Monday, December 16, 2013

The Day After

The feeling of excitement runs through your veins with such intensity that you don’t want the moment to end. You wish you could stay in the moment, but you understand that you can not stop time. As hard as you may try the moment will pass, but the memory will last forever.

So here’s question: What do we do the day after? The day after is one of the most important times of a memory. First, we wake and have the thoughts of the previous day flood us with happiness and sometimes even laughter. Then it turns to excitement of what happened the day before. Then it happens…Desire. You sit there and desire that the events of the previous day replay in the current moment you are in, but the reality of that moment is in the past. 

What’s next? Although we cannot relive the previous day’s memorable moment we can look forward to the moments God has in store for our future. Too often we look at what “has been” and fail to look at what “will be”. God has great memories waiting for us to make, and He wants us to make them with Him.


Memories made with our Maker are memories that will withstand the restraint of time. The joy that awaits us in the Eternal Memory of His presence is the greatest memory that we can possibly have. God desires us; He wants us to make memories with Him. Will you?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Letter

LifePointe,

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance. I usually think about sending an email out to everyone the morning of Thanksgiving as I’m sitting there with my family in my pajamas watching the parade. (I’m sorry if that mental picture just scarred you for life.) I want you to know just how thankful I am for each of you. I know that sometimes the busy-ness of ministry can keep me from getting close to those I’m called to pastor, and I truly apologize for that. Regardless, I want everyone to understand that you mean so much to me that I don’t even think I could try to put just how much in words.

As I ponder this I am reminded of the Apostle Paul and his love for the churches in which he had a deep passion for, one in particular is the church of Colossae. In Colossians 1:3-6 Paul, with Timothy’s help, expresses his love for the church, and I want to use his words to express my love for you:

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,” (Colossians 1:3–6, ESV)

This Scripture explains a lot, and in better words my love for everyone at LifePointe. I know Thanksgiving is a great time to express thankfulness, but I am thankful everyday for you! I can’t wait to see what God has in-store for us here at LifePointe and the people He brings our way. Thank you, and let someone know that you’re thankful for them!!

I LOVE MY CHURCH!!!

Pastor Lee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Why??


Why church? Why faith? Why Jesus?

There are many “why’s” that can be asked, and there are many attempts to answer them. I just want to share a truth so you can find some of your own answers to your own “why” questions.

John 6:41–51 (ESV)
41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

I hope you caught the main point that Jesus is talking about, if not here it is: Whoever believes in Jesus HAS eternal life!

Two quick clarifications:
1) It doesn’t say “might have a chance to have eternal life.” NO! It says “HAS eternal life!!!” That’s a promise from God!
2) Belief in Jesus is not something that is passive; it’s active. Faith in Christ is an everyday part of the individual’s life that claims it.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that believers can believe how and when they want. It says that their belief (faith) will be recognizable to those around them. Jesus says, “if you love Me keep My commandments.” Christ’s commandments both start and end with love. It is that love that we as believers will spend eternity with Him experiencing. Make sure you get Jesus’ point!!

Have a great day!! I love my church!!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

There's Hope!


LifePointe, here’s just a quick word for you all.
The Apostle Paul gives us many clear truths throughout his biblical writings. Of these truths two are ringing in my head right now. I have talked to quite a few people this week that are dealing with different things that life is throwing at them. Now though the situations may be different for you or the individuals I’ve talked to, or they may be similar, that is in the eye of the beholder. What I do know that doesn’t vary is God’s truth.
            Paul tells a struggling young church in Rome that we should “…consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). What he is telling this church and essentially us is that the things that are plaguing us today are not going to last forever. He’s telling us that although the sufferings that we endure now are very real, the glory that awaits us as believers will triumph even the worst of sorrow. He gives us hope that God has a beautiful place waiting for us when we get to the end of our journey here on Earth.
            Paul also says a little bit further on in verse 28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Let that sink in. Paul gives this truth that ALL things work together for good for God’s purpose. Don’t overlook these two paramount truths: 1) God’s love and 2) God’s purpose.
“For those who love God…” Clearly if we are in right relationship with God our love for Him will be evident. Here it says that it will unite all things for good. But the second half is as important as the first. “His purpose…” If you are currently thinking that God is “punishing” you, understand that He is not. As believers our punishment was paid for on the cross of Christ. What we have to ask is, “Is what I’m doing, pursuing, living, etc. in line with God’s purpose?”
Don’t let Satan invade your space. Don’t listen to the lies that he will most definitely tell you. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like God doesn’t love you or care for you because of the current situation that you are in. GOD LOVES YOU MORE THAN YOU LOVE YOU!! He wants what is best for us, even when we think we know what’s best. He wants us to be in love and on purpose for Him.
Yes, life will get tough at times! Yes, we may not understand why God allows certain things to happen. Yes, the hard times my hurt a bit. But know this, GOD HAS GREAT PLANS FOR HIS CHILDREN!! He is a loving Father that wants to pour out the blessings on His kids. What we need to do is position ourselves to receive those blessings, and look forward to what lays ahead for us in the future.
I hope this helps you to kick off the weekend well. I love you LifePointe!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Devoted


And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42

When we see this verse it is easy to focus on the importance of reading the Bible (…apostles’ teaching…), or the need for coming together as a local church (…fellowship…). It also is easy to see the need to do small groups together (…breaking of bread…), or the activity of having a prayer chain (…the prayers.).

Now, are any of these wrong? Absolutely not! But, don’t miss the thing that is most important in executing these, that is the condition of the heart. Notice that it says “…they devoted themselves to…” those actions.

It is always easy to say or intend on doing something: But are you devoted? Being devoted means that no matter how tough things get you are in it and engaged for the long haul. And not only in it for the long haul, but you’re willing to whatever it takes to continue to be engaged in it. (Whatever your “it” is.)

So what is your “it”? That may be volunteering for something, helping someone, or even reading the Bible once a day. Whatever it is you need to be devoted…even if it is in a relationship that is difficult.

Devotion goes far beyond “feeling”; it goes far beyond “being happy”. It goes far beyond just “doing the right thing”. Devotion is doing whatever is needed to fulfill a commitment to yourself or someone else.

We live in a time where it is acceptable to walk away when things get tough, when in fact what we need to do is STAY DEVOTED. Devotion is not easy, but it is what is necessary. As we can see from the Scripture above, without devotion things can easily fade away. Jesus says elsewhere that His church will withstand even the gates of Hell. This is done through His devotion to His church. If His devotion withstands the gates of Hell it can withstand the circumstances of your life.

Don’t give up, get devoted!!

--Pastor Lee

Friday, August 16, 2013

Comfort

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thess. 2:16-17)

As I was reading this morning in 2 Thessalonians 2 I read over verses 16-17 and felt compelled to share with everyone. In these two verses the Apostle Paul wraps up an encouraging word to the Christians in Thessalonica who have been attacked by imposters of the faith. Paul gives these Christians clarity in that Jesus is coming again to His eternal reign and rule of His creation.

What I see here in verses 16-17 is a great message for all of us Christians today as well. The apostle makes clear what our posture to face everyday should be. This posture is supported and directed to Jesus. Here Paul says that God’s love for us is given to us to comfort us in through everyday of our lives. This comfort he talks about though is not merely one that is restrained to the present but one that is also manifested in the hope to come.

As you wind down your workweek and prepare for your weekend, keep in mind these great words of truth from Paul. Stand firm! Have hope! This is possible because our hope and comfort is not in what we do but in what Jesus has done!

Have a blessed day!

- Pastor Lee