Register for Awana and Sunday School Now!

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Are you in the Dickinson, ND, area and looking for a great opportunity for your child or grandchild to grow in their faith? Register them now for Awana, Sunday School, or both! Living Word Fellowship is excited for another year full of opportunities to share Jesus’ love with children in our community.

Awana is our Wednesday Evening program for children age 4 through grade 6. Awana places a strong emphasis on Bible memorization, but also has an interactive teaching time and exciting games!

Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays during the school year. We have classes available for all children through grade 6. We use the Gospel Project, which is a Christ-centered, chronological curriculum that helps children see the world and themselves through the lens of the gospel.

Sunday School begins on September 8.

Awana begins September 18. (Walk-in registration on September 11)

August 18, 2019

Regarding recent prominent evangelical leaders who have walked away from the faith, Christian rock musician John Cooper said the following:

    It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.

    Is it any wonder that some of our disavowed Christian leaders are letting go of the absolute truth of the Bible and subsequently their lives are falling apart? Further and further they are sinking in the sea all the while shouting “now I’ve found the truth! Follow me!!” Brothers and sisters in the faith all around the world, pastors, teachers, worship leaders, influencers…I implore you, please, please in your search for relevancy for the gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape God’s word into the image of our culture by stifling inconvenient truths. But rather let us hold on even tighter to the anchor of the living Word of God. For He changes NOT. “The grass withers and the flowers fade away, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

August 11, 2019

  I get asked frequently to recommend resources to help people grow in their faith. One resource that I’ve found to be particularly helpful, and have recommended to many people, is New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. 

Tripp does an excellent job of providing deep spiritual food for the soul in a way that isn’t intimidating and can be understood by anyone. This year-long devotional will lead you into rich, Gospel-focused devotional times that are sometimes missing in many popular devotional options out there. 

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think! — Pastor Scott

August 4, 2019

    4 Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:4-6

    When we hear this popular Holy Week passage, we typically think only of Christ being punished as our substitute for our sin. And that certainly is the primary message of Isaiah’s prophecy. However, there is something else profound here. 

    On the cross, Jesus bore not only our sin and wickedness but also our pain and suffering. Jesus’ blood was shed for these inevitable by-products of sin that so ravage our world. 

    We live with resurrection hope because Jesus knows our affliction (Rev. 2:9), died for our pain and suffering (Isaiah 53:4), and will make all things new (Rev. 21:5)!

My Church is The…Outdoors?

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I came across an article on a fishing blog that I follow that elevates the great outdoors as a co-equal with Christ’s church. 

The claim goes as follows: For some, the place to look for peace, to find a purpose, and to seek a connection to something that goes beyond our understanding, is right out the back door.

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Now I’ll be the first to admit that waking up in the mountains, standing knee-deep in a trout stream, or exploring a meadow full of wildflowers is invigorating and, perhaps, even good for my soul. However, there are some critical differences that exist between the sanctuary of nature and the church of Jesus Christ. 

These truths don’t apply only to nature, but to any kind of recreation that might keep us away from the church.

Allow me to explore two:

First, your recreational venue of choice will never deal with your greatest need—the need for your sin to be forgiven.

If we truly believe what Scripture has to say about our own sinful nature and rebellious heart, we will recognize our absolute need for a church that faithfully preaches both words of Law and Gospel. We need a consistent diet, a continuous rhythm of light shining on our sin, followed by our hope being pointed back to the work of Christ for us. This full and consistent preaching of the Word is that which keeps our faith living and nourished. 

Disconnected from the church, we inevitably become distanced from the hope of the Gospel. We naturally turn inward and deceive ourselves with self-sufficiency. 

Second, most of our recreational pursuits can easily border on idolatry and must be managed thoughtfully and prayerfully. As part of this, we must maintain a healthy distrust of our inner lawyer — that voice within us that seeks to help us justify everything we do. 

The reality is that even good things like recreation and family can become idols. 

