Posts Categorized: Daily Devotions

11/22/2017

Phil Krouse It feels like I’ve always struggled in my prayer life, and I’ve also always struggled to accept God’s unconditional love for me. But I failed to make the connection between the two. I naturally tend to feel like God is obligated to love me, because of the cross. Like somehow His hands are… Read more »

11/21/2017

Skip Lloyd In my years as a pastor, people have asked me to help them know God’s will for their lives. What they were really asking me to do is to point them to a specific direction in scripture for their particular question or need. Wouldn’t it be nice if scripture said it this plain?… Read more »

11/20/2017

Stacey Crawford Have you ever found yourself in a season when something has happened and you are confident of a promise you have been given from God, but you are stuck somewhere in the middle? That is me right now. Something recently happened in my life that was hurtful and caused a lot of pain… Read more »

11/19/2017

Brandon Leitnaker There is nothing ordinary about your life. If fact, your life is quite extraordinary. You know what makes your life extraordinary? You were made in the image of an extraordinary God, who breathed His very breath in you to give you life. That is the marker of Someone who gladly made you and… Read more »

11/18/2017

Chris Reed In the early American Colonies, much of the relationship between Colonists and Native Americans was economic. They would meet at a trading post and trade goods such as food, weapons, tobacco, and clothing supplies. The goal of trading was always to measure the value of what you were trading against the value of… Read more »

11/17/2017

Travis Keirns It is so much easier for me to remember the mistakes I’ve made in my life than to remember the successes. The narrative that continually runs through my mind is one of misspoken words, poor reactions, and failed moments in the relationships of my life. This is where Satan loves to live, in… Read more »

11/16/2017

Stacey Crawford So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT I am in a really difficult season, perhaps the hardest season I have ever walked through so far in my life. Those who know me know that I am usually a person who tries… Read more »

11/15/2017

Phil Krouse The Prodigal They have probably been called rebels, rule breakers, thrill seekers, and worse. They are no doubt used to the judgmental stares and condescending looks. And while you wonder if anything will get through to them, know that someone has already gotten through to them. The enemy. He likes to remind prodigals… Read more »

11/14/2017

Tiffany Fulk Do you remember when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? It was an amazing moment in your life! You felt joy, peace, and excitement knowing that Jesus was going to help you through life. Then after a couple weeks go by, you still feel same as you did and you still have… Read more »

11/13/2017

Skip Lloyd I have a confession to make. I like new things. If I’m completely honest, I would like to have a new car. Or a new phone. Or new clothes. I really am thankful for all the generous things God has given me, but deep down, I find myself wishing for something a little… Read more »

11/12/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Last week I said something to my kids, that once I heard it come out of my mouth, I realized how extreme of a statement it might have been. After discovering that my kids had made a mess of their rooms that I had just cleaned the day prior, I said something like… Read more »

11/10/2017

Skip Lloyd Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ. Do you remember the day when you made the decision to follow Christ? With that decision, you decided to stop trying to run things yourself. You made the decision to let Jesus be the leader of your life. Eventually, you decided not to just settle… Read more »

11/09/2017

Phil Krouse My introduction to Lancaster Community Church came via Tiffany Fulk (who is now LCC’s Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry). At the time, I had just been hired at Praises Christian Bookstore where she was the manager. She talked about God and her church in a way that, despite growing up in church, made… Read more »

11/08/2017

Natalie Widener I am different because of Jesus. If you have a child in the children’s ministry program, this is what they are learning about in their series. Pastor Phil often quotes this with the children, getting them to repeat the phrase back to him. Can’t you just imagine the joy of God and all… Read more »

11/07/2017

Natalie Widener LORD my God, no one can compare with you. You have done many wonderful things. You have planned to do these things for us. There are too many of them for me to talk about. Psalm 40:5 We recently returned from a family vacation to the beach. We try to go once a… Read more »

