Pastor’s Note 10/13/2022


“Blessed is He who comes

in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of

our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

(Mark 11:8b)


How many hats do you wear? We all wear different “hats” in our lives. These are the different roles that we have or that people perceive we have in the midst of our daily lives.


There are a variety of hats that we wear, throughout our lives. Sometimes we have the role of a spouse, a mother or a father, a grandparent, or a provider. The list would be long for each of us if we were to take some time to make it.


For Jesus, He also had many hats that He wore. Some saw Him as the coming king, the messiah who would save the world, while others saw Him as the rebel who was disrupting the status quo.


This week, as we continue our study in Mark we see these different roles of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. So, in preparation for this Sunday, let me invite you to read Mark chapter 11 and get ready for Jesus’ week in Jerusalem.


Have a great rest of the week and I hope to see you on Sunday.

Pastor’s Note 09/29/2022

Loving Lakeside


“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city

to which I have carried you into exile.

Pray to the Lord for it,

because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

                                   Jeremiah 29:7


During the days of Babylonian exile, the people of Israel had been taken by force to live in Babylon. This was a difficult time for the people of God as they lived in a society that didn’t believe in their God nor in the ways of God.


The people of Israel could have resisted their Babylonian captors. They could have tried to overthrow the leaders of Babylon or they could have totally separated themselves from the Babylonians, seeking to be free from the corrupt lives of the people in Babylon. But God had a different plan. He wanted the people of Israel to serve their neighbors and to pray for the city. He wanted the people of Babylon to prosper and to be a great place to live because of the Israelite captives. “If Babylon prospers then you too will prosper.”


This type of serving God’s way applies also to us in Lakeside. We may live in a world that seems un-Godly. We may feel like our neighbor’s lives are far away from God, but the way that we can influence them, the way that we can help them “prosper,” is by loving and serving them.


What if we as the people of God lived in such a way that if we were gone, it would be hard to imagine Lakeside without us? What if we were kind, if we served our neighbors, if we cared for our neighbors? What would happen if we put this into practice in our everyday lives? If we did these things, we would have influence upon our neighbors. It would be a welcomed influence and when our neighbors ask why we do these acts of kindness, we point them to Jesus. When we do these acts of serving others, not expecting anything in return, we do so because of our relationship with Jesus and because this was His way. His ultimate act of serving others was to die on a cross for us. Our response to this great act of love is to provide small acts of kindness to those undeserving. We love Lakeside so that Lakeside will thrive! Our desire is to see Lakeside be a vibrant and flourishing place where people’s needs are met and God’s love shines.


So, as you plan out your day, as you go about the city, do so with an eye for serving others, for loving others, so that they may prosper and so that you may point them to Jesus.