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Many will remember the fall of 2008 as the beginning of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1929. In the months to follow, many lost their jobs, homes, and investments. In a BBC interview a year later, Alan Greenspan, former head of the US Federal Reserve, indicated that the average person doesn’t believe it will happen again. He said, “That is the unquenchable capability of human beings when confronted with long periods of prosperity to presume that it will continue.”
Assuming that things will continue as they always have is not just 21st-century-type thinking. In the first century, Peter wrote of people who thought that life would continue as it was and that Jesus would not return. He said, “Since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4). Jesus said He would come back, but the people continued to live in disobedience as though He would never return. But His delay is only because of God’s patience with us, for He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (v.9).
Paul tells us that Christians ought to live “soberly, righteously, and godly” in the light of Christ’s certain return. (Titus 2:12). Are you ready to meet Him?
In John 6, verse 35 we have this wonderful statement: “I am the Bread of Life…” it seems a simple enough statement and yet to those listening this was shocking. Shocking because Jesus dared to utter the name of God (‘I AM’). Shocking because he applied it to himself. Shocking because he then adds to it by claiming to be ‘the bread of life.’
What did he mean by such statement? In the time of Christ ‘bread’ was fundamental and foundational to daily life. In every village the sound of the millstone grinding would have been heard. For there to be no sound of grinding meant there would be no bread and that would be a sign of disaster for them. Bread was foundational to daily life. Most of them only ever ate bread. Anything else was a luxury. So Christ claiming to be ‘the bread of life’ was saying that he was fundamental to daily life.
You know it is interesting that Christ was born in Bethlehem and the two parts of that name ‘Beth’ (house) and ‘lehem’ (bread) when put together means ‘House of Bread.’ Jesus ‘the bread of life’ was born in the ‘House of Bread.’ He was saying to these people that he was the sustenance of life and that he was all they needed for life. Physical hunger would return no matter how much bread they ate. Christ claimed that he alone could satisfy the hunger and the thirst of their lives. By speaking both hunger and thirst Christ was moving their minds and hearts from the temporal to the eternal and from the physical to the spiritual.
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We are three weeks into our sermon series titled One Generation Away at Life Church, and we still have five more weeks to go. We’ve talked about mom’s, we’ve talked about Biblical parenting principles, we still got some great stuff coming up including:
- respecting each other,
- the kids roll in a Godly home,
- having a good fight (you don’t want to miss that one – it’s a tag team message with Renee and me),
- leaving a legacy
- and we will wrap up with a talk to dad’s on Father’s Day.
Do whatever you have to do to be at Life Church through this series as we give you Biblical principles and practical tools to help your family. If you miss a message go check out the podcasts to get caught up!
We Have New Babies
For weeks, a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.
One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.
The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, “Tommy, what has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?”
Tommy burst into tears and confessed, “I think Mommy ate it!”
My Teacher is Thankful
Son: Mom, teacher was asking me today, if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.
Mom: That’s nice of her to take such an interest in you. So what did she say when you told her that you’re the only child, my dear?
Son: She just said…”Thank goodness!”
It’s Time to go to School
One early morning, a lady went in to wake up her son. “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”
Son: But why Mom? I don’t want to go.
Mom: Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.
Son: Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!
Mom: Oh, that’s no reason to not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.
Son: Give me two reasons why I should go to school.
Mom: Well, for one, you’re 52 years old. And for another, you’re the Principal!
In all seriousness, we do love our mother’s. They spent countless hours awake at night watching their restless babies, shaped our vocabulary, molded our values, were our first teachers of dedication, honesty, truth and love. Mom, we love you!
This year God has given me a passion to lead leaders – pastors in our community and like-minded pastors across America who desire to see God do something new in their cities. My family and I are finishing up from a busy Saturday at our church’s Easter Egg Hunt and we’re now getting ready to lead our leaders and worship team in Prayer for our Easter Services.
I know many of you have had a full day putting the finishing touches on your Easter message. This is a great time to lift up a clear message of the reality and relevance of Christ in our world today. My prayers for you this Easter is for a special anointing and a great harvest!
Tomorrow, I’ll be up at 5AM and I will be praying for many of you by name. My prayer will be simple: On your behalf, I’m going to ask God to honor all the hard work you and team have invested in this special day by allowing you to have the largest attendance in your history. As you preach, I’m believing that the Holy Spirit will convict hearts and change lives. My prayer is that people will respond to your call for salvation as never before.
