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Make the Word the Foundation of Your Life

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Make the Word the Foundation of Your Life

We must understand how incredibly powerful the influence of the world around us is, how it shapes and molds our thinking. Every movie we watch, every newscast we listen to, every Facebook or Twitter post we read, all shape our thoughts and eventually mold our beliefs.

The world Noah lived in was so bad, the Bible says, his soul and mind were greatly disturbed by the things he saw and heard. Noah didn’t have the written Word like we do.

Our first thought on every issue of society ought to be, What does the Word say?

Five weak foundations you want to avoid building your life on:

  • Popular culture – There’s a tremendous amount of pressure today to conform to how everyone around us thinks (what is right or wrong).

Isaiah 5:20 says, “There are those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”

You have to teach yourself to recognize the dysfunctional thinking of our society. The Bible, God’s Word, will help you know the difference!

  • Tradition – This is primarily found in religion devoid of true faith. Amish teach we are saved by our works (good outweighs bad).

Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace we are saved, through faith. It is not by our works.”

  • Reason

Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

  • Feelings

Judges 21:25 says, “People did whatever they felt like doing.”

  • Intellect

1 Corinthians 1:21 says, “In the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom, did not know God.”

We have to make the Word of God the foundation of our life, and not base our beliefs on the influence of the world around us.

You can listen to the complete audio message here. 

 

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Idols of Your Own Making

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Idols of Your Own Making

When Solomon dedicated the temple in Jerusalem he was filled with a sense of God’s unparalleled greatness and supremacy in the universe. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all.”[1]

That is what a true God looks like. He is large and in charge!

Perhaps Jesus was thinking of Solomon’s prayer when He taught His disciples to pray His model prayer. It ends with; “For Thine is the kingdom, Thine is the power, Thine is glory.” Everything BELONGS to God, everything is FROM God, and absolutely everything is moving TOWARDS God.

Someday the universe will come to an end, everything and everyone will bow before God and declare His Lordship and worshipfulness.

While we are living our life here, God doesn’t want us paranoid about our relationship with Him. He doesn’t want us to take a vow of poverty and throw everything out because money and things can become idols. God actually wants us to enjoy His blessings. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, God has richly given us ALL things richly to enjoy. Possessions, position and people are not the problem.

It’s entirely possible to have lots of money, a high position of power and influence, an adoring family and loyal friends and never make an idol out of anything or anyone.

Kyle Idleman, in his book, God’s at War said, “The problem is that the instant something takes the place of God, the moment it becomes an end in itself rather than something to lay at God’s throne, it becomes an idol.”

Every idol we have is an idol of our own making.

Whatever/whomever we put BEFORE God is an idol. We may not carve out a physical idol and bow down to it, but we do carve out our idols.

Some of the most common idols we make, idols that we hope to topple over the next few weeks in my blogs:

  • Sex or romance
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Success or money
  • Family
  • Self

 

This series inspired by Pastor Kyle Idleman’s book, God’s at War—Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart ©2013. 

Listen online to the complete message at http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2016/05/15/gods-at-war-week-1/

[1] 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 AMP

 

 

Stories of Impact—Food Pantry

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Stories of Impact—Food Pantry

“Be careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”

Luke 8:18 GW

Pastor Mike led an all-volunteer prayer meeting before heading out to our various work areas during a time of outreach.

As we prayed together the Holy Spirit empowered us to minister to those who would come to receive food. In the Resource Room we were greeted by many who came just have that “special prayer partner” pray with them.

Two reported how God had answered their prayers from the previous visit. We’re always amazed that God knows how to team up the right prayer worker with the right guest—usually one who has a similar need. One woman’s grandson was having seizures. The Holy Spirit selected the very worker who also has a similar need to pray with them. After prayer and in tears, another told us how thankful he was to have Dan pray for him! A few participants are coming to church services now. A greeter told me how exciting it is to see these people who used to be downcast, but are week by week looking more cheerful!

Even though there were fewer volunteers this month, God ALWAYS comes through with all that we need for ministry—WOW! 

~Pastor Mike

Our greatest source of impact is outside the walls of the church. May God light a fire in your soul. May you find your place of impact.

Stories of Impact—In Children’s Ministry

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Stories of Impact—In Children’s Ministry

“Be careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”

Luke 8:18 GW

—a Lakeview Family Member shares her story:

I thank God for our Church! Last Sunday’s teaching on using our gifts was wonderful! Lakeview Church is a great place to ‘perfect’ our skills in whatever gifts we have. Our church has all the resources and the people to help us discover what our gifts are and how to use them.

