Don't Miss Church! Move Your Clocks Ahead Tonight!

You don't want to miss church, so don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight!  Worship starts tomorrow morning at 9am!  You can join online at www.livelifetogether.com/livestream or www.Facebook.com/livelifetogether.   You can also find out more information about our upcoming Holy Week Worship Services in the attached bulletin, so make sure you check that out at https://www.livelifetogether.com/bulletin.

Are you interested in attending worship in person on Easter?  In order for us to get an idea of how many people are interested in worship, we are opening the sign up early for our 9am Easter Worship Service.  This will be the ONLY service that is open longer than a week to sign up.  ALL other services will be open as they have been previously.  Sign ups are now open for Easter Worship and you can sign up by going to www.livelifetogether.com/livestream and clicking on the Easter Sign Up Button. Please let us know if you would like to worship in person and the sign up is full.

Kids Connection is in full swing!  Any kids 3-4th grade are invited to join us via zoom at 10:30am as we learn how God delights in our uniqueness.  Contact Emily at epowers@livelifetogether.com if you receive the zoom link via email. 

Record your worship in the Elexio App

Have you recorded your attendace using your Elexio app yet?  Check the easy instructions below. You can check-in before, during or after worship, as long as you are on the same day as the worship service. 

  1. Once you've logged into your app, you'll find a button on the bottom of the app that says "check-in". 
  2. Click "check-in", then choose the people in your family you're checking in to worship, and click the check-in button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on the Worship Event you are attending, and click done! 

If you haven't signed up for an account yet, or you need to download your Elexio app, you can go to: https://www.livelifetogether.com/elexio for more information on how to do that.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

In Christ,

Jess

 

Don't Be a Victim of Deception

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” - John 10:10

 

Since the beginning of time, the devil has always had a mission: to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to destroy the abundant and blessed life that Jesus has promised and given to us. It’s Satan’s goal to make us miserable, just as he is. One of his instruments to do this is by deceiving us and making us walk in darkness. 

 

We all know that walking safely in darkness without any light is very difficult, if not impossible. It’s almost sure that we would stumble or hurt ourselves if we don’t have any source of light to guide us on our way. This is what the devil wants. He wants us to fall. He wants us to stumble. He wants to take us into the darkness. But the good news is: Jesus wants to take us into the light. This is why He said,  “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12) 

 

But what does it mean to walk in the light? And how do we actually avoid the enemy’s trap of deception?


Follow the Light

 

What leads to a full and satisfying life? LIGHT and TRUTH. 

 

God’s Word tells us that His Word is like a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105) If we want to avoid the darkness, we must stick to where the light is. God’s Word is the light that illuminates our dark paths and shows us which way to go. 

 

If we want to avoid getting deceived by the enemy’s lies, it is important that we only follow the light - that we do only what God says in His Word. The devil will not be able to deceive us if we know the truth - if our minds are lit with every Word that comes from the very mouth of God.  

 

God’s light is truth, and truth and light leads to life.(John 8:12) Remember: Jesus will never lead us down the wrong path. If we follow Him and His Words, we will never be deceived. If we keep following the light, we will never stumble.


Hear the Truth 

To know the truth, we must listen to JESUS. It is imperative that we give attention to the words of Jesus. Part of why we are so confused in our culture and why we are so confused as Christians is because we spend way more time listening to the news on TV, in the newspaper, or other people’s opinions and very little time and attention to the One who says, “I am the light of the world.” We’d rather listen to fake news and opinions of people who don’t even know us than spend time listening to the One who made us and knows us intimately. It’s no wonder we easily get deceived so easily.

If we want to avoid being victims of the devil’s deception, we need to spend more time hearing the TRUTH from God, rather than listening to the Iies and the perverted truth from the enemy, who as we know is the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Most importantly, we have to be able to identify God’s TRUTH from perverted truth. Perverted truth makes us think that we are on the right side, when we’re actually deceived. Much like the Pharisees, it makes us blind to the truth and makes us prone to self-righteousness and pride. This is why we need to HEAR God’s voice. The more we hear His voice, the more we get familiar with His Words and truth, the more we’ll be able to identify the lies and deception of the enemy. 

 

Challenge: Go to God’s Word and believe that as you spend time with His light and truth, He will speak a word that will help you see light and know the truth, a word that will help you to follow Him and trust Him more.

 
 

The Impossible and the Miracle

There is an enemy who afflicts us by always tempting us to doubt God’s provision, and the secret to standing strong against these temptations is to know the Word of God and be secure in what it says. The Word of God is our daily bread and it gives us life. (Matthew 4:1-4)

It is vital for us to know and hear God’s Word and what He promises over our lives, for this increases our faith ( Romans 10:17)  -- even to the extent of believing the impossible. Why? Because God is the God of the impossible. 

In the Bible, we find so many stories of “impossible situations” turning into amazing miracles of provision, healing, deliverance, and even resurrection, proof that God delights in performing wonders for those who believe in Him. 

And the perfect set-up for a miracle? THE IMPOSSIBLE.

 

Need is Great, Supply is Small 

In John 6:32-40, we find a great example of the perfect situation for a miracle. In this story, there is a GREAT NEED but the SUPPLY is LIMITED. More than 5,000 tired and hungry people needed to be fed, and the people only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish! 

The disciples were quick to think logically. “How in the world are we going to feed this massive crowd with such little supply?” But for Jesus, this was the right circumstance for Him to perform a miracle. 

