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Third Sunday in Lent

Posted on March 19th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. — Philippians 3:7-11

In an age of unprecedented consumption, an era of unparalleled success of many people, we are confronted with equally unmatched statistics of uncertainty, hopelessness, and a longing to belong. There is a prevailing emptiness that so often plagues us but we continue striving for something for which we cannot attain, all the while hoping that if we mix Jesus in along with those other things, we’ll reach a level of comfort and … Read More »


New Members Workshop: March 25 (new date)

Posted on March 12th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. —Philippians 1:3-11

At Life Community Church, we desire to form the same kind of covenantal partnership … Read More »


Second Sunday in Lent

Posted on March 12th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. — I Peter 5:6-11

You know that feeling when you are absolutely certain about something, when you just have a feeling for how something is going to turn out? The few times it happens, we move forward in our confidence, often slipping hints to others or perhaps even proclaiming to all how right we will be. Then, out of nowhere—for we were certain of something other than what was about to transpire—the opposite happens.

We get caught up in our own sense of surety and confidence. … Read More »


First Sunday in Lent

Posted on March 5th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

“”Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”” — ‭Joel‬ ‭2:12-17‬

Have you ever experienced total darkness, like been outside without any ambient light so that you cannot see your hand in front of your face? It is quite difficult to get in those spots because … Read More »


Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 1st, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it. — Psalms 139:1-6

The unexamined life is not worth living. —Socrates

Marking the beginning of the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday is a time for close self-examination, both of the heart and of the way one is living in light of the gospel. It is a day upon which we can reflect and be reminded that we are dust—ash—in desperate need of resurrection. Hence we begin a season where we get to identify with the suffering Christ by stripping away the exterior facade to reveal the blackness of the ash that is our heart.

It is quite easy to go through the motions of life and continue to put on layers, layers that cover what is really going on, protective … Read More »


BASIC: March 18th

Posted on February 17th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. —Acts 20:32

One of the ways you can leverage learning here at LIFE is to take one of our Life Courses. The first of those—BASIC—is a course designed to give you a large overview of the gospel and God’s story. It is designed to build you up and encourage you on your discipleship walk with Jesus.

The course includes the following three sessions: God and Creation; Jesus and His Church; and the Holy Spirit and the Christian Life. Whether you just want to learn more about the gospel or take BASIC as one of required steps toward covenant membership, everyone is invited to come, learn, and dialogue about the Good News.

This is a great opportunity to not only learn more about God’s story of redemption, but where you might fit into that story. It is an informal time where you not only will get an overview of who God is, what He’s already done, and what He is going to do, but how you can get involved in … Read More »


A Journey Through Lent

Posted on February 17th, by Dave McPherson in Uncategorized. No Comments

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.  –Philippians 3:10-11

As we move on from the amazing New England Patriots Super Bowl victory, we so easily get caught up in the doldrums of winter. And even as they may have afforded some of us snow days, we already are beginning to look forward to the spring. The season of spring can be long or cut short by an extended winter. Either way it is often commemorated on the church calendar by the lenten season.

Lent is simply derived from the Old English word “lengten,” meaning “spring,” the season in which the days begin to get longer and new life begins to bloom, even as the cold pall of winter lingers. At Life, we’d like to remember this season together as we anticipate the date around which all of Christianity hinges: Easter. The time leading up to that is Lent and that is a season that we can, together as family, look forward to celebrating, for the death and resurrection of Jesus is the good news! The lenten season, then, … Read More »


BASIC: January 21st

Posted on January 17th, by Life Community in Uncategorized. No Comments

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. —Acts 20:32

One of the ways you can leverage learning here at LIFE is to take one of our Life Courses. The first of those—BASIC—is a course designed to give you a large overview of the gospel and God’s story. It is designed to build you up and encourage you on your discipleship walk with Jesus.

The course includes the following three sessions: God and Creation; Jesus and His Church; and the Holy Spirit and the Christian Life. Whether you just want to learn more about the gospel or take BASIC as one of required steps toward covenant membership, everyone is invited to come, learn, and dialogue about the Good News.

This is a great opportunity to not only learn more about God’s story of redemption, but where you might fit into that story. It is an informal time where you not only will get an overview of who God is, what He’s already done, and what He is going to do, but how you can get involved in … Read More »