Faith & Trust

There are some things in life that are hard to separate, they just seem to go together so well,  but yet by the very nature they are different.  Some of life’s simple pleasures come to mind,  like summer and eating watermelon on a hot day,  hotdogs and baseball. I sure enjoy them together, and if I have watermelon, I always feel as if I’m tasting a bite of summer. 
 
Life isn’t always simple, we can face seasons of disappointments. When faced with challenges how hard is it for you to put your faith in Jesus  to carry you through the tough times?  You may think that you have this covered, because you’re a believer in Christ, however are you still trying to have Jesus be your co-pilot instead of the captain? We are to ask in faith without  doubting (James 1:6).   How many times do you ask God for help, and then still try to be in control?     
 
Here’s the second part that goes with faith, it’s trust.  In order to let God be the captain, you have to have trust. How can you have trust in someone without having a relationship?   The scared small child jumping into the deep end of the pool lets go of their fear because mom or dad are waiting with outstreached arms encouraging their little one that they are there.  The small child has a bond of trust and lets go of their fear. Trust takes time to develop, spending time in scripture, growing in your faith, building upon a solid foundation. 
 
Faith and trust.  Faith is our belief in knowing without seeing, trust is based on having a relationship; the two go together so nicely.    


Logos

Recently LCPC adopted a new logo for our church.  Our prior logo was a sketch rendering of our church building.  There was nothing wrong with the logo, it served as a good  landmark when asked which church in Lakeside. The issue was,  what did our logo represent?  Did it  convey our Christian beliefs?  As a member of our congregation commented, “the logo represented a building, it did not  represent our relationship with Jesus Christ.” 
 
This led me to wonder why it is important to have a logo that tells the world about you.  In my research, I looked up the Greek meaning of logos, it means the “word, a divine universal reasoning.”  From a Christian perspective, we look towards John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that as come into being” and, John 1-14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt amoung us, and we say His glory, glory as the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  And lastly, Jesus,himself said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end”  Revelation 22:13.  So a logo should convey the Word, truth, and  transcends all time. 
 
LCPC are followers of Christ, and our new  logo represents who we believe in, trust,  and with whom we have a relationship.  


Gifts

What is really important in your life? What are you doing to make a difference either in your life or in someone else? I know from personal experience that there are moments when I’ve been so focused on myself or a family member that I missed seeing another family, friend or stranger in need. Every volunteer organization needs an extra helping hand, every church has needs that go unfilled. At LCPC we strive to serves the needs of many, yet there is always more to do that goes unfulfilled.
 
The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians included a verse regarding the variety of gifts we possess and yet the gifts are of the same Spirit. Some of you may be great gardeners, while others will cause a plastic plant to drop its artificial leaves. Some may be great listeners, while others love to tell stories. Some may have the gift of teaching young or old, and others may share their voices or musical talents. Your talents represent a part of a whole. If you have not already done so, please consider using your spiritual gift and become an involved member in the body of Christ.
 
1Cor 12:27 “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”