When you teach your child, you teach your child's child.

In the everyday grind of diapers, naps and play-dates it’s easy to lose sight of the incredible influence a dad yields.  This influence grows along with your child.  In the teen years when it feels to a dad like they’re no longer cool or their child’s hero that they should back off and give ground to other more “relevant voices” is when they need to lean in and be present.  Common sense dictates that dads adjust their relationship to the maturity level of their growing child but always remain present.  Dads (as well as moms) are the prime influencers of their children.

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Communion Sunday: What to Remember?

Luke brings us into the intimate moment of sharing the Passover meal elements (vs. 14-22).  Eating a meal together is incredibly personal.  The way they were sitting probably placed Jesus at the center of a large horseshoe shaped arrangement.  They were all able to look into one another’s faces.  Jesus begins by leaning in and telling them He earnestly desired (craved or yearned) to eat this Passover with you before He would suffer (He knew what was waiting for Him).  Which of us wouldn’t savor a last meal with friends and family before departing for a long journey, off to college or into the military? 

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PAUSE: Engaged and Engaging Others with Christ Means Life.

We all have baggage.  You’ve probably heard that more than once.  Baggage in life is usually considered a negative; however, consider this – your baggage is what you come into relationships with – so, it can also be positive!  

Baggage is a fact of life and it’s part of who we are.  As Christians, I want to consider a few incredibly important things that are packed in your bags right now that we often forget.

4 Things Packed in Your Bags as a Christian Today:

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PAUSE: Serve God by Serving Others

Jesus was clearly recognized by His closest followers as a figure of authority.  His disciples referred to Jesus as teacher and Lord – terms of authority and status.  On the evening in which Jesus was sharing a Passover meal with his followers, He caught them all off guard by stooping to wash their dirty feet.  Washing feet was reserved for the lowest servant in the household.  When Jesus did this radical act He burned into their hearts and minds a powerful lesson.  

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PAUSE: Understanding and Using Your Spiritual Gifts

From unity God seeks to deploy diversity to build His Kingdom on earth.

Gifts are given to the church to advance the Kingdom. Not for personal agendas, to feed egos, to cause division, or ignite conflict.  We are not to look up or down to one another in the church but rather look forward to Jesus together.  When conflict, envy and comparisons are give attention around the subject of gifting - humility is lost and we're doing things wrong. When we envy and fight (creating comparisons among us and churches) we lose sight of what we're supposed to be about - reaching the lost - this is done through the beauty of our testimony individually but even more corporately.

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Vince Armfield
Mother's Day at Lakeside

Mother’s day is a complicated day within any family; including the church.  In the past church families celebrated mother’s day by focusing in on biological moms; but there are so many more moms among us.  The step-mom, foster-mom, adoptive-mom and even the mother-in law are just as powerful expressions of motherhood not to mention those women who have been like moms to us.  At Lakeside we want to acknowledge those women who have blessed us with their counsel, admonitions, correction and nurturing. It’s not always easy to love those closest to us because of painful relationships but even more because of familiarity – we take them for granted and grow distant. It’s not always easy to love people; let’s remember that and encourage one another. 

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