LCCPrays – 40 days to the Cross

As March begins, so does the season of preparation by Christians called Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 1st), Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians…

Election Thoughts by Mike Skelton

This past weekend, I began with some thoughts about our present season, and what I feel might be an appropriate response to the changes and tension of the world in which we live. Last Friday a new president was sworn into office. No matter our choices in the primaries or on election day, we live…

2016 Giving

Good Morning! One of the most difficult things to discuss in the church is money. I think there is a natural skepticism within our culture that has been seeded by stories of Pastors/Leaders misusing funds, the ever-increasing bad press that the church gets in the western world, and the simple fact that we all have…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This is such a wonderful time of year. People draw near to one another, celebrate the season and give of their blessings. There is a special hope that is ignited and felt by all. Sometimes, that hope can be shadowed by other, less joyous, elements of the Christmas season. Every year, Americans spend over $450,000,000.00…

Tis the Season…

There are a lot of emotions swirling around this election season. It seems as though we find ourselves in one of several camps surrounded by ideological convictions and the prospect of casting our votes for individuals that are deeply flawed, who may not have been our first choice. What to do? I, in no way, intend…

When Jesus Sat Down… Further Thoughts

What keeps you up at night? This coming Sunday we will be discussing worry. Worry and anxiety are so prevalent in our culture today. The sheer amount of pressure on parents to provide for their families in light of uncertain economic and social times is enough to send anyone’s head spinning. Not to mention the…

When Jesus Sat Down… Further Thoughts

When was the last time you fasted to be with the Lord? Honestly, it is not a process that many of us engage in these days, but Jesus spoke about it in a way that assumed it was a part of his hearers’ lives.   Matthew 6:16-18 16 “And when you fast, do not look…

When Jesus Sat Down….Further Thoughts

When Jesus Sat Down… Further Thoughts   As we move through the Sermon on the Mount, we have to make certain decisions about what to include and what to leave out. This is one of the toughest things to do in planning sermons, because it’s the Bible—shouldn’t we talk about everything?! One of the things…