The Breath of God – Life & Abundant Life

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God is an amazing creator. Just look around at all He has made and while you are at it, look in the mirror. We are only alive because of God!

Today, approximately 150,000 people will die. Someone said; “we should thank God that we made it today!” Another person (as pessimist) said; “The day is not over yet, things could change.”  It is God who made us.

  • Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (NIV)

Breathed: the Hebrew word is Ruach. It is litterally the breath of God. The divine breath hit the dirt formed nostrils and the life of the divine was breathed into the dirt. The result is a living human being – Adam.

The New Testament would speak of God’s breath as pneuma – and in Latin, spiritus. Both mean wind, or breath. It is God’s inpartation of Himself into us.

While there are other living things, we alone have been created in the image of God.

  • Genesis 1:27So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

It is unique to us – being in God’s image. No other creature can say it.

It is the breath of God that gives life, then the breath of God that provides abundant life. As we give ourselves in faith to God and believe in HIs Son, Jesus, God sends His Holy Spirit to us. Jesus did something unusual. In John 20, as the disciples are fearful for their lives (since Jesus had just been crucified – they wondered if they would be next) and Jesus breathed on them.

  • John 20:22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

There is the breath again – the pneuma, the ruach, the spiritus – it is the essence of God Himself who is life, being breathed into them and into us. It would not be much later that they would gather in a room and pray.  Suddenly the sound like a rushing wind – or loud breath.

  • Acts 2:2 & 4Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.(NIV)

God’s breath and life is available to us all.

I find it fascinating that of all the ways God could have designed the human body, he included lungs and the capacity to breath in and exhale out. It is a beautiful reminder of the breath of God – the life of God coming into us. Each time we inhale, it is symbolic of the life of God being breathed into the first human. It is a reminder of how God wants us to remember that without this breath and breathing there is no life.

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God’s Spirit desires to fill us each day and each moment. Our lives are to be lived in the surrender of ourselves and the receiving of all that God is for us and has for us.

  • John 10:10 Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The thief is still working this way because he knows no other methods. He steals, kills and destroys. It is his desire to take your breath away (in a bad way). The cause you to go without the Holy Spirit, without the inpartation of God.  It is his desire that we live believing the lies of the past and the promises of darkness (which are never delivered) that he has something beneficial for us. Jesus says: I have more for you – life and life to the full.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16
    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful….(NIV)

What God breaths into, the first human, each of us, His words to us in scripture, it is all about life. Everything God breathes upon comes alive.

Recently my iphone froze and locked up. So, I simply breathed on it to see what would happen. What kind of power did I possess? UH, nothing happened. Okay, a silly story, but none of us have the power God has and none of us can do with our breath what He can with His.

Breath in and out – and as you do, invite the Holy Spirit of God to breath upon you and fill you with His divine power and character.

Thank you God for life, this day, this gift of today and the realization there is more for us. Abundant life, eternal life.

Breathe and consider,

Bernie

 

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2018: What will you Choose?

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Galatians 6: 7 & 8
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

You and I will make 1,000’s of choices in 2018.  What will be your best and or your worst ones? 

It really depends on how you set your moral compass and your heart.  We can choose to be the same as we were in 2017 or we can chose a heart and attitude adjustment. We can choose a stall relationship with God or we can press into Him with a new fervor. Reading the bible, joining a small group, doing devotions with others, sharing your faith and having spiritual conversations with people who are far from God.

Choices:

My friend, Wayne Cordeiro says: that the average person makes about 300 choices every day: when to get up, what to wear, what to eat, whom to call, what to text, what to tackle first at home, school or work. Of those three hundred choices, about thirty of them have potentially life altering outcomes; which relationships I should pursue, should I go to college and where, is it time to start a family, should I consider that job offer, or do I try to beat this read light?

To narrow it even further, Pastor Erwin McManus says that “most of us can summarize our lives around five of six defining decisions – decisions that if we’d chosen differently would have radically altered the trajectory of our lives.”

So how will you chose to live in 2018?

