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E - Royal Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in the two day CPR event.  People who did not have the resources to upgrade and spruce up their own homes were taken care of by hundreds of volunteers from HEB churches and businesses.

You can see a recap video on 6 Stones web site by clicking here.

There are also many photos on their FB page.

While you are on FB, have you seen and “liked” LCCs FB page?

Thanks also to the LCCers that knocked on doors and invited over 400 of our neighbors to our block party this weekend.  I hope you are coming to the party.  It is a great time for the family and a brilliant opportunity to be God’s Love With Skin with no strings attached to our neighborhood.

October 26 – 4pm-6pm LCC Annual Block Party … A good portion of our neighbors are of no faith or another faith.  This is a great ministry to their families.  If you have not signed up to volunteer yet you can do so on Sunday morning or by replying to this email.  We need volunteers and trunk or treaters.  You provide the trunks and treats. The info is at www.lifeconnectionchurch.org  and on our church FB Page.  Be sure to share the FB ad.


I started teaching “Life 2.0“. The first teaching was “Upgrade Now” last Sunday.  I am teaching from 1 John on how to live the Christian life.  I will be in 1 John 1:5-10 this Sunday.

Are you reading ahead?  I believe that faith is a LEAP.  The Bible teaches us that faith comes from hearing the Word of God.  LEAP stands for Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce.  That is how reading the Word of God moves into a walk of faith.

What does it mean to walk in the light?  It is exciting to know the promises that come from walking in the light instead of the dark.
See you Sunday And bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal


 

 

God is a Spirit.  People have a hard time relating to a Spirit.

So, If you were God, how would you reveal yourself to people?

This is part of “Life 2.0 – Upgrade Your Life Now


 

1 John 1:1-4

God is the giver of life.

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Gen 2:7

 

By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made.  For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Gen 3:19

 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Jesus Said:  “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” John 3:6

Holy Spirit upgrades us to a spiritual life through Jesus Christ.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

The spiritual life centered on God is a rich and satisfying life.

more and better life than they ever dreamed of. The Message

  •  God revealed himself to us through the life of Jesus.

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.  1 John 1:1

In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He existed in the beginning with God.  God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. John 1:1-3

  •  Life 2.0 is a modeled, experienced and eternal life.  The Word became life.

This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.  1 John 1:2

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.  2 John 1:7

 

  • Life 2.0 is a shared

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy. 1 John 1:1-4

  •  Life 2.0 is meant to be at its best when shared
  • Life 2.0 is community with the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and each other.
  • Life 2.0 seeks to bring others into the joyful, meaningful, purposeful, and love full community of Life.

 Grow the Love and Change the World


 

Inspired by Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley .. #5 of 5 part series.

Guilt   – I owe you              Confession

Anger – You Owe me        Forgiveness

Greed – I owe me.             Generosity

Jealousy: resentment against success or advantage of others.

A convicting truth …. The problem isn’t with the people whose stuff you envy …

God owes me.

You are holding a grudge against God.

If God would take better care of me, I would be a better ….

The battle within you is the cause of all of your relational battles.

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?  James 4:1

The problem you have with relationships is you.

The people closest to you suffer most from your inner battles.

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. James 4:2a

Jealousy will develop into resentment.

 Quenching The Thirst That Is Jealousy

 Realize there is a spiritual void that can’t be permanently filled with things of this world.

Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.  James 4:2b

1) Take your desires to God.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Pet 5:7

2) Make God’s desires your desires.

He wants you to ask.

 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:3

 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.  7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  1 Tim 6:6-7

3)  Thank God for what you have and celebrate the success of others.

 


 

Series: Emotions That Hold Back The Love #4

Inspired by: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

Guilt – I owe you

Anger – You Owe me

Greed – I owe me.

Greed disguises itself as saving, planning, and security.

But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14

Greed isn’t a financial issue, it is a heart issue.  Financial gain does not make greedy people less greedy.

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15

The driving force behind greed is fear.

Fear that God can’t or won’t take care of you.

Jesus’ Definition of Greed; A person who stores up things for himself but isn’t rich toward God.

Greed is always looking for something good to hide behind.

 We Are Managers Not Owners

 16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ Luke 12:16-19

Do I;

  • Secure the future of my children?
  • Save it so I don’t worry about my future?
  • Raise my standard of living?

 

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”  Luke 12:20-21

The landowner overlooked the God factor in his fortune and the God-factor in how many years he has left.

 Develop a Generous Life

 Basic Level Giving:  Return an initial gift to God in a way that is identifiable and accountable.  Commit to a percentage to give first.

Obedience Level Giving:  Return the full tithe to God.

Peak Level Giving:  become a generous giver

  • Willingness to stretch yourself.
  • Desire to be generous with others.
  • A decision to use all you have to honor God.

Taylor Swift ‘s song is so true. You have to let go of anger. You have to shake off the pain from other people.

This is part of September 28, 2014 teaching “Let Go of Anger It’s Killing You” http://youtu.be/UhbubFYCD04

http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org
Pastor Royal Farris

Source: Lyrics and video … http://www.metrolyrics.com/shake-it-off-lyrics-taylor-swift.html

 

 

Series: Emotions That Hold Back The Love #3

Source: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

If you are an angry person, it is killing you from the inside and blocking the love.

Anger is not a sin.  It’s what you do with anger that determines if it is a sin or not.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Eph 4:31

Most people justify or deny their anger.

  •  Blame it on others or events
  • Impossible to control
  • If I don’t yell or hit I am not angry.
  • I don’t get angry because I am spiritually mature.
  • I am just frustrated, not angry.

Most angry people need a second opinion other than their own.

Anger:  You owe me.  (someone owes me)

Anger destroys your heart and hurts innocent people.

Hurting people hurt people.

Angry people have to learn how to forgive.

Jesus said:  14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matt 6:14-15

Reasons people give for not forgiving:

  • It’s too hard
  • The offender needs to pay
  • I have forgiven (But not really)

How do you know if you haven’t? See Eph 4:31

Bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, gossip, disrespect, sick feeling, hate, anxiety, depression, problem with relationships, …

Forgiving is cancelling the debt.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:32

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?

22 No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matt 18:21-22

You, not the offender, pay  the consequence when you don’t forgive.

God forgives …..

 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. Matt 18:27

When you don’t forgive the debt.

“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.  He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. Matt 18:28

Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt Matt 18:34

Who do you need to release from debt?

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