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08.23.2015

posted Aug 21, 2015, 12:59 PM by Lakeview Office

5th Sunday Singing – I want to strongly encourage you to attend the Area-Wide Fifth Sunday Singing, which will be hosted at the Puyallup church of Christ.  That event takes place next Sunday, beginning at 5:00pm.  Lakeview members who attend the singing are asked to bring drinks and desserts. 

 

A story is told of a man who worked on a pipeline crew.  On the first day he was given a shovel and a piece of ground and told to dig a hole six feet deep and three feet wide.  By noon he had dug down over his head and he felt all alone in his work.  By the middle of the afternoon he was pretty discouraged as he thought of the miles of line still to be dug. Finally, however, about five o’clock, he broke through into the trench the man in front of him was digging. As he cleared away the loose dirt, this man broke through into the next hole, and as they stood and watched, man after man broke through until several hundred feet of ditch was visible and all felt a sense of accomplishment.

 

This is the value of fellowship with the churches of Christ in our area.  It is staggering that we could be salt and light to the entire Puget Sound area.  But really, we have our own area to concern ourselves with.  The Area-Wide Fifth Sunday singing is a source of encouragement in our common work.  Fellowship is a visible and tangible activity that reveals the fact that we are in this work together. With the unity of the Holy Spirit and a divine purpose, we must all dig in until God’s work is complete.  I would like to see only a few here at Sunday evening service next week, because most of us are attending the Area-Wide Fifth Sunday Singing.

 

Randy Schow, Mountain States Children’s Home – There are so many good works for us to support.  This evening Randy will update us on the work that is being done at MSCH.  We have been involved in this work for the last several years and I look forward to hearing what Randy has to share.  Every year Randy makes a west coast swing and visits the churches that support the children’s home.  He gathers Change Cans and food donations that provide significantly for the home.  On a table in the back of the Auditorium are samples of the types of food that Randy is collecting.  There is a list of suggestions in the bulletin.  Let’s all do what we can and make a difference.

 

-Dennis

 

08.09.2015

posted Aug 7, 2015, 1:32 PM by Lakeview Office

John 16:25-33 - A mature follower of Christ is going somewhere.  This passage speaks of a time when the disciples of Jesus would understand fully what they have experienced over the past three years.  That “destination” is tied up with Jesus completing His mission and the disciples fully understanding the meaning of the Cross.  In the Cross all thing would become clear; in the Cross all will make sense. 

That is where we meet Jesus; at the Cross.  That is where we are going.  Oswald Chambers wrote, “The Cross represents only one thing for us— complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ— and there is nothing in which this identification is more real to us than in prayer.”  Pointing our attention to Matthew 6:8, (“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him”), Oswald asks, “If God knows what we need, why ask?” His answer, “The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him. If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and disappointed with God. We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer. We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God’s grace.”

Jesus desires that we all get to that place where we are one with God.  That is why we can ask for “anything” because whatever we ask for, due to our complete oneness with God, will be something that God would be concerned about.  We would not be asking about things that concern only us or benefit us.  We would desire the things that accomplish the will of God in our lives.

Have you reached such a level of intimacy with God that the only thing that can account for your prayer life is that it has become one with the prayer life of Jesus Christ? Has our Lord exchanged your life with His vital life? If so, then “in that day” you will be so closely identified with Jesus that there will be no distinction.  Also in that day, you will identify with the cause of Christ.  Commitment to the cause of Christ, requires closeness so that we can draw strength and endurance.  As Jesus says, we will have suffering in this world.  Be courageous!  He has conquered the world.

-Dennis

 

07.26.2015

posted Jul 24, 2015, 1:06 PM by Lakeview Office

Before I became a Christian I had collected a number of bad habits that I soon learned I would have to discard.  I struggled much with them and found that being baptized was easier than being transformed.  In some cases, my identity was wrapped up in these behaviors.  Mentors in the faith said, “don’t give up”.  But it was a challenge to “give up sin.”  It was hard to change my identity as a sinner and think in terms of submitting my will to God’s Will.  One mentor pointed me to Hebrews 12:1-2, which exhorts us to keep our eyes on Jesus.  Being a Christian is more than believing in something; even believing in Jesus.  Tony Campolo helps us understand the importance of keeping our eyes on Jesus as we go through the progression of transformation.

