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

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Hello All,

THIS SUNDAY- CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SERVICE!

As we have announced that LIFT will NOT hold Christmas Day or New Years Day services, we invite you this Sunday (Dec. 18th, 2005- 6:30pm) for our LIFT Christmas Celebration Service.  We will worship our Lord in singing a few Christmas carols and the message of course will be the wonderful good news of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Children are welcome to stay throughout the service as they too will be blessed to hear how the Bible (and not the Santa Claus marketing of today) really tells the true story of Christmas (in an entertaining way)!

When we begin our JAMES study again on January 8th, we will pick up right where we left off in chapter 1.  I hope some of you may have taken me up on my challenge to read James each week on your own (It’s less than 15-20 minutes of reading) and will keep reading it over the Christmas weeks.  It was nice to read an e-mail recently of one who IS reading James alongside us and IS being blessed with these treasures of God’s Word!

Regarding James, I have a quick personal word of encouragement of how the Word of God in the first few verses “touched” me, even this morning.  Tanya and I had a bit of frustration yesterday evening with a circumstance that was somewhat out of our control.  As I left the house this morning, Tanya was already on the phone attempting to deal with these matters.  As I drove out the garage, a song was playing from one of my CD’s that was divinely encouraging.  Before arriving to work 30 minutes later, the circumstance was already resolved with a positive outcome and the words of this song were still ringing in my soul.  I hope you are encouraged with these words as well!

SACRIFICE OF PRAISE

I will sing even when there is no song

I will trust even when it all seems wrong

You are faithful, You are faithful

You have shown me many times in many ways

It’s a sacrifice of praise

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah

It’s a sacrifice of praise

I will hope even when my faith is weak

I will laugh, Lord You’ve made my joy complete

You are faithful, You are faithful

You have shown me many times in many ways

It’s a sacrifice of praise

Have a wonderful week and looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth this Sunday night with you at LIFT!

In His grip and grace,

Corey (and Tanya)

“A little Best for you”

Hello everyone.

It has been a very interesting week for several families with the name Best. I’m gonna share a little about my family and some circumstances of this past week that definitely point to our Sovereign God who has the universe within His loving hands. (As both of my brothers receive these updates, I hope they don’t mind I share a glimpse of their lives and families.)

On one hand, Eric (the middle brother) experienced “new life” in that they received a long awaited blessing in their newborn infant boy, Brayden Daniel Best, who was born on Friday, May 13th. How exciting it was to hear the trans-north American adventure of Eric and his wife Kim getting a first call regarding the birth of Brayden (it’s a long story in itself, but they have been working through this ADOPTION process for months, after years of desiring another child) being a couple of months earlier than expected. Within 24 hours, they find out they are new parents (and Eric was 4 time zones away by the way) without even having the first package of diapers at home! What a wonderful and beautiful blessing.

On the other hand, Steve, (the oldest brother) and his family are experiencing a different kind of “new life” in that his father in law, Marvin Rieb, entered eternal life with Jesus on Friday. This was completely unexpected as his heart suffered cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning while still sleeping. As I write this, Steve and his three children are in route to meet up with his wife, Kris and rest of their extended family who now are preparing for funeral arrangement and life on earth without a husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. What a wonderful and beautiful blessing his life was and is.

At the very bottom of this e-mail, I have attached the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John. Somehow, as I searched the Scriptures tonight, I felt that Jesus’ Words were, of course, better than mine expressing His love and purpose for our eternal lives with Him.

Please pray for Kris’ family (Steve’s wife) this week and the months to come during this time of her father Marvin going to be with the Lord. Also, may Brayden’s life, be one of a new servant for the Lord Jesus Christ!

We worship an awesome and sovereign God, whose love never fails!

In His grip and grace,
Corey and Tanya

John 14

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you.
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me,
31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

“Come now; let us leave.

NIV

Father's Day

Hello everyone,

My name is Corey Allen…….and you know my last name. My grandfather’s name was Fred Allen Best, so I guess that’s where my middle name comes from. Too bad he lived in Portales, New Mexico and I was raised in Richland, Washington (the state) nearly 2000 miles away (that’s simply a long way away for those of you who use the metric system)! I really didn’t get much of a chance to meet Fred Best, but then again, I actually did. You see, his son, Travis is my father, and Travis is who Travis is, largely because of learning life from his father Fred. So, I reckon that if I know Travis fairly well, then I must actually know a bit about Fred, which is good, because I have his middle name and all. The point is, a father has a huge role in passing on a bit of who he is to the next generation, and in Travis’ case, that was/is to three boys: Steve, Eric and me, Corey.

It’s been a pretty big year for this baby boy of Travis, moving a long way away to Switzerland. But it’s a blessing from my Heavenly Father that much from my earthly father has moved along with me. I can’t sing as good as my dad, but I love to sing, just like him. I’m not as tall as my dad, but I still look okay in the suits that I have to wear to work nowadays, and he always looks great in his suits. The biggest thing, however, that I am blessed with from my dad is my faith, which is his faith, which was his father’s faith (you know, Fred), which has been graced to us by the Father that counts most….God in heaven.

