BY REV. GARY LAMBERT - LIGHT OF THE LAKES FRIENDS CHURCH
"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to talk to a lawyer and have him present with you while you are being questioned. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you before any questioning, if you wish. You can decide at any time to exercise these rights and not answer any questions or make any statements."
I made my living and raised my family as a law enforcement officer. At the age of 66, the state of Iowa said it was time to retire.
Weeks before retiring, I met a man named Al. His church was looking for a pastor.
I asked, "What church is it, Al?"
"The Friends Church," he replied.
Now, I'd patrolled past that church many times – yet had no more idea than the man in the moon just what it believed and practiced. Al told me that it was a Friends Quaker Church. This was all Greek to me … Al didn't seem weird or act different. Actually, he was a likable guy. The only Quaker I knew anything about was pictured on an oatmeal box.
In the fall of 2015, I said I would preach at the church one Sunday. That was three years ago. As a police officer, I learned to gather all the facts before making snap judgments about others. I investigated the Arnolds Park Friends Church. Hey! They were pretty normal. They believed that Jesus Christ forgives sins and is preparing a place for us in heaven. They believed that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
For a Baptist country boy from Wisconsin, the Friends Church and beliefs fit me like a glove and gave me what I needed to grow closer to my Lord! It all made sense to me.
The name "Friends" comes from John 15:14, where Jesus says, "You are my friends if you do what I command you."
In a nutshell, the Friends Church exists to exalt Jesus Christ by becoming fruitful disciple-makers and expressing God’s love by serving all people. (John 15:1-17).
We meet every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and you are invited to come and check us out. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t have to dress like a pilgrim or say "thee" or "thou" during the message — unless I want to.
Jesus said in John 10:10b, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Have you met Jesus? Are you living a joyous, victorious life? Are you going to go to heaven when you die? It's all a choice — YOURS! Light of the Lakes points people to Jesus!