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Register for Spark!

 |  by Lakewood Church

Friday, June 1, 2018
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Every relationship can grow and improve and at Spark 2018,  you'll get solid tools to improve communication, reduce conflict and tame your finances. Join Dr. Gary Chapmanauthor of The Five Love Languages, John Gray, Lakewood's marriage pastors Clayton and Ashlee Hurst, and financial expert Chris Brown for a conference that will transform your marriage! Register online at lakewoodchurch.com/spark

New Relationship Series: Getting Along

 |  by Lakewood Church

Sunday, June 3, 2018
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Join us June 9th as we kick off our new series about how to disagree respectfully, build healthy relationships, and resolve conflict.  If you want to learn how to get along better with people then this series is for you!
No registration or cost. All singles are welcome to attend. Childcare is available. Join us any Saturday night following the main service. 

Be Someone's Miracle

 |  by Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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I love the parable of the Good Samaritan that Jesus told in Luke 10. Unlike the priest and the religious Levite who both saw the wounded man lying at the side of road and kept on walking, the Samaritan "saw him and had compassion on him." He bandaged him up, put him on his donkey, took him to an inn, gave the innkeeper money for his care, and promised to return and pay for any more expenses incurred. Jesus' simple word to us is, "Go and do likewise. Love your neighbor as yourself. Open your heart of compassion. Let Me use you to help others in need."

We're all busy. Even the Samaritan man must have been busy. He had to leave to take care of something else, but not before his compassion had been poured out. We can't get so busy with our own lives that we fail to notice the needs of the people around us. Jesus directs us to follow love to them and let it guide us into action. Sometimes God wants us to be that person's miracle. He wants us to release our influence and love on this earth.

About eight years ago, we lived next door to a beautiful family. The wife, who was my age, came down with cancer and eventually died, leaving behind her husband and two young girls. My heart went out to them, and I became close to the older girl who was around twelve years old. I told her how much I loved her and that I was right next door to help with anything they needed. She came to church with me on several occasions and loved it. Shortly after that, though, her family moved away, and I completely lost touch with them. But just a few days ago, out of the blue, I suddenly thought about this girl again. I don't know why God put that in my heart after eight years. But I felt His divine flow of love for this girl, and I began to pray and pray for her. I hope to locate and make contact with her soon.

We need to be aware of the people whom God puts on our heart. Maybe your spouse or child said something yesterday and you just realized, "Wow, they were hurting, and I missed it." God wants you to act on that compassion. Recognize that God is saying, "Move now. Reach out. Be there. Listen. Tell them you love them and want to help in any way you can." You never know. It might just heal a heart and change the course of their destiny!

Inner Strength

 |  by Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Not long ago, I'm not sure what I did to my shoulder, but it started to hurt so bad that I couldn't lift it. It took about five days for my shoulder to feel better, and then my lower back was killing me. I could hardly stand up straight. I went to the doctor, who couldn't find anything wrong, so he sent me to a physical therapist. After the physical therapist had me do a series of movements—reach to the side, bend over, stretch up—he said, "Victoria, your core is weak. You need to build up your inner core muscles that support the movements in your extremities and help your body move without injury. If you don't start working on your core muscles, these injuries could become more frequent with time." Then he gave me some exercises to strengthen my core.

That reminded me that we can look great on the outside, but we can be weak and weary on the inside. We have an inner man, and that inner man is the core of who we really are. It is our identity. It controls how we respond to life—our attitudes and our thoughts. When we have a strong inner man, it engages the rest of our life and helps our life become easier. In fact, some of the hurts that we suffer come because we're not engaging our spiritual man, but rather our flesh. We are saying negative things about ourselves. We're in strife with our spouse. We're talking about how much we don't like our job. We need to engage our inner core, our spiritual man, so we can quit having these unnecessary hurts. We need to take this command center, this spirit man, and walk in a posture of faith, of self-discipline, of confidence.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians "that God would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians 3:16). The inner man is strengthened by God through the Spirit. We have to take time, we have to find room in our busy lives to let the Spirit of God minister life to us, to be touched by the Word of God and the very presence of Almighty God because that's what strengthens our inner man. We cannot neglect our inner man or we'll be weak, undisciplined, and weary on the inside. Today I encourage you to develop your personal relationship with God on a daily basis. Make it a habit to renew and strengthen your inner man because that's how your life will be transformed.

Splash into Summer with KidsLife Summer Fun Days!

 |  by Lakewood Church

Friday, June 15, 2018
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Get ready to dive into KidsLife Summer Fun Days! Starting this Wednesday join us for a summer of fun-filled experiences, themed adventures, and special guests for your kids in every class! We have scavenger hunts, photo booths, bubble parties, and superheroes, just to name a few exciting things we've lined up for your kids as they learn about Jesus.

It all kicks off Wednesday, June 20th and lasts all summer! Click here for our full Summer Fun Days schedule.

