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  • 2020-01-20 MICRO-CHURCH FAMILY UPDATE

    Does God speak to us through events? When things go from bad to worse does it mean that it is not God’s will?  The answer… maybe. Maybe not.  How’s that?  Philippians doesn’t encourage us to let the events of life guide our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  No, it is the peace of God that comes from prayer and supplication complete with thanksgiving that guides us.  That’s how the church was in Acts 12.  They could have and maybe did question if they were following God’s will since things went from murder and persecution by Religious Jews, escalating to King Herod finding acceptance by killing the Apostle James, jailing and planning to the same to Peter.  Yes, things are getting red-hot for the Christians.  Are they in God’s will?  YES.  God often times uses the very thing the enemy sends for our destruction to be our victory and working God’s plan.  Case in point…

    • The devil tried to thwart the plan of salvation by slaughtering the boys in Bethlehem in hope of killing the baby Messiah.  God protected baby Jesus and his family and the earth is blessed.  Oops.
    • The devil tried to thwart the plan of salvation by crucifying Jesus.  The death and resurrection of Jesus was the very thing God used to win redemption for us and bring us into relationship with him.  Oops.
    • The devil tried to stamp out the newly birthed church by stoning righteous Steven and persecuting the church.  That very act led to the Gospel going to all areas of the earth.  Oops.
    • The devil tried to get a grip on the rapidly growing church by sending Saul to find and drag back in chains Christians to face prosecution by the Jews.  In Saul looking for Christians, he found Christ.  Saul now becomes the leading apologist and most prominent Apostle to the Gentiles and wrote most of our New Testament.  Oops.
    • The devil tried to stamp out the maturing church by King Agrippa murdering the Apostle James and intending to do the same to Peter.  Prayer from the church showed that God’s hand was more powerful than Herod and Peter was set free by an angel to preach.  The church grew and lives were changed.  Oops. 

    There’s more as it goes on – but every step of the way God used the attacks of the enemy to win victory for the early church and subsequently for us.  It reminds me of Romans 8:28 where Paul, having witnessed God’s mighty hand in so many ways, recognizes that all things work together for good to those who love God and are the Called according to His purpose!  Amen.  To close the loop – don’t look for circumstances to dictate God’s will. Rather seek to hear his voice in the Word, prayer, visions, dreams and seek the peace of God – the still, small voice of God whispering in your ear – and then act with confidence and boldness.


    Well, so many great lessons about the power of prayer and God’s mighty hand.  But there’s more!  Shakopee Micro Church Family with Roger and Juli  Bohlsen are studying The Meal that Heals from Perry Stone. It is a video DVD series consisting of 6 lessons that will transform your thinking and revolutionize your relationship with God.  From the synopsis of the book comes the following:


    Synopsis: Early church history reveals that communion was often practiced daily in homes, and administered to and by individuals. Yet, somehow this practice was lost and segregated exclusively into corporate worship. In The Meal that Heals, Perry Stone explains the Jewish Passover and how Christ transformed this ancient ritual with his death on the cross. Experience healing in your heart and body by remembering the Lord and His sacrifice daily.


    The early church meeting sounds a lot like today’s Micro-Churches!  Hmmmmm. 


    This is just a sample of the great teaching you can get at the Micro-Church.  God is doing so many great things at the Micro-Churches that space won’t allow us to share.  If you haven’t been to a Micro-Church Family yet, maybe this is your week?  MCF Locations and time can be found at https://rezlife.org/ministries/micro-church-families and you are welcome at any of them.


    That’s it for now.  Love you all and pray God’s richest blessings on each of you.

    Pastor Lee

     

     

  • 2020-01-13 micro-church family update

    Ever done something God told you to do and saw God move only to come home and face criticism?  

    Welcome to this week's teaching... Acts 11.  Peter knew it was wrong and opposed it 3 times.  Everything within him didn’t want to do it – but God warned him not to call what he has made clean as unclean.  What was going on?  God was making Peter aware of his mighty hand moving in ways Peter did not understand.  His whole paradigm of God was centered around the Jews – the keepers of the law – the chosen ones - the people of the Messiah.  Only problems, God said his salvation was for ALL nations and God was moving.  After the vision, Peter obeyed God and as a result, the Holy Spirit was poured out on a Roman Centurion’s household.  Why a Roman Centurion?  Maybe it was the power, influence with many people.  It most certainly involved his love for God and care for the poor.  Cornelius and his household were saved and the Holy Spirit poured out on them because Peter obeyed the word of the Lord.  What a glorious day.  Peter and those who accompanied him returned home rejoicing.

     

    That’s awesome!  But, he gets home and immediately is confronted by friends.  How could you be with those “gentiles”?  You even ate with them!! What a horrible confrontation after a mountain-top experience.  Immediate attack.  How did Peter react?  He didn’t try to explain in the natural about how they asked nicely or somehow tricked him.  Instead, he simply recounted what God did and said to him and what happened as a result.  He explained to them how God's Spirit was poured out on the people – yes, including the hated Romans.  His detractors finally understood God’s great love for all men and rejoiced with him.

