WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?

As I have looked at the situation America is in, it bothers me because I believe this is a sin issue, a greed issue that America is facing. America is the greatest country on earth, but we’re burying our children in debt they cannot bear, all because we are a greedy people. It’s a sin that will soon catch up with us all. At the beginning of this month when the “Debt Ceiling” was raised I strongly stated to some friends that this won’t stop the crisis, it just postpones it unless we do something. This is not a Democrat/Republican issue; it’s a spiritual issue that as the people of God we must speak against.

I LOVE HOW BEAUTIFULLY DAVE RAMSEY PUT IT WHEN HE SAID… “The federal government will take in $2.173 trillion in 2011, and spend $3.818 trillion, overspending by $1.645 trillion. The U.S. is already $14.2 trillion in debt. Here’s what that would look like if we ran our homes like politicians run our government…if our household income was $55,000/yr, we’d be spending $96,500/yr. So, in 2011 we’d add $41,500 of debt to our current debt of $366,000!”

Friends, I’m not telling you how to vote, but bottom line we must tell our government, cuts are not enough, it is sin to spend more than we make, and we will not vote for you if you continue to overspend.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?


CRAYONS & TEARS

A week has now passed with your children in school. There is something about that first day and week of school that brings excitement as well as anxiety, both for the students and the parents. Routines are being adjusted, patience is being tested in the drop-off/pick-up lines, homework and activities increase, and the list can go on. Whether your child’s school days include crayons or professors and textbooks, it can be an emotional moment. I remember every single year my parents taking me to school for that 1st day. My sister and I would stand in front of the elementary school sign for our annual picture. My parents would pray with us as we prepared to set off on another year of learning and adventure.

As parents, it is our job to cover our children in prayer. Not just their first day of school, but for every day of their life. Below are “Eight Absolutes to Pray Over Your Children.”

01. Pray for Wisdom

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17

02. Pray for Protection

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” Isaiah 54:17

03. Pray for Favor

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalms 5:12

04. Pray for Boldness

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

05. Pray for Their God Given Assignment

“…who has saved us and called us to a holy life.” 2 Timothy 1:9

06. Pray for The Right Mate

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

07. Pray for Strength

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16

08. Pray for Their Relationship With God to Grow Strong

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

As your child continues their school year, take the time each day to pray over your child. May it be an incredible year!!

** Bookmarks with the above prayers are available at Life Fellowship Kids.

3 CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT MIGHT BE TRUE

Ok, now that I got your attention lets have some fun and let me give you three conspiracy theories that might be true.

01. The Loch Ness Monster – Exists

02. Big Foot Lives.

03. Al Gore Invented the Internet.

Ok, I admit these three aren’t even remotely accurate or true, but if you give me 2 minutes I want to give you, 3 theories about how to have true happiness that just aren’t true.

Ok, this might burst your bubble but, happiness is not an event or goal that you’ll someday reach. Happiness is not an act or a thing. True happiness is not an emotion that you can manufacture or a feeling that accidentally happens. True happiness is a lifestyle. If you are going to truly be happy, it’s because of how you live your life, not because of what you have in your life. Here are 3 things that seem to make people happy but won’t make you truly happy at all.

01. LOVE. Some of the strongest emotions you and I will ever experience in life come from romantic feelings towards our spouse or that significant other. They can make you feel like the most important person on the planet. You feel like you could conquer the world. You seem to smile all the time. Then comes the inevitable — they let you down. You feel alone, abandoned. Why would they do this? Don’t they love me? Of course they love you, but we must always remember we’re all human, and the love of another person is never enough to fill a hole in your heart that is meant for a relationship with God, even if that other person is your spouse. Like it or not, people will let you down, but God will always be there for you. Happiness comes from building a foundation in God and then forming other relationships off of that. (Matt. 7:24.)

