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Matthew 24: The End of the World as we Know It

Have you heard about the “signs of the times”? Armageddon? WW3…Russia and China in the Bible (?!), Bible Codes and other such doomsday predictions? Jesus actually teaches about knowing the future and about his second coming and it’s important that we know how he wants us to act so that we don’t get lead astray by others. This message from Matthew 24 is about all of the above and more, including how to recognize false teaching.

New Facility Proposal

On Sunday, March 5th, 2017, church leadership presented a proposal for our congregation to consider involving our facility. That proposal is linked to below and we ask that everyone who currently attends Lakeside please review it immediately. Barring any unforeseen pushback, we plan to affirm this new proposal on Sunday, March 12th, 2017. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, we REALLY want to hear from you. You can contact Matt Jones by phone at 801-529-3009 or by email at mattj@lakesidelife.org. You may also contact Roger Beal by phone at 801-721-9642.

Download the Proposal

Meet Jolene Hurley

A missionary named Jolene Hurley contacted me this summer and is heading to Slovenia to join a team that hopes to plant a new church there. Jolene was in Utah over the summer trying to connect with a couple of churches and Justin Gort, the pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church in West Point, referred her to us. I spoke with Jolene on a few occasions to learn more about her mission agency and the country of Slovenia and felt we should keep her in our prayers and ask our people to consider donating to her ministry.

Below is a brief video that I recorded with Jolene where she explains what she is doing and how we can help.

If you would like to support Jolene financially, you can make a gift at https://avantministries.org/give. Simply put in Jolene’s name and the amount you’d like to donate.

If you would like to reach out to Jolene personally, she’d love to hear from you! Her email is jolene.hurley@avmi.org.

Also, please consider downloading her prayer card below and attaching it to your fridge or office work area.

Jolene Hurley Prayer Card

Joy in Community

Joy in Community

Living out the Gospel in community can bring us overwhelming joy. When we reflect on the forgiveness of our sins through Christ and the eternal hope we have because of His resurrection, the very rhythm of our life becomes an opportunity to respond with gladness and generosity. This is exactly what we see in the early church as recorded in Acts 2:42-47 NIV:

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

The joy of the early church was found in the everyday response to the Gospel. They were a witness to those around them and the Holy Spirit used their testimony to draw others to faith.

The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart. – John Calvin

When we acknowledge the community around us by bringing intentionality into things we’re already doing, it allows us to see the Gospel played out through the very rhythms of our life. We start sharing meals with our co-workers. We start inviting neighbors over for game nights. We start serving those around us instead of binge-watching the latest show. We start Gospel conversations during play dates. We start enjoying community because it has an intentional, deep purpose to it that foundationally is a response to the Gospel in our own lives.

None of this happens all at once and it will look differently from person to person because our lives are all unique. However, as we begin we quickly see a new sense of joy from being in community, living out the Gospel, and joining God in the redeeming mission of His people.

Saltiness: Matthew 5:3-16

In Students this week, we looked at Matthew 5:3-16. This passage covers the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and more specifically, the Beatitudes which means “blessed sayings.” We had great discussions in our small groups around this passage with great feedback and questions.

If you missed this week, you can download the questions here: Student Questions

I would encourage parents to review with students some key points in the passage. You can download some review questions here: Parent Review Questions

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3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Read all of Matthew 5