Called to Change One Life at a Time!
What a fantastic word delivered by Elder Eric and Pastor Judah entitled “Husbandry”. We were brought through the biblical lens of the process by which God cultivates man. In this call to husbandry, we must develop the areas that the Lord has highlighted to us while trusting him to makes things grow. This is because we are in a covenantal relationship with our good Father that is meant to produce life inside of us and life in the world around us. This call and process of husbandry is what we need, it is what our household needs, and the world all around us.
In this message preached by brothers Justin Treaster and Adam Corra, we continue with a theme of growing in an appreciation of the agricultural background that every Israeli would have related to the promises in the Tanakh. To you and me here in America, there is not much unique about fruit production, but to a Jew, fruit being produced in Israel is a direct fulfillment of prophecy. Throughout their entire history as a people, they have to fight for their promises to be fulfilled, while at the same time knowing that it was an absolute certainty as long as they were fighting and cultivating. We learned that we must take up a "Shammah" state of mind & stand in the middle of our field, defending its promises as Israel has. At the same time, we are to do the same for our brothers like Johnathan's armor-bearer, fighting for each others promises until we all see the fruit that God has promised us. And if you see philistines banding around your brother, you just tell them "Hand's Off My Fruit!"
“Training to Reproduce” preached by Pastor Payton, Pastor Matt, and Pastor Wade encouraged and spurred us on to what the original mandate to mankind was, to be fruitful and increase in number. The process and mechanism for this to take place requires there to be plowing, planting, growing, and harvesting that occurs in a cyclical pattern. We must take an honest assessment of our lives to know where we are in the cycle especially after an abundant harvest has taken place. When we know the condition of our soil in each phase of the cycle, it trains us to reproduce in the next. Listen now!
Coming off an amazing Sunday where we talked about the continuous cultivation that we are performing as international harvesters, Pastor Matt & Pastor Nik call us up higher to the warrior status we have been given. In this sermon entitled "Trained to Triumph", we received the revelation that we are warriors, and we are continually being made into warriors through battle. It's through the journey that men of God are made, and our faithful father is making sure that we are trained to triumph. We do this by knowing who we are before the battle. We do this not by hating our God-given weaknesses, but by joyfully welcoming God's discipline in our lives and crying out for his salvation. Our hands will remain frozen to the sword of the word of God.
Elder Eric and Pastor Judah delivered this fantastic sermon this morning entitled “International Harvesters”. We are constantly faced with the reality of the death that must take place in us in order for resurrection life to spring forth. This death is not to be understood as something that happened a long time ago at the cross nor should resurrection be looked at as solely a future event. Rather we are to have a revelation that this is a cyclical process of crucifying moments that reveal the continual resurrection power of God at work in us! This is how we stand up in our heavenly status of international harvesters and produce the 30, 60, and 100 fold.
As the sun is setting in one place, it rises in another. How much more so with our lives? As there is death in one area, resurrection life springs up from that very same place. It is the present cruxificion that actually allows for something better to be built back in its place. Because of this, we are learning more and more about how to welcome and walk in the death to resurrection life cycle. This cycle is for the here and now, in our lives today. Listen to this message from Pastors Payton, Nik, and Judah entitled "Donkeys, Death and Royal Studs" and let it stir you up and stand you up into walking in the new status that you have already been given.
Pastor Matt and Pastor Wade deliver a powerful sermon entitled “Do You Believe?”. In this sermon, we learned that the process of redemption is not a one time act done in the past, nor is the process of resurrection a one time act done in the future. In the kingdom, both redemption and resurrection are needed daily. As we clinch with the daily death that must take place inside of us, we find his redemption and his resurrection power at work in our lives. We must die daily and believe he will raise us up to life.
You know, if we take some of the Apostle Paul's assertions about attaining the power of the resurrection & his abilities to reflect Christ to others at face value, it may seem as if he is uncertain about the final outcome. All too often, we could be tempted to reflect the same "seeming" uncertainty in our lives. But Pastors Wade Sutherland and Nik Arezina crush this uncertainty with this powerful sermon entitled "Somehow". By understanding the Netzer principle, we learn that just as Jesus the Messiah's death HAS brought us life, so that not only are we experiencing resurrection life today but our death today will mean life for others tomorrow.
