We are His house!

We are His house!
But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

Dear All,

What an amazing last couple of weeks in seeing a glimpse of God’s glory in the life our church here in Zug!  God moved so fast in providing a new larger meeting place for LIFT that some found us on Ibelweg 18 this past Sunday morning only after going to Vorstadt first.  Even with technology, we couldn’t keep up with God.  But, once we all were together, it was simply worship of our God who is faithful and who blesses in His perfect timing!!!

I was encouraged to come across these verses in Hebrews today regarding us, God’s people as “the house”, and notice it’s not a reference to a building. (more text below) Yes, I praise God that we have this new building on Ibelweg to rent and can even use it the other 6 days of the week for His purposes, but I praise God that LIFT has never been about a building but about people, God’s people!  As I shared in Sunday’s message (and our singing) of Moses asking God to “Show Me Your Glory”, I believe we are truly seeing a glimpse of God in action at the moment!  What a beautiful thing to see!

I could attach another map, but thanks to the wonderful servant’s heart of Dave Haefliger (and Jami alongside him), LIFT now has a new updated website with all the information on how to find us, plus much, much more!  www.liveitandgiveit.com  Thank you, Dave, for a job incredibly well done! (And all who know Dave well, know that this humble man simply serves to serve the Lord and doesn’t look for the spotlight, so I’m sure I’ll hear from him later about exposing his great work!)  Thank you, Jesus for providing this website tool to LIFT as You are always faithful beyond our expectations.

In His grip and grace,

Corey

Hebrews 3:1-6
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 

    But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

NIV

Step of Faith at 5 meters!

Hello All,

Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

I had a proud daddy moment this past weekend as both of my kids tackled fear of heights and fear of the unknown by stepping out in faith.  They weren’t sure of what to hope for (other than a safe landing) and certainly couldn’t see the future ahead (as to if it would hurt or not), but they stepped out anyways…….from the 5 meter platform at the Laettich swimming park in Baar!  For those that don’t operate in meters well, that is 5 yards plus some inches, a long, long way down if your not even 5 feet tall yourself.  Livia did it first on Friday and so excitedly shared this amazing feat of courage that evening when I got home from work.  Silas had jumped from the 3 meter on Friday and was fully supporting his sister’s claims of the bigger and scarier 5 meter that she conquered.  With a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we made our way back to the swimpark as a family and without pushing or proding, I heard Silas say to Livia (in regards to attempting the 5 meter), “I’m gonna do it too”!  Before too long, after Livia showed she could do it again, Silas walked up the ladders, made his way to the edge, looked down, and took the step of faith into the unknown!  Praise the Lord is what I was thinking, as with eyes big, full of excitement, his head with a huge smile popped up out of the water and he proudly swam to other side of the pool and climbed out a 7 year old who’d met the challenge of the 5 meter platform.  From this point on, the fear of the unknown was gone and the fun of doing it again and again continued for several more trips by both Livia and Silas.  They even challenged daddy to get up there (as it’s been a few years since my last 5 meter “fall”) to join in the action also!  As you can see the bold and underline above, after taking the step of faith and experiencing the outcome, it wasn’t a matter of faith anymore for the kids, just plain ol’fun!   Faith was only involved before stepping out the first time, afterwards it was just experiencing life as the safe (and fun) outcome was known.   

How about us in life, specifically when we come to the edge of something new and unknown and have a fear of stepping out, not knowing how it may turn out?  Sometimes we have fearful first time decisions like flying the first time, stepping off a ski lift the first time or travelling to a new place not knowing the language.  Sometimes we have major life changing decisions as well, like who we get married to, having children, relocating internationally, or changing careers.  I’m convinced, however, that the most important first decision in everyone’s life is that of choosing to believe and receive Jesus into our lives, a life of eternity.  Yes, it’s a step of faith, but a step worth taking, God promises you that.  I made that step a long time ago and yes, it was the most important step of faith I have ever made or ever will make in my lifetime.  Since then there have been many life issues and choices to make, other steps of faith, but the truth is, only the step of accepting God’s grace was the one step that counted for eternity.  After that all the other steps, especially the big ones like marrying Tanya, career choices to provide for my family, relocating to Switzerland, although still steps of faith, were decisions that thankfully I had God help guide me along the way…….just as He promised! 
 
So how about you and the greatest step of faith that anyone can take?  Go for it, just take that step (or leap) and after that, it’s not a matter of faith anymore, rather you’ll be able to look back and realize God was there to catch you the whole time, and now you’re on your life’s journey walking with God, never again alone……for all eternity!

LIFT’s Summer Season(ing) is well underway with a sharing of the Sunday messages from various leaders of LIFT. This week Robert  will be preaching and I am confident you’ll be blessed in hearing what the Lord has for you through this man of faith!  I’m looking forward to it myself! 

In His grip and grace,
 
Corey

Lift The International Church of Zug – For SUNDAY, March 9th, 2008!

Hello All,

Is it already March of 2008?  Maybe I’m getting old or something (please no comments!), but I don’t remember time going by so fast as a kid, or in my twenties! 

This Sunday we will be starting our next message series and journeying through the New Testament book of 2nd Timothy.  Ken and I are both excited again to “tag team” through this book (perhaps other guest speakers as well before we’re through). We will start from the beginning and go verse by verse, chapter by chapter in sharing God’s Word to you!  This Sunday we will start the journey with a good background and overview of the context and purpose of when it was originally written and what it means to us today!  It’s not a long letter from Paul to Timothy, but it is packed with encouragement, accountability, love and passion from an aging Paul who is nearing the end of his earthly life!  

For a preview of Paul’s passionate writings, I’ll let you in on a “clip” from the end of the book, “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:6-8)

If I think my life and ministry are going by fast now, I can pray and hope that towards the end of my life, I can also feel that my race in life was too an “offering” to the Lord; for Him and others here on earth!
 
Looking forward to worshiping together Sunday at Vorstadt 30 down by the lake! 
 
In His grip and grace,

Corey

Water -Doing things together!

Hello All,
A few weeks back I wrote about the Elements of LIFT, one being “water” which I include again below:
    
Water- a metaphor of belonging together, moving (flowing) in a common direction and being intentional to create a community of believers to encourage, share and hold one another accountable! (Act 2:42-47)
 
The “churchy” word for this is simply fellowship, but whether we call it water, fellowship, community or just plain old hanging out with one another, it is a vital element of our church body, or any church body.  So what does it look like to fellowship or be community or water together?  Personally, I like the broad definition approach, meaning that it can look like many things.  As it is written in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”, for me it is that simple, as two or more gather and are intentional to include Jesus in their time together (which as a Christian is hard not to as He is part of our essence as a believer) then Godly water/fellowship/community is present!  So whether a few of us are at homes together sharing a dinner, meeting for a coffee, having kids playtime together or going skiing as a group, if we as believers are together, then the Lord is with us.  Of course, it can also be more official, like congregating for a worship service, a Bible study or weekend retreat and even still leave room for a 2-3 minute break in a Sunday morning service to say hello to another at the coffee machine to be considered water/fellowship.  Look below at the many opportunities to water together at LIFT and grow our faith together.  Ladies coming together to encourage new mothers/families, Bible studies, retreats, kids events, family BBQ’s (Braii’s) and even crazy grown up “boys” get adventurous together this Saturday to play “painball” (of course, I mean paintball and it’s not too late to join us)! 

It’s exciting to see how we are growing together in our relationships and I believe it is very healthy and strengthens our individual relationships with God.  I hope you are finding that you have a place to “belong” at LIFT and that together we are part of God’s family! 

In closing I encourage you to sometimes invite others to your home for a meal or coffee to get to know on another better.  The verses from the above Water statement in Acts 2:46-47 writes, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” 
 
Looking forward to watering together as our LIFT journey continues!  See ya Sunday at Vorstadt as Chas will be sharing the morning message!
 
 
In His grip and grace,

Corey

“BIG STEP”

Hello All,
 
Today is a rainy day here in Switzerland, but since it’s a bank holiday and I don’t have to work, I am not complaining too much and getting some inside projects done, not to mention enjoying some game time with the kids and Tanya.  So easily society has forgotten what today really is, and thus my intentional italics calling today just a “bank holiday”.  It is Pfingstmontag (or Pentecost Monday) a day of remembering that the Holy Spirit was poured out and is with us today, and everday!  After Jesus died and rose again on Easter, he ministered 40 days as the Risen Savior on earth before He ascended to heaven to be with the Father (that’s why some of us got Thursday before last, the 17th of May, off of work too).  Then 10 days later, the Holy Spirit came to us that powerful and amazing day called Pentecost!  What a wonderful message on Saturday from Dr. Michael Eaton in reminding us of the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to truly live our faith in Jesus in a powerful manner with strength, confidence and joy!  If you care to be blessed by reading it again for yourself, then read the end of the Gospel’s (Matthew, Mark, Luke and/or John) and first couple of chapters of Acts!
 
So, in the spirit of catching up and getting ahead this week on a blessed Pentecost Monday I want to remind you of our BIG STEP this next Sunday, June 3rd 2007, as we meet for the first time at the Kirchgemeindehaus of Zug’s Protestant Church.    Once again, even yesterday morning we only had a couple of seats available at Vorstadt 30 and clearly it’s necessary to take action to accommodate the growth that the Lord is blessing us with at LIFT.  Unfortunately we can only use this larger facility once a month, so it will only be the 1st Sunday of each month that we meet there and still at Vorstadt 30 the other Sundays of the month. 
 
This begins an interesting transition until LIFT has a permanent solution regarding our meeting space so there are two things I would like to remind us of: 

First, regarding finding LIFT each week: The Kirchgemeindehaus is only approx. 300 meters away from Vorstadt and we will always have someone (or a sign) posted at Vorstadt to direct people to the new location.  So don’t worry about getting lost!  A map is attached as well!
Secondly, and more importantly:  Having a “bigger” worship service just once a month could lead to sending a mixed message of only emphasizing our church attendence in a once a month manner.  These services will be an intentional opportunity for you to invite and bring somebody to see what LIFT (and the Gospel Message) is all about since we will have the extra space.  There will be Communion (The Lord’s Supper), a full worship team and nice fellowship. REMEMBER, OUR FAITH AND WORSHIP OF GOD IS DAILY!  Even as our website is: www.liveitandgiveit.com we at LIFT are about LIVING our faith and GIVING it away, and that is any and everyday!  
I do hope you will join us this Sunday especially this first “BIG STEP” Celebration Worship Service for LIFT, and also continue to pray that God will show and provide to us a more permanent worship venue…………….but it’s exciting to see his provisions thus far!        
 
One last thing, we have just begun with our new message series based on Joseph.  An amazing man of the Lord from the Old Testament who proves that godly character regardless of circumstance can lead to an amazingly blessed life!  Looking forward to seeing you at LIFT!
 
In His grip and grace,
 
Corey
 
P.S.-  Those with connections to the U.S.A, today is a double Holiday in that it is also Memorial Day.  May God continue to bless America and thank you (past, present and future) to all those that have served our country!