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Vocational Scholarship Fund: Lakes Free provides scholarships for students going into full-time ministry. Must be a junior or senior in a Christian college or a student in seminary going into full-time Christian ministry. Applications should be turned in by May 1. If you would like to contribute to the Vocational Scholarship Fund, you may do so at any time. Contact the church office for an application.

Lakes Free Golf League: Mondays, 5:15pm | Begins May 6 | Chisago Lakes Golf Course. Come and be part of building relationships with other Christian guys. All levels of play welcome! For more details and cost, pick up an info sheet at Next Steps. Please contact Tom Tengwall, 651-214-1197 to sign up.

Church Office Closed: The office will be closed Monday, April 8 for staff to attend the EFCA North Central District Conference.

Summer Camp Scholarships: We are offering scholarships for our kids, Kdgn-12th grade, to attend Camp Shamineau and other Bible Camps this summer. One per child/per year. Contact the church office for details and to get a sponsorship code. Camp Shamineau is now accepting registrations and offers a discount if paid in full by April 1.

Sharing Shop Donations: We are now accepting gently used spring/summer clothing for our upcoming clothing event in April. Donations can be dropped off by the Sharing Shop door in the Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Bible Study: “Becoming a Great Dad,” led by Pastor Scott Roen. Saturday, April 20 | 7:30am | Room 233. Coffee provided. Bring a Bible.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Monday, April 22, 10am-4pm. Sign up to donate here.

Congregational Meeting: Sunday, May 5, 12:00pm, Worship Center

Family/Child Dedication Class: Sunday, April 28, 9:00-10:20am, one-session class for parents/guardians interested in Parent-Child Dedication. This class is mandatory for those who have never taken it before and would like to dedicate their children at the Parent/ChildDedication service on Sunday, May 12. Sign up here.

Lakes Free 101 – An Introduction to the Life and Ministry of Lakes Free Church: Sundays, April 14, 21 & 28 | 9:00am | Room 219. A three week class for newcomers to our church. If you’ve been attending our Sunday morning worship services for a few weeks or a few months, and are ready to get more acquainted with us, this class is for you!

Save the Date – Vacation Bible School: June 10-14. For kids who have completed K-5th grade. Registration begins April 15.

Winning The War Over Worry
Matthew 6:25-34
Pastor Jason Carlson

Matthew 6:25-34

“be anxious” = merimnao (worry, fretting, inner disquiet, be troubled, to take thought, anxiety)

Four Types of Anxiety:

1) A God-given emotional response for our benefit
2) A disordered & debilitating physiological malfunction
3) A natural consequence of sinful behavior
4) A lack of trust in God’s providential care

Do not worry, Christian!  Worry is…

  1. A burden you need not bear (v. 25-30)

1) The nature of life (v. 25)

Luke 12:16-21
Luke 12:15

2) The birds of the air (v. 26)

“Overheard in an Orchard” by Elizabeth Cheney

Said the Robin to the Sparrow,
“I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”

Said the Sparrow to the Robin,
“Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.”

3) The foolishness of worry (v. 27)

Psalm 139:16
Job 14:5
Psalm 39:4
Philippians 4:6-7
Isaiah 26:3

4) The lilies of the field (v. 28-30)

Romans 11:36

  1. A bondage that Christ has broken (v. 31-32)

Ephesians 2:12
2 Corinthians 4:4
John 1:12
Romans 8:15-17a
Psalm 37:5

  1. A bully our Faith can bounce (v. 33-34)

Philippians 4:14-19
Isaiah 46:3-4

Sermon Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection:

  1. What does worry have to do with our hearts? Our relationship with God?
  2. What causes you the most worry? How does today’s passage speak into that concern?

Questions for discussion:

  1. How does Jesus’ teaching on worry relate to his earlier teachings in chapter 6?
  2. What advantages do “Jesus People” have over “Gentiles” in the struggle with worry?
  3. Share an example of how you’ve experienced the promises found in today’s passage.

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