“M.I.A” preached by Elder Eric and Pastor Payton admonished us to take on the personal responsibility to walk in the resurrection life that is found in Jesus. It is not enough for us to know that Jesus resurrected from the dead, but we are called to live in light of the resurrection. Experiencing his resurrection power daily at work in us through the laying down of our lives and taking steps of faith filled actions that empower the next generation to go even further. Let your inspiration in the resurrection rise and your personal responsibility to walk in it. This is how we stay connected through the generations and carry the gospel forward.
What a beautiful time we are living in. “Trail to Triumph” preached by Pastor Nik Arežina walked us through a beautiful symbolic understanding of Palm Sunday. As the body of Christ, we all have the personal responsibility to lay down our cloaks to make a level path for Messiah and the generations that come after us. The branches and cloaks we are laying down are the symbolic sign that we have the victory through King Jesus. This is the path to the resurrection. This is the path in building the highway that leads to more life. This is the Trail to Triumph!
Our good father is being good to his church! He is leveling out our lives and building in us the highway of holiness that we may walk in! Valleys are being raised up, mountains are being laid low, and rough places are being made smooth! Pastors Matt, Wade, and Nik remind us how and why to have joy in the midst of this process! Because of what we know it is producing not only for us, but also for our generations, we can shout " I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!". Join with us on this journey marked by refinement AND God's blessing as you listen to this compelling sermon entitled "Life is a Highway".
It is good to be in the house of the Lord! Today we were blessed by the word brought by Elder Eric and Pastor Judah, “A Couple of Ordinary Asses”. In this sermon, we learned through the prophetic book of Zechariah the word of the Lord not only to the house of Israel but also to us here at LCM. Our great King is invested in the generations beyond us. He does this by removing the idolatry, worldly tendencies, and empty way of life that was handed down from previous generations that we find ourselves walking in. The work that He is doing inside of us now is so that the next generation is not polluted by the same errors but rather benefited and strengthen beyond what we could do in ours. His aim is for His glory to rest on those coming after us, that they may build His house! We no longer live for ourselves but for those coming after us, so that His name may be known throughout all generations!
Snapshots preached by Pastors Nik, Wade, and Matt encouraged us to rise up and take hold of the staff that has been divinely appointed us. The staff that symbolizes authority, right standing, and the high calling that is ours in Christ Jesus. We learned through the lives of the men of the biblical world as well as through these pastors lives that we must look to the divine appointment that was originated in us by our good Father. Even with some negative snapshots, we cannot choose to stay down but rather we must rise in our pursuit of our King. Laying hold of our divine appointment, drawing near to him, and seeing extraordinary affirmations as a result of our faith and obedience that will bless the generations to come!
We know something church! We know that we are growing closer to our father & he is showing us what our honest state has always been. And we know something else, for we can see his character being formed in us. What is more, is that we know the trials that we are enduring now will result in glorious hope. In this way, we can have hope and confidence as we look back at where have come from AND where he is bringing us into. Listen to this inspiring and hope-filled message from Pastors Matt & Judah.
What a glorious time we are living in! “A Tale of Two Houses” delivered by Pastor Nik and Pastor Judah illustrate the biblical truth that both faith and fight must work together to bring about the transformation required in our lives. Underemphasizing either one of these pivotal principles in the life of a believer leads to a compounding error of increasing ramifications. Instead, we must embrace and hold on to both faith and the fight. We must learn to live in the tension to demonstrate faith to trust God’s working and the fight to do what he said until we see transformation come about. This is “A Tale of Two Houses”. Listen now!
Our father has favored us! He has blessed us! He has done so in marvelous fashion, by opening our eyes to the realities of our true condition both as Sons of God and Sons of men. Whilst holding on firmly to both of these truths, the distance between who he is and who we are is becoming more and more evident. This honest grappling of our sin brings us to the same place as it did David. An honest recognition that we are the ones that have sinned and done wrong, and we are the ones in need of our Father's transformation power at work in us. It produces us crying out to the Lord in a way that we might not otherwise and as it stands, and for this reason, we are blessed when we learn of the specific areas of sin in our own lives. For the Lord has spoken that sin shall not be our master, and he is making sure that we can identify those areas so that he can transform us. Listen to this soul-stirring word preached by Pastors Wade and Payton entitled "You Are The Man!".