Bring God Pleasure

 |  by Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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It's easy to praise God when everything is going good and people are being nice to us. You got that promotion at work. The kids are doing great. You're full of health. But what about when you're facing a challenge, when it doesn't look like you're going to have enough? What about when the kids are off course, things are not good at work, and you just don't feel grateful? That's exactly when to put into practice the words of Hebrews 13:15: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name." A "sacrifice of praise" is something you don't necessarily feel like doing, but it's always the right thing to do.

However, the writer of Hebrews didn't stop there. He added, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." You might look at your bank account and think you don't have enough, but that's when God says, "I know how you operate. I've designed you. No matter how you feel, if you will continually offer up this sacrifice of praise and not neglect passing on this gratitude to someone else, that's when you'll live a life that is fulfilled. That's when you will please Me." When you please God, the Scripture says that He will do things for you that you cannot do for yourself. When you please God, He'll make even your enemies be at peace with you. When you make pleasing God your highest priority, you'll see your life go to new levels.

The Bible states that we are blessed to be a blessing like Abraham was (Genesis 12:2). It says that "the one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped" (Proverbs 11:25). We are blessed by Almighty God so that we can go out and express our blessings through our actions, not just through our words. I'm not talking merely about material blessings. Yes, God wants you to have more than enough. But I'm talking about those blessings of His favor, influence, peace, joy, fulfillment and purpose—the things that God gives us when we praise Him and show our praise through our actions.

We all need to go out every single day and say, "God, I offer You my sacrifice of praise, and I want to show You my gratitude through loving expressions toward others. Show me how I can bless others today." That's what pleases the heart of God.

Hurricane Relief Update

 |  by Lakewood Church

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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On Sunday August 27th, 72-year old Judy Lavigne swung her legs out of bed and her bare feet plunged into flood waters in her bedroom.

Widowed since 1992 and living alone, she took her dog Patches to her neighbor's home for refuge. She couldn't bear to lose her paid-for home she once shared with her family. She had lived in it for over 47 years. Overwhelmed and facing the situation all by herself, she prayed for a miracle. God stepped in and reminded her of her Lakewood family. For over 25 years, Judy has attended Lakewood and served in various ministry avenues. Today, she is a faithful prayer partner.

As soon as we discovered her situation, we rushed to her side and began the rebuild process. We also provided support, encouragement and prayer.

We've provided a new roof and installed new hardwood floors throughout her entire home. We completely reconstructed her foundation in order to safely save her home. We've installed all new plumbing and a walk-in shower. We dressed the outside of her wooden framed home with fresh, white paint. She has always wanted a red door after being inspired by a story she heard the late John Osteen tell the congregation decades ago. So, per her request, she now has her very own red door!

In March, Judy was part of a special, ribbon-cutting ceremony where Lakewood leadership held a special celebration commencing the finished homes we've rebuilt. Very recently on a Saturday service day, we had a team provide landscaping for her property. They provided new mulch, planted new grass and a special tangerine tree in her backyard.

"As workers worked on my home, we had praise and worship music playing. You can just feel the presence of God in my home. Unless you've been through it yourself, you just don't know the relief you feel when you're helped when you're in desperate need. My Lakewood family was there for me, and I'm just so grateful. Without the members from Lakewood church, I would be out of my home. I know God put "helping others rebuild their homes" on Pastor Joel's heart, and I can't thank him enough for what Lakewood has done for me." Judy recalls in great emotion.

In 2002, after an inspiring Lakewood service, members were encouraged to write down their vision and dream for their future like Habakkuk 2 teaches us. Judy wrote down to have a brand-new home. With the full renovations, Judy is now living in a brand-new home and is witnessing a personal dream come true; her home now is a brand-new home.

The footprint of Harvey still lingers in our community, but God's touch of hope prevails. Because of generous financial donations, we are able to continue our relief efforts.

If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, e-mail us @[email protected]

There are also other ways to serve and get involved with your gifts to make a difference.

One of our members, who is an interior decorator, reached out to us with a desire to provide new furniture and design for those in need. We paired her up with a few homes including Judy's. Judy's home is now beautifully fit for a showroom with a brand-new living room and bedroom set! We also have Saturday service days where we spend time landscaping and beautifying Harvey relief yards.

If you'd like to be involved in our next service day, we can give you more information when you e-mail us. Whatever you have in your heart, you can reach out to [email protected] and we can get you connected.

There is nothing like the blanket of love and comfort felt from a support system when you're hurting and in need. As a ministry, we are committed to uplifting the broken and restoring lives and homes. The Lord promises us in Psalm 34:18 that He is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We continually pray this over those who have been affected from the storm. 

As of today, we have completed 24 homes from start to finish just like Judy's. To read about others' stories, simply scroll back to visit past blogs. We are currently in the rebuild process of 11 homes and look forward to sharing more stories of restoration after the storm.

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