11/06/2017

Danielle Disbennett I read a church sign the other day that said, “Church should make us better, not comfortable.” Naturally, we like comfort. We like comfortable clothing. We like being around people who we feel comfortable with, people we can be ourselves around. Most people don’t necessarily enjoy doing things that are out of their comfort zone. But… Read more »

11/05/2017

Dan Wykle   Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11 Man, I gotta tell ya, I’m in a MAJOR funk! Have been now for the past two weeks. But there is something… Read more »

11/04/2017

Phil Krouse Please read Psalm 23. I’m by nature a sensitive person. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Other times, not so much. When you can sense and feel others burdens, it is easy to take them on yourself. It is not uncommon for me to hear about someone’s plight and just feel the… Read more »

11/03/2017

Travis Keirns We know the story of David versus Goliath, a boy versus a giant, a shepherd versus a warrior. It is one of the first accounts we learn when we start children’s church. For forty days, Goliath had been taunting and challenging the Israelite army, but the army and their leader, King Saul, were… Read more »

11/02/2017

Stacey Crawford I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,     and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair,     out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground     and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:1-2 NLT This verse… Read more »

11/01/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Have you ever grown impatient with God? Have you ever found yourself waiting to see God move or hear God answer your prayers? You are not alone. I’m going to be bold and say that probably 95% of us (if not more) have had this experience at some point in our lives. Even… Read more »

10/31/2017

Michael Giacomoni Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 These last couple weeks have been EXHAUSTING for me. I’ve been going non-stop, and frankly I feel kind of burnt out. When that happens, I get lazy with a lot of things. I’m not as… Read more »

10/30/2017

Skip Lloyd I was recently asked, “How do you worship God when we aren’t singing praise songs at LCC?” My answer was simple: “Worship is an everyday lifestyle and can begin in the simplest and most obvious ways.” It’s something every one of us can do, yet something far too many of us overlook. Here… Read more »

10/29/2017

Tiffany Fulk We have started a new series in children’s ministry called “I AM DIFFERENT.” In the middle of a lesson, Pastor Phil always says to the kids, “I am different because…” and the kids yell “of God.” In the first lesson of this series, Pastor Phil taught that we should think, live, love, and… Read more »

10/28/2017

Chris Reed To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. Revelation 21:6 This passage appears at least three times in the Bible, once again in Revelation 22:17 and Isaiah 55:1. It’s an amazing passage in scripture. In its words we find an invitation…an invitation by God, extended… Read more »

10/27/2017

Tiffany Fulk I love this new series we have started at church on worship. I love to worship God and be in awe of Him. I love the first sermon of the series, where Pastor Matthew really challenged us to worship God no matter the situation that we are in. He reminded us that in… Read more »

10/26/2017

Michael Giacomoni As we enter into this series about worship, I have been thinking a lot about the reasons I don’t always worship from a genuine place. I think part of it is due to some ideas that I bought into as a young Christian. For some reason, I had this idea in my head… Read more »

10/25/2017

Travis Keirns You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5-6 Have you ever reached that moment during a visit with friends or family… Read more »

10/24/2017

Stacey Crawford One of my favorite songs right now is a song called “You Make Me Brave.” It is by Bethel, and I highly recommend you check it out. I can relate so much to this song right now that I have almost declared it my personal anthem for this season of my life. In… Read more »

10/23/2017

Brandon Leitnaker In Ecclesiastes 3, we read that there is a time for everything. The writer says that, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (vs. 1). Not sure if you have ever noticed it, but doesn’t it seem that God calls us to take faith steps at… Read more »

10/22/2017

Alyssa Brandon But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  Psalms 86:15    My family recently went through a big transition. We added a second child! During my pregnancy I was filled with excitement and could not wait to meet our son, but… Read more »

10/21/2017

Michael Giacomoni As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let… Read more »

10/20/2017

Travis Keirns And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”… Read more »