One of the best things that a believer can experience is coming to grips with just how sinful we are while at the same time growing in our love for the Lord. Too often we smooth over our actual state and walk with the Lord by only embracing the truth that we through Christ have been credited with righteousness. We do this without equally wrestling with the fact that there must be ongoing transformation aimed at righteousness. We are quick to embrace that we are Sons of God, and rightfully so, but too slow to recognize that we are also Sons of men. We love the promises in Christ but struggle to see that there are sinful habits, behaviors, and desires in us that poison our productivity in Christ and must be dealt with. “Look at it” preached by Elder Eric, brings a razor-sharp edge to the attitude and perspective a mature Christian must have; living in the tension of knowing that we are Sons of God and Sons of men. A view that has the courage to look at the condition of our own hearts and trust that it will be healed, restored, and transformed by the power of the grace of God. This is a sermon you will want to listen to over and over again!
LCM, we have been engaged in the conflict of all conflicts from the very beginning. We were promised from the very beginning that we would crush the enemy AND that he would strike our heel. Yet it seems that what sometimes starts as a garden snake can grow into an enormous red dragon. The Lord is calling us to develop tachos, quickness to right action. He is simultaneously working out of us the fear of being bitten, in order to win! The agony of being bitten is fueling a cry to the Lord, deepening our dependence on him. Listen to this timely word from Pastors Wade and Judah entitled " The Red Dragon, Tacos, and a Snake".
True Friend! Preached by Pastor Payton and Pastor Matt, drives at the center of the relationship our good Father desires to have with us and the desire we must have towards him. We learn through the lives of men like Abraham that one of the driving forces behind a true friendship with the Father was based on partnership with him, not performance. Pursuing a true friendship with the Father requires us to bring to him the darkness areas of our lives and iniquities because true friends do not hide things from each other. It is in this place of openness and transparency where we find his power, revelation, and true friendship with him! Listen now!
Our faithful father has been faithful to us in these dark days. Something about meditating on his character changes us as we engage with him in every circumstance. What is more, is that our faithful God shows himself faithful to faithful men. He chose men like Abraham because he "knew" him, and revealed his plan to him. So shall it be for us as we press on to know him better; He will make us what he is. Pastor Nik Arezina and brother Paul Rosales spur us on to live lives worthy of the Lord and give some practical steps on how to please him in all respects.
Pastor Judah, Pastor Payton, and Justin Treaster deliver a soul stirring word entitled “Face the Fact”. Where we are learning to grip with one hand the realities of our true state, the fickle faithlessness we often find ourselves in and grasping with the other hand the promises of God and the transformation that he will bring about in our lives. We can see this illustrated through the lives of men like Abraham to the Apostle Paul, who had the prophetic word of the Lord living in them as they walked in obedience the promises of God. This is the faith we are called to walk in, staring into the realities of our situations, and facing the fact that in our body we may be a good as dead yet we are not wavering in our faith and holding on to the promises of God!
The Lord is being good to us in this day and time church. Difficulties and trials have now become our vehicle into transformation. We can now see these situations for what they are. They are the proving grounds by which our faith is found genuine. We are learning to welcome the testing by which suffering produces Christ in us.
What a beautiful thing the Lord is doing in our midst! “The Devastation of a Nation” delivered by Pastor Nik and Pastor Wade, walk us through the biblical and maturity view of how we are to response during devastation. Through the lives of men of God like Moses, Habakkuk, and Jeremiah who chose to be joyful, to rejoice, to praise the name of the Lord while standing inside difficulty, we are called to walk in and imitate this same faith. It is in the midst of the devastation, difficult circumstances, our own failings and weaknesses, where we come face to face with our King and find his resurrection power!
