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Logo_ontransparent convertedAt one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Cor 5:16-17

We are made new through a spiritual birth.

Change is a growth process.

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”  Matt 26:41

We are in a spiritual battle.

 

11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12

We try to look and act right on the outside, but the problem is with the heart.  (nature)

Oh, what a miserable person I am!  Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.  Rom 7:24-25

Source: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

The freedom to love God and love people is blocked by feelings of

  • Guilt I owe you.
  • Anger You owe me.
  • Greed I owe me.
  • Jealousy God owes me.

Each emotion has a debt to debtor dynamic that causes an imbalance in relationships.

There are only two ways to resolve this tension:

  • Someone has to pay up
  • Someone has to cancel the debt

It’s difficult to self diagnose the problems of the heart.

 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jer 17:9

We are taught to monitor our behavior.

God says our behavior comes from our heart.

 Jesus said, For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Matt 15:19

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Prov 4:23

How do we heal and protect the heart? …..

 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

If we grow the love … We will change and we will change the world.

 

 

God Where Are You?

14-09-07 God where are you fbtl

 

Psalms 42-43

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. Matt 22:36

Why?   He is the source of Life.

Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10

God is always there, but we are not.

 

  • We thirst for God. We cannot really live on just air, water, and food.

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.   I thirst for God, the living God.  When can I go and stand before him?

Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?We have to own our responsibility for the disconnect.

5b… I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

 

Remember our relationship with God. Not what God did but the relationship.

6 Now I am deeply discouraged,

but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.
I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.  But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs,  praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?”  10 Their taunts break my bones.  They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”  11 Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul.  Deut 13:2-3

 

  • I will put my trust in God.

Psalm 43

Declare me innocent, O God!  Defend me against these ungodly people. Rescue me from these unjust liars.  For you are God, my only safe haven.  Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth;  let them guide me.  Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.

There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy.  I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!  Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?

5b I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

E - RoyalDear Friends and Family of LCC,

Lisa and I are back from our vacation. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary on a ship in the Caribbean. Thanks so much to Joy and a large group of LCCers who made Sundays awesome while we were gone. Thanks to our guest worship leader Brad Riley and our guest speakers Mitch Tidwell and my good friend Billy Taylor for making making it easy for Lisa and me to relax.

Speaking of Joy. Congratulations to she and Kevin . They delivered baby son Kasen the day before yesterday. He is a healthy boy weighing in at 6 lbs 15 oz. Joy will be on a Six Week leave and I am very thankful for the volunteers who will be stepping up and taking on extra responsibilities to keep the ministries running smoothly.

Do you recognize this popular verse?

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Ps 42:1 NIV

While on the cruise I got up early every morning and took a window seat in the dining room and spent fifteen to thirty minutes meditating on Psalms 42-43. I am not sure how this passage became two different Psalms. They were obviously originally one. What a powerful psalm this is.

If you have been a Christian for any time at all you know what it is like when you get distracted by life and lose your connection with God. You feel the void for sure and your soul starts crying out for the reconnection. That’s that this passage is all about.

On Sunday I will be teaching a message I mostly wrote during my quiet times on the boat. I am calling this message, “God, Where Are You?”

Do you feel disconnected sometimes? Do you feel disconnected now? We are going to look at what it’s like to be disconnected from God and how to reconnect on Sunday.

If you are an LCCer who has not been to church in awhile, come back on Sunday. If you do not have a church home, please be our guest. And if you are an LCCer, I hope to see you Sunday.

I am so looking forward to teaching the Word of God on Sunday and we will be having communion.

See you Sunday.
Royal

Video From Last Sunday …. New Life Sacred Task  Notes  Romans 15


E - RoyalDear Friends and Family of LCC,

I am always excited about Sundays.  I like to call Sunday our “Spiritual Pep Rally” day.  We are in the trenches all week and on Sunday we get to freely worship our Lord and let go of the outside stressers.  We get to be in a safe place where it is much easier to let go and let God.

Thank you Lord Jesus for starting your church.

 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:12

I am excited, and we will be blessed to have as our guest worship leader this Sunday from Oklahoma City, Marcy Priest.  Marcy has led worship at numerous churches and conferences across the country, performed on live worship albums, and released albums of her own inspirational songwriting. She is best known for being a worship leader at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City.

Check out her personal website MarcyPriest.com  and like her Facebook Page Marcy Priest

Come early Sunday for a Cappuccino. Thanks to the donation from a couple of LCCers, we have a Cappuccino-Hot Chocolate machine.  I have checked it out and all I can say is … “Smooth and Tasty”.

I will be teaching the last message from the series in Romans called, “The Greatest Letter Ever Written“.   At the end of this letter (Ch 16) to the church in Rome the apostle Paul celebrates the family of the church and challenges them to stay on task.  He also gives us a warning.  He reminds us that we are all involved when it comes to doing the work of God, the holy task.  We should celebrate each other as the “Holy Family.”

This series has been such a challenge and such a joy.   Sunday is #45.

Its going to be a great day all around.  Be there and bring a friend.


NEW WORSHIP LEADER – We are searching for a new Sunday morning worship leader.  We will have some great subs in for the next few weeks.