 

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

I am using part of this in my message tomorrow at church. I have read this before in church and each time people ask to get the reference. Each time I read it, I am reminded I have a choice – not to all that happens to me, but how I respond to all that happens to me. I have a choice in how I respond to the misunderstandings of others and how I respond to the hurting around me. How I chose to allow the comments and input or the slack and lack of others to affect me.

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Chose wisely because before you know it, 2018 will be gone.

Choosing to honor God and serve others well,

Bernie

 

Excerpted from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado © Thomas Nelson.
Originally published in When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado © Thomas Nelson

Jesus: the life and light for all mankind

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In today’s message. The Light of the World, I shared the fact that we need to be in awe and deeply moved by the story of Christmas. That John (who had been with Jesus, and spent time with Mary, the Mother of Jesus) writes in synthesized form when he says:

  • John 1: 1 – 5

The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it. Life began by Him. His Life was the Light for men. The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light. (NLV)

This is the summary of who Jesus really is and it is John’s version of the Christmas story. He does not focus on shepherds in their fields, watching their flocks, or mangers or Herod or even Bethlehem. He focuses on who Jesus is.

John would go on to write:

  • John 20: 30 & 31
    Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)

John Piper writes (and I used this today and gave him credit for it): “I feel so strongly that among those of us who have grown up in church and who can recite the great doctrines of our faith in our sleep, and yet who can yawn through the Apostles’ Creed — that among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power.

You can read every fairy tale that was ever written, every mystery thriller, every ghost story, and you will never find anything so shocking, so strange, so weird and spellbinding as the story of the incarnation of the Son of God.

How dead we are! How callous and unfeeling to your glory and your story, O God! How often have I had to repent and say, “God, I am sorry that the stories men have made up stir my emotions, my awe and wonder and admiration and joy, more than your own true story.”

Perhaps the galactic movie thrillers of our day can do at least this good for us: they can humble us and bring us to repentance, by showing us that we really are capable of some of the wonder and awe and amazement that we so seldom feel when we contemplate the eternal God and the cosmic glory of Christ and a real living contact between them and us in Jesus of Nazareth.

When Jesus said, “For this purpose I have come into the world” (John 18:37), he said something as crazy and weird and strange and eerie as any statement in science fiction that you have ever read.

Oh, how I pray for a breaking forth of the Spirit of God upon me and upon you; for the Holy Spirit to break into my experience in a frightening way, to wake me up to the unimaginable reality of God.

One of these days lightning is going to fill the sky from the rising of the sun to its setting, and there is going to appear in the clouds the Son of Man with his mighty angels in flaming fire. And we will see him clearly. And whether from terror or sheer excitement, we will tremble and we will wonder how we ever lived so long with such a domesticated, harmless Christ.

These things are written — the whole Bible is written — that we might believe — that we might be stunned and awakened to the wonder — that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came into the world.”

Devotional excerpted from “Christmas and the Cause of Truth”

 

I pray you will allow the Christmas message and truth to fill you with life and that life will provide you with the light you need.  Christmas is more than just this season, it is the fact that Jesus came to Earth for us and is the light of the world.

Merry Christmas,

Bernie

 

God Makes All Things New

God is making things new – in us and desires to do it through us. God loves the new!  We can be stuck and hold on to what was, what is, and not embrace what is to come.

When SolomAll-Things-Newon says:

What has been is what will be. And what has been done is what will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Pastor and Futurist and Author Erwin McManus says: “Solomon was wrong!” And when he said it, several in the church community called him a heretic. McManus goes on to say “that God does NEW THINGS.  New covenant, new song,  a new heart, a new heaven and new earth, all I am seeing God do is new.”

And I would add this:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22 & 23

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

As a pastor and chaplain and life coach, I deal with people all the time who are stuck in believing all that they see and have experienced is all that they ever will!