Tim Keller defines an idol in his book Counterfeit Gods as follows:

An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I‘ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.”

The entirety of Scripture presents a firm understanding that your relationship with God will exist within the context of a church that prays, sings, reads, teaches, and preaches the Word of God. Nature may be relaxing, and we are free in Christ to enjoy it. But it isn’t the church and it will never do what the church does. And it will never give your soul what it truly needs.

Don’t underestimate how much you need to be part of Christ’s body, and don’t underestimate how much the church needs you!

July 28th, 2019

Here are a few things to remember when you're not in Dickinson over the weekend:

  • Our weekly sermons are typically available on the website by Tuesday. They are also accessible through the Podcasts app on your Apple or Android device.

  • Our weekly bulletin is on the website on Thursday (before the service), allowing you to stay up-to-date on all announcements and upcoming events!

  • Our online calendar contains just about any event happening, as well as weekly volunteer schedules for our Sunday services.

  • Have you considered setting up recurring giving? Our online giving system allows for secure donation processing of both one-time and recurring gifts. Check it out and make giving back to God's work part of your monthly budget!

  • Finally, don't forget that our worship services will be at 9:30 a.m. each week until our fall ministry kickoff (Sept. 8th)! Come early for Coffee Connection at 9:00 a.m.

July 21, 2019

    The practice of letter writing has all but vanished from modern culture. When was the last time that you received a personal letter from a friend or loved one? 

    Today we begin a sermon series in which we will examine seven letters from Jesus (through the Apostle John) written to churches in what is modern-day Turkey. 

    As the Lutheran Study Bible notes: Every letter conforms to a similar pattern: (1) Jesus addresses the congregation; (2) Jesus introduces Himself as the speaker and is identified with significant titles; (3) Jesus affirms what is good and right with that church; (4) Jesus rebukes the congregants for what they lack; (5) Jesus issues a call to repentance; (6) Jesus promises blessing to “the one who conquers”; (7) Jesus gives an exhortation to “hear what the Spirit says.”

    These letters are incredibly relevant for the modern church and individual Christian. Through these letters, the Savior calls us to repentance. My prayer is that we take this opportunity to examine ourselves and our congregation, and then live in the promise of forgiveness and eternal hope for all who trust in Christ!

A Sunday in the Congregation

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Today at Living Word I got to sit in the congregation with my family and listen as the Gospel was preached to my heart, soul, and mind. For a pastor preaching week in and week out, any break from the routine is welcome. But today was special because I got to watch and listen as a gifted and passionate young man delivered his first-ever sermon. 

As I reflect on the day, I can’t escape that final question that was asked from Psalm 23: Who is your shepherd? 

If I’m honest, there are many things that vie for the title every single day. My own intellect, political pundits on television, my desire for affirmation, the love of money, and the list could go on. To what or whom am I looking in order to find my identity and sense of value? Where do I turn for comfort and refuge?

I wish I could say that I ALWAYS look to Jesus as my shepherd—but you’d see right through it and know that I was lying. My heart is prone to wander. I certainly love Jesus, but I love a lot of other things that compete with him for the role of shepherd. 

The truth is, some days I have a lot of shepherds. The stock market was up 200 points—my soul feels restored. People seemed to love my sermon or Bible study—my cup overflows. 

But here’s the thing: all of the pseudo-shepherds will fail me. They promise rest but really only put me on a never-ending hamster wheel. They advertise satisfaction but leave me wanting just moments later. They lead me on but never fully deliver. With pseudo-shepherds there is always a bait and switch. It’s never quite as good as my heart thought it would be. 

And so I need the church. I need the church to point me back to the Good Shepherd. I need the church to remind me that even when I trust in a fake, Jesus’ love for me remains. As an under-shepherd, I need another faithful preacher to proclaim the truth of Christ Crucified into my wandering and parched soul. 

Today the Good Shepherd restores my soul.