Multi-Tasking

Hello All,

There has been a lot of discussion the past decade or so about multi-tasking, especially due to computers and the creation of Windows software, where many different windows/tasks can be open and working at the same time.  It’s true however that time management consultants remind us to try not to do too many things at once where in the end we do many things poorly instead of a few things well.  In the end, I think that finding the right balance is key and I like the term “stewardship”, which the Bible offers plenty of divine guidance in wisely using our money, time, efforts and resources in a manner that glorifies God. 
 
But in returning to the topic of multi-tasking;  women, have earned the reputation of multi-tasking better than men.  If a man wants to argue this point, let’s see if he can do 5 loads of laundry, 3 meals, 2 snacks, 3 band-aid rescues, 5 diapers, 7 bottles and 5 trips to the store/school/post office/etc, ALL IN THE SAME DAY and do all these things in a manner that the husband thinks that she didn’t do anything all day, because upon arrival from work the house is pleasantly full of aroma of a nice candle and dinner on the table with kids smiling to welcome him home.  (Yes, it can happen and Proverbs 31 IS in the Bible, and yes many women can multi task with these things AND their own professional job too!)  But since this e-mail letter is to be encouragement to all of us, I must also compliment men who can multi-task very well too.  Of course, I am not going to suggest that men can multi-task better than women, but sometimes one must consider the amazing ability inside every man………and his remote control!  I’ve witnessed my neighbor Ken, who can watch a rugby game, cricket game and a soccer game while talking on the land line phone and SMS-ing in English (or Afrikans) ALL AT THE SAME TIME!  (I would have mentioned myself, but it’s been a while since I had the USA programming with American Football, Baseball and Basketball, therefor I have to concentrate on only one channel in German to understand it well!) 
 
Actually, I have a huge admiration for Ken as a man who is able to multi task being a husband, father, international business man and co-pastor of a church plant; ALL AT THE SAME TIME!  As Romans 12:1 writes about being a living sacrifice of continual worship to God, Ken is a living example of this.  He doesn’t realize that I “caught” him multi-tasking this week.  I phoned him two nights ago on his mobile phone while he was driving home from work.  Immediately after our brief conversation I remembered something to ask him and called him back. His phone must have malfunctioned because the line was open and I could hear him (or at least his car stereo), but he didn’t realize it.  Normally, this could be an opportunity to overhear some good gossip, or see if your friend might have interesting things to say about you. But not with Ken, from the stereo I could hear he was listening to God’s Word being preached from a CD he was playing.  I hung up and tried again and still the same.  I realized he was preparing for his sermon this Sunday.  While balancing family life/work and church, he was using the twenty five minute drive time to “study” for his message.  Later that night I found the e-mail he sent me earlier in the day wanting me to share with you all in this weekly update that he is sharing about practical application of the blood of Jesus Christ in our lives today and to remind you to bring your Bibles and a marker/pen to church on Sunday.  I am confident you will be blessed! 

Romans 12:1-2
12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

In His grip and grace,
 
Corey

Little Helping Hands!

Hello all,

A couple weeks ago after the LIFT service, I was able to see first hand the body of Christ in action from an unexpected group of people exemplifying this glimpse…….our children!

While Tanya was inside having a leadership meeting with several potential adults/parent volunteers about the new teaching format for the children’s Sunday School format, I spontaneously volunteered myself to take all the kids to the nearby park. As the 6-12 years olds ran off ahead and began to swing, teeter totter and climb trees, I slowly made may way to the park with three of our lil’ todlers who are 2, 3 and 4 years old. To my pleasant surprise, as we lil’ tots arrived to the area where the rest of the kids were playing, a NATURAL ACT OF SERVICE/WORSHIP (not requested or demanded) occurred from the older kids. Three or four of them stopped what they were doing, welcomed the lil’ tots and swept them away to include them in swinging and teeter tottering, all the while they were smiling and laughing and enjoying one another. I’ll be honest, it was not what I expected. I thought I was going to have to ask (or demand) for some assistance from the big kids. I expected a “Do we have to?” complaining response and only have heartedly acceptance of forced service. Normally I am always thinking ahead of circumstances and already figured I might have needed to “buy” their help by suggesting few Francs or candy if they would help out (you know the “normal” way adults often reason with kids!). BUT this isn’t what happened, it was a natural act of service and love…….. a glimpse of the body of Christ……..a glimpse of worship, both as an act of worship by those involved and a moment of worship for me to be blessed in just seeing it!

This NATURAL ACT OF SERVICE/WORSHIP was touching to see. The little girls were smiling and laughing, which was obviously contagious to the big girls and in the end, true joy and just plain ol’ fun was experienced by all! Our LIFT kids, after months and now years of meeting regularly every week for worship and Sunday School have just naturally learned how to love and serve one another. O.K. maybe some weeks are more difficult than others, especially when the preacher goes a bit long downstairs, but overall, the journey that our LIFT kids are experiencing together is a model for the rest of us too! Natural acts of loving God and loving others!

We are learning plenty about this unconditional love in our preaching series through 1 John. This week we will cover the first part of chapter 4. I hope to see you there!

In His grip and grace,

Corey
 

TRY 100% PURE GOD!

Hello All,

Recently I was in Slovakia and ordered a salad alongside my meal. Upon arrival, there it was, arranged nicely for the eyes; the lettuce, the cucumber slices, the tomato chunks, the radish slices and some carrot sticks. But what about the dressing? (Yes, I know, you Europeans are gonna get a laugh out of this!)

Growing up in the U.S., I am one who likes my ranch dressing thick, creamy and tasty. I’ve already had to scale back living in Switzerland with a more “runny” dressing or the simple vinegar and oil, but there on my plate was a naked salad with nothing on it, just 100% percent pure God made vegetables. A glance across to other tables and seeing my hosts begin to eat confirmed that this was it and nobody else had dressing either. So as not to be rude and demand some calorie filled dressing, I just ate it as it sat. AND GUESS WHAT? It was wonderful! The cool crisp vegetables, each full of their natural flavors, were a delight and to my surprise, very tasty.

Before I left the table, I had an amazing “worship” experience as I realized again, this is how best to enjoy and worship God… 100% PURE! Simply worship God all the time, especially while going about normal everyday life! As Christians and churches, we too often have to “dress up” God and add the dressing on everything we partake of. Don’t get me wrong, I love the church and even going to church, but God is so much more. We sometimes only feel we worship by dressing up and going to a dressed up church service. Often today the services and church ministries are programmed to the max and can overshadow the simplicity of just walking with God in your daily life experiences.

Try God 100% PURE this week, as you simply worship while you go about your normal life activities! Dressing is nice, but enjoying God as “HE IS”, is a beautiful thing!

In His grip and grace,

Corey

RY 100% PURE GOD!

Hello All,

Recently I was in Slovakia and ordered a salad alongside my meal. Upon arrival, there it was, arranged nicely for the eyes; the lettuce, the cucumber slices, the tomato chunks, the radish slices and some carrot sticks. But what about the dressing? (Yes, I know, you Europeans are gonna get a laugh out of this!)

Growing up in the U.S., I am one who likes my ranch dressing thick, creamy and tasty. I’ve already had to scale back living in Switzerland with a more “runny” dressing or the simple vinegar and oil, but there on my plate was a naked salad with nothing on it, just 100% percent pure God made vegetables. A glance across to other tables and seeing my hosts begin to eat confirmed that this was it and nobody else had dressing either. So as not to be rude and demand some calorie filled dressing, I just ate it as it sat. AND GUESS WHAT? It was wonderful! The cool crisp vegetables, each full of their natural flavors, were a delight and to my surprise, very tasty.

Before I left the table, I had an amazing “worship” experience as I realized again, this is how best to enjoy and worship God… 100% PURE! Simply worship God all the time, especially while going about normal everyday life! As Christians and churches, we too often have to “dress up” God and add the dressing on everything we partake of. Don’t get me wrong, I love the church and even going to church, but God is so much more. We sometimes only feel we worship by dressing up and going to a dressed up church service. Often today the services and church ministries are programmed to the max and can overshadow the simplicity of just walking with God in your daily life experiences.

Try God 100% PURE this week, as you simply worship while you go about your normal life activities! Dressing is nice, but enjoying God as “HE IS”, is a beautiful thing!

In His grip and grace,

Corey

“WORSHIPPING AGAIN”

Hello All,

WE ARE BACK WORSHIPING TOGETHER THIS SUNDAY AT 18:30 AT VORSTADT 30!  LOOKING FORWARD TO PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF IN THE BOOK OF JAMES!

There are always “seasons” in life and our walk with God, good and bad.  As we studied in James just before Christmas, it’s through the difficult times that our faith is grown and the process makes us mature and complete!

What about the good seasons of life? Often we just enjoy these times and take them for granted until the next difficult season hits and we again, call out and cling on to God.  I share the following in praise for what the Lord did for us this past year.  It wasn’t always “easy” but 2005 was an amazing season in the life of the Best’s as we were able to clearly watch God work in nothing short of miraculous ways.  As 2005 began, I was still looking for a job and the LIFT Ministry was meeting in the living room of our apartment. It wasn’t quite the expectations we had when we arrived the previous July in answer to the Lord’s calling us to step out in faith for Him.

As 2006 begins, I praise the Lord and give Him ALL the Glory for His amazing blessings for my family and His Lift Ministry.  My job He blessed me with has proven better than expected for many reasons, but mainly due to the flexibility to be able to prepare and lead the LIFT services each week and still of course, be a husband and father first to my family.  The LIFT ministry began meeting at Vorstadt shortly after 2005 began and we have gained a strong core group and identity of Christians who love the Lord, and momentum is continuing forward!  Lastly, our family just moved to Edlibach (just up the hill, but still in canton Zug) this past week and what a blessing this new home is for our family!

In ALL things, we praise the Lord!  In sharing life together as a church in Zug, we also can share the good and bad times together in Christian love.  Looking forward to walking in life with you all in this New Year the Lord has before us!

By the way, believing IN God is NOT the same as BELIEVING God!  The book of James has something to say about this.  Join us Sunday night as we dig into God’s Word and understand deeper faith by actually BELIEVING GOD!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“24-7 Worship continued”


Hello everyone,

Regarding last weeks thought about 27-7 Worship of God:

I couldn’t help but smile last Sunday night after returning home from LIFT Night and calling Tanya in the U.S. to see how they were doing and how it was to worship God in Colorado again at our former home church, but this time knowing that we at LIFT were worshipping too at the same time.  She excitedly said that it was wonderful AND what made it especially touching was that the first song of their service was Lord I Lift Your Name On High, which is how we start our LIFT services.  That’s so cool: We were all singing the same song, at the same time, worshipping our Lord together on two different continents!

By the way, they all arrived home, safe and sound this past Wednesday!

Have a blessed week!

In His grip and grace,
Corey and Tanya