A True Privilege!

LFBC youth

As I reflect back to this powerful moment from a few years ago with the students of LFBC, it makes me realize how blessed we are as members of God’s family! Let me encourage all Christians to never take for granted being a part of the church, having the privilege of prayer, and having the privilege of knowing Jesus more. We have these everlasting privileges because Jesus paid it all! I know we’re all busy, but making time to be with your church family is really the most important part of your week. Let me encourage you to be at your church this Sunday, you need it and your fellow brother and sister in Christ needs it. We need to grow spiritually together and that is seriously hindered when we miss meeting together with our church family.

No, church is not about seeing someone or being seen; it’s all about looking to Jesus and growing closer to Him through praise, prayer, and the Word! It really is the most powerful, most satisfying, and most lasting time on earth. Don’t miss out! “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”
(Hebrews 10:25).
Love in Christ,
Pastor Mark

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“Change”

One thing that is constant in life is change. The problem is that most of us don’t enjoy change because we like familiarity, comfort zones, and habits. One of the most vivid examples of change is our children. We often say or hear others say about kids, “they grow up too fast!” We are especially reminded about that this time of year as the school year ends and our kids move on to the next grade which means different things to different families.  For some it means starting Kindergarten, for others it means moving on to middle school or high school, and for some it means graduation. During graduation time we love to pull out pictures and remember when…..where has the time gone? Well,  we can’t stop the fact that life is ever-changing. Of course change really kicks in gear after high school with different directions due to college, marriage, careers, and of course adding a few pounds and hair turning gray or turning loose. Ok I’ll stop!

Although there are constant changes in life, I want to remind you that our Great and Mighty God never changes! He is perfect and has no flaws or limitations! The author of Hebrews says that our Lord and Savior “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Psalmist wrote that the One that we look to for help, the One that keeps us neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121). Obviously we need to sleep, and while we sleep we are completely unaware of happenings around us. However, God is so much greater than us! Think about what The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

As we are reminded of change all around us, as we age and our strength becomes more and more limited, let these changes be a reminder that God never changes and He never grows tired or weary. May we remember the words of Isaiah that our great God will give strength to those who wait on Him! Certainly a God like this should be trusted.

To the class of 2015 let me congratulate you and encourage you to “be strong and courageous” in the Lord (Joshua 1:8) and to “trust in the Lord with all your heart!” (Proverbs 3:5). Please let the Lord be your source for salvation, strength, and guidance! We change and we have limitations but He is not like us for He is great, mighty, able, and faithful!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Mark