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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

What’s on your table?

Whenever families gather together around the dinner table, especially for special occasions it is always a special time. Everyone looks forward to the exciting dishes being prepared. The table is always set for as many guests as possible. The culture and the season will determine what is prepared and the host will usually prepare their favorite meal. That is true naturally.

We have heard the statement, “you are what you eat.”  That applies both in the natural and in the spiritual realm. Jesus said in Mark 4, “Be careful what you hear”.  What we take in spiritually will affect what we think and how we talk. So, what we see and what we hear will affect us and our lives.

We have three potential tables we can partake of in the spiritual realm. The first is Satan’s table, his favorite menu is counterfeit religion and relationship.  Genesis chapter 3 Eve fell for Satan’s deception and lies and ate from his table. Don’t substitute a counterfeit relationship for the real.   The second table is the World’s table filled with delicacies of current culture to lure the naive. 1 John says, “All that is in the world is, the lust for the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.” Current culture is always changing. What was unthinkable to the last generation is now accepted behavior. What will the future hold, I can’t even imagine how wicked thing might become. Don’t substitute the temporary for the eternal. Finally, God has set before us a table in the presence of our enemies. In Psalms 23: 5 King David proclaims a table of Life when God’s blessings of grace, love, life, mercy and healing are available for all who will believe and receive.

To watch the message on You Tube, go to the watch services page or the Living Glory Church Facebook page.

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

Pastor Carl Benton

Raising Your Spiritual Standard of Living

The Apostle John was issued an invitation to “Come up Higher”. Regardless of how long we have been walking with God in relationship, He is always calling us to come up higher. In order to raise our spiritual standard of living, we must have proper foundation upon God’s word. Because no other foundation will do. We must be determined to grow and be willing to change. Change does not always indicate growth but there can be no growth without change. We must determine never to go back to old things. Old things will always try to resurface in our lives. Now that we are new creations in Christ we must leave the old things behind us. Often our challenge is when we are confronted with difficulties we endeavor to handle them with old solutions. Remember we can’t gain forward momentum while dragging around our past . Next be determined to live to give. Have a purpose that is greater then ourselves. Next choose your friends and your words carefully. Your friends and your words can be limiting areas in our lives. Friends can either encourage us or depress us. Your words will either put you over or put you under circumstances. Lastly, don’t be afraid to dream big, always remember we serve a big God.

Be Blessed today, Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free. Check out the Watch Services link for recent recorded message at LGC. We would love to see you!

You can plan a visit by going to the contact link.

Pastor Carl Benton

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Saturdays @ 6:00pm

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Children up to 10 years

Sundays @ 10:00am

Worship and the Word
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Wednesdays @ 7:00pm

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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