Nearly every Sunday in my life, my dad was up at the pulpit leading the congregation in worship through song and praise. That was really cool and all, but for me, it was “the other six days of the week”. You see, the strongest impression that my dad made in my life was the way he simply lived his faith in Jesus during everyday life. That’s where I learned my faith, in everday circumstances, and everyday simply including Jesus in our life!

I’m looking forward to Father’s day this Sunday. It will be an honor, as it always is, to help lead people in worship to God the Father in heaven. This in mind, however, is knowing that my own Livia and Silas will be there watching their father too, an honor I have everyday!

I realize that not everyone has the best memories about their earthly fathers, but rest assured that our Father in heaven is always with us, loving us and blessing us with His grace!

Psalms 68:4-5

Sing to God, sing praise to his name,

extol him who rides on the clouds–

his name is the LORD–

and rejoice before him.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,

is God in his holy dwelling.

Have a great weekend and enjoy Father’s Day on Sunday! You’re welcome to come and say hello to our Father alongside us Sunday night at Lift!

In His grip and grace,

Corey

Easter

Dear Jesus,

Please, forgive us for not always “walking” with you as closely as we should, and then try to make up for it during the week of Easter…….. that being said, let’s start this letter over:

Dear Jesus,

May we be especially blessed this week as we humbly “walk” with you to share your message and love of dying for us, and RISING for us, our Savior!!!!

What an exciting week to first remember God’s love for us in sending His Son to die for us and secondly, to celebrate that we worship a RISEN Savior, Jesus Christ!!

We have two opportunities this week at LIFT:

FRIDAY NIGHT (Good Friday) 25.3.2005- The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson Film) is being shown at our Vorstadt 30 location at no cost. Come join us at 19:00 for fellowship and the film begins at 19:30. More on this below.

SUNDAY NIGHT (EASTER SERVICE) 27.3.2005- Celebrating our Risen Savior- Jesus! including the Lord’s Supper/Communion Service. Normal LIFT night time at 18:30 at Vorstadt 30.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU JOIN US THIS EASTER WEEKEND!

……So what’s all this talk about the Passion of the Christ film that took the box offices by storm last year (and has been re-released this year during the Easter time, even here in Switzerland).

I’m not sure what you’ve heard, what you’ve seen or what your opinion is about this film, but I don’t mind sharing a little from my perspective and heart.

-Is it violent? Yes, sickening violent! I’ll be honest, I am not looking forward to seeing this film again, not for entertainment anyway, because it hurts to see my best friend, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, being brutally killed before my eyes. However, the Bible is the truth and it gives us the account of the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life before dying by a Roman crucifixion. Our Western culture* has somehow softened what Jesus’ dying meant for us, from His human aspect anyways. This movie is an incredible depiction for us to get a “glimpse” of what Jesus physically, mentally and spiritually went through for us (you, me and all of the world). We can never truly understand what taking on the sins of the world means, but that is what God’s perfect plan was, for Him to redeem us and restore us to Himself, through the atonement of Jesus Christ!

*The oxy-moron here is that the average kid sees something like 15,000 murders/deaths from T.V./Movies/Video Games before the age of 18.

-Is it about money? Many say that Mel Gibson is just profiting by glamorizing the cross. The truth is that no major Hollywood studio wanted to touch this movie. They all said NO, and NO WAY would a movie with subtitles be successful, especially with religious content. So Mr. Gibson, with passion of wanting to get this message of Jesus Christ out, put up $25 million of his own money to produce it anyways. Now that it has grossed somewhere in the $400 million range worldwide, it’s ridiculous that people are saying he did it for the money, being those that are only in it for the money, felt it had no chance to succeed.

Is the movie anti-Jewish? Of course not! Let me state this clearly, the Jews did not kill Jesus………….Jesus GAVE His life WILLINGLY for us, He could have called the angels of heaven down at any time to defend Him, but He chose to die for us! Reread John 3:16.

-Why show it in Zug as part of LIFT? As we have been looking at why we, the LIFT ministry, exist and we felt that this is way to share to the community around us the story of Jesus Christ’s love. The movie is to get people talking about Jesus, but it is OUR responsibility to continue the talking and help people understand and have a relationship with Jesus.

-Any other thoughts, Corey? Yep, of course, but just one more to note. This next tidbit of information is info that you can use in conversations with others to share the GOSPEL message. Did you know that Mel Gibson played a cameo role in this move? He did. During the hammering of the nails into Jesus’ hands, it was Mel Gibson’s real arm and hand that is shown pounding in the nail. Why would he do that? Perhaps it was his creative idea for him personally to show it was his sin, Mel Gibson’s that Jesus died for……in other words, it was Mel’s sin that killed Jesus, and he wanted to quietly take responsibility for his role. The truth is, it was my sin too, and yours! We all played a role in holding the hammer!

THIS MOVIE ISN’T FOR EVERYONE, especially not for children, but like no other movie, it gets people talking about JESUS! Perhaps you or someone you know may be challenged in faith by seeing this movie.

So, it was a long one this week (trying to make up for the rest of the year right?).

Have a wonderful Easter and thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for your grace and love!

May we all be a blessing this week to the world around us that needs a
Savior!


In His grip and grace,
Corey