I believe God will answer this prayer! I’m excited because He is going to do great things in your church’s life this Easter!
As the dust settles and the excitement of the big day subsides, please send me a quick email telling me of the great things that God has done in your House. I can’t wait to hear the news.
Cheering you on!
Recently I was talking with someone from Life Church who was telling me about all the people that they have invited to join them in service at on Easter Sunday and how they were telling people to come ready for an Amazing Service! WOW!!! What a great invitation! It made me ask “self, who are you inviting?” Sometimes I can get lost in the details that I miss my own part in the process.
I know the staff at Life Church has been working and thinking about my message for weeks, creating a unique and atmosphere from start to finish. We have special live artist coming in to paint a portrait of Christ, amazing kid’s activities planned, some cool new stage lights to add to the dynamics of an engaging atmosphere in worship. It could very well be the best Easter at Life Church ever!
We all know people who need a fresh dose of the message of Easter. People who have given up on God. Who have given up on themselves and life. People who are frustrated or disenfranchised with church. People who haven’t been apart of life giving Easter experience. We even know people who love checking new things out. I am going to invite people to join me at church this Easter, how about you?
Who are you going to invite?
When we invite people to Life Church something changes for us. We take ownership in a new way over our church. We become more spiritually in tune to others needs over our own. We Live out the great commission by exposing others to the message of Jesus.
Here is how we invite people at Life Church!
- Take time to Pray for the person before you invite them.
- Do an act of kindness for the family before you invite them.
- Ask them to come in a normal non manipulative or pushy way. (remember people are excited about what you are excited about. Its why they like you.)
- Don’t forget to get to church early to help them feel comfortable and find their way around.
Three Great Easter Services!
Our Easter Series “Voices of the Cross” comes to a climatic close on Easter Sunday as we listen to one more voice around the cross … what did they say … what does it mean? Don’t miss the conclusion of “Voices of the Cross”! This Easter we are planning Three Services at Life Church. Consider which one of these services you want to invite someone to join you at:
- 7:00AM – SUNRISE SERVICE! Join us out on the hill for a Sunrise Service with a scene of the empty tomb and the cross in our background on the hill. This will be a special family-style hour-long service with worship, Easter Message and communion. We will end with a pancake breakfast together.
- 9:00AM – Our normal kids programming begins with Sprouts, Zone6.12 and Fifty6 during this service. With dynamic worship, Easter Message, Live painting of Christ and communion. Come early and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast buffet.
- 11:00AM – Our normal kids programming continues with Sprouts, Zone6.12 during this service. With dynamic worship, Easter Message, Live painting of Christ and communion. Come early and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast buffet.
The Midlothian Easter Egg Hunt with 10,000 eggs is three days a way! Excitement sure is building for this event. I hope that people are spreading the news on facebook, myspace, email, text messaging and email. If you haven’t checked out the website yet, go check it out and email it out to everyone – pre-registration is going to get everyone through the line quicker: www.midlothianeasteregghunt.com.
How exciting is it to be a part of a church that takes an event like this to the community. How easy would it be to do an event like this on our own property. Logistically it would be a piece of cake … but how about those people who don’t yet feel comfortable walking onto a church property. I’m so pumped that deeply engrained into the DNA of Life Church is the concept of being a church without walls. If we wait for people to come walking into our church we’ve failed at our mission. God has dropped a simple reality into our heart – we have to meet people in the community before we ever hope to minister to them in our congregation.
Come on Life Church – let’s make this the most exciting thing that has happened in our city. The buzz until next year’s egg hunt when we make it bigger and better.
I love you guys and the buy in and love that you have for our city. Renee and I have been praying for you!
Growing up as a Missionary Kid you have to have a default setting that says you’ll eat or drink anything put in front of you.
Drinking coffee is one of those things. I have had good cups of coffee and bad ones as I have traveled the world. I have visited coffee shops in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and China.
It started out as a father-son Right of Passage to me. When I was about 12 years old I remember starting to drink “cafe con leche” at a little sidewalk cafe with my dad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there it became almost a weekly appointment with my dad. We would walk down a few blocks or we would take the train downtown to one of our favorite coffee shops, we would sit there and talk about “guy stuff”. You know what “guy stuff” is … soccer, school, vacation trips, church … and soon our conversations changed to a man’s responsibilities and how a man should act.
Thanks dad for taking the time to invest in your son. And to you I’ll toast my next cup of coffee and pass your words of wisdom on to my sons.