Greg Fadness

Friends

‘Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab…..and Jonadab was a very crafty man.’ 

(2 Sam. 13:3)

Life is made up of relationships and those relationships impact us whether for bad or for good. David’s son Amnon had a friend named Jonadab who helped him fulfill his sinful lust. He was ‘crafty’ and able to lure Amnon’s step-sister Tamar into Amnon’s room, where Amnon did the unthinkable.

Quite honestly I have had friends who were not a good influence on me, as well as friends who were. I have been a bad influence at times in my life, as well as good. This Sunday we’re going to attempt to think deeply about our friendships as we explore what the bible has to say on the subject.

Also, don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead as we ‘spring forward’ into Daylight Savings Time.

See you Sunday.

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

The house of the Lord

‘….They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God….’ (ps. 93:13)

I’m filled with anticipation for the Sunday for a number of reasons….

     First, we’re launching our Pre-service prayer gatherings in what used to be called the ‘Lounge’. (It’s the room with curved wall on the left of the foyer as you walk into Lighthouse Church). There will be few of us in there from around 8:35 - 8:50 and 10:35 - 10:50. We’ll probably pray for our communities and our local churches as well as for our services. Please join us if you can.

    Second, we will be baptizing a number of people during 2nd service. The baptisms will happen up on the stage during worship. There is nothing more exciting and exhilarating than to see people following Jesus in baptism.

    Third, my friend Kyle Gardener will be teaching us. Just a few years ago Kyle was steeped in the LDS religion. He comes from a family that has its roots all the way back to the beginning of Mormonism. God used Kyle’s insatiable curiosity and hunger for the truth to lead him out of that religion and into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t want to miss this.

See you in the morning….

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

Loving God - Loving People

I love the fact that God is relational. Though He is awesome, holy, eternal and all-powerful, He is personal. Every year we go away to the mountains for a few days to seek the Lord for His heart for Lighthouse Church and all the ministries it houses. The Lord speak, leads, guides and directs without fail. I am very excited to share all that the Lord did with you on Sunday. See you mañana.......Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

Fired Up!

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
    
I have at least a few reasons to be very excited for this Sunday. 

1. We'll be exploring what the Bible says about one of the most misunderstood and undervalued virtues. As we will discover, humility that is born of faith and strength is a key that unlocks untold blessings for those who avail themselves of it. Get ready for a deep dive....
2.   Philip and Jessica Morlan will be joining us. Philip and Jessica (and their 5 children) just moved to TwiFalls from Franklin, Tennessee. They have been worship leaders for Seeds Family Worship, traveling around the country and doing events at churches. They will continue to travel and do Seeds events, but now it will be from their new home in Twin Falls. They will be joining our worship team this Sunday. I look forward to you all get acquainted with this
sweet family.
3.   We'll be learning a new song called 'Behold' that I think God is going to use in a powerful way. If you've been a part of Lighthouse Church for any length of time, you know that we don't treat worship as the 'pregame show' or as warm up for the sermon. Worship is the main event. We gather together and sing for an audience of One. When we give applause, it's not for the band, but for the One who is worthy of all of our love and gratitude. When we open up our bibles, we open up our ears to hear from the One we worship. The sermon is a. continuation of worship. So we come ready to sing
and ready to listen.

    I hope you're as excited as I am. See you Sunday.

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

See You Next Year

    As 2016 comes to a close and we get ready to ring in a brand new year, I am mindful that God has been faithful and abundantly gracious to Lighthouse Church. Pam and I are so blessed to be a part of a church that is: generous; risk-taking; multi-cultural; talented; gracious and loving. We look forward to serving you and seeking the Lord together in 2017--a year that is poised to be our most fruitful ever. 
    BTW...I know you all appreciate the faithful and talented musicians of Lighthouse Church. Because of all the time and effort they put into our Christmas services, we are giving them a well-deserved day off from worship-leading this Sunday. Pam and I will lead this Sunday.  I will preach from Proverbs 14:4 in what I believe will be a 'tone-setting' sermon for our church.
See you next you (Sunday).

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

Influencers

"...Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,..."

    Tomorrow at church we'll be focusing in on one of the great secrets to the art of living well. Life is made up of relationships. Every person has influence to one degree or another. So we are simultaneously being influenced and influencing. Once we learn to be selective in who we allow to influence us, we'll also become people of greater influence. Like me, I know you want your life to count for the Lord. Tomorrow's sermon will be extremely practical toward that end.

    In addition, I want to say thank you Lord and thank you Church for your faithfulness in giving financially. More and more are discovering the blessing of giving God the first and best portion of their increase. We look forward to finishing the year well and launching into what we believe is going to be an exciting and super-fruitful year for us as a church. Please remember  your church in your year end giving.  Together by God's grace we can accomplish amazing things for the Kingdom.
    See you in the morning...

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

A Nation Divided

“….blessed are the peacemakers….” (Matthew 5:9)

 

    Our nation appears to be divided. Since Tuesday’s election we’ve witnessed a lot of crying and protesting…as well as gloating and rejoicing. If your candidate won, there is perhaps a more virtuous response than gloating and mocking. If your candidate lost, there is perhaps a more effective response than crying and protesting. 

