Church family,
 
Parents of teens - this coming Sunday night, the 24th, is our YOUTH GOODWILL/DINNER event. Lighthouse Student Ministries will meet at 4pm at American Thrift in Prattville! The teen group will be spending time at the thrift store buying wacky and silly clothes for one another. All of these teens then have to wear those wacky clothes for the remainder of the evening! The teen group will leave American Thrift and head to Steak N’ Shake in Prattville. Parents, each teen will need $10 max for costumes and money for their dinner. If you need any additional information or if your teen needs a ride, please email Leeana Davis at leeanaricole511@gmail.com
 
A volunteer team from our church is heading out to serve our Jerusalem (Millbrook/Elmore County) next Tuesday night, the 26th, for a community meal. If you are interested in serving at this event please let me know today or tomorrow via email! I look forward to serving alongside you. Remember the purpose of our church? We want to teach all people of all ages to Love, Live, and Serve. This is a great opportunity for us to serve Christ by serving others.
 
For the next two years we are going to focus primarily on serving and reaching our Jerusalem. That’s our first step in fulfilling the command from Christ in Acts 1:8. However, that doesn’t mean that we neglect bigger needs that arise in our Judea (Alabama South), our Samaria (different cultures), or the ends of the earth. I want to thank you for all the crisis care kits that you helped assemble that will be sent out to the ends of the earth!
 
If you missed the Wednesday night Discipleship groups this past week, the text we dove deeper into was Ephesians 1:15-23. I hope you can attend this Wednesday night!
 
Yesterday we went deeper into the small book of 1 John. I remember when I first read 1 John in 2013. If there is one book of the Bible that radically shook my faith and changed my walk with God, it was that book. Take a look back at the passage in 1 John 2:15-17. Take John’s warning to heart. Remember, if you are a child of Jesus Christ then Satan has zero power and authority over your life and destiny. Scripture says, “Greater is the One that is in you than the one whom is in the world.” Belonging to Jesus Christ means you are a child of the Light that temporarily resides in Satan’s hunting ground. He doesn’t have authority over you, so what is he going to do? He is going to try to draw you into things that may look good, feel good, and sound good, but that are ultimately destructive to our walk with God. Remember what John says in this passage, everything will fade away. Our money. Our cars. Our jobs. All of our possessions. The home we love. The church building we love. Everything will fade. What will remain? The things we did for Jesus Christ and living out His will.
 
Do you struggle to know God’s will for you? One of the best ways to discern His will is to put a new focus on loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Let me challenge you, Go Deeper in the Scriptures below. Don’t breeze through them. Underline. Pray. What stands out to you?
 
Jacob
 
Luke 12:13-21.         1 Timothy 6:3-10.          Matthew 6:19-34