Ephesians 5:8-20 (click to display NIV text)
Sept. 30, 2012
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”

What does it mean to live “in Christ?” What do you do to know God better and to be rooted and established in love? If you have lived in darkness, how do you live in the light? These are the questions that Paul deals with in the second half of Ephesians. Klyne Snodgrass writes that “people take on the character of the sphere in which they live.” Paul describes behaviors or spheres of living that he labels “darkness” and “light.”

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Galatians 5:13-26 (click to display NIV text)
Sept. 16, 2012
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

In the “Walk to Emmaus” retreat, participants spend three days studying various aspects of the Christian faith together, and then on Saturday evening are ushered into a specially decorated room, where they sing “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Having been rooted and established in love, in the Gospel, it is time for worship, for a lifting of hearts to the eternal, to Christ himself. Read more

Please remember in prayer…

  • Bev Hawkins.
  • Our schools.
  • Pastor Dave and Kay Johnson, as Dave continues the recovery process from open-heart surgery..
  • The Love INC. families receiving furniture and starter kits.

Galatians 5:13-26 (click to display NIV text)
Sept. 16, 2012
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson 

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

In Galatians 5, Paul writes of issues that were very prominent in the ancient world and remain so in our world as well. He writes of freedom, law, flesh and Spirit. Read more

 On Oct. 21, we will have a special service and lunch together to mark our 35th anniversary here at Libertyville Covenant. As part of it, we are putting together a video presentation that shows our church and its community. If you have any photos or videos or slides from cookouts, services, special programs (Christmas, etc.) that represent our church and life of the church over the past 35 years we would love to have them. Please write your name on the back of anything you submit so that it can be returned. It would be helpful to have your contributions in the church office by October 1. If electronic they can be emailed to MartiJA54@aol.com.

Our theme for fall will be “Deeper in Christ… Further in Mission.” This is also the theme for our wider Covenant Church family, and well describes our hearts as we move into a time of building new vitality in our church and as we seek to be a more Missional presence in our community. Read more

Our theme for fall will be “Deeper in Christ… Further in Mission.” This is also the theme for our wider Covenant Church family, and well describes our hearts as we move into a time of building new vitality in our church and as we seek to be a more Missional presence in our community. Read more

Galatians 3:15-29 (click to display NIV text)
Sept. 9, 2012
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Read more