Ready to Flourish!

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“Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13

It is important that we travel this road called, “life” with the benefit of being in relationship with other believers. One of the primary ways we can experience God ordained relationships is to be planted in the house of the Lord. When we are planted in a local church, we become an active part in the Body of Christ. The above scripture guarantees us that when this happens; we will flourish and be prosperous.

 

In this age, God’s kingdom operates and grows through the church. It is the primary means by which God is extending His kingdom rule in this world. Scripture teaches that this kingdom of heaven is suffering violence and we are to come together to make up an army of God to advance this kingdom.

 

Do you want greater access to the power, principles and presence of the kingdom? Then join yourself to Jesus (the Head) by joining yourself to the church (His body). If you consider Life Fellowship Church the house God has planted you in, then join us in allowing your roots to go down even deeper during this season.

 

Prayer

Almighty God, I know the issue is not what I can do for You, but what You can make of me. I surrender my all to You. May the quality of my life be suitable for Your house. Thank You in advance for helping me to flourish in Your courts. Amen.

 

Prayer Target

The Volunteer teams at Life Fellowship.

Hopes Up

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“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13-14

There are times when the wear and tear of life can discourage and overwhelm a child of God. When we find ourselves in that place, it is critical that we get a hold of the hope God has set before us. When we are stressed out, hope acts as an, “anchor of the soul.” Hope stabilizes us and keeps us from going crazy in the midst of trials.

 

The God-kind of hope is very different than, “desire.” Hope actually draws us into our future with the confident expectation that something good is going to happen. Setting our hope in God fills our hearts with joy and peace in spite of what is going on. This is very different than simply, “wishing” that everything will eventually work out.

 

For all of us, unforeseen circumstances, tragedy, bad news, unexpected turn of events, hardship, and pain produce defining moments in our lives. In these moments, we must not be afraid to trust in the God of hope – and firmly anchor ourselves to Him. These seasons often solidify what God has been working in us and make us even more prepared for greater success had we not gone through what we went through.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, when I experience unrelenting disappointment, I still believe that You are going to work something out in my life that is going to be awesome. I encourage myself in You today, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

Prayer Target

The Worship Ministry (music and arts) at Life Fellowship.

 

Trusting God’s Character

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“You are good and do good” Psalm 119:68

We have to keep in mind that our Christian life will never be void of periodic suffering. Nobody likes the word, “suffering.” Nonetheless, that word is found in Hebrews 5:8 – So even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. The verse preceding this scripture states that during the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He cried out to God in pain and wept in sorrow as He anticipated His death. Did you realize that even Jesus struggled with the will of God for His life? His will and God’s will were united in Gethsemene.

 

Thankfully, Jesus submitted to the will of the Father even though it was excruciatingly unpleasant for Him. How was Jesus able to do what He did? Because, He knew that the foundation of God’s character is goodness. This is how He could say, “Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will, not mine.”

 

No matter what we are going through, if we believe that God is good, and does only good, the truths we believe in will pull us through our valley of the shadow of death. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.

 

Prayer

Pushing on past the fear and unbelief, Lord, I find Your strength. What would I do without Your encouragement and without Your tender mercies that lift me up when the load I bear seems too heavy for me? Thank You for giving me an extra measure of Your grace for this day. I love You. Amen.

 

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The Children’s Ministry at Life Fellowship

Peace Signs

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“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

We can’t get very far in our quest to know God without needing His peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, said that the people who go out of their way to make peace will be blessed and shall be called the children of God. Obviously, we can’t find the peace Jesus is referring to outside of God. Only the Lord can teach us how to be at peace with everyone, to be at peace even with conflict around us on every side, or teach us how to impart peace to others.

 

We cannot be at peace when we are trying to change things that we cannot change. Neither can we be at peace when we are trying to change people we cannot change. Peace comes when we understand that God is in control and there is a purpose and a season for everything.

 

True peace resides in our lives only when we understand and respect God’s timing, sovereignty, and omniscience. Peace comes when we can say, believe, and accept that there are some things not for this season. It comes when we accept and believe that whatever happens, God is always right. For better or worse, God is right.

 

Prayer

Your Majesty, I fix my thoughts on You today and I trust You will keep me in perfect peace. You are all-knowing. Help me to travel Your way of peace and truth. I love You Lord. Amen.

 

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(True) The Student Ministry at Life Fellowship.

Going Beyond Average

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“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

Deep down inside, don’t you feel as though God has called you to something beyond, “normal?” It is one of those inherent, essential qualities that God has put inside our hearts. We have this inward knowledge that our lives are supposed to be about something great. But figuring out what that,“something greater” is, can be difficult.

 

Are you at that place in life where no matter what you have, who you know, or what you have accomplished, there is still an unquenchable desire for something more? That hunger and thirst is for the extraordinary life, the life God put you on this earth to live. God has invested a unique portion of Himself in you so that you may bring an expression of Him to the earth.

 

You are not insignificant! You are alive to accomplish a particular purpose that God created you to fulfill. God, according to His own counsel, determined for you a certain distinct individual destiny and put in you the potential needed to realize that destiny. You have been distinguished by God Himself to accomplish infinitely more than you could ever dare to ask or hope.

 

Prayer

Today, Father God, help me to value more the unique person You made me to be. Protect me from comparing myself to others and becoming envious. I accept myself, faults and all, just as You have accepted me. Thank You for choosing me. Amen.

 

Prayer Target

The Staff Pastors of Life Fellowship

God Is Up to Something

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“For I am about to do a brand new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19

 

The question before the members of Life Fellowship Church is not, “Is God doing a new thing?” The question is, “Do you see the new thing God is doing?” We must recognize, understand, and be open to what the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst. We are being called to go from one level of faith to the next. Let us see, embrace, and appreciate this process.

