God spoke to me about what He desires for us in this time of wilderness training...
I two-way journaled a couple weeks ago, thanking the Lord for the amazing Church Council meeting we had on May 23 and asking Him to speak to me about the Wilderne… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/06/wilderness-love/
God is moving in some very exciting ways - in our Family
Love in Action
It is exciting to be part of this great church family! Last Sunday was the most powerful experience of the Holy Spirit’s presence in a worship service that most … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/06/love-action/
Our Identity MUST be in Jesus FIRST as Christians; yet that means a willingness to change in every area--including our social structures...
Our Identity in Christ
I felt the Lord say these words to me last week as I was asking Him to clarify our identity as a Church and my identity as a pastor: “My Church has an ide… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/05/our-identity-christ/
When we become numb to the Lord, we usually become hyper-sensitive to the people we love...
Returning to First Love
As I was plugging in this laptop computer to write you this note, the oddest thing happened. I dropped the cord on my foot—just the plug-in part—and it … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/05/returning-first-love/
Jesus served out of perfect security; insecure people serve to try and be secure--at great expense to themselves and the Kingdom...
Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. So He got up from the table, took off His … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/04/secure-love/
The Staff-Parish committee has named our new children's pastor!
For the Love of the Children
I am very pleased to announce to you that your Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), after careful prayer and deliberations, has promoted John Pa… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/03/love-children/
Catherine Cates shares her heart concerning worship in this week's blog...
If God’s love language to us is Grace—in all its forms, our love language to God is Worship—in all its forms.
Catherine Cates, our Worship Leader, wrote and… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/03/worshipful-love/
The deep love of friends and family holds us together--and allows us to say "goodbye."
The New Testament was written in Greek, and the Greek language has four words which we translate love. Storge’ love is what we would term affection. Romantic love … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/03/philia-love/
LOVE calls us to grow from the place where we defend ourselves to the place where we preach the truth in love--on the offensive!
In the 26th chapter of Acts, Paul is finally given the opportunity to defend himself before Governor Festus, King Agrippa, Queen Bernice, and the large crowd of “… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/02/offensive-love/
Jesus calls for our all. As the old saying goes, "He is either Lord of all, or He is not our Lord at all...!
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandments. … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/02/tough-love/
John Wesley calls us to enjoy every means of Grace. We enjoy most of them every Sunday morning!
The Means of LOVE
John Wesley liked to talk about—and immerse people in—the “Means of Grace,” those biblically annunciated and God-ordained experiences where God’s presence and… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/02/means-love/
The easy way is often the deadliest--especially when it comes to walking with the Lord!
The Long Road of Love
Love—true love—often comes in unexpected ways, and sometimes, even in “tough” ways. We came upon one such example in our Life Journal readings this week, … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/01/long-road-love/
We MUST bear fruit! God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the key to doing so!!
All of us know that as disciples and followers of Jesus the Messiah we are expected to bear fruit. Scripture makes clear that if we are fruitless in this life—and… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2017/01/fruitful-love/