Have a Great Day You Unworthy, Undeserving You!!!

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

If you live long enough, you will have more than your share of memories that have the capacity to haunt you, shame you. You could be going about your day, and everything is going so well. And, POW! Out of nowhere, the devil will throw out a memory, a thought, a failure. And, just like that, you feel the shame of it all all over again, just as if the event just happened.

That’s what the devil does. He’s the master of shame. He delights in shame. Shame is one of his most powerful weapons.

The devil will use shame to remind you of how unworthy you are. The devil will remind you of how undeserving you are.

And, you know what? The devil is right!

You are unworthy. You are undeserving. So am I.

But here’s what the devil still doesn’t understand. God doesn’t love you and me because we are worthy and deserving. We’ve always been unworthy and undeserving. And God has always loved us yet!

So, the next time the devil wants to shame you. Remember, God’s always loved you. It was never about our worthiness. Our hope and peace has always been about God’s unbelievable love and amazing grace.

So, have a fantastic awesome day, you unworthy and undeserving you. God loves you, died for you, and has risen for you. Christ is, Christ has always been, and Christ will always be our hope and joy!

God’s Got This!

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in meI have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart I have overcome the world” (John 14:1; 16:33).

The Little Church and Lakewoodgrace is a congregation that loves, cares for, and serves God and God’s people. That is one of her greatest strengths and that is one of the things I love about being one of the pastors here.

This past week Steve George was taken to Seattle Veterans Hospital for a medical issue. As part of the admission process the hospital tested Steve for covid-19 where he tested positive. Steve is not showing covid symptoms and is in the best place for both covid and for his medical care. I ask for your strong prayers for Steve and Karen.

We have been in conversation with all who had contact and possible exposure to covid-19. All who have had possible exposure will be in quarantine and be tested. Everyone who had possible exposure are symptom free.

I assure you that the staff and I have taken steps to ensure the safety of all our members and staff. However, out of an abundance of caution:

  • Due to a possible exposure to covid, Patsy, our office manager, and I will remain off campus until Nov. 2. Although we will be off campus, we will continue to be engaged in ministries and meetings by Zoom, phone, and email.
  • No one who has had possible exposure is displaying symptoms. Please join us in praying that it continues to be so.
  • The office areas (the only areas with possible exposure on the Little Church campus) have been thoroughly sanitized, and we will continue to do so.
  • Should you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me (253)588-6631.

This possible exposure on the Little Church campus did not occur at our worship services. It happened during the week in the office area.

As we move forward, know that the safety and the health of our staff and members are the top priority.

I ask you to join me in praying for the family. Pray for God’s healing and for protection for the family and for the Little Church and Lakewoodgrace. Pray for those who may have had possible exposure. It’s never just prayer. Prayer is an awesome opportunity to enlist God’s favor and power for his church. So join me in praying for God’s will over the Little Church and Lakewoodgrace.

We will continue to do our utmost to keep our campus, staff, and people safe. We will continue to wear masks, practice safe distancing, and practice safe cleaning processes on campus. Most of all, we will continue to love, serve, and care for God’s people as we serve God’s church.

Jesus gathered with his disciples on the night of his arrest to prepare them for what they would be facing in the immediate hours and the days to come. That’s the context of John chapters 14-17. That’s the context of the above verses.

Jesus tells his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled,” because troubling times were mere minutes away. We too have had our share of troubled times lately.

What do believers do when facing troubled times? Jesus tells us, “Believe in God. Believe also in me.”

Why should we believe in God and in Jesus? What does that accomplish?

Jesus tells us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

That is great news. Yeah. It stinks that one of our own has covid. It stinks that there are others who might have been exposed to covid. But none of this changes the fact that God is God, God is in control, and that God is good. We will continue to be a loving, caring, and serving congregation.

So, take heart, Little Church and Lakewoodgrace. God’s got this!

How God Instructs and Teaches Us the Way We Should Live

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

God promises to instruct, teach, and guide us in the way we should live. God constantly gives us counsel about how we are to live and conduct our lives. God is a constant compass and guide for his disciples.

If God is constantly giving us guidance, why are so many Christians lost when it comes to what God would have us to do and how we ought to live our lives in particular situations?

That is a fantastic question and observation. To answer that question we need to ask, “How does God instruct and guide us?”

The primary way God instructs and guides is through God’s word. The scriptures lay the foundation for the way we should live our lives.

If you are waiting for God to whisper, nudge, or give you a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct you in the way you should you go, you are setting yourself up for failure and heartache. It’s not that God cannot whisper, nudge, or give us a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct. It’s just that the devil has access to all these as well. So how can you tell if a whisper, nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or the devil or a bad pepperoni pizza? You have to gauge it against God’s word. God’s word is the standard to gauge whether a whisper, a nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or not.

The key to understanding God’s will is God’s word. It is impossible to live a Godly life apart from God’s word. When you don’t know God’s word, you cannot understand God’s will.

So, what happens if you are not a student of God’s word? Simply, you are lost.

Get into the habit of spending time in God’s word every day. Have a plan for a systematic reading of God’s word. You have heard me many times encouraging you to do this. The reason I do so is because I am your pastor and I love you. I want you to grow and mature in the faith. And one of the most important factors of growing as a disciple is a daily reading of God’s truth.

Go ahead. Do it. There are fantastic daily devotional plans at YouVersion at http://www.youversion.com.