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Sunday Worship Videos

Select a link below to view past videos of sermons. Don’t forget to also check out Pastor Paul’s blog!

Sunday, November 22, 2020
The Challenge for “Go-Eps”
Rev. Brenda Alexander
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Sunday, November 15, 2020
What Do You Believe? Chain of Lakes Church

Sunday, November 8, 2020
What Do You Believe?  What is the church?

Sunday, November 1, 2020
What Do You Believe? Who are we as humans?

Sunday, October 25, 2020
What Do You Believe? Who is the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, October 18, 2020
What Do You Believe? Who is Jesus?

Sunday, October 11, 2020
What Do You Believe – about God?

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Celebrating Cultures

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Psalm 23: The Antidote for Anxiety, Part 3

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Psalm 23: The Antidote for Anxiety, Part 2

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Psalm 23: The Antidote for Anxiety

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Knowing God

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Finding Comfort in the Dog Days – Finding Comfort from Our Dogs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Local Impact

Get a free facemask at Chain of Lakes
Wearing a facemask in public areas, along with social distancing, helps prevent the spread of the corona virus. Volunteers at Chain of Lakes are sewing masks, and offering them free of charge to anyone who needs one. Call the office to make sure the church will be open – 763.208.8049.

Printed instructions for sewing a mask, and for making a mask with no sewing, will be available at the church, or get the PDF from the Center for Disease Control.

Serve 2020
Serve 2020 is a ministry where every person at Chain of Lakes is encouraged to serve at least once in 2020,  with a group at a ministry serving homeless adults or homeless youth; with food distribution sites, or thanking first responders and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, or other service projects

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Serve at Hope for the Community, on Thursdays when you can come between 9am and 5pm. Hope for the Community distributes food to a large number of people every Thursday at Hope Church – 1264 109th Avenue NE, Blaine. Pam Graves is coordinating this project. Sign up by emailing info@colpres.org.

Ending Homelessness through Partnerships
The Local Impact team wants to be part of a movement that ends homelessness among youth and adults in Anoka County. The team does this through partnerships with groups who directly help serve homeless youth and homeless adults.
 
Since its existence Chain of Lakes has established partnerships with the following schools:
  • Blaine High School
  • Anoka Regional High School
  • Anoka Technical High School
  • Spring Lake Park School District
The Local Impact Team has organized many events to help serve at:
  • HOPE 4 Youth
  • Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
  • Feed My Starving Children

 

Daily Devotions

Daily devotions, organized by week. Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org

All of us have been taught at an early age the importance of giving thanks.  Giving thanks is not a new idea or a new concept.  We know of its importance for our own lives.  We even formally celebrate thanks each year on the holiday of Thanksgiving.

However, we can turn thanks into a duty and not an attitude of our heart.  When this happens, we lose the power of giving thanks.  Being thankful is meant to be an expression of our own hearts.  When we turn thanks into a rote exercise we lose the spiritual significance of giving thanks.

In the readings this week we’ll explore the basis for our thanks, and do some exercises that can cultivate our own “attitude of gratitude.”  Enjoy!

Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org.

Monday, November 23

Read Romans 5:1-11

We have many reasons to be thankful.  We can feel the blessings of family, a good job, financial security, a place to live, hobbies and activities that give us meaning, our health.  Unfortunately, all of these can be taken away from us.  When our own thanks is dependent on an external circumstance we can find ourselves in misery.

The basis of our thanks is our faith.  In this passage to the Romans Paul wrote about the love of God that is poured out to us.  At the right time Christ died for us.  Because of this we have peace with God—access to grace.

May our own hearts burn with love and thanks to God.  Think of your own love for God as the temperature of the oven that is baking food.  What temperature is your love for God today?  The more we appreciate and give thanks for grace, the hotter is our own love.

Today as you pray, meditate on the gift of grace that we have been given.  Open yourself up to the understanding that because of Christ we have a relationship with a God who will always love us and care for us deeply.  Our only response to this gift is our thanks. 

Tuesday, November 24

Read Luke 17:11-19

Imagine that you were one of the lepers who was healed.  As a leper you were ostracized by the community.  You most likely lived in a leper colony on the outskirts of the town.  People thought you were unclean.  Some regulations called for you to say the words “unclean, unclean” when someone approached you.  You were also a Samaritan, so you were different religiously compared to many others.

Jesus changed all of that for you.  He told you to go to a priest and when you encountered a priest you were not afflicted with leprosy anymore.  You were healed.

The only appropriate response is thanks.  As Jesus noted it’s puzzling that the other nine lepers didn’t come back to share their thanks with Jesus. 

We know that giving thanks is the right thing to do.  The place to start is to appreciate all that God has given to us.  The leper who returned understood the gift he had been given.

Today as you pray, give thanks to God for all that you have received from God.  Give thanks for the healing that God offers to us.

Wednesday, November 25

Read Psalm 92:1-4

The superscription for this Psalm says it is a song for the Sabbath Day.  We can imagine people singing this song to God in worship on the Sabbath.  This is the only Psalm of the 150 Psalms where a superscription of “A Song for the Sabbath Day” is written.

Our worship of God is a way to express thanks.  When we gather with others we offer the community’s thanks to God for all that we have received. 

Take some time to write out all that you are thankful for in 2020. Even though this has been a very hard year, make a list of five to ten events that have happened in 2020 for which you’ve given thanks. When you’ve completed the list read these four verses from Psalm 92 again. 

Thursday, November 26

Read Luke 9:10-17

Happy Thanksgiving!  May your day be filled with joy!  May your feast and festivities be similar to what the 5,000 must have experienced when they were fed with a loaf and two fish.

When the Pilgrims started the tradition of Thanksgiving in 1621 they were filled with joy at a good harvest.  Initially they did not have enough food to feed the 102 people of their colony.  The Wampanoag Native Americans had helped the Pilgrims by providing them seeds and teaching them to fish.

The festival of Thanksgiving has come a long way from that celebration in 1621. 

