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Who's Your ONE?
Apr 03, 2019

April is going to be an awesome month as we begin our Life Action Summit on April 14th. Some of you may be asking, “What is a Life Action Summit?”

It’s a time set aside for spiritual awakening, a time of seeking God for renewal and refreshing so we might experience a fresh touch from a living God. A Life Action Summit creates an atmosphere for God to work in a unique, powerful, life changing way. It’s designed for the entire church family. An anointed team of young men and ladies will be here to lead our children, our students and our adults in worship.



I believe God has brought us together for such a time as this. I believe He desires to restore our joy, passion, vision and burden for our community. And it all hinges on our obedience. Please pray. Clear your calendars. Prepare your heart, and let’s expect God to move and minister in an unprecedented way! The Summit will begin on April 14th and conclude on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

There is no better time to invite family and friends than Easter Sunday. Easter is the highest attended Sunday in every church, every year.  Jesus is alive, and we have the opportunity to lift Him up and see Him do the miraculous in our midst. Let me say it again: please pray, clear your calendars, prepare your heart and let’s expect God to move and minister in an unprecedented way!

Do you know in the state of North Carolina, we have 10.27 million people?

Do you know in our state that we baptized 11.7% less in 2017 than we did in 2016?

Stop and think about that for just a moment. Do you know that in the last year I’ve seen less people saved and baptized than in all of my 36 years of ministry? In fact, it hurts to say this, but I baptized more people in a church with less than 100 in attendance than we have here at LCC this year. Our nation is getting darker and more divided every day and the church is becoming less effective. We can know that’s not the will of the Father.


On April 28th -- the Sunday after Easter -- I’m going to begin a new series. We’re going to begin an emphasis called “Who’s Your ONE?” My goal is to engage every member of LCC in the work of evangelism. I’m going to challenge every one of us to have at least ONE person that we’re going to pray for and share the gospel with as we turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations.

I’ll give you a bookmark on that Sunday and ask you to write down that person’s name on the bookmark and a prayer guide that will encourage you to pray for that ONE person every day by name. In our staff meetings, our deacon meetings, our Life Groups and even in our worship services we’re going to be asking each other, “Who’s your ONE?”

Please begin praying right now concerning who your ONE may be. Choose someone in our area -- not someone in another city or state -- so you can personally and intentionally reach out to them. If Jesus is alive (and He is!), He is perfectly capable of using every one of us to honor Him and reach our ONE for His glory. Let’s make a difference in our state, in the Triad and in the lives of others as we share the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ!

For the King and His Kingdom,

Pastor Jake

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Preparing for Revival
Feb 01, 2019

It’s exciting to see the moving of dirt, the digging of foundations and the beginning stages of our new children’s building and the renovation of our existing wing. Now we must prepare our hearts to experience God in such a way that He’ll revive His church, raise up new leaders -- especially in our children’s department -- and fill our new children’s wing with precious little boys and girls. God is going to use you if you’ll allow Him. Don’t miss this moment, this new  opportunity!

I’ve been praying for God to add at least one person every week to our church-wide Wednesday prayer time at 6:30am. I’ve been praying for God to not only bring you, but to keep you coming week after week. We desperately need revival in our lives and in our land, and it begins with a bended knee and a broken heart. We must get into the presence of God and cry out to Him! Prayer must become a priority. Is God speaking to you to become one of our prayer warriors?

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."  2 Chron. 7:14

Later this month, I will be with Dr. Samuel Thomas in South Asia for ten days. I will be speaking three or four times per day to students, pastors, the graduating class in the institute and in various churches. Please pray for my physical health. I still have ongoing problems with my back. Most important, please pray for God’s anointing on the services. If God doesn’t show up and touch down in the hearts and lives of people, it will be just another gathering, another meeting with no spiritual fruit. But our prayers can go where we cannot go and do what we cannot do!

