Pastor Micah posted this about our first magazine here at LWFC.  It looks great…  See for yourself!

Not only is this magazine fully about people I actually know, but it is fully done and created by people I know.  That’s pretty neat to me.  This month’s testimonies were amazing.  It’s awesome to see what some people have overcome and what God has done in their lives.  The next issue is going to be outstanding.  I’ve already had a sneak peek and …  wow.  That’s all I have to say.

If you have a testimony you think would be great in our Impact Magazine, submit it.  We always love hearing what God is doing.

On another note…

Today in staff devotions, Pastor Steve was talking about the sin of familiarity.  It was way good.  I took lots of notes and wanted to share them with you.

Leaders, don’t get too familiar with your team members.  And team members, don’t get too familiar with your leaders.

That doesn’t mean that you should never know your leader or team member.  You should definately know them, and know them well.  But there is a line in there somewhere that puts you in a place where you lose influence.  It’s really easy to slip into that place, and it’s not so easy to get out of that place.
When you’re there, it makes it really hard to relate to your leader, or to receive from them.  It makes it hard for you to get what the Holy Spirit may be telling you.
As staff of a large and growing church, it is easy to get to that place.  You may think that, as a leader or member of staff, that you are exempt from doing certain things.  Pastor Steve used the example of raising your Bible during service when we pray over the Word.  Some people don’t do that, and the only exemption to that rule is newcomers.  They don’t know that they need their Bible.

II Corinthians 3:1-3 says:   “1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”

Paul tells us that we are a translation of the Word of God, and as Pastor Steve said, sometimes you are the only Bible some people will ever read.  Are they getting the uncompromised Word of God when they see you?  Or are you only putting on a show while at church?
Nobody is invisible.  You will never go unnoticed.  Do people see you watching certain movies, or buying certain items that could question your lifestyle outside of church?  They shouldn’t see that sort of stuff from our leaders or staff, because we shouldn’t be doing it.

Where is your heart?

Is it focused on serving God and being that living translation that Paul talked about?  I know that I have written all about that before, so I won’t go in to it.  (here or here)

You can only control someone’s actions so far, it depends on their heart.
You can only ‘force’ your leaders or team members to go so far.  To do this or that.  But true obedience is in the heart.  How far will they go for you?  Do you have that influence over them that you once had?  Or ever had?

Being their friend seems like a great idea, but being their leader is important too.  It is well worth the risk, but keep your heart guarded.

1 Peter 3:1-2 says:   “1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.”

He’s talking about wives living in a way that their unsaved husbands would come to know the Lord, but it works for everyone.  Your holy living can be the tool that changes someone’s heart to the point of salvation.  Every little thing you do that is seen by someone else can make or break the deal.  That seems kind of harsh, but it’s true.  When people see you are they seeing who you are when you’re sitting in the front row at a church service or are you totally different?
If you can change their heart, you can change what they do.
It’s not about their vote, and what you’re polling for, it’s about their heart.

Church distraction vs. Church Attraction
Are you the one that distracts everyone at church or are people going because you’re there?  People will be either turned off or turned on by what you do.  Nothing is neutral.  They either like it or they don’t.
Nobody is invisible…  still.

Exodus 20:26 says:  “And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.”

God is trying to eliminate all distractions.  He doesn’t want the priests who are conducting the offerings to be climbing any stairs because someone may be able to see under their clothes.  That would be a distraction.

You shouldn’t have to be asked to serve, you should already be signed up, like it says in Acts 2:41-42.  They were baptised, then they signed up.
You shouldn’t have to be asked/told to come to worship or prayer.  You should be there already.

Here’s a question for you to ask yourself:  “Am I pleasing God in my worship?”

If you’re not sure of the answer, then you’re probably not.

You should be Paul’s letter from II Corinthians 3:1-3.  You may be the only Bible someone may ever read.  Wouldn’t it be horrible if they decided that they didn’t want your Jesus because they saw you do something questionable?  I think it would be.  I think that there are a lot of people that I should be thanking for living godly lives.  Because if they would have only been putting on a church show, I wouldn’t be here today.

Question:  How many people have you turned on/off to the Gospel today?


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