Today give thanks for all that you have.  May your day be filled with a sense of gratitude for the gifts that surround you.

Friday, November 27

Read Galatians 5:16-26

In this passage Paul contrasted the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.  The different parts of the Fruit of the Spirit  that he shared in verses 22-23 come from our heart.  The seeds of these fruits are our own thanks and gratitude.

Look at the difference between the person described in the first six verses and the person described in the last four verses.  We have a choice about which person we will be.  The choice starts with an orientation that we take towards thanks.  When we are filled with thanks for all we have it’s easier to be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  When we focus on what we lack, it’s easier to commit what Paul calls works of the flesh.

Today as you pray, pray that you will be the person described in the last four verses.  Pray that we at Chain of Lakes can design ministries that encourage the people of our new congregation to be these people.  Pray that the people of the church worldwide will be people filled with the seeds of thanks and gratitude and people living out the fruits of the Spirit.

Saturday, November 28

Read Psalm 105:1-6

At the start of this Psalm Israel shared their thanks to God.  For the rest of the Psalm the writer of the Psalm recited the history of Israel.  We can imagine these words being shared in a worship service.  The history of the people prompted them to give thanks.

We can do the same for our own lives.  Take some time to reflect or even write down the five events of your life for which you give thanks.  What would they be?  Take some time to thoughtfully come up with this list.

Then when you have your list, shower God with thanks.  Let God know how deeply you appreciate each of the events. 

In doing this exercise you are connecting with the writer of this Psalm.  You are joining hands across history with someone who gave thanks for their history.

On Friday, Chain of Lakes Church celebrated its third anniversary as a congregation. One bedrock Scripture for Chain of Lakes is Acts 2:37-47. This story shares the power of a local congregation.

This week we have the opportunity to go deeper into each of the verses of this story. In addition to the devotional reading, consider reading all ten verses of the story each day this week. The experience can lead you deeper into the heart and spirit of God.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 16

Read Acts 2:37

“What should we do?” This question that the crowd asked is one that humans ask all the time. The question is one that many people have asked during the COVID-19 crisis. People are uncertain about what is happening and are unsure about the direction to take, “What should we do?”

The people asked the question because their hearts had been touched by the sermon that Peter had just preached. Peter had told the crowd that Jesus had been killed and had been raised from the dead. The reality of his death and resurrection touched the crowd in a deep place. They were “cut to the heart.”

It is quite possible that some in the crowd had been present at the crucifixion of Jesus. They might have heard the cries of “crucify him,” or they might have even
shared those words themselves.
In hearing Peter preach, the people might have had a sense of guilt about what had happened.

Each of us have asked this question when we are unsure about the direction to take. We have found ourselves in a situation where we literally do not know what to do.

The question is a universal question; it’s a human question. Even though Peter shared a response to this question later in the story, it’s important to sit and reflect with the question. Don’t look too quickly for an answer. 

What is your “what should we do?” question. Share it with God today in your prayer time.

 Tuesday, November 17

Read Acts 2:38-39

Peter provided a response to the “What should we do?” question that was shared in verse 37. His response centered around three basic ideas—repent, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and promise.

Repentance is as simple as turning deeper into our own relationship with God.  Repentance is not a one-time activity in our own lives.  God calls us to go deeper each day.  In this story being baptized was a reflection of repentance.

Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is offered to everyone.  The Holy Spirit is active in each of our lives today. The Holy Spirit is always inviting us to go deeper into our relationship with God.  As you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit imagine someone whispering to you, “go deeper, go deeper, go deeper.” 

The promise is something that had happened many, many years before this story took place.  This is the promise of the Holy Spirit and the promise of salvation.  This is a gift that God gives to people.

Repentance, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, and salvation are also offered to us. 
As you pray today give thanks for these three beautiful gifts.

Wednesday, November 18

Read Acts 2:40

Peter made the point that a large contrast existed between the current generation and people who followed Jesus Christ as disciples.  When Peter said, “save yourself” he was encouraging them to be different than others.  This difference is because of a person’s faith.

How does your faith help you be different?  How do your values help you live differently from others in your generation?  People who aren’t living a life of faith, of course are not by definition corrupt.  But a vibrant faith should lead followers of Jesus Christ to be different than the culture.

In 50 words or less, how would you response to the question, “How does your faith help you be different?

Take some time today to write out your response. When you have your response share it with another person.

Thursday, November 19

Read Acts 2:41-42

Luke—the writer of Acts—shared the power of what happened to people who were responding to Peter’s sermon.  Three thousand people were baptized. 

After they were baptized the people devoted themselves to four ministries.

1) Teaching

2) Fellowship

3) Breaking of bread—interpreted either as celebrating the Lord’s Supper or sharing meals together

4) Prayers.

How is your faith community doing at these four ministries? On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the highest where would you rank your congregation?

If you are a part of Chain of Lakes Church, where would you rank our church on these four ministries?

These four ministries are central to a strong faith community.

Friday, November 20

Read Acts 2:43-45

“Awe” came upon everyone.  Pastor Paul has preached many times that a three-letter synonym for “awe” is “wow.”  When the word, “wow” is said, we know that God is very near and present.

“Wow” is not a word that people just manufacture.  It’s an expression of something deep and powerful. 

Can you think of some moments that you have said, the word, “wow?”  Spend some time reflecting on these moments.

And if you haven’t said the word for a while, perhaps now is the time to lift this in a request to God. 

Consider sharing the following prayer, “Lord, lead me to a place where I can say the word “Wow” often and with authenticity.

Saturday, November 21

Read Acts 2:46-47

The people were so spiritually touched by what was happening that they couldn’t help but spend time together. 

These two verses have inspired the Core Value at Chain of Lakes called “Joyful Love.”  The people of Chain of Lakes understand this to mean:

“We are released to love each other with joy because of what God has done for us. We are a community who enjoys spending time together and supporting each others’ journey.”

The connection between these two verses and the meaning of the Core Value of “Joyful Love” is strong.  Pray that all faith communities can express these two verses.