02. FAME. Ever see those smiling faces of Hollywood Stars in the tabloids? Smile for the camera. With all the glitz and glamour it can seem that their lives are perfect. But being famous is no more a guarantee of happiness than being a car is a guarantee of being fast; it is what’s under the hood that counts. Without a question there are happy famous people. There isn’t anything wrong with being famous. More often than not, fame comes from being good at what you have chosen to do with your life. So choose to pursue something that you love, and you will be more likely to be good at what you do. Who knows, you might even become world famous. But if you pursue fame just to be famous, you will miss out on what you are truly good at. You will miss out on being truly happy. (Ps. 1:2,3.)

03. MONEY. There is a saying that “money can’t make you happy, but the things you can buy with it will.” There is no question that when you are buying things you’ve always wanted you are able to experience a fun thrill. But chances are strong that that thrill you experienced is going to fade away quickly. It’s no longer a thrill and something else must take its place. This never-ending circle of loss for people who place all their happiness in the stuff of life. Please hear me, stuff isn’t bad at all, but expecting the stuff to make you truly happy will leave you empty. God wants you to have everything that you need, but the things and the money must be kept in perspective. Honor God first, Seek God first and He will give you the desires of your heart.

RAISING POSITIVE KIDS IN A NEGATIVE WORLD

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Recently, as I sat at my desk lost in thought and study, I heard the sound of children. I spun around in my office chair to look out of my home office window. It was like a steady stream of moms and kids walking, skipping, laughing, biking, running, even rollerblading home.
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As I looked at all the boys and girls, I thought of your children and teens including my little Blakely and Nash. There are few gifts, which God gives us that are as valuable as our children. So what can we do to maximize our effects as parents on our kids? In a word, what steps can you take to raise positive kids in a negative world?
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A few years ago I read the great words written by Dr. Ken Lehman. He wrote them as if a child were speaking to his or her parent. I have found them to be very helpful as Tatum and I raise our children, in fact, we actually have them hanging in our kitchen. So as they have helped us, I’m persuaded they can help you too. Here they are:
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01. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; slow down so that I can keep up with you.
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02. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
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03. Housework will always be there. I’m little only for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
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04. My feelings are tender; don’t nag me all day long (you would not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.
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05. I am a special gift from God; reassure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
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06. I need your encouragement (but not your empty praise) to grow. Go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
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07. Give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the decisions life will require of me.
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08. Don’t do things over for me; that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but don’t compare me with my brother or sister.
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09. Don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need a vacation from parents, and parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is something special.
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10. Take me to church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
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Wow, those are some really great words of advice! And the good news is that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom, strength, and courage to put those words into practice. You see, as a parent you’re not on your own; the Lord is with you no matter if your child is 2 or 28. God is with you.
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So what should you do now? Well, why not start putting these into practice today. Don’t wait for tomorrow or think you’ve waited too long. It’s never too late to begin doing what’s right.

LIFE FELLOWSHIP TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNEY

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Saturday September 24th at 5:00pm | $25 Suggested Donation to Cover Expenses.
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Professional Game Play | Hundreds of Dollars in Prizes | Catered BBQ Dinner.
Take your chances on a night designed just for you. We’re going to kick it all off with great door prizes and a lip smacking catered BBQ dinner sure to give you the lucky edge you’ll need for the night. Then, get ready to play Texas Hold’em in a friendly, classy and chilled environment as “Dallas premiere casino dealers” will give you FOUR HOURS OF PROFESSIONALLY RAN tournament play. You won’t walk away disappointed as you play for BIG prizes including a 52″ Plasma HD Flat Screen, Tickets to the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars. If that wasn’t enough you’ll have the chance to compete for other amazing prizes including sports memorabilia, craftsman tools, gift cards and more. So what are you waiting for, register today and don’t miss out on what could be the luckiest night of your life.

REGISTRATION & EVENT DONATIONS:

Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 registrants. A suggested $25 donation is appreciated which helps us in covering the costs of dinner, door prizes for every participant (door prizes are a $32 value) & tournament expenses. If submitting a donation by check you can do so at Guest Services on Sunday Mornings at Life Fellowship. If you choose not to donate please email us at info@lifefellowship.tv for us to mail you a registration form.
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DONATIONS:
We are taking ALL the donations from this event and using it to help provide drug and alcohol free activities and environments for the kids in our area for yet another way for them to grow mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.

