I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some sunshine and warmer weather. I love the springtime. New life appears to be all around us, with the greatest reminder of life being the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus! With the start of 2021 being kind of a second verse same as the first beginning, I am ready for some new life! I praise God that even through all of the cold, covid, and uncertainty, Jesus reminds us that the Life He gives is the abundant life and that gets better day by day!
Lifers, we are so excited to welcome Jason and Meagan McLeod and their children, Brooks, Ellie Grace, Karis, and Elijah to LCC! Jason will begin March 28th as Student Pastor. I have known Jason for three years and have walked through the fires with this godly man. I can’t wait to see all that God does in and through our student ministry under Jason’s leadership!
Many have come up to me and said they feel like the messages that Pastor Jake and myself have been preaching remind them of revival messages. I pray that is true as for passion and the call to repent. But I want to caution us to remember what being in true revival looks like. It is not hearing a powerful sermon. It is not hearing a song that moves us to emotions or gives us spiritual goosebumps. It is not meeting our budget every month or for the year. It is not having great fellowship. It is not having your Life group numbers higher than the year before. True revival is much more than all of those man-centered and man-created things. When a church (local body of Christ) like Life Community yields itself and humbles itself to the Spirit of God, and is willing to do WHATEVER He leads them to do, then true revival will take place. And the result will be:
“Any true revival can be proven by the fact it changed the moral climate of an area or nation.” Leonard Ravenhill
Remember, what we “amen” at church, we must “live” outside of church. Let’s be Jesus with skin on to Triad, Guilford County, North Carolina, America and the World!
I love you and can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday!
Amazed at His grace,
God is so awesome. During a time when many churches struggled financially and others closed their doors, LCC by God’s grace continued to gather and worship serving our community in 2020. Our food distribution on Lexington Avenue served 9,381 households representing almost 35,000 people, distributing over 553,000 pounds of food. We ministered to foster care homes providing various necessities and also provided funds for the Baptist Children’s home feeding about 500 kids. We provided 2000 homeless children with personal hygiene kits and provided over 500 senior adults meals for a month and 100 children with meal boxes.
We participated in Love Life and the Life Chain standing and praying for innocent unborn children that cannot stand for themselves; we hosted 2 blood drives and provided a Kidz Camp with 48 children. We provided a Trunk or Treat in October serving approximately 800 children and provided 271 shoeboxes in December for Operation Christmas Child.
Many ministries who depend on the local church were struggling and through your generosity we gave $165,000 to help them and another $86,000 supporting missionaries all over the world. And God blessed as we baptized 71 and received 75 new members. All this during the darkest and most difficult time in the history of our nation!
I’m so proud of God’s church and God’s people but the storm clouds are still gathering and increasing. In the words of Dave Ramsey “Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus, but it is racist to refer to it as Chinese even though it began in China. Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and others are not held responsible for what they are doing right now. After legislating gender, if a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him. We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right… where killing murderers is wrong, but killing innocent babies is right. Wake up America. The great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, is taking on water and sinking fast. “
I’m not trying to be an extremist or a pessimist but a realist. As I look at the world and look at the Word of God I am deeply concerned over the state of the church and the direction of our nation. I’m convinced we’ve passed the point of no return apart from divine intervention. As a follower of Jesus Christ and a messenger for the King I’m encouraging and challenging God’s people to pray, confess, repent and step out by faith. Let’s return to a living, all-powerful, holy God! We’re commanded to pray for those who have authority over us, therefore we should pray for the current administration daily. We are also commanded to give thanks in all things. I’m so thankful I know the truth and because of Jesus I can walk in that truth.
We will never change the moral climate of our culture until we become serious about bringing a lost world to a loving Savior. May we be intentional in bringing a blind, hurting world into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus was clear; He came to seek and to save those who are lost and He has called us to go into our community, our city and our world. Let’s go…
For the King and His Kingdom,
Leeeetttt’s get ready to rumble! Is this the battle cry you feel like chanting as we prepare for 2021? What a year 2020 was! It started with so much promise, hope, and dreams. And yet it feels like this year is ending in denial, despair and shattered dreams. Can anything good come out of a year of economic shutdowns, millions infected by Covid19, and political chaos? Yes! If God can bring the greatest good out of the worst event in history, He can bring good out of 2020.
I recently read these verses and I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to slow down and read them again.
“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” Psalm 112:7-8
Wow! I mean, if there is a verse or verses that all of us should adopt for 2021, here they are! The child of God receives bad news with confidence and even joy because he knows the good news that will one day engulf and wash away every terror that might be.
More bad news may come in 2021. But, as a child of God I can confidently look to the Lord who will care for me! As Christians, we recognize that this life is really just a prelude to the eternal one; a life in which “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4
We’re going to a place where the worst pain or year we go through will seem like brief birth pains swallowed up in the joy of new birth. Hallelujah!