In continuing his sermon series, “What do you believe?” Pastor Paul preached this past Sunday on the church. Even in these tumultuous times the church can keep people connected to each other.

This week you have the opportunity to read about these connections. The Bible has plenty to share about being a faith community.

Comments and thoughts about the devotion can be emailed to Pastor Paul at pastor@colpres.org. Enjoy!

Monday, November 9

Read Genesis 12:1-3

Some people look at this reading as the start of the Old Testament. The reading begins the story of God’s relationship with a group of people. In verse two we read that God told Abram to go to a different land because God would make a great nation. In this reading, nation doesn’t mean a nation like the United States or France or another current nation. It means a group of people who are connected to each other. In this case it means a group of people who are connected by faith to each other.

It is not far-fetched to paraphrase this reading to say that God would make a great church.

Pastor Paul shared in his sermon yesterday that there is one church. The church is made up of followers of Jesus Christ. A spiritual connection happens between followers of Jesus. So even if people worship in different congregations, people who are disciples are part of one church. The origins of being the church comes from this story in Genesis.

Take some time today to talk to someone who attends a different congregation. Celebrate with that person that the two of you are part of one church.

Tuesday, November 10

Read Matthew 28:16-20

Yesterday we read in Genesis 12:2 that the word “nation” was in a command by God.
In today’s reading the word “nation” is found in this command from Jesus. We read in verse 19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, …”

In this case the word “nations” comes from the Greek word, ethne. When Jesus shared this verse he didn’t only mean the nations that existed in his day. He also meant future nations.

The word “ethne” is more than a description of a political state. Ethne means a group of people who are connected to each other. If we push into this command we can see where Jesus was encouraging the apostles to develop the church.

In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Paul shared a definition of a church as “a dynamic network of friends leading and experiencing personal and social transformation as they follow God.” This definition of a church is what Jesus encouraged his followers to create and develop.

Wednesday, November 11

Read Matthew 16:13-20

In this story Jesus told Peter, “you are Peter, and on this rock [on you] I will build my church.” This is one of two places in the gospels that Jesus used the word church. The other place is Matthew 18:17.

The English word church comes from the Greek word, ekklesia. Ekklesia is made up of two parts—ek and kaleo. Ek means “out” and kaleo means “call.” Ekklesia is a group of people who are called out of something. They are called out of the values of the world.  Values like power and abuse and hate. The church is called out to live by different values. These values are personal—the Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These values are also social—justice, righteousness and peace.

The church should look vastly different than an organization in the world. As you pray today, pray that the church will look different. Pray that the church can be called out to live these very precious values.

Thursday, November 12

Read Ephesians 2:11-22

Verses 19-20 share another definition of the church. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.”

One can see how these verses form the biblical foundation for the Purpose Statement of Chain of Lakes Church.

In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Paul shared that one church exists. Even though eighteen congregations exist in Blaine, one church exists. All of those congregations are part of the one church.

Being a disciple or follower of Jesus means you will have an instant connection with other disciples who participate in other congregations. As we read in Ephesians you are citizens with them and members of the household of God.

You might think of a family member or close friend who participates in another congregation. The two of you are part of the one church. How exciting to be part of a movement that is intended to change the world!

Friday, November 13

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

The Apostle Paul shared in this reading that the body of Christ—the church—is one. One church exists. Verse 13 explains this well, “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

Chain of Lakes is a PC(USA) church—Presbyterian. But the people who are part of the church are part of one body. We could paraphrase these verses from the Apostle Paul to say, “Presbyterians can’t say to Lutherans—you are not part of the body. Presbyterians can’t say to the people from the Church of Christ—you are not part of the body. Presbyterians can’t say to those who don’t have a denomination—you are not part of the body. Everyone who follows Jesus is part of the one body.”

This isn’t an easy reading to follow because throughout history people have thought of their brand of church as the only brand or a superior brand.  But the Apostle Paul was clear that this way of thinking is wrong. We are all baptized into one body—Presbyterians, Lutherans, Church of Christ, nondenominational people.

All of these denominations are made to enjoy or drink of one Spirit.

Saturday, November 14

Read Acts 2:37-47

Pastor Paul preaches on this story from Acts on special occasions at Chain of Lakes.

Read the story closely. The Holy Spirit moved among the people. People were speaking in different languages (some believe that the people were speaking in tongues). But despite the cacophony of noise everyone could understand what everyone was saying.

Awe came upon everyone. Awe is a three-letter synonym for wow. It’s as if “wow” came upon everyone.

The church exists for people to have these experiences of “wow.” For an individual congregation to have power the people must have these experiences of “wow.”

Reflect today on your experiences of “wow” in a church. They will define the power that the church is having in your own life. If you haven’t had an experience of “wow” for a while, pray that you will.

Who are humans and what defines a human? These questions have been addressed by all sorts of people from psychologists to doctors to economists to political scientists. In the church we look at this question from the perspective of faith.

The Bible shared many stories and readings that help us come to an answer of what defines a human. This week we have the opportunity to go deeper into developing an understanding of this question.

Comments and thoughts about the devotion can be emailed to Pastor Paul at pastor@colpres.org.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 2

Read Genesis 1:26-27

When we think about humans and our own humanity, it’s imperative that we remember that humans are created in the divine image. Being created in the divine image separates humans from other creatures on earth. God chose humans to carry forth this image. 

The divine image is more than a substance or an attribute or even a characteristic. Carrying the divine image compels humans to be in relationship with each other.

God [Elohim, Yahweh, the first person of the Trinity] was a model for how the divine image is not solitary. God chose to be in relationship with humans. God did not want to be a solitary God. Humans were created in part, so that God would have them to have a relationship.

Similarly, carrying forth the divine image compels each of us to be in relationship with others. Carrying the divine image does not mean we live solitary lives of loneliness. The divine image compels us to be in relationship with others. The quality of our relationships is one indicator of how well each of us is doing in following Jesus Christ.

