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Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

I love Holy Week.  More people, even unbelievers, think about God and Christ this time of year than at any time besides Christmas.  People who have been away from God think about going back to God.  People seem to be nicer.  I may be imagining that part.  Maybe I am just thinking nicer, kinder thoughts.  You know, as part of the spirit of the week.

Today is Good Friday.  Did you ever think about why it’s called Good Friday?  We are not taught or commanded biblically to recognize today as Good Friday.  It was not a good thing, what happened to Jesus.  I mean if you think of it just as the day that Jesus was arrested, wrongly convicted, and then crucified … It would definitely not be a good day.

It becomes Good Friday when you realize that Jesus came to sacrifice His life for us.  He was arrested because he wanted to be arrested.  Jesus went where Judas would know where he was and waited.  Judas brought the Roman Soldiers and the Temple guard and this happened.

John 18:4-6  Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?”he asked.
 “Jesus the Nazarene,”they replied.

 

“I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.)  As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

Did you catch that?  Jesus said he was who they were looking for and they were knocked to the ground by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was making it clear.  He was showing them that he was only going with them because he wanted to go.  They could not force him to go or do anything.

That day was a Good Friday.  It was a good Friday because it was the day that Jesus showed us the greatest act of love that any one person could do for another, and he did it for all of us.

Tonight at 7:45 we are having our annual Sunset Tenebrae Candlelight service.  This is a quiet service to remember the night that Jesus gave his life for us.

We return Sunday morning to celebrate the resurrection.  I will be teaching a resurrection message I am calling, “The True Story of Hope“.  I love teaching on this topic by the way.  We will have an awesome time of worship.  Then at the end of each service the kids will have an egg hunt in the yard.

It is going to be a great day.  Bring a friend or two or three.  I am praying that lives are changed on Sunday.  In case you didn’t know I pray that every Sunday.

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 …

 

 

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Jesus said there are just two rules…..

37 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. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matt 22:37-38

 1)    Love God                2)  Love people.

Jesus taught and modeled that it is all about love.

Love is what changes lives.

Paul wrote that love is the key to doing Christianity.

 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.  But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. 1 Cor 12:31

Peter wrote about living for God.  Love each other.

 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

 Love Is What Changes People ….. Life Connections

1)   God loves the lost.  (and draws)

 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16

2)   Child loves the Father.

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Gal 5:22-23

3)   Child loves the child.

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

4)   Child loves the lost or disconnected child. (unchurched)

Our neighbors .. Within 5 miles of LCC

  • 181,000 people
  • App 70% unchurched
  • 126,000 of our neighbors do not have a church home and or don’t know the Father.
  • 40% of unchurched people had bad experiences with church or Christian people.
  • 72,000 of our neighbors are children.  90% of all people who accept Christ do so before age 20
  • 85% of churches are rated “in serious decline”

We know that love changes people.

We know If We “Grow the Love we can Change the World” starting with our neighborhood.

 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Cor 13:4-7

 

Logo_ontransparent convertedDear Friends and Family of LCC,

When I was young I went to church for all the wrong reasons.  I mostly went because I felt I had to, I would feel guilty, or my wife would drag me.  I didn’t go very often, and when I did, I did not get much out of it.

I can hardly relate to that now.  After our daughter was born, I went back to church because I believed that in order to be a better father, I needed God and I wanted to make sure my daughter knew Him.

So I committed.  Mostly for her, I committed to being at church every Sunday.  I not only committed to being at church physically, I committed to being there mentally.

That commitment, that physical and mental commitment, God used to change my heart.  My faith came after I made the commitment to listen.  The love I had for my baby daughter was a powerful motivator.  Then I allowed the Holy Spirit to change me.

I am so thankful.  It did not take long before God had me heart and soul.  He changed me through the renewing of my mind.  (Romans 12:1-2)  I listened, I learned, and I obeyed.  The more He changed my mind the more my heart changed.  The more my heart changed, the more I could not wait to get to church to worship and hear the Word of God.  When Sunday morning came I was ready.

Being ready for Sunday morning is so important.  The quality of your worship and the ability to hear God is determined by the condition of your mind and your heart.

Besides brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and getting dressed, what do you do to get ready for church?

Its easy to get disconnected from God during the week and then feel to disconnected to make it to church on Sunday.  When you feel that disconnect, it is hard to remember the connect.  That is why the commitment is so important.

Commit to that weekly spiritual pep-rally and worship time. Except for vacations, don’t even consider scheduling anything else during church time.  After living out the commitment it will become a regular part of who you are and others will know what you do on Sunday mornings.  Seeing your commitment will probably make it easier for you to invite friends to church.

The second way to get ready is to pray before you go to church.  Prepare yourself for corporate worship by worshiping God and asking God for forgiveness before you get to church.

The third way to make yourself ready for Sunday church, is to think and pray during the week about who you could invite to church.  Have spiritual conversations with friends.  Pray for them.  Ask them to church.

Nine out of ten people surveyed say they would go to church if invited by a friend.  It feels good to bring a friend to church and they are more open to the experience because they are there with you.

