I Lift My Eyes

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121 I have read/heard the verse above several times in my 30+ years as a Christian. But now that my American-bred family of five lives as ex-pats in a … Continued


Prayer of Christlikeness

Here is a prayer that our Worship Pastor, Bill Risinger, shared with me this week. Dear God, I pray you would grant me: Less selfishness and more love, Less insecurity and more kindness, Less pride and more humility, Less greed and more generosity, Less entitlement and more work, Less grudges and more forgiveness, Less ignorance … Continued


NT18: 21 Days of Prayer – Will Williams

In light of our current sermon series—NT18—and since we are currently participating in 21 Days of Prayer, we asked Will Williams to share some of his experience with prayer.  Produced by Kim Nichols


NT18: 21 Days of Prayer – Janet Roland

Since we are currently participating in 21 Days of Prayer, we asked Janet Roland to share some of her experience with prayer as we enter the New Year and our series: NT18.  During the 21 Days of Prayer, we have had a special prayer at the end of each of our Real Life services. This … Continued


NT18: 21 Days of Prayer – Sarah Williams

Since 21 Days of Prayer is starting again this Sunday, we asked Sarah Williams to share some of her experience with prayer as we enter the New Year and our series: NT18. Produced by Kim Nichols


Help My Unbelief: Psalm 13

Dr. John Morrison shares a brief word about Psalm 13, prayer and what we do when we feel like God isn’t present. Produced by Kim Nichols


21 Days of Prayer

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


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: Forgiving Others

In our familiarity with the Lord’s Prayer, we can easily pass over the fact that in praying for forgiveness, we ask that we would be forgiven “as we also have forgiven our debtors.” After the prayer, it is this phrase and this phrase only that Jesus takes the time to elaborate on. In Matthew 6:14-15, … Continued


Kingdom Lifestyle: Why Do You Pray?

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your … 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


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