Powerful. Cutting. Effective. This message shared by Pastor Payton Parsons accomplishes its stated intent. Pastor sheds light on just how much we need the Lord. When we engage with the word, he shows us our great need, but it's not until we focus on his holiness do we see just how desperate we are for him to change us. In this we have confidence because if we allow him to undo us now, we know that we will not be left "Undone". Let this message stir you to invite the Lord to change every area his holiness highlights.
When Zacheus heard the Messiah was coming his way, he climbed up into a sycamore-fig tree and immediately came down at the Lord's command. We had no idea before this message preached by Pastors Matthew Perot and Wade Sutherland just how analogous that is to the way the Lord is perfecting us. Jesus's word's cut Zacheus to the heart and produced immediate actions towards righteous living. That is the only way that we will bear fruit. We have to allow the Lord to gash us, to circumcise us in an ongoing manner. The "Signs of Circumcision" are seen in all Abraham's children & must be seen in us as well. Let this word from the Lord spur you on, trouble you even to press into bearing the ongoing signs of circumcision.
We are being stirred here at LCM! In view of the mercy of God, we ask that you listen to this message as many times as it takes to understand the weighty revelation that has been laid out before us. What we have just experienced and will continue to experience is the gripping reality that nothing we do before or after Christ will go unnoticed before the one to whom we must give an account. All our deeds (whether with action or inaction) will be in light of the judgment seat of Christ. “Is it Not Written” preached by Pastor Payton and Pastor Judah prepare us with a seriousness that the body of Christ and each individual believer must behold in light of the works that God has prepared in advance for us to do. No more wasted time, no more fearful cowardice, no more playing the victim, we are called higher as sons of the living God to do the works that have been laid out and marked out for us in accordance with his Book! Listen now!
We are grappling, straining with, and wrestling with the truth of God's word. That wrestling is having an impact on our very core, in a way changes how we walk. The same happened to Paul as he had an encounter with the resurrected, living word of God on the road to Damascus. This encounter produced a readiness in him that rendered him always ready for every situation. There is a readiness that is produced from being pierced by the word and that readiness is what is being cultivated in our body. Brothers Abimbola Daramola and Marlin Sosa encourage us to press into the piercing of God's word so that it makes us ready for the next situation that's in need of a son of God.
“Piercing Effect” delivered by Pastors Matt and Wade leads us back to a biblical sound truth that is essential for all believers. To experience ongoing daily transformation in our lives it must come from experiencing ongoing daily piercing of God’s word in our lives. Which then lead us to be well positioned to be empowered and walk in the purposes of our great King. This is the “Piercing Effect”. When we have wrestled, toiled, and have been pierced in our soul from the word, we are positioned perfectly to receive from our good Father and advance the kingdom. This is how we become effective ministers who can speak from a place of conviction, experience, and power because we have allowed ourselves first to undergo the “Piercing Effect”.
Don't wait! That is what the spirit is saying to this church. Elder Eric admonished the body with this timely word. Timely because we don't have time to waste. We don't have time to waste on the things that keep us starved of the daily bread from doing his will. What we do have is a choice to make the most of the days to come. We will open the books, stand on the revelation, speak the very words of God, and inspire others to stand all the same!
“Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing” delivered by Pastor Nik and Pastor Wade gave a clarion call with direction on what is means to really set the table for others. Through an in-depth view of Psalm 23, we engaged with the beautiful progression through each verse as we discovered strong biblical and practical connections that are pertinent for our lives. Our good Shepherd has provided us with everything that we need and as we are embracing the sifting process in our lives, it is in the midst of our transparency and weakness that we are able to set a table for our brothers to be strengthened. It is our hope that as you listen to this sermon, you will be immensely blessed with a newfound understanding of Psalm 23 and the practical elements as you engage with them, changes your walk forever.
We are continuing to embrace and welcome the ongoing transformation our Father is bringing us through! In this sermon entitled “The Gifting of Sifting” by Pastor Wade and Brother Justin Linton, we are called to see the sifting in our lives as a gift from our good Father. Through the sifting, we are brought to a place of humility, testing, and hunger so that we can see it is only through him we can be satisfied by his supernatural provision for us. This process of seeing sifting as a gift causes the obstructions in our lives to be removed so that we can draw near to our first love and receive supernatural empowered by him!
