“ANCIENT G.O.S.P.E.L.”

Hello everyone,

 

WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM THE PAST, BUT WE DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST!  WE LIVE IN A PRESENT REALITY, AND IT IS NOW THAT WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN LIFE (OUR OWN AND OTHER’S)!  LASTLY, WE SHOULD LOOK FORWARD TO ETERNAL LIFE WITH JESUS WITH ANTICIPATION AND JOY!!!!!

 

I was able to stand in a piece of history this week, the former glory of a once vast world empire.  For business, I was in Athens, Greece and of course, we can’t work ALL the time, so my Greek host named Christos (yes, his name is Christ!) took me to the Acropolis.  So as I am standing in front of this former temple to the gods with a guy named Christ, I couldn’t help but understand IRONY as those former Greek philosophers like Socrates and Plato contemplated.  As I reflected on the past versus the future, at that present moment on the Acropolis, life for me was much more than a broken and battered piece of man made architecture and a nice Greek guy named Christ who was not Jesus, THE CHRIST!  Life for me is the present reality of taking the lessons of the past and changing the future for me and others at the only time I CAN make a difference, right NOW!

 

I can think deep when I need to, but why make things so difficult to understand.  The Gospel Message is simple and answers the questions of the past, the present and the future at all present realities, whether someone lived two thousand years ago, today or in the future.  It’s the greatest love story of ALL TIMES!

 

In the beginning, GOD CREATED US TO BE WITH HIM.  The perfect relationship that Adam and Eve had with God was actually something that we should look back on and desire intensely to have again, to be able to WALK with God and TALK with God all the time in perfect relationship!   Of course as man tried to do things on their own instead of trusting and relying on God, sin entered the world and OUR SINS SEPARATES US FROM GOD.  Ever since then, man has created a system of looking at others and playing the comparison game, thinking as long as I can be a better person that the others, then I’m good enough.  But we know deep down that trying to EARN our way to perfection is hopeless, we can’t become God and SINS CANNOT BE REMOVED BY GOOD DEEDS.  Thus, it’s God restoring that perfect relationship and God making it possible and God coming to our level to bring us to Him in a perfect relationship again. PAYING THE PRICE FOR SIN, JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN. So, the current reality for all people of all times, is believing it and receiving it. It’s that SIMPLE, the perfect relationship again of walking and talking with God! EVERYONE WHO TRUSTS IN HIM ALONE HAS ETERNAL LIFE. The future looks good because LIFE THAT’S ETERNAL MEANS WE WILL BE WITH JESUS FOREVER IN HEAVEN! (Look carefully and you’ll see that the G.O.S.P.E.L. was spelled out in the above paragraph.  This was intentional and our cards we have at LIFT nights have the Message translated into German also.  -Or see our website)

 

In the weeks to come we are looking at the ELEMENTS of our faith!  Summed up, it’s quite simple: “LOVE GOD AND LOVE OTHERS!”

 

Ken is starting our ELEMENTS OF LIFT series this Sunday with the ELEMENT of FIRE- WORSHIP!  From there we will look into how Wind, Water, Wood and Earth go along with Fire in perspective to our faith in God!

 

Hope to see you on Sunday at LIFT!!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“LOOK INTO THE SKY”

Hello everyone,

LOOK………It’s a bird……….It’s a plane……It’s…..(Fill in the Blank)????

For those of you that grew up like me as a big fan of the Justice League you probably are thinking of SUPERMAN about now as the answer to the blank.  This week, I was AMAZED at something that I saw in the sky, and NO it was not superman or a bird, but did have something to do with a couple of planes.

We’ve been studying PRAYER for the past couple of months and considering many different ways to understand and actually “do/experience” prayer.  We’ve spoke about being in the presence of God as one of the prime purposes of prayer.  Well this week, during a prayer, I was able to, in a very visible way, SEE the presence of God during prayer.  Some may call it a coincidence or imagination, but I, in faith, call it real and I thank God for the glimpse He showed me this week, and I wasn’t alone.  Actually Ken and I met with another pastor from Zurich for lunch on Thursday and after lunch we took a walk near a small wooded area that overlooked the lake of Zurich.  We prayed aloud as we walked along and simply basked in the warm sunny day with bright blue skies (yes, even over Zurich).  Then, it began to happen………. from one airplane that must have flown by previously there was a huge white cloudlike stripe across the sky and at this exact moment of our prayer another plane was flying from the right side of the sky to the left leaving a white cloudlike stripe behind.  Right in front of our eyes was the biggest CROSS I have ever seen, in full glory over Zurich (and the nation of Switzerland).  It was a very symmetrical and proportional cross that looked as if it could be placed on top of a beautiful steeple, or mountaintop, but to see it suspended across the entire sky was profound!  Within about 60 seconds, the right to left line simple disappeared and it was gone, just like that.  Had we been there 5 minutes before or later, we would have missed it.  But during that prayer, while giving God praise and glory, He acknowledge His presence!

OK, you may be thinking that’s kinda silly. Think what you want, for me (and Ken) it was a little way for our supernatural God of the universe to say “I Love You”!

Hope to see you on Sunday at LIFT!!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

LIFT’s 1st Anniversary

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe it!  Actually I can, because it’s true, but it’s amazing how fast time goes by!  It was one year ago, on Sept. 5th, 2004 that the FIRST EVER LIFT NIGHT WAS HELD in the living room of our home!!!!  Eight adults and 5 kids in our little apartment singing, praying and looking into God’s Word.  Over the next months, we continued meeting in our home, just a few of us, but in a very authentic and humble way while growing in our love of the Lord and each other with vision of reaching out into the area around Zug.   In the beginning of 2005 and “launching” more publicly down by the lake at Vorstadt 30, many of you have come alongside as we seek to share the Gospel Message of God’s hope, love and grace to those around us.

This Sunday night we continue our study about prayer and are looking into prayer through SINGING!  We will use the imagery of how the Jews of the Old Testament prepared themselves and went on a journey (individually and as a nation) “Into the Holy of Holies” and in the presence of God!  Today, of course, we have this access to God because of Jesus, but even in prayer, songs can touch us in a special way.  We hope you can come make this journey alongside us this Sunday night!

Some ongoing and future events are mentioned below.  Give us a call or reply for more information.

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“PRAYER SINGING”

Hello everyone,

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote an update and I am excited to again, communicate the Message of our Lord Jesus Christ to all of you!

LIFT is continuing our study on Prayer.  We are “THANKFUL” to Ken Eales for leading while my family and I were on vacation in the U.S.  Speaking of THANKSGIVING…….. that just happens to be the focus of prayer this Sunday night.  It’s important to give THANKS to God for what He has done!  As praise is given to God for “who He is”, thanksgiving is given to God for “what He has done”.   This Sunday night LIFT service is a bit special as we allow those of you who want to, the time to share something you are THANKFUL for!  I invite you to come and be blessed and perhaps even share something God has done in your life!

Furthermore, we will end the service by remembering and giving thanks to our God with the Lord’s Supper (Communion) for what He has given us.  We serve a Risen God!

Luke 22:19-And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”


In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

“Prayer…continued.”

Hello everyone,

THIS WEEK: WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY OF: What is PRAYER?  For the summer months, we at LIFT will be “digging in” to the Scriptures about PRAYER!

Does this passage below sound familiar?  What does it mean?  What does it mean to you?  What prayers of praise?…watching?….waiting?   Let’s find out together!

Matt 6:9-13- King James Version
After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
KJV


Looking forward to growing in faith and prayer together!  I’m off to Wuppertal, Germany in the morning and can’t wait to share in prayer on Sunday night back here at home!

In His grip and grace,

Corey