The Olive Tree Bible App

“The best free Bible app for reading and studying God’s Holy Word and comes with great translations like the NIV, ESV, KJV, NKJV, and more!” (personal favorite = The Message Bible) Take notes, highlight verses, bookmark your favorite passages, and watch them all sync automatically to all your devices. Choose a Bible Reading Plan on … [Read more…]

Be Like Bourne: Situational Awareness

“…situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained assassins, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even … [Read more…]


@ the Hoogland Center for the Arts Springfield, IL $15 / ticket (plus snack/drink/discussion after) Leaving church parking lot @ 6pm / return home by 10pm Sign Up in the Family Room @ LCChurch this Sunday!  

The Torture of Porn

There once existed a now-outlawed form of execution in China called, Ling Chi, or slow torture. This form of execution was given to the worst of offenders with this idea: none of the wounds were fatal, but they were all powerful when added together. Sadly, we’ve given our society a different sentence, with the same … [Read more…]

Are Your Pants On Fire?

* Say what people want to hear. * Lie to get your way. * Don’t admit if you did something wrong. * Lie to friends and family when you want to hide what you think or feel. * To get the best deal, don’t tell salespeople the truth. * Promises are made to be broken. … [Read more…]

A Small Fire

The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.—James 3:5 It was a Sunday night in September and most people were sleeping when a small fire broke out in Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane. Soon the … [Read more…]

Spiritual vs. Emotional Maturity

“It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature.”  “Who you are is more important than what you do.” “Jesus was not SELFLESS. He did not live as if ONLY other people counted. He knew his value and worth. He had friends. He asked people to help him. At the same time Jesus was … [Read more…]

The Shack Quotes – Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true … [Read more…]