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E - RoyalLAST SUNDAY’S VIDEO MESSAGERight, Wrong and Your Opinion from Romans 12

Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

Can you believe the cool weather?  God is awesome to provide us with rain and, in the summer, cool weather.

Last Tuesday night as LCCers prayed around our building for the ministries and the funds to build our new building, there was a constant cool breeze.

We will be doing our prayer walk again next Tuesday night at 7:30pm.  Come join us.  It is pretty awesome for a group of Christians to walk around our building and pray.  We have all been blessed.

And just in case you were thinking, “Hey, I could walk around the building, pray, and get in my exercise walk.”  Seven laps around the building is a mile.  Yep.  Seven laps.  How cool is that.

In Joshua 6:1-27 we read the story of God’s people marching around the walls of Jericho.  God promised if they marched around the wall he would bring the walls down.

Do you remember how many times they went around?  ———Seven—–

He told them on the seventh day to march around seven times.  They did, and the walls came tumbling down.

That’s a mile in LCC life.  The growth of LCC, growing the love to change the world, building a new worship center and childrens area, that is our Jericho wall.

Come join is to walk and pray and knock the wall down.


We will be having an awesome summer covered dish supper this Sunday after the second service.  It is Scott’s last day as our worship leader and he and Stacy have already moved to Louisiana.  They are driving back this Sunday to worship with us and then we are going to eat.

I am teaching from Romans 14 this Sunday and I am calling my message, “We Make Each Other Better.”

Please join us and bring a friend for worship and good food.


Don’t forget:

LCC SUMMER FOOD DRIVE … Sunday’s in July bring food to benefit the “6 Stones New Hope” food pantry.  You can find a list of food needed by clicking here …  They also need some new to slightly used blue jeans. (Adults and children)

You know everyone thinks about the hungry in the winter and around the holidays, butpeople are still hungry in the summer.  Let’s help the New Hope Food Pantry out.


 

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

LAST SUNDAY’S VIDEO MESSAGEHow To Live The Simple Life

Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

Don’t forget:

LCC SUMMER FOOD DRIVE … Sunday’s in July bring food to benefit the “6 Stones New Hope” food pantry.  You can find a list of food needed by clicking here …  They also need some new to slightly used blue jeans. (Adults and children)

I can tell by looking at the stack you guys are waiting till the last minute to pile it up.  ;-)

You know everyone thinks about the hungry in the winter and around the holidays, butpeople are still hungry in the summer.  Let’s help the New Hope Food Pantry out.


I will be teaching from Romans Chapter 14 this Sunday.  I am calling it “Right, Wrong, and The Book of Opinion.”  When God’s church is the strongest is when we are in unity.  God’s Word teaches that when we study the Word, and are in agreement to the rights and the wrongs, the necessary of Scripture, we grow towards unity.  That is one of the goals God has for His church.

Unfortunately, as you know, the church is not always unified.  Churches sometimes break up over the opinions or convictions of a person or groups of people.

What are some things you were taught growing up that you thought were right or wrong and then you found out they were just opinions?

In this weeks passage in Romans, the apostle Paul is setting it straight.  I think it will be an interesting teaching to you and to any guest you bring.

See you Sunday … Bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

You can watch our past Sunday’s teaching or show them to your friends by clicking here …

E - RoyalDear Friends and Family of LCC,

Have you ever thought, “I wish I lived a more simple life?”  As people get older, and life becomes more cluttered and stressful, they start thinking about making life changes.  Most stop thinking about getting rich.  It just seems like instead of living the American Dream, they are stressed and exhausted.   They want to simplify their lives.

I love teaching the Bible … It really does have the answers, the right answers to making life better.  I love when I can teach and counsel others with the truth, and I love it that I know it works because God’s truth has changed my life.

Life is hardly ever easy.  We were never promised easy.

But it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be.  It really is simple.  This Sunday, straight from Romans, the greatest letter ever written,  God tells us “How To Live The Simple Life.”  The simple life is so much better than the stressful life.  That is our topic for Sunday.

We will also be having First Sunday Communion.

Hope to see you there and bring a friend.


LCC SUMMER FOOD DRIVE … Sunday’s in July bring food to benefit the “6 Stones New Hope” food pantry.  You can find a list of food needed by clicking here …  They also need some new to slightly used blue jeans.


See you Sunday … Bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

E - RoyalLAST SUNDAY’S MESSAGEWe Are All Gifted And Talented  Romans 12:6-8

Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

What a great Father’s Day we had last Sunday. Traditionally, across the country, Father’s Day is a low attended Sunday.  Last Sunday was one of our higher attended days.  Way to go LCC.

Do you live “The Good Life”?  I have heard people talk about wanting to live the good life since I was a kid.  What is the good life?  I mean what would it look like, feel like?  I see photos of people on vacation with the caption, “the Good Life”.  That may feel like the good life, but we know it really is not.

