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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.

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

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…

This is the fourth part of our series, “Lord, Teach Us To Pray”, based on the model prayer Jesus teaches us, the Lord’s Prayer.
Tresspasses…Sins…Debts…Transgression…Iniquities…What is it all about?
Forgiveness?
Have Mercy?
Have pity…

Second in our series on prayer, Lord, Hear Our Prayer, based on the model prayer Jesus gives us, the Lord’s Prayer.
My experiences define me as a person…
Relationship is all about shared experience…
The truth is, experiences make up the substance of reality…
Thy Kingdom come!

Notes

Person=Experience

Our experiences make up the substance of reality.

We are spiritual substance.

You are a spiritual being having a human experience.

The Trinity is persons sharing experiences.

The first level of sharing experiences is conversation.

Prayer is speaking with God about how things are going in our work together.

Work is joining Jesus in the expansion of Gods’ Kingdom, working for the good of others.

We are living in eternity now.

The social and political realm, and the human heart, are the only places in creation where God’s Kingdom is currently permitted to be absent.

May God’s rule be completed in my life where I am, all around me, day by day, just the way it is done in heaven.

We can be our own little kingdoms.

All the problems of the world are about wrong thinking about God.

As sons and daughters of the King, we have access to his authority and power, and we join him in offering the things of heaven, breaking into the other kingdoms, grounded in his love.

 

Lord, Teach Us To Pray is our new series on prayer, based on the model for prayer Jesus gives us…The Lord’s Prayer.

This is the most famous prayer in the world.
Also it may be our least thought-through prayer.
Too familiar, too automatic, too rote.

All prayer is a living conversation between a cherished dad and his children. We want to keep these words alive, put our thought into them, and pray in a way that is meaningful to us when we pray.

We will make progress in having the model of the Lord’s Prayer come alive today!

First, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…Or…