10/19/2017

Kenny Burcham What is your calling? Sometimes God gives us specific callings. He may call us to specific jobs or specific cities. If God has called you to something, and you are doing that thing, that’s where you will feel most fulfilled. When you are functioning where you were designed to be, you’ll feel and… Read more »

10/18/2017

Phil Krouse I recently listened to a radio program detailing the positive results that have been discovered testing Virtual Reality games on people with chronic pain. Research shows that when our minds are distracted, our pain levels go down. And this test was proving that to be true. One tester lost his arm a few… Read more »

10/17/2017

Tiffany Fulk This past week I went on vacation with my little family to the beach. It was so beautiful and fun. At the beginning of the week, my toddler had a little problem. He is not a big change guy, so being at a new place to stay and a new environment sets him… Read more »

10/16/2017

Stacey Crawford What do you do when life gets crazy? How do you respond when the unexpected comes your way? Who, what, or where do you turn when the worst-case scenario happens in your life? I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I think we all would hope that our answer would be… Read more »

10/15/2017

Skip Lloyd I love talking with new believers in Christ. I get the privilege to meet regularly with new Christians, and hear how and when Christ became real in their lives. And then I love to see those same people make their public profession of faith by being baptized. I hear the following statement from… Read more »

10/14/2017

Chris Reed What are the prerequisites to following Jesus? What are the things we have to do to become part of the Jesus team? Do we pay our monthly dues? Do we qualify by winning the Moral Compass games? Do we graduate from discipleship school with a BFJ (Bachelors in Following Jesus)? Maybe it’s our… Read more »

10/13/2017

Travis Keirns Tragedy…again? A devastating hurricane, then another. Political turmoil, racial tension, a senseless shooting that baffles the mind. Brokenness around the world and in our own backyards. These events, both singularly and collectively, create a mass of confusion in our minds that we can neither fully rationalize nor eliminate. We cannot understand it, but… Read more »

10/12/2017

Phil Krouse The antidote to pride is seeing ourselves as God sees us. Not more, not less. Realizing that a perfect and sinless God stepped down from Heaven to bridge the gap between a broken, sinful race and its creator leaves you in awe, but it also leaves you with a thankful heart. Last night,… Read more »

10/11/2017

Natalie Widener Have you ever gone through something so difficult that you didn’t even have the words to pray? Sometimes the tears you shed are the only “words” you can muster during these difficult times. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each… Read more »

10/10/2017

Michael Giacomoni Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!… Read more »

10/09/2017

Brandon Leitnaker While watching a television show the other day, I heard a statement made by the main character that got me thinking. The main character, who is notoriously known as being highly dysfunctional in many areas of life, is exceptionally dysfunctional in the area of relationships. This individual’s view on relationships is pretty flip,… Read more »

10/08/2017

Abbey Parsley We all have that “thing” we’ve prayed for. You know what I’m talking about. The thing, the situation, the relationship, whatever we are needing healed of. Our thing has tormented us, weighed us, stressed us, kept us awake, caused us pain. It has been prayed over for days, months, even years; we’ve invested… Read more »

10/07/2017

Michael Giacomoni For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in… Read more »

10/06/2017

Phil Krouse A few years ago, I watched a friend go through a separation and then divorce. I felt so bad as I watched the pain and devastation that ripped through their lives. The whole process began with unfaithfulness and lies. And as my heart went out to this friend and their child, God clearly… Read more »

10/05/2017

Travis Keirns  Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised… Read more »

10/04/2017

Skip Lloyd Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) Someone recently gave me a great compliment and told me how much they appreciated and loved me. It felt good. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone… Read more »

10/03/2017

Stacey Crawford Can I state the obvious? Parenting is hard! I thought the infant stage was tough, but man, these toddler years might be the end of me. It’s funny, because this has by far been my favorite stage to date, but it is hard. I think it is so hard because now is where… Read more »