     

    The conclusion of the story?  Barnabas and Saul (soon to be named Paul) end up in Antioch for a year preaching, teaching and discipling the new believers seeing great numbers of Gentiles saved.  God supplies the need and sends those to strengthen.

     

    Food for thought: We serve an awesome God who knows all about us, what we're going through and is working on our behalf.  In fact, he’s working in ways we never anticipated.  Sometimes to our impediment, our experiences shape what we think God can and will do when in fact he’s the one in charge.  He’s not limited by our thinking and doesn’t need our permission to move.  Maybe God is putting someone in your path for you to share the love of God with?  Don’t limit him.  Speak up. You may be the catalyst to a great move of God for someone today.

     

    I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Love you all, Pastor Lee

     

     

  • 2020-01-07 micro-church family update

    Well families, Sunday at the All Church Celebration was amazing!  It was a powerful time spent in worship, word and fellowship.  It is rare to find time to bask in praise and worship the way we do.  And, we are changed more into his likeness during worship.  Our relationship with him is revitalized in worship.  He speaks to us and us to him during worship.  It’s an amazing time and I am so thankful we have the opportunity to spend that time with him and not be rushed on through. 

     

    In addition to the worship, Pastor Bill spoke about Zerubbabel’s temple.  You can find the reference in Ezra chapter 3.  As the temple was being rebuilt, those who had seen the beauty of the first temple were sorrowful while those who had not, were filled with joy – yet God’s presence inhabited the temple.  It’s a commentary on how we can long for the past when times are difficult and a parallel to where we are as a church.  God takes us from glory to glory and instructs us many times in scripture to not look back longingly.  Keep your eyes on the prize.  Yes, we had many days filled with God’s glory but the glory of God and our best days are still ahead of us.  Do you want to be a part of what he is doing?

     

    Pastor Sharon shared 10 things to fulfill your destiny in 2020 that you absolutely need to hear.  The good news is that the service was Facebook live-streamed. To see it, please email Karen Valle kvalle@rezlife.org for a link.  At the end of the message, Pastor Sharon shared many encouraging prophetic words God had given her.

     

    Church on the Hill.  Thank you for your continued love and support.  We draw close together in ministry and have kindred spirits – love for worship, love for God, love for the lost, love for the body of Christ.

     

    MCF Update

    • Just a reminder that Wednesday January 8 6:30-8:00PM Aimee will be hosting a life changing Bible/book class at Rez Life Waconia Ministry House The texts will be the Bible and “Master Your Mindset the Master’s Way: Conquer Limiting Beliefs and Pursue Your Purpose” by Elizabeth Nader. 

    o   One testimonial: Master your Mindset, the Masters Way” is a must read for anyone looking to change the way they approach life’s toughest problems. Elizabeth reimagines the way people conquer their mindset by combining a spiritual approach with a hands-on life coaching style and then giving a practical step by step guide that can be applied to anyone’s life. Once finished you will walk away realigned, refreshed and with new practical skills that can consistently be employed for years to come. Whether for life or business application, you will want to come back to this book over and over! 

    • Reports from the Youth overnight and youth-run Sunday morning service in Belle Plaine this past weekend was amazing.  There were 25 youth and adults that attended and had a wonderful time of fun, fellowship, ministry and commitment to God and each other.  Thank you to Mark and Jami for hosting this and pouring so much into our youth.  Youth group activities continue weekly on Wednesdays at the Rez Life Waconia Ministry Center 630PM.
    • Children’s Ministries. All I can say is wow!  There is amazing teaching going on with the kids – fun AND preparing them to lead Godly lives and fulfil God’s purpose for them.  Thank you to our kid’s ministry leaders Ana Bowman and Stephanie.
    • Giving Having a heart of giving – in all areas of our life – is important and remember, you can give online at https://rezlife.org/giving
    • Schedule for upcoming month. 
    • Micro-Church Families the balance of Sundays in January.  But, BE AWAREFebruary 2nd, due to the Superbowl, we will meet for our “All Church Celebration” at 2PM instead of the regular 4PM.
    • An hour of Worship the first Tuesday of each month from 7PM – 8PM will start in February – open to all – at Rez Life Chanhassen.
    • See the https://rezlife.org/events calendar for all Rez events

     

    For Church on the Hill events, please see their activity calendar at http://www.churchonthehill.org/ 950 Trumble Street, Chaska, MN 55318.

     

    Listings of MCF locations, times and amenities (i.e. childcare) can be found at https://rezlife.org/ministries/micro-church-families and https://rezlife.org/events

     

    Pastoral Care and Counseling requests can be made at https://rezlife.org/ministries/pastoral-care.

     

    Love you all and hope to see you Sunday at the Micro-Church!

