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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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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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The Voice of the Good Shepherd Leads to Life // John 10:9-10

The number of voices calling out to us in life is deafening. Facebook, Instagram, email, Twitter, news feeds, blogs, vlogs, YouTube Channels and more are 24/7 communicating information to us. We literally have to "un-plug" to get away from it all. In the midst of all this noise there is the still small voice of God calling out to us. With so many messages bombarding us, it's easy to allow it all to become white noise and we become numb. The Christian must work to intentionally tune into the voice of God.

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Jesus is the door to life // John 10:9

Everyone is trying to find meaning, purpose and ultimate fulfillment in life. Life provides many doorways to what we believe will give us satisfaction, identity and peace. These doors promise great things. You can hear the sounds on the outside and what's inside seems alluring. People will guide you, entice you and show you all manner of doors in life. These doors could be labeled financial riches, fame or popularity, entertainment, religion, sex, career, travel, food, drugs/alcohol/escape or even suicide. What can keep me up at night as a father is worrying about which doors my kids are toying with going through, drawn to or have gone into. Each door holds behind it a set of consequences; we can't un-see what we've seen or un-experience what we've experienced. But Jesus appears...

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Jesus Completely Satisfies // John 6:31-35

What is it that you hunger for? Deep down inside of your gut and I'm not talking about pizza; is it peace, justice, the humane treatment of animals or stability in your home? What is it that you thirst for? Do you long to be known and really understood? Do you thirst for meaning, to be loved or even have someone to love? Jesus speaks through time and from the pages of John's Gospel (John 6: 31-35) to announce that He is the bread of life and in Him is complete satisfaction of both hunger and thirst. 

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