10/02/2017

Brandon Leitnaker With fair week just around the corner, it only seems fitting to take this week and talk about animals. I would specifically like to talk about the lion and the lamb. Now I know the lion isn’t something you are likely to see at the fair, and if you do, you may want… Read more »

10/01/2017

Abbey Parsley I look around the sanctuary at the people of my church family. Many of these people I’ve known for 13 years or more. I know their hurts. Some I don’t, as I am just getting to know them. But I know many, the situations where their hearts have taken a blow. I know… Read more »

09/30/2017

Travis Keirns   Have you ever had a day when you wake up on the verge of tears? You go to work and immediately seem to have no control over your emotions, but when someone asks you what is wrong, you can’t tell them anything. “I just woke up feeling this way,” you say. How… Read more »

09/29/2017

Tiffany Fulk   So I want you to realize that the Lord your God is God. He is the faithful God. He keeps his covenant for all time to come. He keeps it with those who love him and obey his commandments. He shows them his love. Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIrV) God’s presence is such an… Read more »

09/28/2017

Stacey Crawford   My daughter is two-and-a-half years old. We recently tried to potty train her…no luck. We don’t feel ready to put her in a regular bed yet (she hasn’t attempted to escape yet so I feel no pressure). But we recognize that we have some big transitions coming up in her life, and… Read more »

09/27/2017

Skip Lloyd In your quest to make God the #1 priority in your life, you need to decide (everyday) who’s going to be in control of your life – you or God. That choice is a battle for me. There are things in my life that I want and try to control. I try to… Read more »

09/26/2017

Michael Giacomoni And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their… Read more »

09/25/2017

Abbey Parsley   All is quiet, the darkness enveloping, surrounding, like a comforting blanket. Husband and littles sleeping sound.   I cry to You.   I tell You all of the feelings of inadequacy that stabbed at me throughout my day. I share the thoughts that are damaging to my heart. I confess how I… Read more »

09/24/2017

Chris Reed   A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised,… Read more »

09/23/2017

Stacey Crawford   I have found myself getting caught up in the comparison trap lately. I have discovered that it has mostly been in my ministry and how I minister to others. Sometimes I look at the “big” things others are doing things for the kingdom. Some people drop everything they are doing to go… Read more »

09/22/2017

Tiffany Fulk   “Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against… Read more »

09/21/2017

Skip Lloyd   How do we make God a priority in our lives? I hope by now you are wrestling with this question. I want to suggest to you how you can begin a habit that can fill you with daily wisdom and direction. The habit is daily Bible study.   Jesus said, “If you… Read more »

09/20/2017

Travis Keirns   “I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into… Read more »

09/19/2017

Brandon Leitnaker   Have you ever been going up or down some stairs and completely misjudged the next step? Sometimes it is for good reason, like the next step is either larger or smaller, or maybe there was not even a step there at all. However, there are other times when you simply get ahead… Read more »

09/18/2017

Natalie Widener   Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Falling into my nice, warm, cozy bed at the end of a long day is something I truly look forward to! Most nights I can drift off to sleep effortlessly. Yet there are nights I try to fall asleep but anxious thoughts keep me awake. Nighttime… Read more »

09/17/2017

Danielle Disbennett   Where do you find your joy?   Do you find it in your job, shopping, relationships, or hobbies? Or maybe you let your circumstances determine your joy. Perhaps your joy is determined by how many Facebook likes you received on that family picture you posted (that took you 25 tries to get… Read more »

09/16/2017

Stacey Crawford You must not have any other god but me. Exodus 20:3 I feel as though the past month has been a whirlwind. Finding out my sister-in-law has cancer again, gearing up for all of the ministries and things that happen when you work at a church in the fall, being a wife, trying… Read more »

09/15/2017

Chris Reed When I first started looking into full time ministry when I was 18, I was excited and I was naïve.  But as I progressed through college and studied the Bible and ministry, this thing began to grow inside of me…it was this feeling that I was never going to be good enough for… Read more »

