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After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:4-5

 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.  1 John 1:5

God is light

Warmth, Joy, Confidence, righteousness, clarity, peace, hope, satisfying, spiritually aware

Walking in the light you will avoid the dark.

1So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. Gal 5:16-18

 The light is Truth.

 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Pro 1:7

 If you are not walking in God’s light your natural nature is to be in the dark.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Gal 5:19-21

Being reborn and walking in the light are choices. Choose the light or the dark.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

We are forgiven

We have fellowship with God and believers

 Our attitude about sin is the sign of where we are in our relationship with God.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

As Christians It’s wrong to live in sin believing we are safe in the darkness

You don’t have to be perfect to be living in the light.


 

Peace that passes all understanding.

Hope in the middle of all kinds of bad.

Love that can fix a terrible marriage.

The ability to forgive someone that the world says no way.

If you are living the true Christian life, the upgrade.  You will not be able to verbally explain the spiritual rebirth.

You have to show it, because it is an experience beyond human understanding.

The rest of this teaching is at Life Connection Church or Life 2.0 – Upgrade Your Life Now

 

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.
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