We are also searching for a part-time or intern Student Pastor for our 6th -12th grade students.

Please be in prayer for the people God has for us.


LCC will be participating in “Operation Back to School” on Saturday August 23.  They need 400 volunteers to serve all the families in need.  You only sign up for two hours.

Fifty Four Percent of the kids in HEB ISD come from economically disadvantaged families.  This is a great way to be God’s love with skin.  If you can’t volunteer you can donate money online.  Just $25.00 provides a kid with a backpack full of school supplies.


 

I hope to see you at church on Sunday.  Bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

Romans 15

royal motorcycleSacred:  devoted and set aside to live for God.

 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.  May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.  Romans 1:7

1) You know what you need to know to live a sacred life now.

 14 I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.

 2)  You won’t live the sacred life naturally.  You have to be reminded and know it is a supernatural life.

15 Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder.

3)   You were made holy (sanctified) by the Holy Spirit so you can be an acceptable offering to God.

For by God’s grace, 16 I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit.

 Sanctification is the practical experience or process of living a holy life. 

(Heart change … Butology)

4)  It’s always about God’s glory not mine.

17 So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. 18 Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them.

  •  Motivated by the love of Christ
  • Desire to serve God not people
  • Expectations and results in God’s control
  • Live to glorify God

19 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit.  In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.

5)   Go to the people who don’t know. Show and Tell

20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,

“Those who have never been told about him will see,
    and those who have never heard of him will understand.”

6)  Support the work of the body (the message)  with prayer and your resources out of gratitude.

…25 I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there. 26 For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. 27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.

 30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit.

royal motorcycleDear Friends and Family of LCC,

I have really been challenged and enjoyed teaching through the book of Romans.  As you know I called the series: The Greatest Letter Ever Written.  Throughout history, so many people have become believers and so many others have taken their faith to the next level reading and understanding the Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.

I am just a couple of teachings away from finishing this series. I hope you have enjoyed it and it has helped you grow in your faith or maybe even made the Gospel clear to you for the first time.

Way back in chapter one the apostle Paul wrote, “I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”  What a great way to open such an important letter.

Now in Chapter fifteen the apostle is closing out this letter by telling us to remember who and Whose we are.  He writes that he knows we know, and that we can even teach each other.  But we need a reminder.  It’s not natural for us to live a holy or sacred life.  It’s supernatural.

In this passage of Scripture we are going to be reminded that the new life we have been given by God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is a sacred one.  We are Holy and we are to live holy lives.

I am calling this message, “Your New Life Is A Sacred Task. “I will be teaching from Romans 15:14-33.  Read ahead.  I hope to see you Sunday.


NEW WORSHIP LEADER – We are searching for a new Sunday morning worship leader.  We will have some great subs in for the next few weeks.

We are also searching for a part-time or intern Student Pastor for our 6th -12th grade students.

Please be in prayer for the people God has for us.


LCC will be participating in “Operation Back to School” on Saturday August 23.  They need 400 volunteers to serve all the families in need.  You only sign up for two hours.

Fifty Four Percent of the kids in HEB ISD come from economically disadvantaged families.  This is a great way to be God’s love with skin.  If you can’t volunteer you can donate money online.  Just $25.00 provides a kid with a backpack full of school supplies.


 

I hope to see you at church on Sunday.  Bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

royal motorcycleDear Friends and Family of LCC,

NEW WORSHIP LEADER – We are searching for a new Sunday morning worship leader.  We will have some great subs in for the next few weeks.  Please be in prayer for the person God has for us.

We are blessed to have Brad Riley as our guest worship leader on Sunday.


LCC SUMMER FOOD DRIVE   – Thank you LCCers for being God’s Love With Skin again.  We took a pickup bed and back seat load of foods and blue jeans to 6 Stones Missions on Tuesday.  If you are on Facebook.  6 Stones has their own FB page you can like.  That makes it easy to keep up with all they have going on.

LCC will be participating in “Operation Back to School” on Saturday August 23.  They need 400 volunteers to serve all the families in need.  You only sign up for two hours.

Fifty Four Percent of the kids in HEB ISD come from economically disadvantaged families.  This is a great way to be God’s love with skin.  If you can’t volunteer you can donate money online.  Just $25.00 provides a kid with a backpack full of school supplies.


SUNDAY IS FIRST SUNDAY COMMUNION  or The Lord’s Supper in both services.


Sunday I will be teaching “We Are The Carriers of Hope For All.  Have you been reading ahead in Romans?  This week’s passage is Romans 15:7-13.  I am really excited about this passage.  God has put the responsibility of carrying the hope of the world on the local church.  That is us.  God designed His church, with Christ as the head, and us as the body to take hope to the world.

You know the world sees hope as just a wish; I hope I get this job, I hope I will be a good dad, I hope I will stay healthy.

In God’s Kingdom hope is a promise by the One who keeps promises.  Life Connection Church is a place God has designated and empowered to be where people go to be part of a family that is filled with “The Hope” that will fill a person with joy and peace because we trust in God.  Romans 15:13

I hope to see you at church on Sunday.  Bring a friend.  Everyone needs real hope.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

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