 I have been blessed for many years by the children of Lakeview and working in “God’s Big Back Yard.” The joy I receive in preparing for my class is overwhelming! But my gift is not just in teaching, it’s also in serving. I believe that all of us have a little bit of the serving gift in us!

 

I want to encourage everyone to spend a little time in our children’s ministries and have the pleasure of seeing God the Father, Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit through the eyes of our greatest resource, our children!

~Jackie

 

Jackie has taught Sunday School for over 40 years.

Our greatest source of impact is outside the walls of the church. May God light a fire in your soul. May you find your place of impact.

 

Stories of Impact—Freedom from Chemical Dependency

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Stories of Impact—Freedom from Chemical Dependency

“e careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”

Luke 8:18 GW

—a Lakeview Family Member shares her story:

I’ve been attending Lakeview for 10 years. When I started attending I was well on my way to the world of addiction in alcohol. Never in a million years would I have ever thought alcohol would control my life. When someone said they were an alcoholic and couldn’t quit, I didn’t understand it. It sounded simple to me. Just STOP! But the enemy has power over our minds and he uses many things that seem to be pleasurable and innocent in the beginning before he buries us in our own self destruction.  

Over a 15-year period of time my drinking continued to escalate, and I knew I was in trouble. One morning I sat in my bed in deep despair and said out loud, “I can’t quit. I CAN’T QUIT. LORD YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR ME.”

On January 20, 2016, I celebrated two years of sobriety thanks to God and some very faithful, loving, loyal, praying Christian friends. And here’s the funny thing. Even people who hugged and smiled at me on Sundays when I was so desperate, made a big difference for me. I’m sure they were completely unaware of their impact, but it touched my heart and changed my life!

~Kathy

 

Kathy is now team teaching a class: Addictions B4 and Beyond

Our greatest source of impact is outside the walls of the church. May God light a fire in your soul. May you find your place of impact.

Some Seeds Will Produce Amazing Results

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Some Seeds Will Produce Amazing Results

The power of impact lies buried in our hearts until we step out and plant a seed. The crazy thing is we don’t really know what can happen until we step out. Even then, we may not see the full bloom of the impact of our lives until we stand before the Lord in heaven!

Jesus said it could be amazing, “And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each.”[1]

I was going through some old binders that Pastor Tom had put together of historic documents from another era. I found the closing statement on Lakeview’s property dated December 26, 1963. We paid $45k for 14 acres of land. At that time it was an untapped piece of property laying there like an unplanted seed, full of unknown potential. This church stepped out in faith, THEY DID SOMETHING!

And I, for one, am glad they did.

HOW MANY LIVES HAS LC IMPACTED since it relocated here in 1967?

*How many people have been saved on this property?

*Baptized in water and the Spirit?

*Called into missions work around the globe?

*Called into the vocational mission field of Indianapolis?

*Marriages strengthened/lives touched/destinies changed!

In the movie Gladiator, Maximus said to the troops: “Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity.”

 

[1] Luke 8:8 GWT

Dying to Live

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Dying to Live

We can know a lot about our gifts and callings. We can have a heart for God and for people, but if we never step into the point of IMPACT, if we never engage in the things we are passionate about, it just won’t matter. We won’t change a thing. People won’t get better. The stuck will still be stuck. The hungry will still be hungry, and the lost will still be lost.

Passion and vision require IMPACT, engagement, and stepping out.

Webster’s Dictionary defines impact as:

  1. the moment when one object comes forcibly into contact with another object and all of the stored up energy is released,
  2. having a strong effect on something or someone.

Jesus talked a lot about the high potential for impact. He said that we all have impact and compared it to the potential for impact that seeds have. Seeds are full of life-giving potential, but until they germinate—until they find good soil—their IMPACT remains untapped.

Seeds have to die in order to live.

The potential of a seed is locked up. The potential of a seed can never be realized until that seed dies, and it is planted in the soil of this world. That’s exactly what our lives are like. Until we die to self, until we die to the fear of looking foolish or to the fear of failing, we will never find our true impact.

Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal.”[1]

I like my life … do you like yours? Take a risk today. Step out in faith. Ask God to make yours a life of influence. We all must fall to the ground and die to “self” before we can produce.

 

[1] John 12:24-25 GWT

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