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  • 2020-05-26 micro-church family update

    Greetings!! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday.  We are so grateful for the freedom we have during this time - even after a lock-down.  We are thankful to and can never repay those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Remember, freedom is not free and we must continue to struggle in the natural and spiritual realms against those who might want to take away the liberty we have - especially the liberty and freedom from sin and death that comes from knowing Christ and accepting his ultimate sacrifice on the cross and resurrection to life.

    Well, I have to say that I am so glad we are starting to meet face-to-face again.  This coming Sunday becomes the official start of gathering together and reopening the Micro-Church Families (MCF).  Check with your MCF leader about any protocols i.e. distancing and cleaning that will be followed. You are always welcome to visit any MCF on Sundays to find the one you most connect with.  If, however, you are not feeling well, have a fever, runny nose, or any other illness, please do not attend in-person.  Rather, join the streaming service until you know you are fully well.  This is not from fear, rather courtesy and a practical matter.

    Speaking of Sunday MCF, Pastor Sharon streamed with us again this Memorial Day Weekend - speaking on Forgiveness.  Now that's a topic we can all relate to... the need to forgive, that is.  So many stories about forgiveness and the freedom that it brings.  The joy that comes from freeing yourself from the bondage of bitterness.  The witness to so many others when we forgive is great.  She ends with a poem / prayer that we all could repeat frequently committing to forgive. I suppose that receiving forgiveness might an area we could also use help from time-to-time as well.  If you missed her message, you can find it on our
    Facebook page.  You can also join in with the worship as well :-)

    Starting in June and through the Summer, Pastors Bill and Sharon will be rotating through the Micro-Church Families.  Their schedules are as follows.

    • The first week of the month: Rez Life Shakopee
    • The second week of the month: Rez Life Belle Plaine
    • The third week of the month: Rez Life Chanhassen
    • The fourth week of the month: Rez Life Eden Prairie

    They will be ministering as they join each MCF.  You are welcome to be a part.

    This week Rez Life shared life-saving gifts to the Philippines where pastors and members face extreme hunger.  In 2 Cor 8 and 9 Paul admonishes the Corinthian church to share from their affluence and abundance to supply the needs of those churches suffering with persecution and lack.  His key message though, was that it should be done with joy, liberally, and in the amount that God leads you to - not an amount you were pressured to give - and give from what you have, not from what you don't.  For God loves a cheerful giver.  You can continue to give online at https://rezlife.org/giving where it is very easy to give your tithes and offerings OR simply designate money for Pakistan, Uganda, Philippines, Thailand or other missions we support.  

    I'm going to keep it short this week but pray that you have a blessed week.  Continue to lift up our President and leaders, our pastors and leaders and those around the world in prayer - that they will have the wisdom and power from above and be able to stand against the extreme pressures.  

    Remember, contact your MCF leader with any questions but, if you can, please let them know you are coming...and... if not in person, we hope to see you on the live stream.  Love you all and hope to see you at the Micro-Church Family this week.  

    Pastor Lee



  • 2020-05-19 micro-church family update

    Families, what an exciting weekend we had at the micro-church live-stream!  Pastor Sharon and Bill were with us and brought a timely message of "Faith Under Fire."  That seems like all of us, right?  When things are not going the way we think they should and life becomes a struggle to keep up, we tend to lose our focus and take our eyes off God.  However, ask the prophets.  There's Peter, Job, Jonah, Daniel, Paul, and more.  They will tell you about getting our eyes back to where it belongs.  Want to walk on water? Catastrophe at your doorstep?  God telling us to do something and we run the other way?  Abraham kept his focus on God and became the father of great nations of promise.  Not to mention the other prophets who also kept their eyes on God despite persecution and trouble.  What's our part?  God is speaking to us in these times of crisis.  Our eyes need to be fully focused on him.  Our ears need to be attuned to his voice.  We need to respond to his call for action - whether it be in prayer or physical.  Amen to that!  God wants to use you in unique ways that only you can fulfill,  Listen.  Respond.  Let his love flow through you.

    Speaking of Pastors Bill and Sharon, while they are here for the Summer, they will be visiting and preaching at the micro-churches.  There are currently 4 MCF, so we will schedule their visits in a consistent and predictable manner.  We will update once we have our calendars finalized.