In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Paul encouraged everyone to write down the ten relationships that are most important to you. Then go through those relationships and evaluate how the relationship is going. What is going well? What is not going well? What could be done in the next week or so to go deeper in the relationship. Why would we take the time to do this? Because we carry the divine image.

Tuesday, November 3

Read Genesis 9:1-7

Most likely no one will be surprised to read that God does not want humans to kill another human. The 6th commandment given by God to Moses reads, “Thou shalt not murder.”

These verses from Genesis give some perspective on this commandment.

Carrying the divine image makes humans more special than other creatures. If a human kills another human that image of God within the person is killed. A murder of another person is also like the murder of God. The murderer cares so little about the person and the image of God within that person that the murderer kills another person. 

Most of us will never kill another person, but we certainly will have our buttons pushed by someone else. It’s probably not hard to think of such a person, especially during such a contentious election season. Take some time to identify a person(s) who push our buttons.

One way to respond to this person is to see the image of God within that person. That person carries this image within them. Coming into this image of God within the person can be a powerful way to relate to someone—especially someone who pushes our buttons.

As you pray today, go out of your way to pray for the people who voted differently than you today. They carry the divine image within them!

Wednesday, November 4

Read Romans 3:21-26

In these verses we read how humans fall short. “There is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

On Sunday Pastor Paul shared that when it comes to sin, the church makes different types of mistakes. One mistake is to talk about sin, so much that humans become afraid of God. Another mistake is to talk about sin so little that people might not think they need a Savior. Somewhere in the middle of these extremes is a sweet spot in talking about sin.

At the very least it’s important to note that all of us fall short of what God intends for us. As you pray today, gently look over your own life and confess the different ways that you sin. Don’t do this to punish yourself; instead look at the prayer as a growing process.

Thursday, November 5

Read Romans 5:1-11

The drama of our own sin and sinfulness is played out when we see how God responds to our own sin and sinfulness. God does not condemn us for sinning. God always loves us. God understands the difficulties of living a sinless life. We are justified by faith.

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  This message starts out in the first verse of this passage.

The important question for this devotional is how God responds to our sin. God does not judge us or punish us for sinning. Instead God forgives us. God has every right to judge or punish us. But God let go of that option. We can live as new person because of this forgiveness.

Friday, November 6

Read Micah 6:6-8

The prophet Micah wanted to know what God expects of humans. He asked God this question in this passage. “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?” (Micah 6:6)

Micah thought the expectations of God were extraordinarily high. He wondered if God wanted the sacrifice of thousands of rams or the gift of ten thousands of rivers of oil or that perhaps Micah could only satisfy God with the sacrifice of a child.

No!

God wanted something much different. Micah 6:8 explained what God wanted. And the verse is worth committing to memory.

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Saturday, November 7

Read Amos 5:21-24

Like the passage from yesterday Amos discovered that God has a deep desire for justice—that which is right. And God has a special desire that justice is done for those who are poor.

God wants this desire for justice to be part of the heart of a disciple. God wants each of our hearts to burn for justice.

As you pray today, take some time to ask God to help your heart burn for justice. This is what God wants from us!

The Holy Spirit is often thought of as confusing. For how can anyone be clear about something that is invisible?

The Bible helps us with any confusion we might have. The Spirit does not have to confuse any of us; instead with clarity we can grow in our understanding of who the Spirit is and how the Spirit works through each one of us. 

This week a different prayer about the Holy Spirit is shared each day.

Monday, October 26

Read Genesis 1:1-5

It’s easy to think that the Holy Spirit only appeared in the New Testament—but this is far from true.

In the very first story in the Bible the Spirit was present.  While the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, “a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” The English word “wind” comes from the Hebrew word, “ruah.” This Hebrew word could also be translated as Spirit or breath.  The Spirit of God was hovering over the darkness in the creation story.

This past Sunday Pastor Paul shared that the Holy Spirit is God—just as important as the first part of the Trinity and the second part of the Trinity. And though the Trinity can be hard to understand at times—for accepting that 1=3 and 3=1 is not easy—we can understand from this story that the Holy Spirit is God. 

Oftentimes people will pray to the Holy Spirit.  Try praying this way today. At the start of your prayers address God as Holy Spirit.  “Holy Spirit, [content of prayer].”  Addressing the Holy Spirit in our prayers and directly can help us connect to the Holy Spirit, the wind of God—in a fresh way.

Tuesday, October 27

Read Exodus 14:19-21

Once again the “ruah” or wind or Spirit of God showed up at an important time.  The Israelites were literally boxed in. On one side was the Red Sea; on the other side were the advancing Egyptian armies. The Israelites had nowhere to go.

Except God can always find a way for us to go.  Look at verse 21, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind [ruah] all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided.” Exodus 14:21

The ruah or the wind of God, or the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit created a path of life for the Israelites.

One activity of the Holy Spirit is to create a path of life for each one of us. Even though each of us is alive, the Spirit can help us discover new life. We’re filled with a sense of energy or excitement or imagination or awe, or something else. We can literally skip again.

Reflect about times in your own life when the ruah has helped create new life for you.

And make new life your prayer today. Try this prayer, “Holy Spirit, through you may I find a path of life.”

Wednesday, October 28

Read Psalms 104:27-30

Verse 30 is powerful and worth committing to memory:

“When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.”

Each of us could insert our name into this verse.  Try the following:

“When you send forth your spirit, [insert name] is created; and you renew the face of the ground.”

The English word for spirit once again is translated from the Hebrew word, ruah. Each of us is created in a new way when we encounter God’s Spirit.

This is not a self-help program. The Psalmist would have never said, “do these five things and your will receive the spirit.”  The Spirit comes from God and is sent by God.

One way to pray for the Spirit is to paraphrase this verse. Try praying the following over and over again.

“Send forth your Spirit so I am created in a new way.”

Thursday, October 29

Read Matthew 3:13-17

We know that Jesus was a Spirit-led leader. The story of his baptism proves this.