McManus goes on to say: “Around the world we have accepted a wrong view of the world and made it a biblical view. Solomon was actually introducing the very Buddhist mindset. The circle of life. Endless cycles of the sun going up and down, the wind moving – there is no meaning in life. If Solomon writes, nothing new under the sun. What about what God says through Isaiah:

Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

So do we believe Solomon or God?  Now, by not believing Solomon was right, we are not disbelieving the bible. This is important.  What Solomon was saying: So there is nothing new under the sun.”  Many would assert as I have in the past, that Solomon is contending for looking above the sun – beyond the earth for what is new, that it is in getting our eyes on God and Heaven that newness thrives and is realized. But, there is new on the earth that God is producing.  McManus goes on to say: “the church likes to hold onto nothing new under the sun, because it holds on to the past and fears the future.”  God does new things. Sometimes we have to destroy our past beliefs to embrace our future. The key is this:

When you live your life apart from God, there is nothing new, but when you live your life fully connected to God’s truth and in relationship to God, everything becomes new.  – Erwin McManus

  • What is God wanting to do in you and through you that is new?
  • Where are you stuck in the past and believing God cannot change you or your personal world?
  • Where does God want you to bring something new to the lives of others?
  • What you believe and how you live and the decisions you make today and
    tomorrow is creating future.  It is embracing new!
  • What is God wanting to do new right now for you, your family, your relationships and your church or organization?

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:5

Keep wrestling with truth, embracing God and the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to make things new.

Praying for you and welcome your prayers,

Bernie

Love God – Love People, All People

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We are loved – loved by God.  More deeply loved than we understand and if we lose sight of how much we are loved by God all we need to do is get a fresh glimpse of the cross. There we find how much ‘God loved the world’ (John 3:16) and each person in the world. He did not pick a certain color of skin to love or a certain part of the globe – He picked you and your neighbor and the guy half way around the world and the lady the other way around the world.

Point is: God loves people – all people and so should we! 

We cannot pick and chose who to love and we cannot run from people who are not like us. People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus. Jesus modeled for us that it is proper to break the molds set down by culture or by our parents or grandparents. He cared about women and spoke to them in public and yet that was forbidden in his day, He cared about Samaritans and He was a Jew and that to was forbidden in his day. He went to lepers and heard their cry and that was another mold that he broke.

And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. – Acts 10:38

Now one may respond with the fact that Jesus was with the Holy Spirit and anointed. But we can be too!  Jesus provided the call that when He left the planet to return to Heaven, that the Holy Spirit would come to us – the same Spirit that filled Him. And anointing, while sounding like a deep and mystical word, is truly nothing more than God’s hand upon a person empowering them to do what they could not do on their own.  When we go out of our way to love someone, (even if we do not understand their ideology and religious bent) God is with us – empowering us to go beyond our human capacities and add meaning and value to their life.  God wants to fill us with Himself!

We go to God to be filled with love then go to others to love them. We come from a place of love not go to others to receive love. 

When we go looking for people to love us and affirm us, we will always manipulate the conversation and the moments to receive what our heart and insecurities crave. But when we come FROM LOVE (being with God) we can go TO LOVE (loving others.)

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 – NLT

I encourage you to read the following verses and pray and ask God to challenge you and shape you into being more loving.  I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and help you discern where prejudice, hatred and bigotry reside inside of you. It is easy to look at others who spew hate speech or perpetrate violent acts against others and judge them, it is more difficult to discern where those same seeds and saplings live inside of your soul.   We must Love God and Love all People. It is our calling!

Love God – Love People

7 Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. Those who do not love do not know God because God is love. God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ. 10 This is love! It is not that we loved God but that He loved us. For God sent His Son to pay for our sins with His own blood.

11 Dear friends, if God loved us that much, then we should love each other12 No person has ever seen God at any time. If we love each other, God lives in us. His love is made perfect in us. 13 He has given us His Spirit. This is how we live by His help and He lives in us.

Love Gives Us More Faith in Christ

14 We have seen and are able to say that the Father sent His Son to save the world from the punishment of sin. 15 The person who tells of Him in front of men and says that Jesus is the Son of God, God is living in that one and that one is living by the help of God. 16 We have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love. If you live in love, you live by the help of God and God lives in you.

