On Sunday May 1st Life Fellowship is bringing the delicious goodness to you. You ask, what do I have to do? Great question, here’s the answer. Simply show up for church before either of the two services and we’ll have a hot plate of pancakes, bacon, syrup and coffee ready for you and your entire family. What a great way to start the day. In addition, beginning Sunday, May 1st, Life Fellowship will begin offering it’s two Sunday morning worship experiences, at 10am and 11:30am. As we take this new and exciting step as a church we will be able to give our community and congregation two choices in finding a worship time that fits their schedule as well as make more room for kids and ultimately more people and families to come to Christ.
One of the myths about happy people is that they never have any real problems. THAT’S JUST NOT TRUE! Everyone has problems; its how you approach those challenges that counts.
Happy people are individuals who have developed a way of life that helps them succeed. True happiness is a lifestyle, developing positive life habits that help you overcome obstacles and enjoy happiness too.
Here are six attributes happy people have that I would ask you to apply to your life. You’ll be amazed by the results.
01. WORK HARD: David Livingston the great missionary said “Fear God and work hard.” No wonder he was used by God. Hard work can make up for talent. But talent cannot be substituted for hard work. If you will work hard and do your best, you can often develop the skills that you need as you go. Happy people understand that there is no substitute for the fulfillment of working hard.
02. PLAN AHEAD: A life motto of mine is “Those that sweat in preparation never bleed in battle.” Have you ever experienced the stress of doing things at the last minute? I have and it’s no fun. In order to limit stress, begin to plan ahead. Whether it is a small area or a large one, planning ahead will help you get all of your details figured out so you can relax and enjoy life.
03. BUDGET WELL (time, energy, and money): Very few things in life have the ability to suck the life out of marriages, families and individuals than debt. Many people lose their joy because they find themselves in a situation they were not ready for. By budgeting your time, energy, and money, you will ensure that you are prepared for unexpected challenges. Budgeting does not come naturally to most people. It means that you often have to delay gratification.
04. LIFE-LONG LEARNER: The quicker that you and I realize that we don’t know it all, the quicker we’ll discover the mountain of knowledge to be gained from God’s Word, the classroom, and other people’s experiences. This shouldn’t challenge your ego; it should liberate you as you realize that no one expects you to know everything. Make the decision to relax and enjoy the process of learning every day.
05. NEVER QUIT: Ask my kids if we ever quit, and they will tell you with passion, “NO!” Some people quit the moment they encounter trouble. But people who have developed a truly happy lifestyle understand that tough situations don’t last, but tough people do. Situations do not define happy people. Determine today to develop the habit of perseverance.
06. TRUST GOD IN EVERYTHING: This seems like a simple task, but happy people trust God over their circumstances. A loss of employment, an unexpected bill, a disappointing doctors report, a wayward child. It’s so easy to put your focus on the problem instead of trusting your heavenly Father to work on your behalf. Happy people, manage their worry, fear and anxiety by simply trusting God over the circumstances. There is an old song I sang in church growing up. Maybe you’ll remember it too. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.“ It’s never too late to start doing this. Why not today. Remember, “Anything that is over your head is under His feet.”
SUNDAY, ARIL 24TH | 3 IDENTICAL SERVICES
Begin making plans now to attend and invite your friends and family members to this year’s amazing Easter Sunday presentation, “The Passion Of Christ.” It all happens on Sunday, April 24th, with three identical service options at 8:30am, 10:00am, & 11:30am. In addition to the powerful adult service presentation, there will be some stellar stuff for the kids including a LIVE Petting Zoo, Inflatables, and an Easter egg hunt for your child which will take place after each service.
In addition to all of this, Life Fellowship is proud to open it’s doors to the community with a newly renovated building. Come see the “Story Telling Preschool Theater”, the State of the Art Elementary & Adult environments, plus more.
Over the years, I have heard many prayers from the mouths of children. Children pray with simplicity and faith. Their prayers seem so simple but yet profound. They have this innocence, in that there is no hesitation or doubt as they pray to God. They simply trust that what they pray, God will hear. As adults, we tend to bring in doubt into our prayer, which causes disbelief in what God will do.
How do we teach children to pray so that as adults, doubt is a non-issue?
1. SHOW THEM
Big words are hard for kids to understand sometimes, especially the younger they are. So, as you pray with them, choose “kid-appropriate” words. Make them short and simple to start the day such as “God, help us to have a great day.” More “complex” prayers can come as your child grows. Let your children see that talking to God is as easy as talking to a friend or to you as mom and dad. Pray together as a family, with each family member taking turns.
01. PRAY ALWAYS
The Bible tells us to pray continuously. You can thank God if your child shares something good that happened and you can pray for a friend who may be sick or moving away. Prayer is simply a natural response to any given situation that happens throughout the day.
02. PRAY OUT LOUD
Never force your child to pray out loud but continue to encourage them. You can start by praying, and have your child finish. Or, you can ask your child to pray for something specifically.
Prayer does not have to be difficult – it is simply talking to God. The more we pray, the easier it gets. In Matthew 6:9-13, we are given an example by which to pray. It doesn’t need to become this rote ritual we repeat every day, but a guide as to how to direct our prayer time.
All we really need to teach children to pray is to teach them to talk straight from their heart. By modeling prayer and encouraging our children to participate in prayer, we begin to develop them in a lasting discovery of how wonderful prayer can be.
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
James 5:13 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Everyone wants to be content in life. That statement is true whether you’re a pastor, soccer mom, business owner, student, or retired person. But so few are content, are you?
USA Today recently printed a survey on contentment. They asked, “What would it take to make you content?” Here were the answers:
§ More money – 22%
§ Better health – 15%
§ Better job – 17%
§ Lose weight – 13%
§ Better looks – 9%
§ Happier marriage – 18%
§ Various answers – 5%
§ I am content – 1%
Only one percent of people said they are content.
In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I’ve learned in whatever state I’m in to be content.” Notice Paul stated by inspiration of the Holy Spirit that you and I can L-E-A-R-N to be content. What’s the key?
L = Live in God’s hand.
When you realize your life is in God’s hand, contentment rises. (Check out 2 Corinthians 12:10 & Colossians 3:3).
E = Enter into praise.
It’s impossible to overemphasize the power and impact of praise. (Check out 1 Samuel 30:6 & Psalm 147:1-3).
A = Ask to help others.
A person all wrapped up in himself is a mighty small package. Helping others encourages you. (Check out John 4:34).
R = Rearrange your thoughts.
There’s a direct link between inner thoughts and inner contentment. God can renew and rearrange our minds. (Check out Romans 12:1-2 and Ecclesiastes 6:9).
N = Never stop asking God to help.
Contentment is not a once-for all victory; it’s a weekly battle. (Check out Matthew 7:11 and Matthew 5:3).
Have a great week proclaiming that name which is above every other name. Be sure to keep on spreading the word for Easter Sunday. It is going to be a fantastic day that you and your friends will not want to miss.