’s obvious that the bulletin doesn’t exist to bring any one to visit us. But it has EVERYTHING to do with the building and sending process. The new tear-off connect card is designed to do what it says, CONNECT our regulars and new…

Flocknote Friend

So, what’s the story on this Flocknote sheep?!? Well, that sheep has a name and it is Uno! Uno is that one, lost sheep (you know, the one from Luke 15…that we’re supposed to leave the ninety-nine to go after?) Uno is all around us in the poor and the lonely. In the unloved and the hopeless. In our homes and pews. In the mirror. Uno reminds us that we are on a passionate mission to build a church that…

Here’s What I’m NOT Giving Up For Lent

Here’s what I’m NOT giving up for Lent I’ve frequently observed the traditional giving something up each year during Lent as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for me. Common thing I hear as suggestions from others social media, excess TV watching, swearing, pop, and of course sweets. These days it seems lots of people just end up using Lent as a reason to diet, which can be frustrating (not the point)! Although, if Jesus is the motivation you need to…

Upside Down Love Like Jesus

Upside Down Love Like Jesus   No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.  In this year’s Lenten series, we’re going to investigate the radical upside-down way that Jesus has called us to love Him and others. LOVE LIKE JESUS Feb. 4th – Forgiving (whether we want to or not!) Feb. 11th – Pastor Kathy Smith introduces us to a Foot-Washing God And then on the 18th we’ll transition…

Celebration Words

Some have asked to have me supply the poems that we used during Bruce Stuart’s funeral service on Tuesday, LOVE AND GO ON You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him or you can be full of the love you…

Become an Overcomer!!

Become an Overcomer Our next series, which starts January 7 is called, “Overcomer”! The Bible says a lot about being an overcomer. In the book of Revelation, Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials: Revelation 2:26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, Revelation 3:21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat…

Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. In 2017, Christmas falls on a Monday, and Christmas Eve on Sunday night. Thus, in 2017 Advent begins Sunday, December 3, and ends the morning of Sunday, December 24 three weeks plus a portion of an additional day.  Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming.” It is a season to prepare for the coming of Christ in various meanings: the promised…

Avoid the Block

“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) Why does God want us to live at peace with everyone? Because unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life. First, it blocks your fellowship with God. When you’re out of whack with others, you can’t be in harmony with God. When you’re distracted, when you’re in conflict with other people, you cannot have a clear…