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Using What We’ve Been Given

January 25, 2011

Well, it proved to be another great kick off to the year at Lakeside with our Annual Spiritual Life Weekend.  The theme this year was Uneclipsing The Son with our special guest, Rick Holland.  I believe it was refreshing for us all to reflect on the place Christ has in each of our lives.  Is He just a part or is He our life?

The Worship Team, as well as Atoned For, did a steller job in provided excellent musical support to the worship time.  Once again, their efforts to make the music the best it could be paid off as people were not only encouraged to sing but as we witnessed, those who attended experienced heartfelt times of worship focused on the One who desires to draw out our affections for Him.  We were able to introduce a song to the congregation called All I Have Is Christ (Jordan Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries) which ended up being a perfect fit to the theme this year.  We also enjoyed special music from Atoned For and Kelli and Hannah Ramey over the weekend.  Tim Drumm was the man behind the scenes making the weekend roll and he did a great job.  The LBC Media Team also did an awesome job: whether it was Matt Chavez’s moving graphics or the simple support of having the correct slides displayed for the worship time.  There were no major hiccups and for that I am thankful because it made it that much easier for those in attendance to focus on Christ.

My prayer is that coming out of such a deep-filled, contemplative and challenging time revolving around Christ that our church wouldn’t slide back and lose our first love.  I hope that our desire to make Christ the central focus of our lives does not breed more (what Rick called) christianese terms, talks and mindsets.  We know the formula for living a life that is full of purpose and hope and it is found only in Jesus Christ…now the question is how will we use what God has entrusted to us this weekend for true change in our lives?

Click here for the complete Sermon Series from the Spiritual Life Weekend | 2011.

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