While I’m away, you’ll be in good hands. Dr. John Avant, the President of Life Action Ministries, will be our guest speaker for the weekend. You may remember him being with us last year about this time. On Saturday evening, Feb 23, from 6:30 to 8:00pm Dr. Avant and his wife Donna will be leading a marriage seminar called “Valiant Marriage.” Childcare will be provided, but we ask that you RSVP ahead of time so we know how to plan.  Email us at  to let us know how many children you have and what ages they are.

 
 

Dr. Avant will also preach in both services on Sunday morning, Feb 24. Later that evening, he and his wife will conclude the marriage seminar at 6:00 pm. I believe God is going to use Dr. Avant to strengthen our families and to prepare us for a very special revival event in April.  

The Life Action Ministries team will be with us for a Summit event April 14 – 21. There will be events for everyone - nightly worship services along with special times for our kids and students to gather. Please pray, invite others and make plans to be here.  God will honor your faithfulness.

 
 

I believe God has brought us together for such a time as this. May we be sensitive to His Spirit and faithful to His divine direction.

 For the King and His Kingdom,

 
Pastor Jake

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New Opportunities
Jan 02, 2019

2019… A new year with new opportunities! Another chapter in the book of our life has been completed, and we stand on the threshold of an exciting, life-changing adventure because of the indwelling Christ. There are things He wants us to do, places He wants us to go, and people He wants us to meet. The possibilities are endless as we step out by faith and trust Him.

 

Our ground breaking on the new children’s wing was delayed because of the unprecedented snowfall in December, but we’ll begin to see the future unfold this month as Landmark begins to dig the foundation. Buildings don’t reach people -- people reach people.  But this children’s addition and renovation of our existing children's wing will be a powerful tool to impact our community.

The heart of LCC is to “lead an ever-changing community to find fulfillment in following the never-changing Christ.” It’s our goal this year for all of our Sunday morning Life Groups to adopt a specific area - preferably in a neighborhood of some of their members - to impact with prayer and outreach events. We also are encouraging all of our Life Groups to spend group time in getting to know each other through fellowship, teaching truth through Bible study and spending quality time on how to apply God’s truth in our lives and in the community.

If you are not in a Life Group, the new year is a great time to start. Life Groups meet at 9:00am and 10:30am each Sunday. If you are already in a Life Group, pray about starting and helping lead a new Life Group. Church growth occurs through small groups that learn together and serve together. God is going to grow His church for His glory this year, and we want you to be a part of it. Let’s not be spectators but participators - not consumers but contributors. And when you stand in the presence of Christ, you’ll be glad you did!

As we begin a new year, please pray that we will guard our hearts, be sensitive to God’s Spirit, and obey God’s direction for His church. In the words of William Carey, “Let’s expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”

 For the King and His Kingdom,


Pastor Jake

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Make Memories this Christmas
Nov 30, 2018

The weather is cooling down, the Christmas carols are softly playing, the stores are overflowing with shoppers, and we who are believers have the wonderful opportunity of celebrating the Christ of Christmas. Because He is alive, we can experience peace, joy and fulfillment and impact our world with the glorious gospel. And the month of December provides many opportunities to do just that.

Kamal Saleem will be with us on Saturday evening at 6:30pm, Dec. 1 and in all of our services Sunday, Dec. 2

Kamal Saleem was born to a Muslim family in the heart of the Middle East. He was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age and completed his first mission in Israel at the age of seven. He was also recruited by the PLO and other radical Muslim groups.

Kamal is uniquely equipped with tremendous insight into today's world situation. He has a wealth of knowledge concerning the true culture and agenda of radical Islam. He is well versed in the Bible, Koran, Hadith and Sira (Shariah Law). He believes radical Islam is the most broadly disguised present danger to Christians, Jews and all non-Muslim people of the world. Kamal carries a message from God to awaken and equip the Church. 

This important weekend is not just for some members, but all members of LCC. Please invite your friends, and make every effort to join us. You’ll be informed, inspired and equipped to better understand the complexity of our ever changing culture.

