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Come Expecting

When I was living in Massachusetts I attended an Assembly of God church and met a lot of people who are still friends to this day. While there I attended the college group they had as that was the stage of life I was in. On a particular night, I was listening to the young adult’s pastor preaching and he said something that was so profound that I wrote it in the front of my Bible and it reminds me every time I attend a church service or conference or spend time alone with the word to, “Come Prepared.” Come expecting to hear the Lord speak...


The King Has Come

***URGENT*** Well, the ladies are preparing to head up the mountain and leave many of the LifePoint men all alone. This is the most horrifying weekend of the whole year and if any of you men need some pre-retreat prayer and support I suggest you come tonight to the men’s group at 7pm in the main sanctuary, and if you need to feed your kids over the three day weekend you may bring them to the men’s breakfast at 7am. Finally, I am calling you men out to not stay at home, rather get yourself up throw a hat on your daughters and come to church...


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The American legal system has a very important principle that just about everyone has heard before, “you are innocent until proven guilty.” It is called the presumption of innocence. The reason this is so important is it protects the individual from unjust convictions or punishment. In John 3 Jesus takes another approach, “guilty, until you receive my innocence.” That’s right, every single person ever born stands guilty before an almighty God. This is due to what we call the sin nature. Everything in this world has a nature, purpose. A giraffe does what is according to its nature, a lion eats a zebra because it is...


Trust Me

When we ask somebody to, trust us, we are telling them, I am worthy of your trust. Secondly, we are asking them to believe in our character and integrity. Third, we asking them to have faith in us to carry out that which we require their trust. When you think about it, those two words are a pretty powerful request. I think we throw around the word love more than we do trust. Even though you cannot have love without trust…or can you? According to John 2:23-25 Jesus trusted nobody, yet, He loved the whole world and each human in it, so much that he died...


Wine & Blood

It is difficult, no, nearly impossible to sit down and watch the evening news and leave with overflowing joy in your heart. The evening news is especially full of stories depicting mankind’s brokenness and the destruction of natural disasters, sickness, and pandemics, economic meltdowns, and celebrity crisis. Occasionally they like to throw in a “feel good” piece to help the watcher not leave completely depressed. So where do we go to receive joy then? If you are a parent you find joy in watching your children grow, mature and learn new things, no matter their age, you find joy in your hobbies, vacations, relationships, and adventures....


Piercing the Darkness

All you need to defeat a pitch black room is a pin hole where light can get through. Then soon your eyes will adjust and use that light to see your surroundings. By the time Jesus was born on this earth the darkness had come in it’s fulness we are told, (Gal. 4:4). Darkness only has power to exist in the absence of light, when any amount of light enters the picture darkness loses all its power. This is true of physical light and dark we observe in nature, it is true of a Christians battle with sin and Jesus said it was true of him...


A Compassionate God

It is often said by an unbelieving world, “I cannot follow a God who would allow so much evil in this world and bad things to happen to good people.” God is seen as an angry malevolent being that demands an impossible list of values and punishes all those who do not live up to them. God is the “taker-away” of fun, the designer of prejudice and the author of self righteous piety. Jesus is often seen as the arbitrator of peace between an angry God and disobedient people. In a type of celestial good cop, bad cop, Jesus comes in and pats the heads and...


Putting Feet to the Gospel

After listening to Pastor Nathan this past Sunday as he shared his vision for Life Point Church, I was reminded what the Bible says in Romans 10:1415 were Paul said “how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? How can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? How can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? How will anyone go and tell them without being sent? The Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news”! Jonah chapter three is about a reluctant prophet proclaiming the word that the Lord gave...


Future Focused

Vision is an interesting concept. Everyone has a vision of some sort in their life. If you are a parent you have a vision of what you want for your children, if you are a business owner you will have a vision for what your company can become, if you are a social justice advocate you will have a vision for what can make your community better, and if you are a pastor you are given vision for the people of your church/family, neighborhood and community. However, vision is difficult, because it always requires patience and awaiting for future events. In my experience it is even...


Okay Fine, I’ll Pray

Why does prayer come in last? We make every effort to tell ourselves that this year will be different. “Today will be different I promise God,” we say. Our intent is that we will spend more time in prayer. Many of us may have been taught that as a kid. Make sure you say your prayers…when you wake up, before dinner and before you go to bed. But life takes over and our well-intentioned thoughts and promises to spend more time in prayer go to the wayside. We can go days, weeks…even months without being with our Father. We justify that with our many reasons. Through...