DATE:
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 | Dinner 5pm – 6pm | Tournament Play 6pm – 10pm.

CATERED DINNER:
Lip Smackin BBQ Sandwiches, BBQ Baked Beans, Potato Salad & Peach Cobbler. Drinks include (tea, water, lemonade and coffee)
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ONLINE REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE




PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL (FUND-RAISER)

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40 Volunteers Needed | September 17th | 1 Day = $5,000 | Must be at least 16yrs to help.

On Saturday September 17th we are looking for a total of 40 volunteers to assist us as we make some easy money (As in $5,000) to pour into the ministry/facilities of LF. You ask, what will I be doing? Glad you asked… We’ll be staffing the entrance booths to the festival where we’ll be selling event passes and collect tickets. Register today at Guest Services or online by clicking HERE.
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BONUS:
Each volunteer will receive a FREE three day admission pass to the Festival, plus one FREE parking pass for Saturday September 17th.
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LOCATION:
Oak Point Park| 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074 | MAP
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TIME SLOTS NEEDING TO BE FILLED:
01.  5:30AM – 9:00AM – 08 people needed
02.  9:00AM – NOON – 06 people needed
03.  NOON – 3:00PM – 06 people needed
04.  3:00PM – 7:00PM – 12 people needed
05.  5:00PM – 10:00PM – 08 people needed

GLORY TO GOD

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A New Series on Worship | August 21st & 28th | 10 & 11:30am

In this illuminating series, we are going to re-examine the things we do in church and get back to the understanding of true worship. Why do we sing? Why do play instruments? Why do we prophesy? Why do we serve and give? Why do we lift our hands? Who is the God that we worship? So plan to join us as we go back to the roots of the practices of a New Testament church and re-discover the joy of first century Christianity and the way it was meant to be lived out.

DON’T CHICKEN OUT!

Do you like a delicious fried chicken dinner with all the fixins? Me too, and so does Tatum. Let me tell you a true “chicken story,” and then give you a principle that will greatly help you in your everyday life (if you’ll put it into practice).

While hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people have a delicious recipe for chicken, Colonel Sanders was convinced he could make money from his recipe. At age 65 (yes age 65!), he decided to do something with his finger-lickin’ good chicken. One day the Colonel walked into a restaurant and told the owner he would gladly give him his secret recipe for nothing if he would share the profits. A quick NO was all he got. Now, if Colonel Sanders lacked persistence and determination, he would have given up right then and there, saying to himself, “Well, at least I tried.” While that’s what many people do, not Colonel Sanders. Choosing to focus on a positive outcome, he marched right into another restaurant, made the same offer, and quickly got the same answer: NO THANKS! Before I tell you how many rejections he heard, let me ask you something: how many rejections could you handle? Five? Ten? 15? 100? Would you keep going after hearing 1,000 Nos?

Well back to the Colonel. Undaunted, he kept asking various people and restaurants until person number 1,009 finally said, “Yes, let’s try your recipe.” You read it right; 1,008 people said NO. Everyday you have a choice. That choice is either to believe in God and stay persistent, or to give up and let the devil or doubt steal your faith in a faithful God. I’m serious; there’s no exaggeration in that last sentence. That’s a daily decision, a constant choice you and I must and will make every day. Now to the principle I promised you. (Just so you know, it’s a divine principle that’s written in the books of heaven.) Here it is: Don’t get tired of doing what is good Don’t get discouraged and give up You will reap a harvest of blessing at God’s time.

Perhaps you recognized that powerful principle-passage from Galatians 6:9. So what’s your next step? Read it daily, memorize it completely, believe it totally, and look for God to fulfill it completely. One day you’ll be glad you made a positive choice and didn’t give up.