The Love of God Has Power Over Fear and Hate

17 Love is made perfect in us when we are not ashamed as we stand before Him on the day He judges. For we know that our life in this world is His life lived in us. 18 There is no fear in love. Perfect love puts fear out of our hearts. People have fear when they are afraid of being punished. The man who is afraid does not have perfect love. 19 We love Him because He loved us first. 20 If a person says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. If a person does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God Whom he has not seen? 21 We have these words from Him. If you love God, love your brother also.  I John 4: 7 – 21 (emphasis mine)

You are loved,

Bernie

 

Celebrate your Faith, then Share It.

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From last Sundays message:

Ephesians 2: 11- 13

But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything. (THE MESSAGE)

We used the story of the lepers from 2 Kings 7: 3 – 9. In this story we see a famine in the land and the lepers finding an amazing stockpile of food and clothing and silver and gold in a neighboring camp after God does a miracle and creates the sound of an enemy army coming to lay siege to the city. There was no literal army, just the amplification and shaking of the ground – special effects created by God.

They come to the moral and ethical realization that having all they have and not sharing it, would be the wrong thing to do.

2 Kings 7: 9
Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”  (NIV)

 

We are not doing right today, by keeping the Good News of Jesus to ourselves.  And it is just that – Good News.

Missiologist Mike Frost wrote and I credited him in my message:

Those of us who are not gifted evangelists need to foster habits in our lives that draw us out into the lives of unbelievers and invite the kinds of questions that lead to evangelistic sharing. If our only habits are going to church and attending meetings, it’s not going to connect us with unbelievers nor invite their curiosity about our faith. The trick is to develop habits that unite us together as believers, while also propelling us into the lives of others. We also need habitual practices that don’t just deplete our energy and burn us out, but which re-energize us, replenishing our reserves and connecting us more deeply to Jesus. I have seen the following habits do just that. The five habits of highly missional people are:  B.E.L.L.S.

BLESS: I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church. Part of this has to do with generosity – eating.

EAT: I will eat with three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church.

LISTEN: I will spend at least one period of the week listening for the Spirit’s voice.
MY NOTE:  
in my message, I used the fact that we need to listen the Holy Spirits voice, not only for our own lives, but for those we know that are far away from God. He wants them close to Himself and that no one would perish – so ask Him to show you were He is working in the lives of those you are wanting to see come to Christ. Ask Him how you might be involved with where He is already working.

LEARN: I will spend at least some period of the week learning more about Christ.

SENT: I will journal throughout the week all the ways I attempted to show people the love of Christ.

If you bless three people every week, you’re going to become a very generous person. If you eat with others, you’ll develop a greater capacity for hospitality. If you foster the habit of listening to the Holy Spirit, you’ll become an increasingly Spirit-led person. If you’re learning Christ, it’s fair to assume you’ll become more and more Christlike. And if you’re journaling the myriad ways you’ve been sent into your world, you’ll increasingly see yourself as a sent one, or a missionary in your own neighborhood. In other words, each habit shapes us around a particular missional value:

Bless Generosity
Eat Hospitality
Listen Spirit-led
Learn Christlike
Sent Missionary

My point is this: If you want to be a generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christlike missionary, don’t just try to learn those values. Foster these habits! Indeed, I’m pretty certain most churches have a mission or vision statement that says they are committed to something similar to this. I also suspect most members of churches read these and agree with them in theory but have very little idea of what exactly it means for them to live these out under the noses of those who have not yet been set free in Christ. To pastors and preachers I say, you don’t have to preach these values if you’re fostering the habits. The habits will in turn unleash the values naturally.

This is a great practice and habit for each of us. I challenge you to embrace B.E.L.L.S. in your life. Thank to Mike Frost for

The most effective ambassadors of the love of Christ over the long haul are people who have given themselves permission to drink in the goodness and the grace of God.

They have come to terms with just how rich they are.

When you realize salvation, forgiveness, prayer, communion, worship, God’s power and strength…..promise of Heaven. YOU see how rich you really are……SOAK IT IN.   REALIZE IT.  Let your life impact others like the ringing of B.E.L.L.S.

If you drink in these spiritual blessings fully, regularly, extravagantly, it will spill over naturally into the lives of others.  Let’s make a difference – this news of Christ and His love is too good not to share.