I love you Lifers!
It is always difficult trying to figure out what we’re going to get others for Christmas. I heard about one little guy who got a harmonica from his uncle. A few days later he saw his uncle for the 1st time since receiving the gift & with a big smile said, “Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas, It’s the best present ever.” His uncle said “You’re welcome. Do you know how to play it?” The little guy said “No, I don’t play it. My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night!" That’s a gift that keeps on giving.
We’re about to celebrate the gift that keeps on giving, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Soon we’ll be hearing friends, family and even strangers smiling and saying “Merry Christmas.” But how do you really have a merry Christmas? To have a merry Christmas we must focus on the Christ of Christmas and honor Him in all that we say and do because Christmas is all about Christ. Christmas is a never changing message to all mankind that says you matter to God; that God cares about you and loves you unconditionally.
Christmas celebrates the birth of our Lord. It reveals a life changing moment in time when the infinite infant, God in the flesh became man; incredible, inconceivable yet, undeniable. Heaven touched earth and God directly intervened in human history providing abundant and eternal life. Christmas is an exciting time of bright lights and decorations, fun and festivities and a time of food, family and friends. It is a reflective time as we meditate on the virgin birth and celebrate Immanuel, God with us and because His presence we can experience love, joy and hope even in the most difficult times. Christmas is always a tremendous opportunity to show and share the love of Christ to a lonely and hurting world.
On December 13th we will have the opportunity to impact the world and invest in God’s Kingdom by giving our gift to Jesus as we celebrate His birthday. Our goal as a church is $60,000. During the service mangers will be down front for you to come and place your monetary gift in the manger. Every dollar given will go directly to support faithful missionaries all over the world to reach the lost and unchurched. There are over 7000 unreached people groups and this has been an extremely difficult year for our missionaries. We may not be able to go but we can give to those who have gone. Please pray and be prepared to generously give your gift to our Lord on His birthday!
It breaks my heart to say this, but our Candlelight Christmas eve service will be online. Every year we’ve had a packed house, an overflowing crowd therefore there is no room to distance people safely. But we have planned a very exciting, encouraging online service for 5:00 on the 24th. Gather with your family and join us as we celebrate the birth of our King.
As we prepare to conclude this year and celebrate the Christmas season may I encourage you to “make memories” that you will always cherish. Make memories with your family and 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’ll step out by faith and allow the Christ of Christmas to live in and through us.
May you and your family have a Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year,
Your Pastor and Friend,
Who would have ever believed when we began talking and taking precautions in March concerning Covid-19 that we would still be dealing with it in November! Even though we realize it’s not a life threatening virus for the majority, it is still a highly contagious virus that we have no cure for, and don’t know what long term effects it may later have for those who have been diagnosed with it.
I mention this because when weeks turn to months it’s easy to take less precaution and be less concerned but recently the cases have been increasing in our county and we all need a timely reminder to wash our hands, keep a safe distance from others and to wear a mask in populated areas.
We at Life Community want to provide a safe environment to keep people safe, to equip them and honor our Lord. I believe the church is essential. It’s the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, bought with His blood. Many people watch online and I’m grateful for that, and realize for some, this is their only option. That can be a short term solution, but it can also become a terrible habit that drastically affects our spiritual maturity.
Church is the gathering of God’s people. There is the universal church we are born into the moment we receive Christ, therefore people say “we are the church” which is correct. But there is also the local church where we come together being equipped, encouraging one another and worshiping our soon returning Savior. The NT epistles are written to the local church and in 2 Tim 3 we have the qualifications for pastors and deacons. Then in 2 Tim. 3:15, Paul says he’s written these things so we might know how to behave our self in the church, the house of God. Church is not sitting home & watching on-line. It’s too easy to be distracted and we need one another. Even during times of extreme persecution believers gathered because the Bible says to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Hebr. 10:25
True story; I spoke with a pastor from Florida recently who had one of his leaders tell him that he’d not be back until this was all over. Weeks later he saw the man and his family at Disney shoulder to shoulder with strangers. Many today are in crowds, but not in church.
Since the beginning I have found myself in a dilemma. I have a strong conviction concerning gathering as a church and a strong concern about everyone’s safety. We’re living in a time like no other in the history of our nation, and the enemy is determined to divide us. But if the church doesn’t come together, who will?
So I believe we should make every effort to gather together but I also believe we need to take every precaution. Don’t minimize the need for safety. When you come you should social distance from others who are not family or close acquaintances, and wear a mask if possible. We as a staff have committed to wearing a mask. We’ve talked about a mask only service but we’ve decided not to do so at this time. I think it would be impossible to enforce, but if necessary we will do so. We desire to honor you and honor our Lord and we covet your prayers.
For the King and His Kingdom,