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If you want different results

As we approach the end of 2022. It is a great time to reflect on this past year. If you are satisfied with where you are and how your year turned out then great. However, if you wanted different results then now is the time to make some changes before the new year begins. To make changes you must first began to speak in line with God’s word about your life. That will result in changing your thinking. A change in your thought life will affect your choices and in turn affect your decisions and actions. When you do things differently for the positive then you will have different results.

Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

33rd Anniversary Celebration

On September 11, 2022 Living Glory Church celebrated it’s 33rd Anniversary as a church. The Lord has been faithful through the good, bad and ugly times over the past 33 years. Here’s a recap of the message ministered by Pastor Carl Benton.

Anniversary is a time to:

I.     Reflect on the history of LGC.  We reflect on the facilities and the path that lead to where we are now. We reflect on the thousands of people who make LGC what is was and what it is presently. We have family all over the world.

2.    Re-fire, stir up the gift of God again. Over the years we can become crusted over with the ashes of burn out and the continuous ministry energy expended. So we do as the Apostle Paul recommends to his spiritual son Timothy, “Stir up the gift of God that is in you.

3.    Re-Focus on the vision of LGC:  Our mission statement is simple: Touching Hearts, Healing Lives, Restoring Hope. We accomplish this by following 4 core values in every decision. We help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, Make a Difference in their world.

4.    Reach Forward to the prize of the high calling of God.

As long as there are unsaved, hurting, sick, rejected people the church has a job to do. The Great Commission does not have an expiration date. So we have work to do.

The watch the Sept 11 message go to the Media link and click watch services.

Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Handling the Pressures of Life

Ps 143:3-4  “For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have been long dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed.”

Sometimes our lives and days can seem just like King David because of the pressures we encounter on a daily basis. Jesus said in John 16:33 that we could have tribulations, however, He also said to be of good cheer for He overcame all the pressures of the world.

I want to give you three things you can do to put pressure against the pressure’s of life.

I.  Press into: God’s presence through praise, worship and prayer :  into His Word; Into His Name

2.  Press on:   In Faith, in Praise.

3.  Press through:  Fear, Depression/Anxiety/ and the lies of Satan

Be Bless today.  Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.  Pastor Carl Benton

 

Re-Discovering Pentecost

Hello and welcome to LGC post. On the church calendar June 5 is Pentecost Sunday. For many non-denominational churches that day doesn’t have much significance and sometimes goes unnoticed or uncelebrated. When we fail to recognize the importance of that event we minimize the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the life of the church. Remember on Pentecost the Holy Spirit fell upon those in the upper room and they were began to speak with other tongues. More importantly they received what was promised by God. Jesus, said they would receive power to be witnesses in Acts 1:8.

The subject requires more room then a simple post can expound upon. However, both Pastor B and I have messages on this website that goes into more detail. Go to the Media button and click the Watch Services link for the Re-Discovering Pentecost messages. We will also be continuing the series on May 29 and then inviting people to be Baptised in the Holy Spirit on June 5 at our 10:00 AM service.

Click the Plan You Visit button to let us know you are coming.

Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Honoring Mother

On May 8, 2022 we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. It is a day set aside to honor our mothers. I want to share a few thoughts with you on how we can and should love and honor our mothers. There are five basic was we can honor them. Remember to honor is to place a high value on someone or something. We honor them VERBALLY. When we dialogue and communicate with them we honor them. When we listen to her heart and concerns we honor her. Remember she listened to you when no one else cared enough to. Understanding where she is coming from honors her. Secondly we honor PHYSICALLY, don’t underestimate the power of a simple touch. Every human being needs to be touched and hugged. Be generous with the expression of her love language. Be attentive and locate how she receives love and do it often and lavishly. Whether it is, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time of a touch, be generous. Third, Be patient. In a fast paced world she may be slow to catch on to new technology and feels like life is leaving her behind. Slow down and be kind. Fourth, show gratefulness for all she has done for you. You will never be able to repay her for all she did as you were growing up. Should there be any issues between you two then forgiveness is in order. We may not know the hurts and struggles our mom were experiencing at that time in our lives. Fifth, be prayerful.  Pray for her spiritual, physical and emotional health. Remember in Exodus 20:12 we are given a command to honor our parents. It is the only commandment with a build in blessing attached. Long Life.

This is Pastor Carl, “it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.”

We’ll have the video of this message on our website on Tuesday May 10. Go to the Media Link and watch service button.

