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John 14

21 Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest my life within you.”

22 Then one of the disciples named Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, why is it you will only reveal your identity to us and not to everyone?”

23 Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”

In my Ash Wednesday message I invited the LIFEhouse community to try out an experiment during Lent. Let’s take Jesus at his word in John 14 and show our love to him by obeying his commandments. Each week we will look at two commandments from the Ten Commandments. We will practice those for the week. Each Sunday we will get two new commandments. I include Luther’s explanation as a helpful guide. Let’s see how we can connect with Jesus in this way.

Following Jesus-

Pastor Dana

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

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God’s Kingdom is God in action.
So, as we are connected to God, as he makes his home in us, we act as God acts.
The challenge of this truth is this:
Whatever is acting against God is acting against us.
This is evil. Evil is that which opposes God and his ways.
What might that be?
Part six of our series, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”, based on the model prayer Jesus gives us, the Lord’s Prayer.

Lifehouse from the air

Dear LIFEhouse members and friends,

We (The Church Council) have authorized a refurbishment project for improvements and repair of damage. This includes:

  • Painting and repairs in the Bridesmaid Room
  • Painting of Brides Room
  • New flooring in the Fireside Room
  • Painting the hallway to the ladies rest room
  • Painting the mens restroom
  • Polishing the Friendship Room, Hallway, and Kitchen floor
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Total refurbishment of the terrazzo flooring in the Sanctuary and Narthex

The total cost for this will be $14,000. The Council has approved $10,000 from our maintenance budget. We are asking the congregation and friends to raise the rest.

We want to let everyone take part in making our home fresh. This is a great time for the project, as we expect everything to be done by Holy Week and Easter!

Any gift is appreciated! You can send a check designated, “Love Offering,” as well as give online, going to ONLINE GIVING on our website (lifehouse.la) and checking “Love Offering” in the dropdown menu.

Thank You for your support!

The Church Council

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This is the fifth part of our series, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”, based on the model prayer Jesus teaches us, the Lord’s Prayer.

Lead us not into temptation…
There’s a lot of misunderstanding we will look at concerning this teaching.
We look for God everywhere and we pray he keep us out of trouble…