I hope to see you Sunday.  I am excited to teach what God has laid on my heart this week.  If a friend was to ask you where faith comes from, what would you say?  That is our topic for Sunday.


Easter Sunday is Just Three Weeks Away … April 20 ..

Someone you know is already wondering where to go for church on Easter.


Don’t forget to bring filled plastic Easter Eggs for the Kid’s Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday


April 6 is our Annual Chili Cook-Off.  We have thirteen contestants so far.  This is a great day to bring friends to church.


Don’t forget to “Grow The Love and Change The World”
God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

As a counselor I often assigned “The Love List”  1 Cor 13:4-8 to clients to help them restore a relationship.  I saw marriages saved and exes learn to get along better.

As a pastor I have taught on the love list often.  God changes us through the love of Jesus.  The Bible describes love with a list of unselfish actions and attitudes.

Michelle, a member of LCC, took the love list challenge and it changed her relationship with her co-workers and changed at least one guy’s life. When we love others the way God tells us to love it changes you and the people around you.

At Life Connection Church we believe that if we “Grow the Love” we will “Change the World.

Here is Michelle’s incredible experience with taking “The Love List Challenge.”

 

 

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This is my angel story.  It is probably just one of a few, but it is to me the most important encounter I have had with an angel.  The Bible teaches us that angels help us and save us.  I believe this is one of those occasions.

You can say it is coincidence, or luck, or that I am crazy …. But I know.

How about you?  Have you had a story you have kept quiet about for years that you believe is an angel story?  Do you have one you think might be?  Or is their one that you know, and no one can convince you it was not an angel.

Please comment …

royal motorcycleDear Friends and Family of LCC,

Our building team had a big meeting with our architect last night.  Wow … It is so exciting looking at the plans of the future facility to carry out the ministries of Life Connection Church.  Our architect, Galen Lang of GHLA Architect  is a very talented and Christian architect who, with his team, has worked with churches for years.  As we shared with him our real and practical needs he has drawn for us a building that meets those needs for the current and future LCC.  Oh … And it is a good looking building as well.

Even more than now, LCCers will love bringing their friends to LCC for a life changing introduction to the love of Jesus Christ through His family at LCC.

On Sunday, March 23, we will be presenting the vision, the dream, and the need to the LCC family.  Be there for sure.

I hope to see you this Sunday.  Last week I taught “The Devil Is Real”.

I will follow that up with “Angels are Real” this Sunday.

Most people believe in angels but there are a few angel myths.  Bring a friend.


As a church located right smack in the middle of a neighborhood, we want to be a blessing to our neighbors and to be considered good neighbors.  We have great neighborhood attendance at our fall block parties, the HOA has it’s meetings in our building, we donate our building to be used for voting in national and local elections, we helped our neighbors fix a fence that was blown down in a storm, and we make an effort to be a good neighbor at all times in every situation.

We are trying something new on the Saturday the twenty-second of March.  We will be having our first “Breakfast for the neighborhood“.  Next Saturday from 8:00am -10:00am we will be serving a free pancake breakfast.

We are asking for as many LCCers as possible to come.  We don’t know how many neighbors will come, but we want it to be a good turn out and fellowship time, like the block party.

We need some early for set up and then we need to tear down.  Also tomorrow morning at 9:00am we will be hitting the neighborhood and tagging our neighbors doors inviting them to come like we did for the block party.  If you want to help with that, come on.  We were done in a little over an hour last time.  The more the quicker.


And don’t forget to sign up for CPR (Community Powered Revitalization).  We are working on House #3 in Euless.  Let’s be God’s love with skin together. April 4 and 5 or you can sign up to just work one day.


THIRSTY THURSDAY PRAYER NIGHT …March 20 – 6:00-7:30 …
We will come to the church to pray for the needs of the body and for the mission and ministry of Life Connection Church. The worship center will be candlelit and it will be an awesome opportunity for focused prayer.

It is come and go when you can.  PLEASE COME AND PRAY


God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

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Logo_ontransparent convertedBarna Poll:  59% of Christians believe the devil is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.  8% are not sure if they believe or not.

Problem:  They are in a spiritual battle and don’t even know it.

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 6:2

 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

Choose life    (Jesus)

Choose death … Fortune – Fame – Power- Pleasure-Self

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world.. Col 2:20

 How To Win The Daily Battle 1 Peter 5:1-12

In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 1 Pet 5:5-6

1)   Stay in church and trust God.

  • Seek counsel from mature
  • Serve others
  • Trust God
  • Respect, love, fear, honor God

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

2)    Let God be in control. (Don’t worry)

  • Realize you are worrying – control
  • Pray and give it to God
  • If you pick it up give it back

3)   Be aware of the battle.

 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 1 Peter 5:8-9

  •  Don’t be a loner
  • Stay close to God and the devil will be obvious

4)   Grow forward in faith and persevere..

 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

  •  Know and rely on God’s promises
  • Know pain is temporary and you will be stronger
  • Share your successes and God’s glory with others(Butology)

5)   Remember who and whose you are.

I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. 1 Peter 5:12

 

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