    Well, the micro-churches are drawing up plans to reopen to face-to-face meetings.  Please reach out to your MCF Leader for protocols and timing.  Generally speaking, we are looking at May 31st as the time for most.  Our consistent request will always be, if you are exhibiting any symptoms of sickness, please stay home.  we will stream the service.  More information will follow over the week. 

    As mentioned, we will continue to stream the Sunday Service at 10AM.  So, even when we open again, feel free to join the stream if you are not yet comfortable being around others.

    You can join us lvie streaming at https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionLifeChurchandWorldMinistryCenter or https://rezlife.org/ and click on the countdown timer (it will take you to facebook.)

    Love you all and hope to see you Sunday on the Rez Life Micro-Church Family Stream!  

    Pastor Lee


  • 2020-05-11 micro-church family update

    I hope you had an amazing Mother's Day!  We had a lot of fun at the Micro-Church this week with some very funny memes.  And, we had some fun technical challenges.  You know, when there's only two to do the job of a minimum of 3 (and ideally 4), sometimes you get the "behind the scenes" look and it is fun.  I hope the informal love we share is as fun for you as it is for us.  We'll have to figure out how to do this as we start to get together face-to-face.  I think we're up to the challenge :-)

    One notable item from our message had to do with giving.  In 2 Corinthians 8:1-11, the Macedonian church "eagerly" gave out of their lack to supply the needs of others.  And Paul encourages the church in Corinth to demonstrate their love by giving from their abundance.  They were the first to give a year ago, but now they needed to finish the giving they started.  This would demonstrate their love and appreciation of what Christ had given up to pay for their salvation.  Now here's the caveat: Give according to what you have and not what you do not have. Any giving is acceptable to God when you give it "eagerly".  Wow!  We are not bound by the law requiring us to follow 10% - although that becomes the joy and desire of our heart - giving because we have yielded our heart to him and love giving.  

    With that in mind, Rez Life recently gave money to Pakistani missionaries to help provide for the pastor's congregation.  That simple $500 helped feed 22 families for 3 - 4 weeks.  We recently send another $500.  There are real Christians out there that are suffering physically unable to work due to the COVID virus lock-downs.  For them, it is a matter of life or death.  Similar stories can be found in Uganda, Philippines, Thailand - areas that we provide support to.  Each of us giving becomes a part of helping to provide for those facing dire circumstances.  AND we give with joy and eagerness - because we know that a simply act of giving can save a life both now and for eternity.  You can give at https://rezlife.org/giving.  If you want it to go to a specific missions group, please designate it on your giving.

    Karen gave a wonderful word about being a mom, spiritual mothers, and stories about her mom.  There are so many Mother's in the Faith such as Pastor Sharon and so many others that have poured into all of our lives.  Mothers are physical and spiritual nurturers and disciplinarians. They care. They protect. Through thick and thin - through the hurt, pain and joys - they continue to provide love and aid as a mother does.  A mother will always love and be there for you no matter what circumstances arise.

    Proverbs 31:25-28 says "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise, and she gives instruction with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. And her children stand and call her blessed."


    No matter what happens.  It is an honor to serve for each of us and we especially honor our mothers - our blood and spiritual mothers.  You are a gift to us and the body of Christ.

    Well, I've said quite a bit, but want you to know that you are not forgotten.  Not by us.  Not by God.  He sees every hurt, every tear, every laugh and is always there for you.  The love a mother is designed to demonstrate is an aspect of God's love for us.  He is your provider, your power, your victory, your solace and he wants to cradle you in his arms as a mother cradles her child.  Let the love of God hold and comfort.  Let his peace sweep over your soul and mind - letting you know he has full control and your are not alone.

    We love you all and hope to see you again face-to-face soon.  Share his love this week with someone God puts in your path.

    Pastor Lee
    plee@rezlife.org


  • 2020-05-04 micro-church family update

    Can you believe it?  It's May!! Well, May 4 was going to be the lifting of the stay-at-home order but it was extended to May 19.  Disappointing.  I will be very glad when we are able to meet as families, face-to-face again, for Micro-Church and the All Church Celebration.  I know it will be soon.  Hang in there.