Jesus is always looking for the “impossible” before He performs the miracle. The problem is, we like miracles, but we don’t like the impossible situations. We don’t like being uncomfortable in such situations where we feel helpless and powerless. And because we like solving things and being in control, we tend to confine God to our own logistical restrictions -- that He will solve our problems on our own terms. But God doesn’t work that way. His ways and thoughts are always greater than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)  He always sees the bigger picture, and we don’t. 

God allows the impossible situations to happen so that we will realize our need for Him. Just like the disciples in John 6, we see the huge crowd and realize we can’t feed them. And this is where God comes in. 

 

The Question That Changed Everything

When faced with the impossible and our own logistical restrictions tend to restrict our faith, God comes in and reminds us of who He is, just like how he reminded Andrew and Phillip in this story when He asked them the question: “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” (John 6:5)

Jesus did not ask this question because He didn’t know where, but because He was testing Phillip’s faith. He was reminding Phillip to remember that He is the Source of all things. It was almost like saying: “Look! I am here! I am with you. And when you have Me, you don’t have to worry about what you will eat nor where you will get it because I will surely provide for it. If you have Me, you have everything you need.” And we know what happens next. God multiplied the bread and the fish and everyone was filled. No one went home hungry and they even had left-overs. The impossible became the miracle!  

Like the disciples, we may be faced with an impossible situation today. And as we meditate on this amazing and powerful story, may we be reminded that God is our all sufficiency. He is ENOUGH to meet all of our needs. Jesus can satisfy the deepest hunger of our souls and His provisions are always more than enough.  (Exodus 16:1-21, John 6:32-40

So come to the table of the Lord and enjoy His abundant provisions! (1 Corinthians 11:17-26).

Always look to the Source and remember that what we have is enough because Jesus is enough!           

 
 

Give Us This Day ...

Try this activity in your Household well.


“Give us this day our daily bread.”


  • Materials you’ll need: a Bible,a list of people you are praying for (your impact list) thank you cards, pens

 
  • Read Matthew 6:31-34 and Mattew 25:34-40. 

 
  • Take a tour of your home. Consider all the ways God has provided for your family. Stop and look at pictures of friends and family. Consider how God has blessed your family.

 
  •  Say a prayer of thanksgiving - let everyone have a turn.

 
  • Give each person in your family a blank thank you card. Have each person write a “thank you” note to someone on your impact list who has blessed you….in friendship, materially, or by encouraging you, etc. Considering mentioning in your note, that God has used them to bless you.

 
  • Spend time thanking God for each of those people by name and praying that they, too, will see their daily provisions as a gift from God.

 
  • Family Challenge: Schedule a time for your family to go serve at a food pantry or shelter this week. Considering baking bread and taking it to a neighbor. Write about how it went in your Penzu journal.

 
  • Close by saying the entire Lord’s Prayer together.

 

The Danger of "Not Enough"

We humans are never satisfied. We always hunger for MORE.  We want to have more money, more time, more energy, more blessings. It seems like we have these endless physical cravings that can’t be turned off.  We always crave for MORE of the “good stuff” in life. This has been our basic struggle in life since the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. 

All of their needs were supplied abundantly in the Garden. God didn’t even limit them with how much they could receive, which means they could have as much as they wanted! And yet, the serpent lured and persuaded Eve into thinking that there was something missing and that God was withholding something “good” from them. So, Eve saw that the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was “good for food”, ate it, and gave some to her husband. (Gen. 3:6).  The rest, as we know, is the historical downfall of the human race into generations and generations of sinning against God. And it simply started with Eve’s thinking that what God had given them was “not enough.” 

And the same goes with us. We, too, can have plenty and yet, just like Adam and Eve, we can still be convinced that we don’t have enough. And are we aware of what this insatiable hunger for more does to our souls? AFFLICTION.

 

The Source of Our Affliction

This is the danger of wanting more. Unconsciously, we bring our souls harm and affliction with our limitless appetite. How so? The enemy afflicts us with doubt that what God gives us is not enough, or that it is not the right provision for us. This means that the enemy annoys, bothers, torments, tortures, oppresses, and agonizes us with thoughts that contradict God’s nature as our provider and the truths written in His Word.

Our appetite is the bait that the enemy uses to afflict us, just like what happened in the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4. But Jesus knew that “man doesn’t live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”(Matthew 4:4) In others words, Jesus knew that there is something greater than “hunger” and the temptation to eat, and that is the life that comes from the very Word of God. 

Another way we afflict ourselves is when we pick and choose the things God gives, as if we know better than Him. If you are a parent and your children only listen to you when they want to and only when they like what they hear, how would you feel? 

 

Finding True Satisfaction 

So how does this search for more get satisfied? How do we silence the fear of not having enough?  We need to look at what Jesus did. Jesus chose to trust His Father. Jesus chose to believe that every Word that the Father spoke to Him was a Word that He needed.

Jesus lived a life of always hearing from His Father, speaking to His Father, and letting His Father  sustain Him. And this lifestyle showed how Jesus trusted the Father with His life.

One word to describe how Jesus’ saw the Father’s Words is “essential.” Jesus knew every Word from His Father mattered. There were no throw away words. Likewise, we ought to see God’s Word and the role that it plays in our lives as essential, and not treat it as optional, trivial, or even a luxury that we can’t afford.  

When we begin to receive daily every Word that comes from the mouth of God as essential, then we begin to be satisfied. Every morsel that Jesus gives us through His Word satisfies our hunger in a way that the “things of this world” can never do.

The key to finding true satisfaction is to feast daily on God’s Word. That as you eat of His bread, every hunger and thirst that your soul has will be satisfied. After all, Jesus told us that HE is the bread of life. (John 6:35).