To say “I believe in Jesus” is not enough.  You must be willing to acknowledge Him as the most important person in your life.  You must be willing to say, I will do what He wants me to do, above all else and above any demands that others may place upon me.  If you make that decision…I can promise you a very positive self-image.  When Jesus is the most important person in your life, you will soon come to define yourself in the same way that Jesus defines you.  You will begin to think of yourself as He thinks of you.

This is crucial because I am able to see myself, not as a sinner, but a person rescued from sin who now has options.  I don’t have to sin and I don’t have to see myself as someone who wants to sin.  I want what Jesus wants.  My identity is now wrapped up in Him.  He endured the cross and despised the shame.  I can do no less.

-Dennis

 

07.12.2015

posted Jul 10, 2015, 12:43 PM by Lakeview Office



The Tacoma Rescue Mission Ministry is now the ACTS ministry. Why the change? Because we felt that this ministry needed a logo and mantra to represent the work and the service that we do.

The Logo:  The fish is the symbol that represents Christians, the word (
ACTS) inside the fish represents the action that we do. The bible verse inside the tail reminds us, it is more blessed to give than to receive.  “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

The Mantra:  "Acclaiming Christ Through Service"
When we serve at the Rescue Mission we provide uplifting spiritual songs, as well as hygiene items, hats, gloves, socks, bikes, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and even a warm slice of pizza. This is how we acclaim and serve Christ.

Jesus taught that when we feed and clothe the hungry, we feed and clothe him. “
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply,’ I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’   Matt 25:35-40

Jesus came not to be served but to serve. Mark 10:45

Thank you for your continual support. You are a blessing to us.

The ACTS Ministry

 

06.28.2015

posted Jun 26, 2015, 2:00 PM by Lakeview Office

As I was reviewing my Sunday night message, my heart was stabbed with the idea that some of what I said was harsh and critical and what I left unsaid was also harsh and critical.  The statement I made about the public outcry against gun control and the confederate flag was sarcastic and arrogant.  My pathos was due to the fact that often times our leaders take action that never addresses the heart of the matter…the human heart.  It is my conviction that a significant contributing factor to the tragic events of our culture is the way we raise, or don’t raise our children.  Many adults who are charged with this very important task fail and society pays the price for that failure.  The flag didn’t cause the hate and the gun didn’t act independently.  To be sure, certain people should not have access to guns and I understand the confederate battle flag is a symbol and reminder of the hate and oppression of the past (and for some, the present).  I have felt that flying the confederate flag was like flying the Japanese flag (but then I’m a dang Yankee). 

Societies that put propaganda above principles don’t long endure because they never address the real problems that are causing the societal decay.  It is the breakdown of the family.  As Moses gave the command for parents to teach and model the ways of God for their children, he warned them that they would end up with societal chaos as they had in the times of the Judges, if they failed.  Instead of instilling in their children the knowledge and lifestyle of the One God, they allowed the gods of the culture to be their one lord.  This freedom from the commands of God made it possible for “everyone to do as they saw fit.”  It took a few generations for the people of Israel to become like the people of Canaan.  It seems that America is on the same path.

Christian parents are to recognize the negative influence of culture and prepare their children to resist the pull of our culture; not only the appeal of sin, but the deceptions of those who claim to be the experts and know better than the God who created us.  Make it your goal to instill character and virtue into your kids.  Limit the exposure of cultural values and become skilled at drawing the difference between cultural values and Christian values.  We are promised, even in a world that seems out of control, that when children honor their godly mothers and fathers, all will go well with them.