What a beautiful season we are walking through as a body! Our faithful King is bringing us to a place of ever increasing and ongoing transformation and glory! “Old Provision” preached by Pastor Judah and brother Justin Treaster was a beautiful illustration of an age-old kingdom truth. Through the examination of scripture, and passages like 1 John 2, we learned that the old commands given to us live inside of us and are reborn as new commands as we mature enough to utilize and appreciate what we had already been given. It is through the sifting process and our joyful welcoming of it that we can rightly see the gifts that were already there - the Old Provisions come alive inside of us and become new again! We are not to look for something new as though our heavenly Father has not given us all we need, but rather to know that the provision from his hand has been with us all along, and in the sifting, it springs alive and serves as good as NEW! Let’s rejoice in the Old Provision that does not spoil, perish, or fade away but becomes new and alive inside of us!
We are being prepared LCM. Our father is lining up our battles just as he did for Israel in order to get us ready for what is to come. He's assuring us of who we are while simultaneously trimming away from us that which does not belong. In this sermon titled "Cutting Weight", brothers Justin Linton and Abimbola Daramola examine the ways our good father is causing us to become just what he is. By joyfully embracing the sifting process, we are getting down to our fighting weight as our heavenly commander intended. Be spurred on to dive headlong into this sifting that is revealing the genuineness of your faith.
Today we learned something that was amazing, that we have everything that we need in Christ. An equally interesting revelation is that right alongside that, we have other things in our lives that we do not need. Pastor Matthew and Elder Eric, encourage us in this sermon entitled “Siting Sets The Table” by revealing that the sifting process is drawing out what God wants to change, and it is how we set the table. The reason our good Father does this, is so that as we are being transformed, we can turn and strengthen our brothers. We all can relate to a man like Peter, needing to be rebuked and corrected more times than most and yet this message showed us how necessary it was for Peter’s mistakes to be made public. And because his mistakes were made public, his life is even more encouraging and that is what our Father is calling us into during this time of ministering in our homes and building up the body. Let this message stir you to press into the sifting for your brother’s sake.
At an unprecedented time in our body, when the Lord is telling us to build up the body in amazing ways, we are being ample encouragement as to how we carry this out. We were blessed by Pastor Nick Slaughter and his wife Lyndie of the Arising Church, some of the first disciples of this church, as they share with us the realities of what it means to minister. Our ministry is both to God AND to man, we are to love both God and man. They reminded us of the age-old truth that our life is not our own, neither is our time or resources when it comes to shepherding the flock. Like Jesus we serve even when we ourselves are in need, and so doing we experience the supernatural power of God in the laying down of our lives.
2022 is here and we are moving with full steam ahead! Coming off our New Year’s Eve service, we have heard the marching orders from our King and are excited for the exponential growth that is on the horizon for our body. In this sermon entitled “Draw Up the Battle Lines”, Pastors Nik, Judah, and Wade encourage us through the scriptures for what lies ahead and the personal responsibility we have to prepare a table as we participate in building up the body. In addition, we learned that we have been given authority from heaven for building up the families around us. This is what it looks like to draw up our battle lines. Fighting for each other by guarding each other’s hearts, putting to practice the tools we have been given, and making the most of every opportunity to strengthen one another. In a time when others are drawing back, we are stepping forward to draw our battle lines. What about you? Are you ready to draw up your battle lines today?
As 2021 is coming to a close, we are pumped for the spiritual gains that are in store for us in 2022. That's because our body is going to be building itself up like never before. We're talking about some spiritual hypertrophy in our midst! We're going to get jacked up on joy and this will strike terror into our enemies. We're going to conquer in our home gym and daily encourage our brothers. We're going into strict training as a body to be trained by discipline that the Lord has for us. In this sermon entitled "2022 Warm-Up" Pastor Payton Parsons and brother Adam Corra pump us up to give max efforts and max reps as we head into the wide door of effective work that has been opened for us.