Serving with you,

Bernie 

 

NOTE: The 5 Habits of Highly -Missional People: Taking the BELLS Challenge to Fulfill the Mission of God By Michael Frost

 

What Make a Church Exciting?

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LFC is exciting.  Yes it is! Servants, willing hearts, generosity, these all make a church exciting!

Humanly speaking, what makes a church great and exciting are its volunteers. When you go to a church, and there are people there, and they just serve with joyful hearts, it’s irresistible and contagious. We are working hard at Doing Church as a Team and doing all we can to recruit, train, inspire, affirm, lead, encourage (the list goes on) those that step out and find a place of service at LFC and out into our surrounding community. And we know we fall short of doing all we can to raise up leaders of teams, servants for teams and equipping others to serve – but we are pursuing ways to do this better and with greater consistency: Why? Because there is something deep in the hearts of people waiting to be unleashed to desiring to make a significant Kingdom contribution. And, it is the calling of the church:

Ephesians 4: 11 – 16
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (NIV)

Church health is missed – church growth is missed – and the building of love inside that church is missed when people are not given ways to be equipped (verse 12) for works of service and when every supporting role is not filled. A church will then grow inward and become unhealthy as reliance on a pastor or a few staff members or just a small number of volunteers carry the major load. It can even become oblivious or deny their own decline in mission, vision, heart, attendance and blinders begin to grow that cause the church to defer maintenance, lack a passion for excellence and neglect the mission field right outside their door. Each part must do its work. (verse 16).   This may sound simple, but more and more churches are forgetting this calling:

Church leaders are not only to make disciples but equip disciples who we do their work of service.

 

As I consult and coach other pastors and churches what I find most common and understandable; that some faithful volunteers week in and week out support the ministry but when life circumstances change they need to step back to rightfully care for their families or they move away from the location of the church, there is no one to fill their spot. What was missed during the time of service was the raising up of a team to move forward and lead in the future.

Every church, even ours is in need of servants. We are fortunate to have a larger percentage of servants than in most churches but we still need so many more. It is our job, my job, to make sure people know where the needs are, how to be equipped and encouraged to serve and then to raise up others. It can never be, ‘this is my spot, sorry it is filled,” but rather, I want you to come serve with me, shadow me and learn, then let me celebrate as we serve together.

If you are serving at LFC or your church, allow me to encourage you to pursue the joy of serving. And pursue others who can also find joy in serving.

Serving Others:

The saying goes that church is not to be a “spectator sport” whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave.  We are called to be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved.  We commit to serve one another as we serve our God.  This is not done out of a mere sense of obligation, but from a love that seeks to build up others.

There is joy when we are able to utilize the gifts and talents that God has given us.

Serving our City / Region:

Serving is an incredible witness to those outside the walls of the church. We do lots of things, like Harvest Block Party, Big Game Post Game Party, partnering with our local hospital on their outreach and also our Fire Department and Police Department (open houses and car show) and more.

Serving is essentially loving our neighbor.  

It is putting others first and seeking their good over our own.  It is not just a message from the pulpit, a handout or a Facebook post – it is a tangible weighty expression of God’s love for them.  Christ saw serving through love as an indicator of one’s discipleship,

  • John 13:35
    By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (NIV)

 

As the saying goes, “preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.” There is joy when we are able to utilize the gifts that God has given us to witness and share his love with those who may not know him.

Serving GOD:

Ultimately, we serve not for our ourselves and even for others, but to honor our Lord.

1 Peter 4:10-11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

 

God has uniquely created us with gifts to be shared, not withheld.  Gifts to be shared that will awaken the gifts in others.

Serving is not about ourselves, though there is joy for us as we serve and it is all about honoring God and glorifying him.

Thank you to all the great volunteers who serve at LFC from the heart. YOU make our church exciting.

Find a place to serve. Find a place to tangibly impact others and to glorify God with the gifts and talents He has given you.  We are move than willing to help you discover your place of service: Please email us at the front office  Church Office

Honored and humbled to be serving with you,

Bernie