-Dennis

 

06.21.2015

posted Jun 19, 2015, 1:44 PM by Lakeview Office

Lead Me With Strong Hands

 

This is the key phrase of the chorus of the song that is included below.  The point of the song illustrates the message this morning.  Men have big-time responsibilities that demand strength outside of themselves.  In the American culture, this is needed as men are failing in fulfilling God-given responsibility.  While it can be intimidating to know that our wives and children are counting on us to have strong hands, that will not happen unless men have strong hands.

 

 

"Lead Me" by Sanctus Real

 

I look around and see my wonderful life,

almost perfect from the outside

In picture frames I see my beautiful wife, always smiling,

But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

 

"Lead me with strong hands, stand up when I can't

Don't leave me hungry for love, chasing dreams,

but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight, that I'm still the love of your life

I know we call this our home, but I still feel alone"

 

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes,

They're just children from the outside

I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine, they're independent

But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

 

"Lead me with strong hands, stand up when I can't

Don't leave me hungry for love, chasing dreams,

but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight, that I'm still the love of your life

I know we call this our home, but I still feel alone"

 

So Father, give me the strength, to be everything I'm called to be

Oh, Father, show me the way, to lead them, won't You lead me?

 

To lead them with strong hands, to stand up when they can't

Don't want to leave them hungry for love,

chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight, and give them the best of my life

So we can call this our home,  lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

 

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

 

 

-Dennis

 

06.14.2015

posted Jun 12, 2015, 1:56 PM by Lakeview Office

Benefits of the FaithBuilders Workshop

 

When I was a new Christian, several of the brothers and sisters from the Hood River church asked me if I was going to attend GNEW.  I said, G-what??  GNEW was a workshop that provided teaching and training for Christians that desired to grow.  It was a time for learning and a time for fellowship.  I loved it and it helped me to see and engage in the bigger picture of the churches of Christ.  I learned things that set a course for my future and the experience helped me set some goals for my faith.  The workshop for our time is called FaithBuilders.  There are several benefits connected to participating in the workshop.

 

I was looking at the schedule for the FaithBuilders Workshop and found there were several topics and class offerings that are relevant to our priorities as a congregation.  There is a series of classes on building successful marriages, conflict resolution, and friendship evangelism.  I think you will also like the keynotes and classes presented by Sam Jones, Brian Simmons and Jim McGuiggan.

 

One of the features of a Christian conference is the worship that takes place.  The larger the crowd, the more enthusiastic it can be.  Marcellus Stanley will be leading most of the worship this year.  This should be a highlight of the workshop.

 

There will be Teen Program that will take place on Saturday, July 11, of the Workshop.  It is a one day program, but it should be useful for our young people.  Eli Hooper has been working with teens for several years and he has a reputation of helping young people understand important elements of the faith.  Any of our young people not attending a camp or helping at a camp would be encouraged by attending.

 

The final benefit of FaithBuilders is the fellowship of Christians.  For some, functions like this are like old home week; seeing friends you haven’t seen in awhile.  For others, meeting new people can be exciting and enriching. 

 

There will be something for everyone who attends and I ask you to join with me in praying that God can use that event to make a difference in the lives of Christians and congregations in the Northwest.  Visit faithbuildersnw.com for more details.  The workshop will take place on July 9-11, 2015 on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University, Eastvold Auditorium.

-Dennis

 

06.07.2015

posted Jun 5, 2015, 1:19 PM by Lakeview Office

Matthew 25:34-40…I have included this extended quote in the article because we often lose track of some of the responsibility of God’s people.  Some will look at different projects and judge them based on their Soul-Winning potential.  Soul Winning is crucial, but not everything is about Soul-Winning.  We are supposed to do things because these are what Jesus did.  Our work at the Tacoma Rescue Mission is one of those things.  Through our efforts, we provide food, personal hygiene products and spiritual encouragement.  Our work is caring and compassionate toward those who are victims of a sinful society and those who have made a mess of their lives.  We are planting seeds, others will water, and it is up to them and God whether or not those seeds grow. 

