Youth Legacy Mission Visiting St Anne’s This Saturday

Many of you have contributed to the Student’s “Youth Legacy Mission” campaign this month, donating items for personal hygiene kits.  The students will be packing these items into kits to be distributed to the homeless as St Anne’s mission this Saturday and want to invite anyone who wants to help out to come along.

The students will meet at the church at 9:30am this Saturday, September 5th to travel to St Anne’s.  They will be there from 10am to 12pm and will also help out the staff there.  Come out and join them this Saturday!

Financial Peace University Class Starting September 17!

Imagine Yourself Debt FreeWe will be holding our 2nd FPU class this year starting on September 17th and finishing before Christmas!   The 13-week class is loaded with all kinds of financial knowledge, skills and ideas that can literally change your life!  For more information, check out Dave Ramsey’s FPU homepage.

If you would like to sign up for the class, the cost is $100 and includes a membership kit with all kinds of goodies in it.  Contact Matt Jones at 801-529-3009.

Serve Others!

Did you know that Lakeside has a weekly ministry giving food to people in need?  That’s right!  Every single night of the week people from Lakeside pick up fresh baked bread from the Smith’s plant and bring it to the church.  Then, on Saturday evenings, a team of Lakesiders distribute the food to the community…no strings attached!   It’s a wonderful way to share the love of Jesus in a practical way and the rewards go beyond the smiles and the fun you have while doing it!

If you would like to get involved, contact Patricia Erdman at 801-779-1025 or just join the team this Saturday evening at 5:00pm!

New Children’s Program


Starting June 14 we will be switching our children’s program over to a brand-new format called Worship Kidstyle!  There will be many changes, but the bottom line is this…more staff, more dynamic material and more fun!  The children will have their own worship service each week complete with drama and music and then activities and games will reinforce the lesson for the week.  Please pray for us as we make the transition!

One Act of Righteousness

Today’s Reading: Romans 5:1-21

18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:18-19

A few years ago I was door-knocking in Syracuse letting the community know about an event we were having and inviting them out to it.  I eventually knocked on the door of a middle-aged LDS man who was very polite and wanted to discuss the Bible with me a bit.  We were talking about different versions of the Bible and he quoted me his favorite passage from this chapter in Romans.

For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
Romans 5:18-19

I believe that a lot of LDS people have a love for the person of Jesus Christ.  I believe it with all of my heart.  However, I long for the day when they lay their burdens completely down, holding on to nothing, and put their faith in Him alone, “The One” as their only hope for atonement of sin and consequently, right standing with God.

Back in the saddle

Today’s Reading: Romans 3:1-4:25

First of all, a confession.  I haven’t been in my Bible at all for a few weeks.  I have let the pressures of our building project mount up and in a time when I needed spiritual refreshing the most, I didn’t bother going to the well if you know what I mean.  I value my daily time with God, and as we near the end of a very long project, I want to make sure I stop neglecting my relationship with Him.

So without further ado, back into Romans.

So much to take from these chapters…I love the first several verses of chapter 4 where Paul continues to pound on the futility of the law.  Then he drops an A-bomb…Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness…are you ready?…BEFORE he was circumsized!  I never picked up on that.  I love God’s Word and how it all fits together.  I am a child of God and an heir to the promise given to Abraham thousands of years ago.  Not through the law, not through blood, but through faith.

Hey there, true Jew!

Today’s Reading: Romans 2:17-29

So today’s passage clarified yesterday’s a lot more for me.¬† Actually, let me paraphrase Romans 2:12-13 based on my new understanding of it:¬† God will punish sin, whether you knew God’s law or not.¬† It doesn’t matter if you’ve heard it before, just whether or not you live it.

Today I was reminded of what makes a ‘true Jew’.¬† Both here and in Galatians, Paul makes the point that true Jewish lineage is not in where you were born or who your parents were or whether or not you are circumcized.¬† Rather, true Jews are those whose hearts are right with God.¬† Not of their own effort, they were MADE right.¬† They have been justified by faith and nothing else.

It is this ‘heritage of faith’ that passes on the ‘bloodline’ of Christ to all who believe.

The Secrets of Men

Today’s Reading: Romans 2:12-16

So I am really struggling with the meaning of this passage today.¬† For¬† clarity’s sake, I will include it for you to read:

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”

I have read this in a few versions now, English Standard Version, New Living Translation, New American Standard, even The Message.  Here are my immediate struggles.  What does it mean that all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law?  The more I read it, I start to think it is suggesting that they perish without being held accountable to the law.  Seriously, what could it mean?  Why specify that they not only perish, but that they perish without the law?

Now, I’m not suggesting that they are justified.¬† I see a clear line drawn that those who are doers of the law will be justified.¬† Of course, I also know that no one completely does the law.

When it says that “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts“, I think, “That’s really interesting.¬† The WORK of the law.¬† Is this the work of the cross in fulfilling the law?”

All I know is, it’s an internal work.¬† A day is coming when God judges the secrets of men – not our outward doings, but the messy insides that only the blood of a Savior can clean.