 

Every one of us started out this spiritual journey as babes in Christ. When we were in spiritual infancy the focus of our walk was on, “survival.” After infancy we grew into childhood where our focus shifted from simply surviving to, “learning.” Just as a child moves into the teenage years, our spiritual walk transitions into adolescence where the focus is all about, “self.” This is OK for a season but God has called us into maturity whereby we grow up and move from being spiritual consumers to Kingdom contributers!

 

Life Fellowship Church has been given a mission to build a church that is irresistible to the families of North Dallas. This is a new opportunity that each of us have a chance to be a part of from the ground floor!

 

Prayer

God our Father, I repent of my unbelief and apathy. Your grace saved me, and I know You can do anything. Increase my faith – Your faith – to see the expanse of Your love and its capacity to turn hearts back to You. Amen.

 

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That God will continue to prosper the congregation of Life Fellowship Church (specific people you know)

Navigating our Journey

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 “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21; 23

The Christian life is the ultimate journey. It is the greatest adventure that we can experience in this life. To serve the King of kings is the noblest cause that anyone can have. Every Christian has a, “calling” that is greater than any earthly office or position.

 

Before we start any journey, it helps to know our desired destination. If we don’t know where we are going, we will experience a lot of confusion and frustration in our quest. What is our destination? Our destiny is simply to please God. We must understand that there is no greater fulfillment than hearing those words from our Lord Jesus on that great Judgment Day, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”

 

We all start out the Christian walk by looking for blessing and treasures. But our high call is not to, “find” treasure; we were created to, “be” a treasure to God. Have you embraced your reason for being here on this earth? Ultimately, our purpose in Christ comes down to this – not the blessings that we have received, but the blessing that we have been to our Lord and others.

 

Prayer

Father in Heaven, a new season always brings a sense of freshness, of new possibilities, and of discoveries yet to come. I look forward to experiencing what is ahead, knowing that You will lead me into the good purposes You have planned for my life. I ask You for courage, strength, and faith to meet every challenge in this journey. Amen.

 

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Pastor Chris Lindberg and his family

Seeing the Hand of God in It

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“Friend, do what you came to do.” Mt 26:50 NCV

Jesus looked at Judas in Gethsemane and said, “Friend, do what you came to do.” It’s hard to imagine what Jesus saw in Judas that made him worthy to be called friend. But Jesus sees something good in every bad situation. And it would help if we did the same. How? Again, Jesus gives us guidance. He didn’t place all the blame on Judas. He saw another force at work: “This is…the time when darkness rules” (Lk 22:53 NCV). Judas wasn’t acting alone—and neither are your attackers. Paul says, “Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world” (Eph 6:12 NCV). Those who attack and betray us are victims of a fallen world. We can’t place all the blame on them. Jesus found enough good in Judas to call him a friend, and He can help us do the same with those who hurt us. Even though Judas didn’t understand or intend to, he played a vital role in ushering Christ into His destiny. Of the ninety-eight words Christ spoke at His arrest, thirty were about the purpose of God. “It must happen this way to bring about what the Scriptures say…‘All these things have happened so that it will come about as the prophets wrote’” (Mt 26:54-56 NCV). Jesus understood that His immediate struggle was part of a greater plan. He saw the hand of God at work in it. And if you pay attention, you’ll see His hand at work in your struggle too.

Seize the Present

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“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” Jnh 3:1 NIV

We spend too much of our lives in the junkyard of regret. We focus on what might have been, could have been, and should have been. Maybe we think that by replaying it enough we can change the outcome. But we can’t. The only thing you can control is what you do in the present. The more you replay yesterday, the further you get from today’s opportunities. And the further you move from today’s opportunities, the tougher the road back becomes. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going. And they wait for no one, so you need to be attentive and grab them. They come in many forms, and they can come from any direction. But one thing’s for certain: they can be seen and seized only in the present. Whatever has happened in your life, has happened. And since you can’t undo it no matter how hard you try, wipe the slate clean and go on to what’s next. We all make mistakes. Jonah’s mistake caused a storm that threatened the lives of everybody around him, and ended up taking him all the way to the bottom. But that’s not the end of his story: “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to…God…And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time” (Jnh 2:1 & 10-3:1 NIV). He’s a God of second chances—and third, fourth, and fifth ones too! “They are new every morning” (La 3:23). Today is a gift—that’s why it’s called “the present.” So repent of the past, seize the present, and start living again!

Seeing the Hand of God in It

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“Friend, do what you came to do.” Mt 26:50 NCV

Jesus looked at Judas in Gethsemane and said, “Friend, do what you came to do.” It’s hard to imagine what Jesus saw in Judas that made him worthy to be called friend. But Jesus sees something good in every bad situation. And it would help if we did the same. How? Again, Jesus gives us guidance. He didn’t place all the blame on Judas. He saw another force at work: “This is…the time when darkness rules” (Lk 22:53 NCV). Judas wasn’t acting alone—and neither are your attackers. Paul says, “Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world” (Eph 6:12 NCV). Those who attack and betray us are victims of a fallen world. We can’t place all the blame on them. Jesus found enough good in Judas to call him a friend, and He can help us do the same with those who hurt us. Even though Judas didn’t understand or intend to, he played a vital role in ushering Christ into His destiny. Of the ninety-eight words Christ spoke at His arrest, thirty were about the purpose of God. “It must happen this way to bring about what the Scriptures say…‘All these things have happened so that it will come about as the prophets wrote’” (Mt 26:54-56 NCV). Jesus understood that His immediate struggle was part of a greater plan. He saw the hand of God at work in it. And if you pay attention, you’ll see His hand at work in your struggle too.