It is great to gather as the church. But we are also told by Jesus to “go” as the church, sharing God’s word with others and making them disciples.
A conversation about intentional living with Ryan Dilworth.
While God never changes in His nature, He does change the way He works with human beings. Jesus announced a significant change when He held up a cup and identified it with His blood that would establish a new covenant.
The church can be described as a body, a family, an army. It’s a movement of influence—one that seeks to bring glory to God and point people toward the Savior. On the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He initiated the movement with a meal.
Many people say that kids and students are the church of tomorrow but that statement could not be further from the truth. They are the church of today. There is so much hope and promise in the younger generation.
In week three, we see how Nehemiah deals with some distractions in Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies who tried to get the people distracted from finishing the wall. But he sees through their plan and focused on the...
The Friday before our wedding I got a call from my fiancé, Ryan, who told me that he tested positive for Covid. I was shocked because just that morning I was thinking everything would go off as planned. When I heard this news, I felt a wave of disappointment. I had put so much time and energy into MY plan and now it was destroyed.
Look for ways to make things right. In week two, we see a different part of Nehemiah’s story. In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Someof the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah...
I arrived early for my 5:20pm class, eagerly ushering in the few students waiting in the hallway. At 5:20pm sharp, I closed the classroom door. Only eight of the registered eighteen students were present but I assumed more would trickle in late – it was only the first night.
Unbeknownst to me, laminated ‘Class In Session – Do Not Disturb’ signs hung from the outside of every classroom door. Despite wanting to make the students feel extra welcome, I had inadvertently shut half out.
In our first week of September, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:18. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in...
I was walking toward the hospital entrance and caught up with Calvin, a radiology tech in the department where I work. I love Calvin. He is an Air Force veteran, a devoted husband and father, a hard worker who always has a smile, and a devout follower of Jesus. As we passed through the doors, I said to him kiddingly, referring to the signage, “Did you leave your weapon at home today?” His reply made me literally stop dead in my tracks. He replied, “I bring my weapon every day. It’s the Word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword. I’m ready for battle every day.”
We’re wrapping up an incredible month together here at LPC celebrating the VERY BEST SUMMER! Our last bottom line is: I can have confidence to make a difference.