World Suicide Prevention
If you’re struggling today, know that you are loved by God and by us. No matter how dark your world feels today, the King of Heaven and Earth will stop at nothing to rescue you. When you cry out in desperation, He’s right there because right now He’s writing your story and there are many more chapters to come. We talk a lot at LMCC about being a Community in Christ; that’s not just a tagline. We’re here to listen, pray, and help, judgment-free. If you need someone to talk to, send us a DM or text the Crisis Helpline at 741741.
Being a person of faith who struggles with depression doesn’t make you a “Bad Christian” or mean that you don’t actually have faith. Psalm 143 was written by King David, a man the Bible tells us was a “Man after God’s own heart.” But even David had an ongoing battle with depression. When the struggle became too much, though, he knew just where he could turn. Here’s what he said: “Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.” (Ps 143:7-11 NLT) David went on to live a full life, and his willingness to be open and honest about his struggles and how God came through for him is still an inspiration for us today. His story wasn’t finished yet, and neither is yours…
“Then came the morning
that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence
The Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus Yours is the victory”
What did you guys think of this week’s new song?
King of the Jews
“Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.” Matthew 27:27-31 (NLT)
Hudon Taylor Quote
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
What are you believing in God to supply for you today?
Does the thought of talking to God seem a little intimidating? If so, we got you covered. Here’s an easy-to-remember way to have a conversation with God in prayer. (Smash that save ribbon because you’ll want to go back for this one.)
Organizing our thoughts when we pray can be tricky. It’s so easy to just launch into an ever-longer list of needs and worries, but if we take a moment to start our prayers with praise, maybe we’ll find that our needs and worries aren’t so overwhelming. By focusing our hearts on who God is and what He’s already done for us, it puts us in the right perspective and gives us the chance to take an honest look at our lives. If we’re really being honest, we know that there are plenty of times every day where we get something wrong — an angry comment, an unkind thought, even breaking that speed limit on the freeway. Repentance means we acknowledge that we’ve messed up, we apologize to God, and then we stop doing whatever those things are. It’s when we have a clean conscience that we can bring all our needs and worries to our more-than-capable God and ask Him to make everything work out for our benefit and His glory. But maybe the hardest part of all is letting God handle it. It’s so easy to go back and grab all those worries and even guilt and shame back up from His feet. But God wants us to leave it all there and trust that He’s got this.
Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The atrocity of slavery in this country and around the world is not something that’s just in our history; it’s in the present, and it’s becoming more prevalent by the day. It’s estimated that as many as 150 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Through the work of organizations like @A21, @IJM, @CORMGhana, @hopeforjusticeintl, @RaphaHouse, and many others, rescue and healing are possible in the name of Jesus.
“𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘳. 𝘏𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘥, 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦, 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥’𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳.”-𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 (𝘓𝘶𝘬𝘦 𝟺:𝟷𝟾-𝟷𝟿)
We cannot erase the horrors of slavery from our history, so let us work to erase them from our future.
Other than Jesus, what Bible character would you want to have a cup of coffee with, and why? Throw your comment down below and we’ll randomly choose one comment to win a $5 Starbucks gift card so you can have some good conversation with someone over a cup of Joe (or PSL!) this week.
The world paused.
We all sat glued to televisions and radios in silence.
The world paused.
For lives cut short.
For families torn apart.
For a nation in mourning.
The world paused.
And fell to our knees.
And cried out to God.
And looked for a Savior.
Today we pause.
And pray for those who grieve.
And remember those who gave.
And tell the world that there is a Savior.
He is Jesus.
And like those who freed victims from the wreckage, He freed us from our sin.
And like those who went into collapsing buildings and never came out, He laid down His life for us.
And whether they knew it or not, those heroes reflected their Creator, who still seeks and saves the lost.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NLT)