Helping Without Hurting Poverty Seminar // June 11th

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We have postponed the Helping Without Hurting Poverty Seminar. We will keep you updated when it is rescheduled. 
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Join us as we learn to think about poverty differently and become better equipped to help those in need. We’ll explore how to transform the culture of poverty alleviation and move toward helping the poor without hurting them. 
 
Cost: $20 and includes lunch and a workbook. Click here to sign up!


Emergency Response Training // June 21st

Active Shooter & Emergency Response Training, June 21st, 6:30-8:30PM

  • Hosted at LifeBridge Church
  • Details: Sheriff Warren and the Cobb Sheriff’s Office is pleased to provide local churches training in security protocol. Topics include; prevention of theft, active shootings, disruptive attendees, security of church property, and child safety. Led by Col. Don Hunton.
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS JUNE 21st EVENT. 

This event is open to the community. Invite your friends and neighbors to these training events.



Selecting Elders // LifeBridge Church

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Elders at LifeBridge Church are the leading servants in the Church. They work together to fulfill three main areas of responsibility:
  • To guard the Church’s doctrine, unity, and overall mission.
  • To shepherd the Church’s partners through prayer, care, accountability, and discipline.
  • To discern God’s will for the Church’s overall direction.
Additionally, Elders also provide accountability for the Senior Pastor who is a permanent member of the Elders by virtue of his position. Elders serve three-year terms and may serve two terms consecutively.
Elder candidates are recommended by the LifeBridge Partners and go through an extensive vetting process to determine if the candidate is qualified. Qualified candidates then go through a training program. All Elder Candidates are approved and affirmed by the LifeBridge Partners before being ordained as a LifeBridge Elder.
All LifeBridge Partners are welcome to recommend Elder Candidates by completing this form: Elder Recommendation Form.  


Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Be in a Group

3 THINGS SHOULDNTI know joining a group is a big step. There are a lot of reasons you shouldn’t do it. I’ve even made some of these same excuses and I’m the pastor! Here’s my list of excuses.

Excuse #1: There are weird people.

You’re thinking something like this, aren’t you? If I join a group, there will be weird people in there. They will probably have cats and want to talk about the book of Revelation the whole time. I don’t know if I can handle that level of weirdness. Let me go ahead and confirm your fears. Chances are, there WILL be a strange person in your group. But if it’s any consolation, you’re the person everyone else is afraid of.

Excuse #2: I’m too busy.

On any given week, you work about 50 hours, drive about 10 hours, go to the grocery store, mow the grass, watch SportsCenter, grill burgers, drive the kids to soccer practice, and call your mom. Every time you check one thing off the list, another thing is there to take its place.  The pace is brutal, and you need all the hours you can. So the thought of taking a night in the middle of the week to go hang out with people and talk about the Bible isn’t really all that appealing. “This season of my life is just busy,” you tell yourself. But deep down you know this season of your life isn’t any busier than the last season of your life and is just as busy as the next season of your life. They are all busy seasons.

You don’t need a lecture to prioritize what’s truly important, so I’ll spare you. But I do want to give you permission. Permission to let something go undone. Permission to tell your kids they can’t do that activity because mom needs a night. Permission to eat out instead of make that healthy dinner.

Excuse #3: I’m an introvert.

I’m pretty sure 60% of the people in the world are introverts. It seems like less, but that’s just because the extroverts are loud and everywhere. I’m an introvert – I am renewed and relaxed by being alone. Whether that’s in a coffee shop with a good book or in a movie on Friday afternoon – I like doing things by myself. Large groups of people drain me. Too many conversations wear me out. Like a strong blue cheese, it’s good in small amounts, but too much isn’t good for me. If you’re an introvert like me, the thought of hanging out with people talking about life sounds miserable. But once you break the ice and get through some of the silly stuff, it will be worth it. If you want people to come to your funeral, you’re going to have to get to know some people while you’re alive. 

Those are three of the reasons I’ve given myself for not jumping into a group with others.  So, what are yours?

Your friend and pastor,

Aaron

P.S. If you’re ready to jump in, we’ll make it as easy as possible. Here is a link to sign up and a list of the groups meeting right now: Community Group Sign Up & Groups List.



Group Leaders Training // Aug 23

group leader training-01All group leaders, co-leaders, group hosts and wanna-be group leaders are invited to attend our Community Group Leaders Training on Saturday, August 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm at the Keeler residence (5946 Old Stilesboro Road NW, Acworth, GA 30101). Please bring a side dish to share with everyone. Childcare will be provided.

 

 



4 Ways to Fight Temptation

4 ways to fight leaderblogbut each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. – James 1:14-15

 

James is laying out a “roadmap” for how we fall into sin. Sin doesn’t just happen by accident. Read more…



Starts With a Whisper

starts with the whisperGreatness has a million faces: running a marathon, landing that coveted job, being a philanthropist, discovering ancient ruins or a world-wide cure, being married for 45 years or living in the dream home – just to name a few. Of course, for some greatness might be achieved by going to bed at a decent time or getting where you are going on time and without incident! Read more…



Dad Hero Needed: Perfection Not Required

Father's chalk squareEvery child’s first hero is their dad, at least they want it to be. Most fathers want to be their child’s hero. The problem lies within the definition of a hero. Some dads hear the word and imagine a man with GQ looks mixed with the strength of Thor, the courage of a gladiator, the brains of Einstein, the success of Bill Gates and all the wisdom of Solomon – lofty requirements that none could live up to! Read more…



The Magic of Money

Magic of Money

To most of us, money seems to do magical things. Like, if I had an extra $30,000 dollars, then poof, I could magically make a brand new car appear. Or if I had an extra $15,000 dollars, then poof, I could have a brand new kitchen. Or if I had an extra $500 dollars, then poof, new clothes in my closet. Or even an extra $100 dollars, and poof, my wife and I are eating a really nice restaurant. Read more…



Confrontation That Kills

confrontation that killsOne of the most difficult relational moments is when we know we have to confront a loved one with the honest truth. If we don’t do this with the right heart, our confrontation can kill the relationship.

 

In Mark 11:25, Jesus explains that when you realize that you have a problem with somebody, you need to forgive them right away. Read more…