“Giant Gifts” preached by Pastor Wade and Pastor Matt encouraged us to rejoice in the revealing of hidden areas that need to be dealt with in our lives. Areas where giants still roam as leftover enemies. We are called not to despise the revealing of these giants, but rather to view them as gifts from our good Father. To be “all the more eager” to joyfully receive them as a gift while being confident that we will find victory and these giants will fall. Throughout this sermon, the practical applications laid out set up the believer to be victorious in receiving these giant gifts from our Father! Listen now!
As we approach the holidays, the perceived value of goods and normal societal traditions will be rising and falling. As the family of God, we choose to focus on the people that are our true gifts year-round. And because we are gifts to one another, we fight for one another, pursue unity, and ensure that our brothers attain their high calling. Let this message shared by brothers Abimbola Daramola and Justin Linton spur you on to fight for your brothers because we are gifts worth fighting for.
Pastor Judah and Pastor Payton encouraged us with this timely sermon entitled “Family Tradition”. Where we learned that the age old, family tradition of true believers shows up in the approved and tested characteristics of holy masculinity, uncompromising righteousness, dying for our brothers’ vision, and deep convictions based on the word. Which serve as a reminder and assurance that the faith we contend for today is in a long line of those who have held to the same biblical family tradition. Even in the difficultly, suffering, and opposition, we are embracing as part of our family tradition. Our boldness is growing, our way is firm, our gait is fast, and our family tradition will last!
It is an astounding revelation to behold when we truly meditate on the truth that Jesus chose us. The impression of this revelation has left an indelible mark on our lives in a way that has changed everything. He has set his seal of ownership on us, branding us with his name, his character, and his precious holy spirit. We have been branded with the substance, the character, and body of work of who he is. Having our eyes to this gives us all the confidence we need to rise up in daily obedience as we live out our lives as pilgrims on this earth. The kinds of indestructible lives that we are living give us even more confidence to make more of what we are because we know him who has branded us. Let this message entitled "Branded Men" shared by Brothers Abimbola Daramola and Justin Linton inspire you to rise up with the renewed confidence so that you would pursue righteousness like never before.
“Called to Confidence” delivered by Pastor Matt and Pastor Wade was an exhortation to the body, reminding us that “now is the time of God’s favor”. We have been chosen by our great King to bear lasting fruit and also called to his side to be near Him. It is in this closeness to him that we are spurred on to abide in his love, bringing about a confidence as his love is being made perfect inside of us. This is the same love that we are to have for one another as we build up the body of Christ. Let your confidence rise, knowing that the great Shepherd of the sheep is calling you!
This past Sunday our pastors told us WHO WE ARE in the message entitled " YOU PEOPLE". As we reflect on that we are encouraged and strengthened because we look back at our lives and see that he has been making us into a faithful people. Because of WHO WE ARE, THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We have walked by faith like Abraham, letting our deeds testify to what we believe. We can the ways that we currently are being strengthened by him in our faith because we are those who are fully committed. Because of all this, we can know for certain that we will grow in our faithfulness until the end. Listen to this encouraging word from brothers Justin Linton and Abimbola Daramola and let your hunger from righteous living work for you.
We were blessed to have Pastors Wade, Payton, Judah, and Matt deliver a word from the heavens entitled “You People”. Through the exhortation found in 1 Peter 5, we learned what the Lord is building in our midst here at LCM! We have been tested, and found approved – spurring one another on, building each other up in love, serving sacrificially, and increasing exponentially in every way. We are marked with a heavenly distinction which reminds us that this is the same distinction the saints who came before us embraced. We have devoted ourselves to the work of the Kingdom, fighting for our families, building up the brotherhood and generations, and looking forward to the eternal reward that is promised to us.
“Swatting Flies” delivered by Elder Eric, Pastor Judah, and Pastor Nik, remind us that we are the perfume and aroma of Christ and the anointing we have received is the real thing. We have been born again of imperishable seed and as we advance the kingdom, the enemy works through swarms of attacks that aim to annoy, distract, and attempt to overwhelm us from completing our divinely appointed destiny. But we cannot be stop, we will not be deterred, because the anointing that we have received from our king is the real thing! And his grace is the empowerment over sin charging us forward into zealous works for our God!