10.22.2014

Neighborhood Cookout

Join us this Sunday at Casa Ishee as we practice our missional rhythm of eating.  Hospitality is key in missional living and must be lived out in the church as well as outside the church.  This is a time to gather, take a deep breath together and share life.

We'd love to share Sunday with you.  Everything gets started around 11:00am, so bring your favorite side dish and drink.  We will grill up some chicken and hot dogs for the kiddos.  See you Sunday.

For more information about gathering, contact us at info@lifechurchaustin.com.

Look! A Sunrise. Where's My Phone?

Did you see the sunrise this morning!?  What a beautiful piece of art!  Our Creator is truly an artist.  I saw several people out this morning trying to snag photos of it with their cell phones in the air as if a UFO had just appeared in the sky.  I have to confess, I too was guilty of snapping a few pics. 

As I was taking the picture, I was instantly dissatisfied with the results.  No matter how many pictures I took, it just didn't do it justice.  I was incapable of capturing the reds, the blues, the shadows, the bright rays of sunlight bursting through.  It was un-photographable!


Terry's horrible cell phone picture! You had to be there.
In my frustration, I could hear God speak to me, at that very moment.  "This sunrise isn't here today for you to enjoy later.  Enjoy it now!"

This artistic masterpiece wasn't created for me to enjoy through a copy via horrible cell phone picture, but it was to be enjoyed in the moment.  This moment!  God created it for His people to marvel at it today, to be enjoyed now, not later.

Let's not put off enjoying what God desires for us to enjoy today.  Hug your kiddos, call up a friend you haven't seen in awhile; I pray that you are finding ways to enjoy God today, at this very moment.

10.19.2014

12 Simple Ways To Be On Mission This Halloween



Here are a few ideas for how you can more effectively walk through the open door that Halloween presents to us as Jesus’ missionaries.

BE HOSPITABLE:  Don’t just give out candy.
1. Give out the best Candy
Please, don’t give out gospel tracks or toothbrushes or pennies…kids are looking for the master loot of candy. Put yourself in their shoes.

2. Think of the Parents
Consider having some Hot Apple Cider and pumpkin bread or muffins out for the parents who are bringing their little kiddos around the block. Make your entry-way inviting so they want to come closer and hang for a bit if possible.

3. Be Present
Don’t hide out all night. Come out to the door or hang out on the porch and if they stop to have some cider, get to know their names and where they live in the neighborhood.

4. Be Encouraging
Tell the kids you love their costumes and to have a great night. Practice building others up with words.

5. Party
If you’re really into it, you may want to throw a pre-Trick or Treating party. Provide dinner and drinks. Then, send the dads out trick or treating with the kids while the moms continue hanging with some hot apple cider, coffee or tea. Then reconvene with the parents and kids together to examine all of the loot (kids love to show their parents and other kids the loot).

6. Learn the Stories
If you are out Trick or Treating with the kiddos or staying back with the other parents, ask questions…get to know their stories. Pay attention to their hearts and their felt needs. Look for opportunities to serve them later.

GO TO THEIR PLACE:  Join what is happening elsewhere.
7. Attend the Party
If others are throwing parties, you may want to join them. If so, bring drinks, food or whatever is needed. Then, serve by helping to clean up.

8. Join the Community
If your community has key events, join them and invite some neighbors to go with you (then get to know their stories along the way). Our area has a trick or treating event on a main street where all the businesses give out candy, the firemen give tours of the fire engines, etc. We go with a group of friends to this each year and consistently meet more people to reach out to.

9. Head to the “Watering Holes”
If you do not have kids or are not going to engage in the Trick or Treating activities or events, consider going to the local pubs, restaurants or clubs near you for their events and get to know the people there. Make it your goal to learn the story of at least one person who needs Jesus and walk away with some next steps on how to serve them. You will want to do this with others so that you don’t go it alone.

BE PRAYERFUL:  Ask for the Spirit to lead, guide and work.
10. Pay Attention
Ask the Spirit to open your eyes and ears to the real needs around you.

11. Stay Dependent
Ask the Spirit to help you listen, care and serve those around you.

12. Open Doors
Ask the Spirit for open doors for new relationships and gospel conversations.

*Edited Post by Jeff Vanderstelt on Verge Network

10.02.2014

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child provides Christmas Shoe-boxes to children around the world stuffed full of toys, games, school supplies and more important, the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus.
As Christmas approaches, we are set to get ready for Operation Christmas Child.  On November 16th, LCA will have our annual Shoebox Party and assemble our boxes for kiddos around the world.

If you haven't heard of Operation Christmas Child, you can check out some videos and stories here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Over the next 6 weeks, let's start collecting items for our Christmas Shoe-boxes.  We have 100 shoe-boxes provided, so we don't need to worry about finding and locating boxes this year.  Our focus and energy can be directed towards collecting the following items for BOYS and GIRLS age: 2-4 years old, 5-9 year old and 10-14 year old.

  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
If you have any questions or would like to drop off items, please contact us at info@lifechurchaustin.com.  Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

9.15.2014

Baptism: Erin Pont


We are so grateful to celebrate the baptism of Erin Pont, her commitment to place Jesus as the Lord of her life is a great one.  Please pray for her and the church as we continue to think and act like missionaries right here in Austin.

9.07.2014

Baptism Celebration This Sunday

Join us this Sunday, September 14th for our Summer Baptism Celebration!  We will gather at 11:00 am at the home of Steve & Molly Pont to celebrate baptisms and share a meal together.

We are going to potluck it, so please bring a dish to share.  For directions, please send an email to info@lifechurchaustin.com.

Remember when Ernest Borgnine asked Jesus to heal his Servant!?

 5 "And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment." - Matthew 8:5-13
Did you catch it?

I've heard many people teach and reference this piece of scripture on numerous occasions with always the same basic application.  It is often used as a "faith" text.  What great faith the centurion must have had to trust Jesus to heal his servant, that he understood the authority that has been given to Jesus.

I want to take a different look at this passage.  The faith thing is dead on; it's quite obvious.  I want to draw your attention to something smaller.

If you haven't seen the 70's mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth, here is a clip of Ernest Borgnine portraying the Centurion who meets Jesus in Matthew 8.  Enjoy it!

A Centurion was a professional officer in the Roman army.  They would often have at least 80 men (even though Ernie says 100) in their command, with some leading upwards of 480 men.  Some Senior Centurions were tasked with leading upwards of 5,400 men.

In other words, they were important dudes.

So why in the world would a Roman Centurion, who oversees many men and probably had countless numbers of servants, journey to find Jesus, a Jew, to ask that He might heal one of his servants?

We don't know.  We don't even know this guy's name, let alone the servant's name!  All we can do is speculate what the Centurion's motives were.

Why would such an important guy do this?

I believe that it was simply love.  I think Ernest Borgnine nails what the Centurion thousands of years ago might have been thinking.  He loved his servant so much, he was willing to be an advocate.

If we reflect long enough, we too might find "wounded servants" in our lives who are in need of someone to stand up and advocate for them, to simply love them.

Who are sick servants in your life?  Who around you is in need of an advocate, someone who can go to the Lord and their behalf?  Who do you need to love?