Just as Jesus was coming out of the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Spirit came upon Jesus like a dove.  It landed on him and stayed with him for the rest of his ministry.

As a human, Jesus carried the Spirit with him; as God, Jesus shared the Spirit with anyone who wanted it.

We can pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon us.  Even if we’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit in baptism, we can still pray that we will come alive this day through the Spirit.  Try this prayer:

“Land on me today, Holy Spirit.  May your light shine through me through all who encounter me today.” 

Friday, October 30

Read Luke 4:16-19

Verses 18 & 19 are almost the same as Isaiah 61:1. In Isaiah 61 the Spirit comes from the Hebrew word, ruah; in Luke 4:18 the Spirit comes from the Greek word, Pneuma.

It is no accident that the first words of Jesus as an adult that were recorded in the Bible shared a teaching about the Holy Spirit. Jesus wanted people to know that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. Jesus wasn’t an ordinary leader; he was an extraordinary embodiment of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus never would have had made such an impact on people’s lives in his age and in the centuries following without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit helped transform Jesus from being ordinary into being extraordinary.

If you’ve ever wanted to be extraordinary, then turn to the Spirit for direction and help.  Try the following prayer today.

“Holy Spirit—turn this day from an ordinary one to an extraordinary one.”

Saturday, October 31

Read John 20:19-23

Sometimes the Holy Spirit is described as the breath of God. This story illustrated how this idea came to be.

Jesus literally breathed on his followers as they were in a locked room afraid for their lives.  As he breathed on them, he said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Just like in the first story of Genesis where the Ruah or wind of God brooded over the deep, in this story the Spirit is the literal breath of Jesus.

As you pray today, imagine that the breath of God is filling you and surrounding you.  Try the following prayer:

“Breath of God, fill and surround me today.”

 

This past Sunday Pastor Paul shared a sermon about Jesus. One of the purposes of Jesus was to bring in the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. We can read about the Kingdom of God or heaven throughout the Scriptures—in both the Old and New Testament.

This week we have the opportunity to learn more.

Enjoy!

Comments and thoughts about the devotion can be emailed to Pastor Paul at pastor@colpres.org.

Monday, October 19

Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17

This is one of the most important and least known chapters in the Old Testament. At this point Israel is at peace and secure from its enemies. David expressed a desire to build a temple for the Lord. Through the prophet Nathan, God told David that God didn’t want a Temple. Instead God told David that God was going to build a kingdom through David—really a dynasty.  Through David’s off-spring (see verse 12) this kingdom would be established. 

God was clear that the success of the kingdom will last forever as long as the king follows God. 

In the New Testament Jesus was sometimes called “Son of David.” This meant that Jesus was following in this line of kings that God established with David. Jesus didn’t suddenly appear with no announcement or no history before him.

God had been preparing for Jesus’ arrival.

Today as you pray, give thanks for this deep rootedness of Jesus. 

Tuesday, October 20

Read 1 Kings 9:1-9

This story is very similar to the one that was shared yesterday.  At this point in the Old Testament, King David had died and a Temple had been built.  Solomon, King David’s son, was promised that the royal throne that was started with David would remain forever.  (verse 5)

God was clear that the blessing God gave would depend on people following the commandments and statues that God had given to the people. 

Ultimately the nations of Israel and Judah did turn away from God and were destroyed.

This message of blessing was changed by Jesus. We don’t teach that God blesses people who follows God’s laws, and God punishes people who don’t. 

What mattered most to God was not a beautiful temple, but how people would follow God. God wanted followers, not buildings. God wasn’t against buildings and wasn’t against the building of the Temple. But something was more important than this.

Wednesday, October 21

Read Matthew 1:1-17

This passage is rarely read in the church.  It is sometimes read at Christmas pageants that share the story of the birth of Jesus.

Many of the people listed in this genealogy of Jesus were kings.  The second genealogy that started with David and ended at King Josiah listed many people who were kings.  In sharing this genealogy Matthew was showing that Jesus’ ancestors were kings.  Jesus continued the line of kings that was started with David. 

It’s not an accident that only in Matthew was this genealogy so prominently displayed.  Matthew was very interested in the kingdom of heaven.  He started out his gospel by showing that Jesus came from this kingly genealogy.

Jesus was the fulfillment of Israel’s hope—a hope that had been destroyed by the exile in 587. Matthew was sharing that Jesus would establish the kingdom that had been destroyed. The Kingdom that he would establish was much different.

 Thursday, October 22

Read Matthew 3:1-12

In this chapter Matthew moved the story ahead almost thirty years.  Up until this time the story was about Jesus as a baby.  Suddenly John the Baptist appeared telling people to repent because the Kingdom of Heaven had come near.

The story of the baptism of Jesus is found in the first three gospels. Only in Matthew is the phrase, “Kingdom of Heaven” used. The phrase occurred 33 times in Matthew’s gospel.

Jesus was the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus taught about the Kingdom of Heaven. John’s task was to prepare people for Jesus—the Kingdom of Heaven.

One of the tasks of followers of Jesus is to live out the Kingdom of Heaven. We can do this by sharing the values of Jesus. This past Sunday Pastor Paul talked about mercy and how this is a value of the Kingdom. Pray that you can embody and live out mercy today. When you do that, you are living out a value of the Kingdom.

Friday, October 23

Read Matthew 4:12-17

The phrase in verse 17 should sound familiar. The phrase is “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” It’s the same phrase that John used to describe Jesus. Now the phrase came from Jesus’ lips.

The Greek word that is translated into English as “kingdom” is “basileia.”  The people of Jesus’ day were familiar with a kingdom.  At the time the Romans and Caesar Augustus were ruling them—that was the kingdom.

Jesus’ kingdom was far different. It was a reign or rule. It was a space where people followed Jesus and his teachings. If Jesus was present today as an adult he would encourage all of us to live into this kingdom.

Today as you pray, pray for a renewed appreciation and understanding of this “basileia.”

