Independence Day Benediction

Here is a video our Worship Ministry created to serve as a benediction for Independence Day:  Produced by Micah Risinger


JOY Ministry: Jesus’ Opportunity for You

At Lakewood, special needs children, adults and their families are embraced and cared for through our JOY ministry. JOY stands for: Jesus’ Opportunity for You. Learn more about JOY ministry below:  Want to watch the full version of this video? Watch Full Version Produced by Kim Nichols


Walk Thru The Bible: Intro

Scott Smith (Discipleship Pastor) shares a brief word about our fall campaign study: Walk Thru The Bible. Produced by Kim Nichols


FAQ: Final Questions

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?

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


Why Worship?

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


FAQ Poll

This summer, Lakewood will be delivering a sermon series called, “FAQ,” in which we will address some of your frequently asked questions about God, the Christian faith, how to live like Jesus, and more. But, we need your input! So, we’ve created an online poll for you to vote on your favorite questions that you’d like to hear us talk about this … Continued


Dr. Smiley’s Prayer in D.C.

Our Senior Pastor, Dr. Tom Smiley, recently visited Washington D.C. to deliver a prayer Open Congress. To learn more about his visit, you can visit Dr. Smiley’s blog and read his post about his experience. The following is the Congressional Prayer he delivered on March 22, 2017: In the Name that is above every name, In the Name … Continued


Kingdom Lifestyle: Worry

The wisdom of Yoda insists: Do or do not, there is no try. But, what if instead of trying or doing we spent more time at being? More time settling into who we are, what we are, where we are, when we are. I find myself exerting so much of my energy and time in changing myself and my surroundings. … Continued


We Believe: Mystery of Faith

“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon … Continued


OCC 2016 Update

Each year, Lakewood is a Drop-Off location for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). This year we collected, packed, loaded, prayed over and shipped 20,898 shoeboxes. That translates to 20,898 children all over the world receiving a Christmas gift and hearing about the original Christmas gift: Jesus Christ. Of these boxes, 1,100 came from members of Lakewood. Highlights of the week include: … Continued


Advent 2016: Wonderful Counselor

Oh the wonder Of the mystery of Christ Oh the wonder God, in You we live and breathe Advent Song by Micah Risinger There are pivotal moments in movies where the plot can either take a turn for the worse or the better. These heart-pounding seconds—where everything is up in the air—are often underscored with … Continued


Lake Baptism 2016

Thanks to everyone that joined us at the recent Lake Baptism!  For those who weren’t able to make it, here is a slideshow of photos from the event


Encounter Jesus

Prayer. Liturgy. Worship. Justice. How do these practices and concepts of the Christian life all fit together? In this special video version of the Lakewood Blog, Micah Risinger and Zak McQueen have a brief dialogue about this and what to expect at the upcoming Night of Worship called, “Encounter Jesus.” The Night of Worship will … Continued


Pool Baptism 2016

Thanks to everyone that joined us at the recent Pool Baptism! For those who weren’t able to make it, here is a slideshow of photos from the event: In case you missed it on Sunday, here is a recap video of the event: Video by Kim Nichols


Live Like Jesus

By Micah Risinger The following poem was written and delivered by Micah Risinger (Worship Associate) last Sunday during his sermon on 1 Peter 4. It is entitled, “Live Like Jesus.” It’s not a life of glamour and pomp, of fame and fortune, of health and wealth, of power and prestige. No, it’s rather a life … Continued


A Holy Kiss and Open Table

By Micah Risinger “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Ever wondered why Paul advocates for the “holy kiss” four times in his epistles? Roman society, with its social-status structure, required that people only exchange kisses with peers (i.e. people of the same class). This is not all that different from how we, in our … Continued


Work of the People

By Micah Risinger It’s not the same wheel Being dressed all anew Or igniting a match After another so soon Nor shiny-like novelties Wrapped in a bow Or marketing attempts At an “authentic” show It’s more like a well-trodden path From the past A votive pray’r candle With light meant to last A storeroom with … Continued