    Jesus put a high value on peace-making. Peace-making requires that we not be so in love with our own opinion that we can’t listen with respect to those whose opinion is different than ours. Peace-making requires that we be secure in our identity in Christ. Peace-makers are fully aware that there will be no perfect government or perfect politician until Jesus comes back. Jesus said that peace-makers 'shall be called the children of God'. I like the sound of that.

 

    Also……I’m looking forward to Sunday as we continue to look at cultivating a ‘God-first life.’ Not only that, but we will be having our first-ever baptism inside the auditorium during 2nd service. See you in the morning.

 

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

‘Seek ye first….’

Priorities. Everyone has them. What do you consider most important in your life? If you were to make a list of priorities what would be at the top? Second? Third? Fourth? etc?

 Most of us who call Jesus Lord would say that the Lord is our top priority. He is first. He is our greatest treasure. But sometimes our reality doesn’t match our ideals. Priorities emerge and are revealed in the decisions we make. 

Like the classic story……

Surprised to see an empty seat at the Super Bowl stadium, a diehard fan remarked about it to a woman sitting nearby. 

"It was my husband's," the woman explained, "But he died."  "I'm very sorry," said the man. "Yet I'm really surprised that another relative, or friend, didn't jump at the chance to take the seat reserved for him."     

 "Beats me," she said. "They all insisted on going to the funeral." 

Though most of us would say that God is the number one priority in our lives, I wonder, would our decisions say different?

The reality is that our priorities are often in flux. The great news is that even if our decisions currently reflect a messed up priority system, we can return to our first love.  Course corrections and reproofs are the way of life for the follower of Jesus.

Tomorrow we will discover some ways in which we can cultivate a ‘Jesus first’ kind of heart.

Hey, don’t forget to fall back tonight! 

And don’t forget that Kyle Gardener’s class ‘The Journey from Mormonism to Jesus’ begins Sunday night at 6.

Greg Fadness

Indiana Jones and the Word of God

If there is a modern day Indiana Jones, Joel Kramer is probably it. Joel traverses across jungle nations, scuba dives with sharks, kayaks with whales, digs in caves for hidden treasure, eats bugs and is on his way to becoming one of the world's most gifted bible archeologists. Joel has dedicated his life to showing (through films and books) that the bible can be trusted. You see, Joel shows that what's buried in the earth harmonizes perfectly with what's buried in the scripture. 

Joel, his wife Cathy and their 3 kids call Lighthouse Church their home. So not only will you have the opportunity to hear an exciting message from Joel, but you'll also have an opportunity to love on and appreciate the Kramer family of whom we are so proud.

There will be a lunch following 2nd service. Please stay if you can and enjoy a meal with the Kramers. Bugs are not on the menu, promise.

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

Last Sunday felt kind of intense to me. There seemed to be an uncommon weight attached to the subject matter. I wasn’t sure what to make of it initially. I realize it’s not every Sunday we talk about sex and lust, etc., but after reflecting on it for a few days I became convinced that, given our current cultural context, the truth of God’s Word in this area is like a splash of cold water on the face. And let’s be honest, many of us either carry baggage from our past or are dealing with sex struggles currently.

         You need to know that there is forgiveness, healing and freedom available to you in Jesus. Jesus takes our broken lives and begins to fashion something beautiful. The voice of wisdom is calling us to a place of wholeness and harmony with God. There really is a beautiful art to living.

     That said, I am so excited for this Sunday’s services! Not only will we do part 2 of the Strange Woman sermon, but Jovi Harp will be giving a ‘spoken word’ performance. Jovi and his wife Jessi are a sweet young couple who are involved in our Jr. High ministry. If you don’t know what ‘spoken word’ is, you will after Sunday. 

Love you guys, g

Greg Fadness

‘….So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman…’

    The Book of Proverbs is an incredibly powerful and practical book. Wisdom is life’s most precious commodity and if we embrace it, it we teach us the art of living. Not only does wisdom speak positively about what we should do, it also warns us of the dangers and pitfalls in life that seek to harm and even destroy us.

    This Sunday we’ll be introduced to the ‘forbidden woman’. In the KJV she is called the ‘strange woman’. This woman is not someone in particular or even a female necessarily. She is a metaphor for the danger of getting lured away into sexual sin.

    Parent, please be advised that my sermon on Sunday comes with a strong PG-13 rating. We will be dealing very straightforwardly with ‘the forbidden woman’.

Love you guys, g

GREG Fadness

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'....Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice...'

I am so excited for our brand new sermon series 'The Voice' beginning this Sunday! (No - we' re not going to have a cheesy stage set with 4 chairs turned backwards) The voice referred to is not a singing voice, but the voice of wisdom. If listened to and honored, this voice will bring you joy, peace, blessing and success. Wisdom is powerful and life-changing. I am praying and believing for a life-changing journey with you through Proverbs. 

See you Sunday. Come hungry.....

Love you guys, g