Saturday, October 24

Read Matthew 6:7-15

We know this prayer as the Lord’s Prayer.  Look at how the word “kingdom” is used in the prayer.  Jesus prayed that the kingdom comes on earth as it is already present in heaven.  When we live out the kingdom on earth, we are experiencing heaven here on earth.  It is as if heaven bursts into earth.

Heaven is a kingdom to which we look forward. Until we enter heaven, we are called to live into the kingdom here on earth.

Jesus is the best example of Kingdom living. Understanding how he approached situations can help us approach situations in our own life.

What can you do today to experience the kingdom on earth as it is on heaven?  This might seem like an impossible task.  Pray to God with renewed emphasis that God’s kingdom comes on earth as it already is in heaven.

The two chapters we will read this week in Exodus give a complete picture of God. We learn about how God responds when humans disappoint God. We learn about the faithfulness of God and the character of God. These chapters are very important to know for our own faith lives.

Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org

 

Monday, October 12

Read Exodus 33:1-6

These verses are a poignant reminder of the human capability to ignore and even resist God, and an illustration of how God stays faithful even amidst a terrible situation.

At the start of this story the relationship between God and the Israelites was literally broken. God had given Moses two tablets that contained what we call the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments reflected the covenant between God and the human race. Moses received them on Mount Sinai.

When Moses was on Mount Sinai, the Israelites acted horribly. They created a golden calf and worshiped that calf. They substituted a graven image for God.
When Moses saw what happened, he broke the tablets that contained the 10 Commandments. The sign of the covenant was now in pieces.

God did not leave the people in their brokenness. God told Moses to gather the people and to continue on their journey to the Promised Land. God was faithful to the covenant that God initiated even though the people were terribly unfaithful.

Who is God? God is faithful to us even when we as humans act horribly, or do things that we know are wrong.

 

Tuesday, October 13

Read Exodus 33:7-11 

This is a powerful story of God’s presence coming to earth. God’s presence was part of the pillar of cloud. Two verses are especially important to know.

“When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses.”  Verse 9

“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Verse 11

These verses illustrate the desire of God to be in relationship with humans. God extended the divine self to talk to Moses to even be a friend with Moses. God is more than an awesome, incredible force. God is personal and wants to be in relationship with humans.

This personal dimension of God extends to us as humans. God wants to be in relationship with us. This incredible, dynamic force of God wants to be personally known by us.

Who is God? God is personal and wants to be in relationship with us.

 

Wednesday, October 14

Read Exodus 33:12-23

Moses wanted something from God. He needed to be assured that God’s favor was with him, so Moses asked something quite dramatic. Moses asked the following, “show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight.” Exodus 33:13.

His request is a form of prayer, as prayer is communication with God.

God listens to Moses request and responds to it. In reading the story we get the sense that God really didn’t want to show the divine ways to God. But this was important to Moses, and God listened.

This characteristic of God is available to each of us. God is willing to listen to us. God is interested in our most fervent pleas. God might even go a different direction than what it seemed that God was going to do.

Who is God? God is a personal force that listens and responds to our fervent pleas.

 

Thursday, October 15

Read Exodus 34:1-9

Because of what Moses had asked, God descended and proclaimed the identity of God to Moses. These verses are some of the most important verses in the Old Testament.

The verses are worth memorizing:

“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,”

We can take seven words or phrases that describe God from this verse:

  • Merciful
  • Gracious
  • Slow to Anger
  • Abounding in Steadfast Love
  • Faithfulness
  • Keeping Steadfast Love
  • Forgiving

The end of these verses is worth exploring. The explanation is nuanced, but the point is that God takes our failures seriously. It matters to God. And the failures of families are passed on through generations. Not because God is punishing future generations. But in our humanity failures of families are passed on.

Who is God? God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, faithful, keeping steadfast love, forgiving.

 

Friday, October 16

Read Exodus 34:10-28

In these verses God renewed a covenant with humanity. The use of the word “covenant” is significant. A covenant is more than a contract. It is a binding agreement that expresses the divine commitment from God to humans. This binding agreement will never stop. God displayed that even though God was terribly disappointed by what the people had done, God was still willing to make this binding contract with humanity.

Imagine how hard it was for God to do this.

Think of a time when you have been terribly disappointed in something that someone did to you. It would have been much easier to remain upset with that person compared to stay in relationship with that person.

This is the decision that God had to make. God chose to stay in relationship with the people.

Who is God? God is a force that makes a binding contract with humans

 

Saturday, October 17

Read Exodus 34:29-35

After receiving this covenant and coming down from the mountain, the face of Moses was shining. His face literally displays the mark that God’s presence had made on him.

 

Moses would never be the same because of what he experienced on Mount Sinai. The complete pathos of God that he had experienced was a light that was shining out of him.

 

God’s light was visible everywhere Moses went. Moses had to put a veil over his face because the light was so strong.

Who is God? God shines the divine light into all of our lives.

This past Sunday Chain of Lakes Church celebrated different cultures in worship. This was a marvelous celebration of differences. These differences don’t need to keep people apart from each other. By understanding and celebrating them, we grow in appreciation, and ultimately love for each other.

This week we have the opportunity to read stories of how God’s message speaks to different cultures and brings those cultures together. Enjoy! Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org

Monday, October 5

Read Acts 2:1-13

The second chapter of Acts is a foundational story of the Scriptures. Some look at it as one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible.

People from all over had come to Jerusalem to celebrate a religious festival called the Feast of Weeks. The countries listed in verses 8-9 represent a great diversity of cultures. Each of these countries or areas had certain practices and behaviors that were unique to that area.

The people who gathered were amazed that even though they spoke different languages they could understand what was being said. Despite their cultural differences people were communicating with each other in a deeply spiritual way.

The message of Jesus Christ brings different cultures together. The message is a source of unity and community. The message doesn’t diminish cultures or pit cultures against each other. Instead the message connects different people while acknowledging and even celebrating these differences.

