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…

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…

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…

How Willing Are You to Take a Risk?

How willing are you to take a risk? Both of my grandsons like to build things from wood and like tools. Avry, now 16, would ask for gift cards to Lowe’s building center when he was 10 or 11. Sammy is 7 and loves to build things with me. A couple of years ago, I…

Learning to Walk

As I near my fifties, I am more aware than ever that life changes are all around no matter who you are or what stage of life you are in. You watch a baby learn to walk or a high school senior walk across a graduation stage. A middle age friend you know is walking…

“Uncage the lion.”–by Bob Sieh

I have been reading and rereading the book, Saving Euthychus: How to preach God’s word and keep people awake.  In it the author quotes the 19th-century preacher Charles Spurgeon who said that “‘. . . we need to defend the Bible about as much as we need to defend a lion.’ A much better strategy…