 

Stone that speaks

In the bible that are several places where inanimate objects like trees, stones, pastures take on human characteristics. They might clap their hands, sing praise, leap for joy and the like. Today I want to tell you about a stone that speaks. It’s the stone that closed the tomb of Jesus. You see before the resurrection that stone spoke to the world that the tomb is sealed and the grave is secure. It also said it is a memorial stone as a reminder of someone that once was alive but is now dead. It reminds us of humanities mortality and that dead is final and the grave is the final resting place for us.

However, once the power of the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead that stone began to sing a different song. From then on it sings that the power of the grave has no effect on the child of God.  It shouts that death no longer has a sting and has been defeated.  It proclaims that the body of Jesus so no corruption and there is new life in Christ.

Hallelujah, all we have to do is acknowledge that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised up by the power of the Holy Spirit and sits at the right hand of God almighty. By making this confession we become children of God and the power of the grace has been nullified, death has been defeated and there is New Life in Christ for us.

You can watch the entire message by going to the Media button and click on watch services.

Remember It’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

Resurrection

On April 17 the Christian World celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The scriptures tell us that the apostles, and then 500 believers saw Jesus in the flesh after the resurrection. Certainly we must believe this by faith. When we do believe, the resurrection has an impact on our lives.

Palm Sunday

This weekend April 10 we as Christians we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowd was so excited that Jesus was entering Jerusalem on a donkey. This symbolized the entrance of a conquering King after a military victory. What they thought was that Jesus was about to take his place in the King’s palace and destroy the Roman occupation of Israel and Jerusalem.  There cheers became jeers when they realized that he was not what they thought he was.

In actuality, Jesus was entering triumphantly as a conquering King. His reign was not in the natural kingdom but in a spiritual kingdom. His final victory was yet to come one week later. He defeated the powers of darkness, death and Satan himself.

This Sunday attend a church and celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into your life as He has defeated the same powers of darkness, death and Satan in your life. All you need to do is believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and you enter that spiritual realm called the Kingdom of Heaven.

Then next Sunday April 17 we celebrate Jesus and our ultimate victory. Resurrection

Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

What to do when the Unexpected happens

Life is full of uncertainties, when good things happen unexpectedly we rejoice and tell everyone. However, when the negative things of life happen, we pout, cry, fret, and tell everyone. How we handle the negative unexpected things will often determine how long they last, what the final outcome will be. So when I had a negative doctor’s report about 8 years ago, I had the opportunity to practice what I have preached for the better part of 2 decades. These are the steps I took in this ordeal. I was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer with a 12cm mass in my right kidney. We have to get back to the basics of faith.

DON”T PANIC was the first thing I heard in my heart. Panic will cause hysteria, confusion and irrational behavior.

Corral your thoughts. 2 Cor 10:3-5 tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Part of this is being careful what and who you listen to. and what we keep in front of our eyes. Faith is your pathway to victory. Thanksgiving is the attitude of faith, Praise is the voice of faith and praying in the spirit builds your faith. Surround yourself with people of faith

Watch your mouth: Get a grip on your lip. Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  Your words will bring victory or usher in defeat. Speak God’s word over your situation.

God is still, on the throne, He is still able to take care of everything, He is till faithful to His promises, He is still on your side, He is still the comforter, Strengthener and protector.

You can watch the entire message on our website. Click on the watch services link.

Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl

 

Being Human – Being Holy

Through out scripture starting with Lev 11:44 God calls on His people to be holy as He is holy. To understand what holy is, we must examine the actual word, holy. The Strong’s dictionary defines holy as be consecrated to God, to be separated from worldly living and to be sanctified. Interestingly Jesus Prayer for His disciples and us in John 17:17-20 to be sanctified.

What we see in the scriptures is that God pronounces an individual holy because they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Remember when we got born again it was our spirit that was recreated into the image of God. We still have to deal with our soul and body. Therefore, being holy is both a state of being by proclamation and process. God pronounces us holy then we begin the process of renewing our minds with His word and disciplining our bodies inline with God’s word.

To view the entire message go to the “watch services” link and click on “Being Human – Being Holy” Part 1 is available. Part 2 will be available next week.

Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

SERVICE TIMES

Saturdays @ 6:00pm

Worship and the Word
Children up to 10 years

Sundays @ 10:00am

Worship and the Word
Glory Zone Children’s Ministry

Wednesdays @ 7:00pm

Worship and the Word
Amped Student Ministry
Glory Zone Children’s Ministry

200 E. Butcher Switch Rd.,
Lafayette, LA 70507

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 91706
Lafayette, La.  70509

337-237-4462

Non-Denominational
Community Minded

A Christian Family Church Reaching Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Scott, Carencro, Sunset, Broussard and Lafayette Parish, LA