Doing compassionate work is an end in itself.  A congregation of several hundred people can do a lot of good, if everyone does a little.  Compassionate work teaches us to look at people the way that God does.  It helps us to learn how to do things for others without expecting anything in return.  Compassionate Work often leads to Soul-Winning because it teaches Christians to share and engage with others.  Through these efforts, Christ is proclaimed.

We invite you to continue sharing in this ministry that we are now calling ACTS, which stands for “Acclaiming Christ Through Service.”  We will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 14, following the morning assembly.  This will serve as a fundraiser and information sharing time about the work we do. 

We are providing the ice cream and fixins for this event.  We are asking others, who would like to, help provide home-made ice cream.  And, just to make it fun, we are going to give an award to the person who make the most “unique” flavor of home-made ice cream (for instance, maple bacon vanilla ice cream…YUMMMMM!!!!).  The winner of this contest will receive the coveted ice cream scoop of honor.

Please talk to Ann or Bob Riley if you have any questions.  Remember the date is Sunday, June 14th following morning assembly.  We will receive donations that will benefit the compassionate work of ACTS.  Our goal of fund-raising is $1500.00.  Please give what you can to aid in this effort.

-Dennis

 

05.31.2015

posted May 29, 2015, 1:36 PM by Lakeview Office

Tonight we will honor the accomplishments of our young people who participated in the LTC program this past year.  This year 25 of our youth (grades 3-12) began working and preparing in September.  I am always impressed with the effort the young people put into this.  You will see some of this Sunday night. 

The theme the young people worked around was “Don’t Look Back.”  The Bible book they learned was the book of Luke.  The key verse was Luke 9:52.  The theme gave the participants a focus for all they did.  Creative activities like speeches, songs to lead, bulletin boards, church bulletin articles, puppet skits, live Christian drama skits, artwork, and even songs for choirs present the theme in challenging and creative ways.

Allen Finley will be leading the program Sunday night.  If you are scheduled to lead Sunday night, please talk to Allen.

The leadership team would like to express its gratitude for the service of Allen and Kristi.  We acknowledge their effort and commitment to Lakeview’s kids and for the leadership they provided the team of adults that helped the young people prepare.  We hope you are encouraged by this program.  It will serve as our Sunday Night Service. 

The theme for 2016 has been proposed and accepted by the LTC Board.  The theme is “Refuge: Studies in Joshua, Judges, & Ruth".  Dates for the next convention are April 15-17, 2016.

-Dennis

 

05.24.2015

posted May 22, 2015, 11:48 AM by Lakeview Office

First, I want to thank you for praying for the Baker Family, as Lanita has endured the slow recovery after knee surgery.  She is doing much better and we are grateful for the Spiritual Support.

Second, I wanted to underline an important activity that is coming up at the beginning of June.  It is an event we call “Delano Day.”  The date for Delano Day is Saturday, June 6th.  The purpose of this event is to give Christians a chance to spend the day at the camp facility and participate in raising funds for the camp.  You can purchase lunch and baked goods, the proceeds of which will be used to support the camp.  There are games and other activities for kids and families to enjoy.  If you would like to get a jump on the fun, you may stay Friday night free of charge, either camping or in the dorms.

Delano Bay Christian Camp is a significant ministry of the Lakeview church of Christ.  Many young people have come to faith and have been discipled through the summer camps and other youth activities that are sponsored by the Puget Sound Area Churches.

It is not an understatement to say the best tool of evangelism we have is the work that takes place at Delano Bay Christian Camp.  If you have children or teens, I hope you will send them to summer camp and give them the opportunity to hear the message of Christ and discover how to grow in their faith.  Show your support and experience the fellowship of Delano Day.  Do what you can to help the camp accomplish its important work this summer.  Visit the Delano website (www.delanobay.org) for camp dates and other news concerning the mission of the camp.

-Dennis

 

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