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Wednesday Nights at Lakewood

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For many of us, August marks the beginning of a new year. The long days of summer are behind us, school has started back, and daily routines are back in full swing. Wednesday nights at Lakewood are also starting back for the fall, and it’s a great time to find a place for you and … Continued

21 Days of Prayer

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Does praying ever get lost in the routine of your daily life? We know that God wants us to seek Him and hear from Him in prayer, but sometimes we struggle to stop long enough to listen. Sometimes we just need a reset for certain things in our lives to be able to get back … Continued

FAQ: Final Questions

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What is an Unreached People Group? By Benji Lavender An unreached people group is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize their people group without outside assistance. An unengaged unreached people group (UUPG) has no known active church planting underway and no … Continued

FAQ: What is Prayer and How Should We Pray?

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If you’d rather listen to this blog, here is an audio version: Prayer is the most pronounced way that we acknowledge and interact with the divine. Prayer, then, is far too important to be left to our own devices. It is a holy language. In the words of James K. A. Smith, prayer is “learning … Continued

FAQ: Why do some people not see the gospel as good news?

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I’m terrible at receiving criticism. In school, I hated reading teachers’ comments on my papers, quickly shoving returned work to the back of a binder before I could bring myself to look at it later. I suspect few of my coaches would have described me as “coachable,” and to this day, I have to fight … Continued

FAQ: What is Discipleship and What’s Our Role?

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For 23 years I have had a personal relationship with the Lord, and yet, I feel as though I have only just begun to understand and participate in discipleship. Three years ago, my wife, Misty and I visited Lakewood for the first time. We both loved the authentic community, the genuine worship, and Kids Cove! … Continued

Patriotism vs. Nationalism

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Every July 4th, Americans wave flags, belt out our national songs triumphantly, and consume a lot of barbecue and lemonade. The danger of our July 4th celebrations, as Christian people, is that sometimes we take patriotism beyond gratitude, morphing it into a nationalist idolatry. As Christ-followers, there are two things we should remember as we celebrate America: First, … Continued

God Within Us: Fruit of the Spirit

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What is the first thing you do when you are grocery shopping for something new? Do you look at the price? Do you look at the nutritional facts? Or do you look at the label or wrapper it is in? It’s amazing how much money companies spend to tell you what their product is without … Continued

God Within Us: Speaking in Tongues

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Friendly note: This blog works best if you read along with Bible in-hand (some of the scripture is printed directly in here, but not all of it, so it would be helpful to have it open when you read. The scripture used here is the English Standard Version [ESV].) The topic is speaking in tongues—what … Continued

God Within Us: Spiritual Gifts

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Now that summer is here, there are several things you can bank on: the weather will get hot, the lake will be crowded, and there will be lots of new movies coming out at the theater. Now, I enjoy going to the movies anytime, and especially if it’s a super-hero movie or anything where someone has … Continued

Power of Resurrection: Peace Like a River

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When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul. The author of this hymn, Horatio Spafford, had become all too familiar with tragedy by the time he composed these words in 1873. Two … Continued

Power of Resurrection: Addiction & Recovery

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I love traveling abroad, but I hate jet-lag. When I returned from Thailand (which is 12 hours ahead of Georgia) last January, it took me at least a week to recover. Even though 2pm felt like 2am, the reality was—no matter how I felt—that I was in Georgia, the sun was still up, and I … Continued

Power of Resurrection: Relationships

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As believers, it is important to remember the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power available to us today. In Romans 8:11, Paul states: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also … Continued

Eastertide

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The resurrection of Christ is the central point of Christianity. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were all for you. Regarding the resurrection of Jesus, we don’t celebrate his resurrection just on Easter Sunday. We celebrate his resurrection every time we worship. Every time we use our gifts and passions for God. In your mind, perhaps, … Continued

The Power of the Resurrection for Godly Living

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When it comes to godly living, who you are determines how you’ll act. Jesus teaches us, “Every good tree bears good fruit” (Matt. 7:17), and the power of the resurrection is that all those who have trusted in Christ alone for their salvation have been raised with Christ. We have been made alive in Christ. … Continued

The Stick of Dynamite

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National Day of Prayer Prayer can be challenging at times.I would imagine that one thing all of us have in common is that at some point in our walk with Jesus, prayer has been more difficult during some days, weeks or even seasons of our journey. Another commonality is that no matter where we are on … Continued

Power of Resurrection in Me

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There are a lot of powerful things in this world. How my wife and I (she gets up more than me) have the power to get up routinely in the middle of the night to calm an upset baby is still baffling to me. How I can actually have a conversation on a cell phone … Continued

Why Worship?

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As a Worship Ministry, we get asked questions all the time about why we do the things we do on Sunday mornings. In this VLOG (i.e. video blog), Zak McQueen and I answer some of those questions: Why gather? Why pray? Why sing? Why read scripture? Produced by Kim Nichols

The Day Death Died

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I love to celebrate Easter for many, many reasons, but the best reason that I love Easter is because it reminds me that death died. The Easter Story makes two of my most favorite scriptures possible: “Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26). “The world and its … Continued

Holy Week

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This week, Christians around the world celebrate the days leading up to the death, burial and ultimately resurrection of Jesus. Lakewood is no exception! We began the week celebrating the triumphal entry of King Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. On Monday through Wednesday, Bill Risinger is leading a Holy Week Bible study at noon. Make … Continued