09/14/2017

Skip Lloyd Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) How’s your heart? Did you know everything flows from your heart — your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your anxieties, your anger, your forgiveness, your humility, your peace, your greed, your generosity, and your love? Yes, everything… Read more »

09/13/2017

Phil Krouse Ok. It’s time for me to man-up and admit the truth. I’m selfish. I’ve always had a disdain for selfishness, and I am disappointed when I see it displayed in others or recognize it in my own life. I’ve tried to be giving and sensitive to the needs of others, but I think… Read more »

09/12/2017

Michael Giacomoni You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 I’ve been thinking about this verse a lot since Pastor Matthew’s message on Sunday. Whenever I read this verse, I conjure up images of people worshipping other gods through other religions, or the Israelites bowing down to a golden calf, and while this… Read more »

09/11/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Each morning before my daughter gets on the bus, I hand her some form of breakfast. I wish I could say it’s a wholesome breakfast filled with all the essential food groups that she needs to get a jumpstart on her day, but typically, due to time restraints, it is something quick and… Read more »

09/10/2017

Dan Wykle I love the Lord, he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2 As I was driving to work this morning, I was listening to a popular radio talk show host and he… Read more »

09/09/2017

Travis Keirns With the devastation of Hurricane Harvey front-and-center in our world, we decided to take time at Bible Study last week to pray for those directly affected by the storm. As we planned the evening, though, we recognized that many youth, and perhaps many adults as well, would be intimidated or confused by the… Read more »

09/08/2017

Tiffany Fulk This past week, I took my little guy to his Meme and Pawpaw’s house to hang out with them while I went to work. When they walked me out to my car, I looked over at their window and saw a praying mantis. My son Brantley asked, “What do you think he is… Read more »

09/07/2017

Stacey Crawford Sometimes while I’m at work, I like to listen to worship songs that have been recorded live. There’s just something about listening to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit in that moment. Many days it gives me motivation and keeps me focused as I do what God has laid before me. As I… Read more »

09/06/2017

Skip Lloyd How do we have margin in our mental life? Or a question I want to grapple with today, how do we stay mentally fit? Prepare your minds for action and be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) Prepare your minds for action — the Greek literally means gird up your mind, like a soldier… Read more »

09/05/2017

Phil Krouse For years I wondered what I had done to stir God’s anger against me. I was convinced He must hate me. I felt like my sin and shame built a permanent wall between God and me. I didn’t understand what I was going through and I definitely didn’t understand why. As I tried… Read more »

09/04/2017

Chris Reed The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. Psalm 14:2 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. Psalm 7:17… Read more »

09/03/2017

Brandon Leitnaker In the last few chapters of Acts, we read about Paul’s journey to Jerusalem. For years, Paul had been called by God to minister to the gentiles (non-Jews), sharing with them the message of the gospel (the story of Jesus, His work on the cross, and the hope of eternal life that it… Read more »

09/02/2017

Phil Krouse Sometimes life has a way of wearing us down. Maybe it’s because of choices we have made to pursue sin and our own ways and desires, but sometimes life just happens. At times we can (albeit unwilling or even unknowingly) let life change us. Often, it is ever so slowly. In his book… Read more »

09/01/2017

Kenny Burcham Do you know the story of David and Goliath? The one where the little boy beats the giant? Yes, that’s the one. It is an amazing story about God’s faithfulness in a situation where it looked like certain death. If you don’t know the story, read it in 1 Samuel 17. I feel… Read more »

08/31/2017

Chris Reed “The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.” – C.S. Lewis Have you ever watched those nature shows about lions? They usually start out with the shot of the zebra bending down, munching on some grass…cut to a waving golden-colored grass field.  The zebra picks his head up, twitches… Read more »

