“MOVING RIGHT ALONG”

Hello all,
 
Moving right along……….   As I recently wrote that the journey IS worth it, I believe this to be true in our study of James.  As it is a relatively short book of 5 chapters that can be read in 15 to 20 minutes (or quicker), it is very direct and point blank in content.  We have even abbreviated the main theme of James to three words; “FAITH TAKES ACTION”!   But at the same time, the content of James is quite deep and rich in meaning.  This reminds me of what Augustine of Hippo once wrote about the book of John.
 
“John’s Gospel is deep enough
for an elephant to swim in
and shallow enough
for a child not to drown.”

~Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)
 
So as our journey continues through this study, I pray that the Holy Spirit would “open up” the Word of God in us, just as He intended it and just the way we individually need it!  The Lord communicates in a personal and unique way to each of us, even if we read the SAME Words in the Bible. Sometimes, time and life experiences change how we read and understand His Word as well. Several years ago, I did a study through James and I can definatley tell you, this time around it is almost like an entirely new Word from the Lord for me, and yet the printed words I read are the same.   
 
The journey is worth it and be blessed as you read God’s Word!
 
In His grip and grace,
 
Corey

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Hello All,

“Sie” oder “Du”? As a native English speaker who does speak some German, it’s been quite the year on remembering who has given me the “Du” or not.  Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the workplace, my company’s official language is English, but there are still many discussions in German.  Some of my colleagues and I are in the “Du” and some still in the “Sie”  What’s crazy for me is that in English, everyone is “You” (but one may still be Mr. or Mrs. terms and not with the first name), but in German I have to remember who is who and who is “Du”.  The worst is when there are many in the same conversation and some are “Sie” and some are “Du” and it’s not polite to mix them up.

O.K. O.K, so what’s the point?   When Jesus was born, God got personal with each of us in a very close way.  Jesus, in some ways was God offering the “Du” to each of us personally, once and for all.  We can know His name too, Immanuel, God with us!  We can talk to Him as our best friend and walk with Him in throughout our lives!

Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”-which means, “God with us.”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
NIV

Have a wonderful Christmas!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“JAMES-WISDOM”

Hello everyone,

What does it mean to be smart?  If we look at how most of the world’s education system is structured, it somehow seems to be about “measured knowledge”.  We go to school to study and memorize a lot of knowledge and then take a test to see how much we could keep in our brains.  If you were anything like me, as soon as the test was over, the information that was memorized was emptied out on the pages as well, long forgotten making more room to store information for the next test!  :)  Thus the revolving process of “Easy Come and Easy Go” or perhaps “Garbage In and Garbage Out” (I meant information in and information out!)

The Bible has something to say about knowledge as well, but from another aspect that includes application of knowledge to your life!  It’s called WISDOM! This week in verse 5 of James 1, we will dig in to see what it means for us to ask God for wisdom and how that can help us along in life!  Hint:  Faith isn’t just about sitting back and simply studying God, it’s about putting on our boots and doing like God!

Have you taken a look at the book of James this week?  It’s just a few pages and in 15-20 minutes, you should be able to read the entire book!  In fact, I challenge you to read it once every week until we are finished!  I promise you that it’s worth your time and effort!

Looking forward to seeing you at LIFT this week!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“JAMES-HERE WE GO!”

Hello everyone,

Before I forget, on this Sunday afternoon, there is a special event in Zug down at the Altstadt, Landsgemeindeplatz, and Vorstadt areas (basically the whole area down by the lake) called Maerli-Sunntig.  (Fairytale Sunday)  This is a community event, somewhat aimed at families with kids but when there is a party in town, everyone seems to show up.  As the downstairs room is now complete, Stami is having an “open house” to share with the community that there are people (Christians) who love and care for others in Zug in the name of Jesus! They have asked LIFT to join in and of course, we are happy to walk hand in hand with our partner church into our community for such an event.  If you happen to come down to see what all the action is all about the event is from 14:00 -18:00 and drop on in to say hi at Vorstadt 30!

AFTERWARDS AT NORMAL TIME WE ARE HAVING OUR LIFT SERVICE!

Continuing through the book of James……………..  we will look into one of the most beautiful “hidden” secrets of our faith as we can find “JOY” even (and especially) during difficult times.

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” NIV

Looking forward to sharing in this together and seeing you at LIFT!

Again, have a look at the book of James this week.  It’s just a few pages and in 15-20 minutes, you should be able to read the entire book!  In fact, I challenge you to read it once every week until we are finished!  I promise you that it’s worth your time and effort!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

Lift Ministry- For November 27th, 2005!

JAMES- THE BOOK OF……”

Hello everyone,

I can remember most of my Christian life (which is basically all of my life) hearing the phrase, “READ YOUR BIBLE!”.   It didn’t matter if I was a kid, a teenager, college student or adult, it still seems that I always heard that as a Christian, I am supposed to “READ MY BIBLE”.

Why is that? Of course it is a way to know God better and it is my “little instruction book” from God, but for much of my life, I DIDN’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS READING.  Sure, I could get into the stories and most of the commandments were/are pretty straight forward, but what about all the rest, and the difficult questions that arose, and those long words like, sanctification, redemption and propitiation????

My first suggestion to you today is, KEEP READING!  The more we read the Bible, the more it will come alive.  And the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to help us understand too.

However, in practical terms, I have AN OFFER TO HELP.  For the next couple of months at LIFT, we are studying the book of JAMES, from the New Testament of the Bible.  Starting tonight, we will seek to find out the Who, What, Why, How and When answers to James and then, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, we will study God’s Word together through this amazing book.  I pray that for all of us, it will be a valuable time that helps us all understand what we are reading when we “READ OUR BIBLES! ”

Have a look at the book of James this week.  It’s just a few pages and in 15-20 minutes, you should be able to read the entire book!  In fact, I challenge you to read it once every week until we are finished!  I promise you that it’s worth your time and effort!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya