What will the new year have in store?

Hello Everyone,

I recently read a great reminder of a “GOD’S EYE PERSPECTIVE” versus our human perspective.  A pastor had a large timeline (about 7 meters long) that he would hang across the stage behind his pulpit with time from the beginning, from Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, to Jesus, and several more Bible stories and historical happenings all the way to today. He would then walk up to a character such as Moses and with a black pane of glass, block the future view of this large figure. Moses could only SEE the past behind him and what was directly around him, but he could not see the future through the pane of dark glass.  He could look back and see God’s faithfulness in creation and delivering His people time and time again, but Moses did not know what the future held and what was still to come.  Another wonderful point that this pastor would show is that Moses did have another direction to look, and that was straight UP, to GOD!  You see, God has a different perspective, which includes the past, present and the future and He knows how it’s all going to turn out.  In fact, the Bible says in Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

In a few hours we will be toasting in the new year, or as the Swiss say, “sliding” (rutsch) into the new year…………   Don’t forget to look back on God’s faithfulness and LOOK UP and SEEK God’s perspective too for your future!  As you begin this new year, I encourage you to walk with God in a closer manner, earnestly seeking Him in directing your life and cirumstances.  Draw near to Him, and He WILL draw near to you!!!

I wish you all the best this new year.  God has His plan for you………..go and live it!!

In His grip and grace,

Corey

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OH YEAH, ABOUT THE NEW YEAR…??….??………….

THE LAUNCH IS COMING JANUARY 23rd AT VORSTADT 30!!!! (Down by the lake in Zug)

CHECK OUT OUR LIFT WEBSITE at www.liveitandgiveit.com and see our new updates in regards to “GOING PUBLIC”.

-Jan.  9th and 16th- the Best’s will be hosting LIFT -OPEN HOUSE nights from 18:30-20:30 at their home in Inwil (Baar). This will give you the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the people that are helping form this new ministry! Call or drop by for some fellowship, food and perhaps singing a few praises to our Lord!

-JANUARY 23rd- LAUNCH DATE-  WE WILL MOVE TO VORSTADT 30 DOWN BY THE LAKE!!

Luke 10:2-3
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go!
NIV

Lift Ministry- Merry Christmas!!! 2004

CHRISTMAS 2004

Hello Everyone,

It’s the morning of Christmas Eve, the streets are quiet, as well as the house, not too much going on, not even the peep of a mouse………….yada yada yada ….ho ho ho….!

Somehow, this Christmas has been special for me, much more than just the normal American jingles, decorations, children’s rhymes and traditions that I have been accustomed to. Maybe it is because it’s my first Swiss Christmas or maybe it is due to all the changes in my family’s lives this past year.  I’m not sure, but as noted a few weeks ago, my “Advent” season thus far has been of excited expectations and truly looking forward to celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, that of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to us!!!

What is Christmas to you?  What are your family traditions?  Something we’ve started in our home the past few years has been the reading of the Christmas story in Luke Chapter 2.  We intend to continue this family tradition today or tomorrow as we gather around one another and hear the true meaning of Christmas read aloud.  It will just take a couple of moments, but we pray that for our own kids, they will grow to know that the real gift of life, is Jesus Christ!

In a few short weeks, we begin our journey together in taking the message of Jesus to Zug in a more “public” manner.  Attached is an advertisment that will be posted around town.  Perhaps you could print it out and hang it on an information board at the office or around where you live.  We will have updates on the website specifically pushing this launch to Vorstadt 30 down by the lake.  On Jan. 9th we will meet again at our home for the last couple of weeks in preparing this big step.  Please pray that God continues to lead and guide us in His work here!

We wish you all the “best” this Christmas and next year.  May God bless you and those around you!

In His grip and grace,

Corey

Advent Season!

Hello Everyone,

Actually coming from this American’s perspective it should read “Advent Season?”…..notice the question mark.   This concept is really something new to me.  I’ve heard the term and understood the basics in regards to it being about expectation of the birth of Jesus at Christmas time, but that was the extent of my understanding.  Being here in Switzerland for my first Christmas season, this concept is much more than just a kid’s calendar with little chocolates behind each day’s door until Christmas, it’s being “advertised” everywhere.   So what is the point?  Pastor Tom of the International Baptist Church of Zurich stated it very well this past week during the introduction of the service.  He acknowledged that for Westerners, especially Americans and Canadians (which he is), this concept is not traditionally a strong focus of the Christmas season.  He put it into perspective for me very well using the illustration of a telephone call that he received about 14 years ago in Canada during the middle of the night from, Hanni, who is now his wife.  Her reply was a simple but yet life changing, “Yes!”.  And for Him, his “advent” had begun.  The HUGE expectation and looking forward to being reunited with the love of his life, and then united in marraige was in full effect.  Yes, his “advent” and excitement was profoundly bursting inside and he couldn’t wait for the day!!!!  SO THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.  Looking forward, with extreme enthusiasm for our most wonderful Christmas gift ever, Jesus Christ!

How about looking beyond just this Christmas season in regards to our joy expectations of Jesus’ coming and reuniting with us forever.  Now, that’s something to look forward to!  A few “clips” are below from the book of Revelation in regards to looking forward to Jesus’ return.

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Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Rev 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.

Rev 19:16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Rev 22:20-21 Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

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Notice that one is “blessed” by simply reading Revelation and taking it to heart.  Imagine what it will be like when heaven opens up and Jesus comes!  Life is easier when we view it with the perspective of eternity.  Somehow, just knowing that in the end we will be with Jesus forever without any tears or pain, it makes our problems and circumstances of today more tolerable and THERE IS HOPE!

The name of our ministry, LIFT, has a few “added” meanings to it and one is “Living In Forever Today”.  It simply means that the day one accepts Jesus Christ into their life, they have an eternal relationship with Him that began that day.  It doesn’t mean we have to wait until we die and are in heaven to be and know Him, this eternal relationship has already begun.   ENJOY YOUR RELATIONSHIP JESUS TODAY, and LOOK FORWARD WITH JOYOUS “EXPECTATION” OF HIS FUTURE RETURN!

In His grip and grace,
Corey

Luke 10:2-3
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go!

NIV

“Thankfulness during the holiday season”

Hello Everyone,

We truly have so much to be “thankful” for!  I hear some of us have tried to gather enough ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast.  A turkey can be found fairly easy, but someone noted it’s not complete without a green bean casserole.  Where in Switzerland can one find french fried onions for such a casserole?  To be honest, we have no idea but we thought ahead and brought those hard to find ingredients on our container from the U.S. a few months ago!

As we walk through seasons of life, especially during the holiday times where many of us may miss our home countries, our family has truly began to understand that our “citizenship” is in heaven with the Lord!  It reminds me of what Paul says in the Bible:

Phil 3:20-21
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

In the weeks to come the LIFT ministry has some opportunities to share some holiday time together.  Take note of the following dates and please pray for our anticipated launch date in late January as we leave our living room and “go public” in Zug down by the lake! (Details being worked out.)

So, as you can see, we are in a transitioning time and will have a large public push in Jan. 2005 (papers, signs posted, Amtsblatt, your ideas) to let Zug know there is a new Christian ministry using “the Bible and the English language” to share the GOSPEL message!  Your ideas, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Be thankful for what truly counts this holiday season, a life in eternity with our Creator, who came to save us through the virgin birth of Jesus Christ who was laid upon a manger………..   as you see the Nativity scenes of Christmas, remember that Jesus is truly the reason for the season!

In His grip and grace,
Corey

Luke 10:2-3
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go!
NIV

“Celebrate”

Hello Everyone,

I pray that you are all having a blessed week!

The month of November and especially this week of “Thanksgiving” (American Holiday) is a month of many celebrations for my family.  This month is the birthday month of my father, brother, brother-in-law’s mother, wonderful wife and last but definitely not least, my beautiful daughter Livia who celebrates this year along with the “Turkey Day” celebrations of America on Thursday.

What does it mean to “celebrate”?  We can celebrate life each new day with our Creator individually.  We can have some special days of the year that are intentional to celebrate different events.  We can have a party, with a group of any size.  What and how do you celebrate in life?….Family?…. and your national traditions?

In the Bible, there are numerous celebrations.  With a simple word search on a computer program, I found the word rejoice(s) approx. 150 times and the word celebrate(s) approx. 60 times.  I believe one of the great aspects of the Jewish nation was that of celebrating “with” and “to” the God of the Universe, our God!  They celebrated with God in His blessings, provisions and victories.  They celebrated to God in Worship to Him.  Let’s continue this today as we individually “celebrate and worship” our God, as well as coming together as a group and celebrating with and to Him!

Remember too, that when we do go to “church” it IS a celebration of our Risen God!!

In His grip and grace,
Corey

Luke 10:2-3
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go!
NIV