    In the meantime, God remains faithful.  His mercy is new every morning.  His grace (unmerited favor) continues to strengthen and keep us strong.  His provision and love knows no bounds.  What an awesome God we serve!  He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  There is nothing we can do or say to repay him for his goodness except to turn our lives over to him - our service back to him as living sacrifices.  Thank you, Jesus.

    As you know, with the All Church Celebration cancelled last week due to the Stay-at-Home order, we skipped streaming a week.  All events and cancellations can be found in the announcements each week on Facebook.  Next week, we are back at it and we'll have worship and a very special Mother's Day message you will not want to miss.  Streaming on Facebook at 10AM (https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionLifeChurchandWorldMinistryCenter

    I want you to know that your MCF leaders and Pastors are keeping each of you in prayer and ask that you also continue to pray for them and the entire body of Christ - plus our President and Governmental leaders.  This is a unique time where fear often prevails and overrides good sensibilities.  That, my friend, presents an opportunity to share the love of Christ.  Who better to be introduced to during a crisis than the King-of-Kings and Lord-of-Lords. To see them turn over their life to him for all eternity is worth everything.  And, when we think about spending eternity with Christ, the fears of this life begin to take on a less menacing stance.  What can the enemy to do me?  I will live with Christ for eternity.  That replaces fear with peace and hope.  Even in the short run, just knowing that my destiny is in His hands, allows me to exhale and allow God to lead.  Now I follow.

    I love you all.  I pray that during this time you are drawing closer to the lover of your soul.  He is here for you - right where you are.

    Pastor Lee
    plee@rezlife.org


  • 2020-04-27 micro-church family update

    The last few weeks we have been talking about having peace and fulfilling his purpose for our lives.  However, before we continue, we need to think about our relationship with God.  On Sunday, we sang the song "Open up the Sky".  In that song are the words..."we don't want blessings we want You!"  Wow! not asking for blessings? All we want is Him? Yup. It's kind-of a package deal.  He recognizes we have needs that are very serious: Financial, Health, Family, Salvation.  But, God doesn't want to be “Santa Claus” (we be good so we get what we want.) Instead, He asks us to love and focus on him - while he has already poured out his love on us and continues to focus on us.  

     

    He wants us to have real relationship with him.  It was his purpose in the plan of salvation – to reconcile us to Him – to become “friends” of God, heirs and joint heirs with Christ – to talk with him face-to-face (conversation and relationship) - to love him.  

     

    We need his help and provision but of first importance should be our relationship with him. It is illustrated by the actions of Martha and Mary when Jesus came to visit as described in Luke 10: 38 – 42.  As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”  But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

     

    So we see that, whereas it may be important to do things FOR Christ, it is more important have a true relationship WITH Christ.  Amen to that.  

     

    On Sunday we also asked, what are the keys to peace over fear and fulfill your purpose? How to I remove Fear dwelling in me? In short, feast on His Word and direction for you. Here are 5 key points.

     

    • Be aware of what the world says, but focus on what God says
    • Recognize you are chosen and have a purpose to fulfill
    • Present yourselves as a living sacrifice
    • Prepare / train / study / practice
    • Decide it is time to Act and then do it

     

    That last point is what we spent time with on Sunday.  In James chapter 2, we discovered that if we don't act on our faith, our faith is dead! It was a powerful time.  If you didn't get to hear the live-stream, you can find it posted at our Resurrection Life Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionLifeChurchandWorldMinistryCenter.  

     

    To summarize, real joy and fulfillment comes when we live our lives for God and others.  When we share God's love and his plan for a fulfilled life, joy fills our heart.  It's the Holy Spirit working on and through you. You may be the very person saving someone from despair and darkness to bring them to the healing light. We are made to be valuable to God and valuable to each other. Those who recognize this and act on it live healthier, happier and longer lives.  I like that!

     

    What am I saying? Let God use you this week in some way.  Invite the Holy Spirit to make you aware of people you can be a blessing to.  Maybe that blessing is a prayer.  It might be breaking the power of the enemy over their lives.  It may be a simple word of encouragement.  God knows.  Now, go and be a blessing.

     

    I love you all.  Remember, next week there is no service.  We will resume May 10.

     

    Pastor Lee

    plee@rezlife.org