08/30/2017

Travis Keirns Last week, I was reading about some figures in the Bible whose course of life was drastically changed when they met God. Moses was living a mundane life in hiding, after fleeing Egypt to escape the consequences of a murder he committed, when God challenged him to lead His people. Josiah became king… Read more »

08/29/2017

Tricia Denny Don’t Let a Raisin Crumble Your Faith! I heard a quote on the radio the other day, “Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the reason I have trouble with faith.” It made me literally laugh out loud while all alone in my van! It made me laugh because I have made that… Read more »

08/28/2017

Natalie Widener Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) I recently joined a running group through the LCC Wholeness groups. It is a couch to 5K group that trains you to be able to go from not running, to running a… Read more »

08/27/2017

Tiffany Fulk Have you ever gone through something really hard and wondered if God was really there with you, or asked God why He would allow this to happen to you? Why does it have to be this way? Have you ever watched a friend or family member go through something, and you stopped and… Read more »

08/26/2017

Michael Giacomoni There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 It’s no secret that America seems more and more like a divided nation with every day that passes, and that can be discouraging. With that being said,… Read more »

08/25/2017

Chris Reed Something God has been teaching me is the importance of prayer. Honestly, I have always struggled with prayer. You may ask, how can a man who teaches about prayer, and prays in front of people, struggle with prayer? Well…I don’t know. But I find myself from time to time asking, “Why am I… Read more »

08/24/2017

Tiffany Fulk Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:8-9 (NLT) This world is constant motion and constant change. When you get a new car… Read more »

08/23/2017

Stacey Crawford But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 (NLT) Four years ago, right around this time, we found out that my sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. Imagine our surprise and everything else that comes with this type of diagnosis. But we were hopeful because the cancer… Read more »

08/22/2017

Skip Lloyd What if I could teach you a habit that could take your finances to the next level, grow your faith, and advance the church? Would you be interested in it? I’m talking about the habit of tithing. Yes, I said habit. While the Bible doesn’t specifically speak of “habits” as such, it does… Read more »

08/21/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Next week is the start of our new series entitled Margins. In this series, we will explore how a life of more – more money, more activities, more experiences, more time, more _____________ (you fill in the blank) – is not always the best way that we should operate our lives. Often times… Read more »

08/20/2017

Travis Keirns   Your testimonies are my heritage forever,     for they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111 The writer of Psalm 119 is expressing his steadfast dedication to the Word of God by pledging to lean on the promises of God forever. “Your testimonies” is referencing the promises God has made to His people, and… Read more »

08/19/2017

Abbey Parsley I had a conversation with a dear friend the other day. She was telling me how this season of life she’s in, the very season that we prayed and prayed for, is not what she was expecting. It’s so much more difficult than she imagined. It’s a “blessing season” where the end result… Read more »

08/18/2017

Michael Giacomoni Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9 When I was a kid, I dedicated my life to the Lord countless times. I walked up for every altar… Read more »

08/17/2017

Stacey Crawford “God wants to take your greatest pain and turn it into your life message. He wants to use your mess for a message, He wants to use your test as a testimony. Your ministry comes out of your pain.”  (Rick Warren) Pastor Rick Warren wrote this quote and talked about this very topic… Read more »

08/16/2017

Skip Lloyd As holy people…be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Colossians 3:12 (GWT) Beginning this fall, LCC is launching a new series entitled “Margins.” And with this all-church, all-ages “to study together” launch, we’re opening 100 new spots for adults to get into a connect group. I love connect groups, not only because they… Read more »

08/15/2017

Joel Denny By no means am I a horticulturalist of any great skill. I can barely tolerate any yard work more than mowing the grass! I appreciate the beauty of our flower beds, but I do not relish the hours of work it takes to make them look good. But I do have some favorite… Read more »

08/14/2017

Danielle Disbennett Transparent: -having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived. -easy to perceive, detect. Synonyms for transparent-undisguised, unconcealed. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25 A few years ago, the word transparent frightened me. This… Read more »