If you have a daughter between the ages of 3 and 12 please plan to attend our Daddy Daughter night on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. It will be a special evening and an opportunity to make memories that you and your daughter will never forget.

Our Sing Joy Christmas Dessert Theater will be presented on Friday, Dec. 14 – Sunday Dec. 16 at 7:00 pm each night. Bring your family and friends as we enjoy uplifting music, drama, coffee and dessert as we celebrate the joy of Christmas. Tickets are $3 each and must be purchased in advance. You can pick those up in the lobby after church services or during the week during office hours. For ticket information, contact Ellie Strenk. She has the seating chart and tickets.

On Sunday, Dec 16, we will be giving our gift to the Lord Jesus through the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Every dollar given will go directly to the mission field to support missionaries all over the world who want be home for Christmas. Our goal for this year is $60,000.

Pastor Dean will be leading our Christmas Eve candlelight service on Dec 24 at 5:00pm. There will be no Sunday evening services on the 23rd and 30th, and no Wednesday evening services on the 19th and 26th.

As we prepare to conclude this year and celebrate the Christmas season, I want to encourage you to make memories that you will always cherish. Make memories with your family and with your church family that will honor our Lord, build His Kingdom and bless your life. The most memorable Christmas ever awaits each of us if we will step out by faith and allow the Christ of Christmas to live in and through us. Joy to the World, the Lord has come!

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Your Pastor and Friend,


Pastor Jake

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Thankful for Another Year
Nov 01, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but 2018 is quickly winding down and November is already here. The days have shortened, the leaves are changing and the air is brisk and sometimes even cold. I enjoy each and every season but there is something about this time of the year as we give thanks at Thanksgiving and celebrate the Christ of Christmas that resonates deeply in my soul. It’s exhilarating and always a reminder to me of the gift and the Giver of life. We’ve all been wonderfully blessed.

Don’t miss the opportunities available this month. I would strongly encourage every follower of Christ to join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30am to 12:30pm for our Millennial conference with Doug Rhodes. It will equip you to be a stronger witness, a more understanding parent or grandparent and give you a greater perspective of the culture we live in. Then on Sunday the 18th we will have our annual World Mission conference. Dr. Gordon Fort will be our keynote speaker and missionaries will be in our Bible study classes Sunday morning and many will participate in a panel discussion Sunday evening. After we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 22nd, our Parent-Baby Dedication service will be on the 25th.

As we rapidly move towards another Thanksgiving, let me challenge you to find yourself a quiet place where you’ll not be disturbed and take the time to give thanks, reflect on the goodness of God and fervently pray for our nation. I am so grateful for the blessings of God. I’m thankful for my family, my freedom and faithful friends, like many of you. We have so much to be thankful for, but I am deeply concerned and burdened over our country.

The spiritual climate is rapidly changing as our country grows progressively darker. The voice of truth is being silenced while the vices of men are becoming stronger. There’s a lack of leadership as a nation once founded on God has chosen to abandon God and is spiraling dangerously out of control. What once was considered sin is questionable among many, and accepted by others. Christians are continuously portrayed as intolerant, close-minded, mean-spirited people who are extremists.

Unfortunately, there are some who call themselves Christians yet live in direct opposition of Christ’s teachings. They are either spiritually immature or wolves in sheep’s clothing. Followers of Jesus Christ trust and obey Him, and their love for Christ and others consume them. Love doesn’t mean we go along to get along, nor does it mean that we ignore, accept or condone sin. We can’t accept what God says is unacceptable. Sin always brings heartache and sorrow therefore we must love people enough to tell them the truth. We must speak the truth in love.

As we move towards the conclusion of another year, may we have a greater boldness, a greater burden, a greater faith and a greater love for our Lord and others! May we work while it’s still day because night is coming.

Your Pastor and Friend,
Pastor Jake

 

P.S. Don’t forget to vote on November 6th. Our God is not a Democrat or a Republican but we have the responsibility to honor God concerning the issues of our day. There are no perfect candidates, but there are those who still stand for Christian values and morals. Pray and vote!

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