Pray that this message can reach the many different cultures of our earth in 2020

Tuesday, October 6

Read Genesis 2:18-25 

“It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper as his partner.” This statement by God in Genesis 2:18 is a foundational statement of how God looks at humans and how humans need each other. We humans were created to be in relationship with each other.

No matter what the barriers to relationship, God can help bring those barriers down.

Being in relationship with a person from a different culture is something that God celebrates. God doesn’t want people to only be in relationship with people who look like them, act like them and speak like them. If that was the case, then God would have let the man be by himself.

Instead, God’s message connects people of different cultures.

Think of someone you know who is of a different culture. What can you do to connect to that person?

Wednesday, October 7

Read Matthew 28:16-20

In verse 19 we read that Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations. The word “nations” comes from the Greek word transliterated as ethne or ethnos. It means people who are connected by norms or behaviors. Really it means a culture.

God wants disciples to reach into different cultures to share the message of Jesus Christ.

In saying that, Jesus was also saying that cultures do not need to be judged against each other. As humans we are not to say that my culture is better than your culture or that your cultural norms are inferior to mine. This would be the height of arrogance!

Instead, in this command Jesus accepted that many different cultures do exist. He celebrated these differences. He wanted people to communicate his message into all of these differences. Pray that the world can be a place where the potential divisions of culture can be diminished because of the message of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, October 8

Read Luke 10:25-37

This is more than a story of doing a good deed for our neighbor. This is a story of how people who are very different are called to love each other.

At the time this story was shared, Samaritans and Jews had great distaste for each other. The two weren’t different cultures. They were different forms of the same religious tradition. But because of their differences Samaritans and Jews had developed different cultural practices.

For a Samaritan to help the man on the side of the road—who was a Jew—was a terrific act of helping someone who was different. When people are in pain or distress, they need to be helped. It doesn’t matter their religion or skin color or cultural practices. God’s message of love can resist these barriers and empower each of us to be helpful. Pray that you can live like the Samaritan today.

Friday, October 9

Read Exodus 3:1-12

The Egyptians had kept the Hebrews in slavery for many years. And the cry of the Hebrews came to God.

This story of God calling Moses at the burning bush is a story that illustrates the character of God. God is not going to tolerate one nation or culture keeping another one in slavery and oppression. God heard the cries of the Hebrews and responded.

God wants the different cultures of the earth to live together. God doesn’t look at one as better than another; God certainly doesn’t want one to cause injustice to another.

As you pray today, pray that you can live out these desires of God. Imagine that you are at the burning bush receiving direction from God to help people love each other. Imagine replacing the name of Moses in this story with your name.

Saturday, October 10

Read Acts 2:37-47

This story is the last part of the second chapter of Acts; we had the opportunity to read the first part this past Monday.

God’s message transcended people who were different and brought these different people together. At the start of the story we read that people were “cut to the heart.” Their insides were touched by the story that Peter had shared of God’s restorative love.

Inspired by this story the people made a commitment to live with each other. This story is not a past story of history; it’s a present story of how the Spirit works. As you pray today, pray that the Spirit can move beyond differences and connect with the message of God’s love.

Each day this week we will have the opportunity to read one verse of the 23rd Psalm.

As you read one verse a day see if you can memorize that verse. Memorization is an act of repetition. Keep reading and saying that one verse over and over until it is attached in your mind.

The 23rd Psalm is a powerful expression of who God is for us, and how God helps us when we go through very difficult times. Reading the 23rd Psalm will help us in our own faith journey. This Psalm is an antidote for anxiety!

Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org

 

Monday, September 28

Read Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Try memorizing one verse a day of Psalm 23 this week. Read the verse and then try to say it from memory. Repeat this process at least ten times. Through repetition you can memorize the 23rd Psalm

Right away David, as the writer of this Psalm, shared an important image of God. God is our shepherd. As a shepherd God tends to us, keeps an eye out for those who might harm us, and looks out for our self-interest. One way to pray is to address God as a good shepherd. Try this today as you pray, “Good Shepherd, …”

Another way to say, “I shall not want” is “I am not lacking.” In the first week of the sermon series Pastor Paul encouraged everyone to look into the mirror the first thing in the morning and say, “I am not lacking.” Try that this week. “I am not lacking.”

In this last part of verse 1 David was talking about our spiritual strengths. We do not lack anything in a spiritual way. Spiritually, God has given us everything we need.

I am not lacking!

 

Tuesday, September 29

Read Psalm 23:2 

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

This verse describes what God as the Good Shepherd can do for us.

Look at the verbs that are used in this verse. Both verbs are in active tense. God is actively helping us and looking out for our own self-interest. We might not see this action happening, but through faith we can understand how it is happening.

What are the green pastures and still waters in your own life right now? Where do you find this comfort? Take some time and talk to God about these locations.

As the Good Shepherd, God wants the best for us.

Try a prayer of praise today. Say the following over and over: “I praise you for being the Good Shepherd.” This prayer of praise can lift up your own spirit. By praying it you can have an experience of green pastures and still waters.

 

Wednesday, September 30

Read Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.

Like the last two days, spend some time memorizing this verse. When you are confident you’ve memorized it, then try saying the first three verses from memory.

As the Good Shepherd, God is always in the process of restoring our souls. This restoration doesn’t mean that something is going wrong with us. What it does mean is that God is inviting us to go deeper with God. We are restored through this process of going deeper.

How can you imagine going deeper with God? What would that look like for you in your life? Spend some time today talking to God about going deeper.

 

Thursday, October 1

Read Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

 This is the hardest part of Psalm 23. Pastor Paul preached about this verse on Sunday, September 20. The sermon can be found on the Chain of Lakes Facebook page, the Chain of Lakes Vimeo page, and the Chain of Lakes web site.

David didn’t start out the verse by writing, “if” or “maybe” or “perhaps” I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He assumed that it would happen—even though.

Even though we go through these hard times, God is with us. God will go out of the divine way to provide us comfort. David acknowledged that God is present with us even during the hardest times. God doesn’t abandon us. Instead the Good Shepherd is comforting us.