People seem surprised when rich successful people try to drink away their problems or they end their lives.  It just seems like if you have enough stuff and the ability to buy more stuff, it would be the good life.

People start out as young adults chasing after the good life.  They chase one thing, and then another, and another.  Some give up after a couple of tries, and others chase their whole lives thinking if they could just take it another step, it would be the good life.

It never is.  You never get there.

Authors and publishers have made fortunes selling books that promise the good life.  And the guy looking for that illusive next step, he buys every one.

I think most people decide the good life is unreachable.  Its only meant for some.  So they settle.  They try to convince themselves they are content.  But they are not.  They have just lost hope for a good life.

There is a good life.  There is a Book that teaches the good life, and a loving God who offers contentment.

The apostle Paul wrote The Book of Romans.  It is the greatest letter, the most life changing letter that has ever been written.

This Sunday morning, in chapter twelve of that letter, we are going to look at a list, a check-list of “How to Live a Good Life.”

Don’t forget, everyone you know wants to live a”The Good Life”.  They can begin on Sunday.

Bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

 

How To Absolutely Feel Most Loved

#35 Romans 12:3-5

 

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

 Humans have a deep desire to feel loved and significant.

We feel more loved when we feel significant and more significant when we feel loved.

As long as we stay self-centered, it is impossible to feel loved and significant for any longer than a short period of time.  Just enough to make you believe you can do it on your own.

Three Roadblocks to Contentment.

1)   Pride – I am better than God and others.

Don’t think you are better than you really are. Rom 12:3b

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Eph 2:8

2)    Shame – I am what I am and I can’t change.

Not good enough to be used or loved by God.

For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

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 5:17

3)    Independence – As believers we are not complete and cannot fully experience God’s love if we go at it alone.

Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:3c

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 1 John 4:12

How do I remove the roadblocks?

The only way to feel most loved and significant (content) is to be other-centered and focus on God and others as part of the body of Christ.

You are a unique and important part of the body of Christ. (The Church global and local)

 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Rom 12:4-5

As a believer in Christ you:

A)  Are part of the family and incomplete without it.

B)  Are a needed part of the body

C)  Are spiritually gifted to do the job

 

 

romansDear Friends and Family of LCC,
We had a great Sunday last week and God showed again how He takes care of business.  Our guest speaker for Sunday missed his flight on Saturday, and it was the only one out of that airport that day.  The good thing was that Lisa and I were driving back early from our vacation so we could be here on Sunday morning and hear Rick speak.

He called me as we were traveling through Louisiana and told me the bad news.  Immediately God brought to mind a message I had taught on Easter Sunday 2011.  So I dug into the archives when I got home at 8:30 pm on Saturday and prepared to teach.

I was so tired Sunday morning from the thirteen hour drive on Saturday, but when I started to teach God’s words the Holy Spirit gave me the energy I needed.

If you missed Sunday here is the link to the video and notes ..  “The Three Most Powerful Words – It Is Finished.”

Don’t miss this Sunday as it is “Communion Sunday“.

I am excited to get back into teaching through the Book of Romans on Sunday.  I will be in chapter twelve and I am calling this message, “How To Absolutely Feel Loved.”

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter and the “Grow The Love” campaign I have been teaching topical messages for discipleship and vision purposes.

I have so enjoyed digging into the verse by verse study of Romans.  It is truly the greatest letter ever written.  I know the Word of God changes lives and I so look forward to teaching on Sunday. 

This is from Sunday’s message:

Humans have a deep desire to feel loved and significant.

We feel more loved when we feel significant and more significant when we feel loved.

As long as we stay self-centered, it is impossible to feel loved and significant for any longer than a short period of time.  Just enough to make you believe you can do it on your own.

So how do we fix it?  Glad you asked.

Every One of us need to hear this.  I hope yo see you Sunday and bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.  John 19:28-30 NLT

 

Tetelestai – Not a cry of defeat, but victory.

  • Completion of task
  • Pronouncement by priest of faultless sacrifice
  • Paid in full

 

“It is finished” is not a call to religiosity but a recall to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

 Eternal Relationship

 1)    Reconciliation with God.

 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Rom 3:23-24

Jesus paid the penalty of sin and killed death.

 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.  Rom 5:17

 What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Heb 2:9

 

2)    Gave you everyone who believes access to God. (Holy of Holies)

 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. Heb 10:11

 By this time it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Luke 23:44-45

By his death,Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. Heb 10:20

 

3)    Salvation that cannot be lost.

 It is by his great mercy that we have been born again,…, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  1 Pet 1:3-4

 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. Heb 10:14

4)    You have a new life and a new purpose.

 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.  2 Cor 5:15

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Pet 2:9

 

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