 

Friday, October 2

Read Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

In preparing a table for us David acknowledged how God is a host for us.

David spent much of his time in the wilderness. This was a dry place, like a desert. Imagine if you were in such a place and you suddenly came across a table with oil and other means of sustenance. What a gift this would be!

David acknowledged what he had experienced in his life. At hard times God had provided a table that had sustained him and equipped him for the current parts of his life.

You might be going through a wilderness time right now. Keep your eyes open for this table of oil and other means of sustenance!

 

Saturday, October 3

Read Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 Pastor Paul shared in his sermon this past Sunday that the word for follow could also be translated as pursue. Goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life.

In our personal relationship to God it is very important to acknowledge who is the pursuer. It’s easy to think that we have to pursue God; in fact, God is pursuing us. As the Good Shepherd God is not going to let us go. God will continue to pursue us.

What does it mean to you that God is pursuing you? No matter how long you’ve believed in God or practiced your faith, God is still pursuing you. What does this mean to you?

This past Sunday Pastor Paul preached about walking through the valley of the shadow of death. During this walk we are always searching and trying to discover God’s will or God’s way. The discovery is one of the most important tasks we can ever do. 

This week we have the opportunity to read Scriptures that will help us in the discovery.  Hopefully after reading these Scriptures you will have a clearer understanding of how to discover God’s will.  Enjoy!

Comments about the devotion can be emailed to pastor@colpres.org

Monday, September 21

Read Proverbs 3:1-8

Even in the midst of pain we can discover God’s will or God’s way.  This passage teaches us that discovering God’s will or way is a partnership.  It is discovering the intersection between what God wants us to do and what we want to do.  Pastor Paul has called this the “Inspirational Intersection.”  At that intersection is tremendous joy, energy, and passion.  We feel alive.

The writer of Proverbs was teaching the beauty of discovering God’s will—even when we experience pain.  The last four verses of this chapter are worth reading and eventually memorizing:

“Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.”  Proverbs 3:5-8

Tuesday, September 22

Read Colossians 1:9-14  

Like the passage we read yesterday from Proverbs, this passage is worth committing to memory.  Try starting off with the first three verses:

“For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.”  Colossians 1:9-10

Discovering God’s will or way can be different than making a decision.  Think to yourself how your own life would be better if you discovered God’s will in every situation you find yourselves.  How would your life be better?  How would knowing God’s will for our lives be different than making a decision about what we are doing with our time, or if we are going to the doctor, or whether we will get more involved with an organization.

God gives us principles by which we live.  Our task is to take these principles and then bear fruit in all that we do.

As you pray today, pray this reading from Colossians.  God wants you to discover God’s way.  How exciting it is to find this for our own lives!

Wednesday, September 23

Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17

In this letter to Timothy the apostle Paul shared his own life as a model for discovering God’s will.  We might think of people who were examples to us in the faith.  The way they lived their life helps us know how to go deeper in our relationship with God.  And ultimately their own life can help us discover God’s will.

Paul concluded the passage by sharing the importance of Scripture in discovering God’s will.  Discovering God’s will or way is more than making a decision based on how we are feeling at one particular time.  Scripture instructs us on the ways God wants us to live.  The stories from certain people in the Bible teach us, just like the stories of people who are our own faith mentors teach us. 

We don’t discover God’s will without being informed by the Scriptures. The Bible teaches us, corrects us, and trains us to live the right way—to discover God’s will!!

As you pray today, think about specific Scriptures, stories, or even people from the Bible who serve as role models for you in discovering God’s will.  Name those Scriptures and people.  Give thanks to God for them!

Thursday, September 24

Read Matthew 6:7-15

God’s will already happens in heaven.  When we discover God’s will in our own lives it’s as if a part of heaven comes to earth.

Isn’t that exciting?

God’s will is more than following the 10 Commandments or doing our duty by “going to church.”  It’s a journey of discovery where we connect to heaven.  It’s heaven breaking out on earth.

Think what would happen if every person you knew suddenly was inspired to discover God’s will.  Think how the world could change.

And then think how the world would change if you were successful in discovering God’s will.  Think how the world would change.  You would be an example of the breaking out of heaven onto earth.

This should be enough inspiration in discovering God’s will to make this discovery the most important thing that you will ever do!  Pray about this today.

Friday, September 25

Read Romans 12:1-2

This is another passage that is worth committing to memory.    The two verses teach us about discovering God’s will or way.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

What is good and acceptable and ultimately perfect for you?  That is God’s will.  How exciting it is to discover this.

Saturday, September 26

Read Mark 12:28-34

Discovering God’s will always involves love—loving God with our heart, soul, and mind & loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.  If our actions aren’t motivated or prompted by love, then they are not God’s will.

Jesus confirmed this at the end of this story.  When Jesus saw that the scribe understood that loving God and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves was central, he saw that the scribe had answered wisely.  He then said this:

“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

When we discover God’s will from a place of love, we are not far from the kingdom of God.  How exciting is that!

Events

Chain of Lakes has stayed grounded in love amidst the storm called 2020. Everyone is encouraged to hand in their Estimate of Giving card in worship or mail it to the church office. Sunday, November 15, marks the 3rd birthday of Chain of Lakes becoming an official Presbyterian Church. Turning in the Estimate of Giving cards is a good way to celebrate!

Church Calendar

Community Gardens

Chain of Lakes Church is excited to share the future home of Chain of Lakes, the church property, with the community in a Community Garden Ministry. The church property is just east of  Malmborg’s Garden Center on 125th Ave NE in Blaine or .8 miles east of Radisson Rd on 125th Ave NE, Blaine.
Contact the office for information at 763.208.8049 or info@colpres.org
If you are interested in a garden plot complete this form: Community Garden Plot Application 2020 – Chain of Lakes
Please print and complete application and mail to: Chain of Lakes Church,
10130 Davenport Street NE #160
Blaine, MN 55449

Event Photos

Some highlights from recent events in the community!