    Pastor Lee

     


  • 2019-12-30 micro-church family update

    How much does God love the world?  If you said “…this much… with arms open wide”, you’d be right.  In Acts 10, Peter comes to a realization that, while he was focused on the Jews, God was doing something special among the Gentiles as well.  In fact, that very-unique Holy Spirit outpouring that happened on the day of Pentecost was about to be also poured out on Cornelius – a Gentile, a Roman Centurion – and his entire household and friends.  Yes, while Peter had his preconceived notion about how God moves and with whom, God was already moving among those who had not heard the good news and so began to break down Peter’s paradigm of God’s love and blessing for the whole earth. If you are unfamiliar with the account, read it in Acts chapter 10.  It brings to mind our perceptions about who God is and how he moves. Sometimes we, as churches and believers, hold the opinion that God moves in specific ways and with specific groups of people.  We say things like.. that’s not God or God can’t save them. However, we now know that the fastest growing church in the world is in a fundamentalist Islamic state rife with severe persecution of believers – Iran.  Jesus has been appearing to many Muslim-born people in visions and dreams extending his forgiveness and inviting them to experience his love.  This, oftentimes without preaching.  Does that mean we don’t need to evangelize?  We absolutely DO need to share with those God puts in our path.  My point is that, we shouldn’t limit God to doing and working only in ways that we understand.  The individual who may be the most unseemly sinner, may be the very one God is already speaking to, and you have the chance to lead them to the Lord.  What an awesome opportunity when we open our ears and eyes to hear and see the world the way God does.  We too can be like Peter and have our worldview shattered so that we can reach people for him.  God’s love really is “…this much… with arms open wide” (John 3:16).

     

    Well, in addition to the Word, Sunday we had great times of worship, fellowship and prayer for one another.  The worship is an important element and is where his and our hearts connect.  The more time we spend there, the more like him we become.  Generally speaking, true worship bypasses the logical barriers that can keep us from having a “Rhema” or “Revelation” moment and penetrates straight to the heart where our emotions and will are active and can be molded into his image.  If you have not experienced this kind of service yet, we invite you to join us at one of the Micro-Church Families (MCF) in January.

     

    Speaking of MCF, remember, this coming Sunday January 5, there will be no MCF meetings (1st Sunday of the month).  Instead, we will have our All Church Celebration at 4PM at Church on the Hill, 950 Trumble Street, Chaska, MN 55318 with Pastors Bill and Sharon Predovich ministering.  Come prepared to catch up with the Pastors, see friends and loved ones, welcome the new year, have a great time of worship, word, fellowship and birthday cake!

     

    Wednesday is January 1, 2020 and I know God has an amazing year in store for Resurrection Life Church, Church on the Hill and you!  Have a safe and fun time bringing in the new year and do it with a prayerful heart – knowing that this nation needs God more than ever.  Pray for our families, churches, state, nation and nations of the earth that in 2020, there will be an outpouring like the days of the early church – complete with signs and wonders.

     

    A few notable updates: 

     

    Remember, Jesus is the reason for this whole season AND the giver of life.  Relationship with him and sharing his love are two important elements that give us purpose in life.   His love, forgiveness and grace towards me gives me the ability to love, forgive and extend grace to others.  Be in relationship with Christ and others.

     

    Love you all and hope to see you Sunday at our All Church Gathering!

    Pastor Lee

  • 2019-12-24 Micro-Church Family Update

    Families, this past Sunday our Micro-Churches took a break from the book of Acts to focus on the most important event in history… the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He left the splendor of heaven with all its glory to become the gift of life for you and me.  Many things come to mind immediately about the God who created the universe coming to man.  You would expect he should be born to Royalty – to the rich and powerful.  Yet, he was born to a humble family in an obscure setting.  However, His life, death and resurrection would forever change the course of mankind and break down the barrier between God and his people.  Thank you, Jesus!  Yes, in this Christmas season where, in society, so much is about the emptiness of what we “get”, we can have purpose, destiny and share the love of God with people God places in our path.  Is that person who just interacted with you there by accident?  It might be that God has a message for them. He loves them.  He cares and sees the heartache.  He has a wonderful plan for their life.  It’s a rare gift only he can give but we can share it.  My question is, what can we give Christ?  Maybe our lives?

     

    Christmas Eve, December 24 Pastors Bill and Sharon and Rez Ministries (including the Micro-Church Families) are joining Church on the Hill for a Christmas Eve Service Celebration from 5 – 6PM in Chaska at 950 Trumble Street Chaska, MN 55318.  The service will be both fun and worshipful and, we look forward to seeing you there.

     

    We will have Micro-Church Family services this coming Sunday, December 29 as usual.  See the https://rezlife.org/events  and https://rezlife.org/ministries/micro-church-families websites for more information such as locations and timing. 

     

    Other events: Youth Over Night Event & Youth Service. The Youth will be having a both fun and spiritually focused overnight Saturday January 4th at 5PM into Sunday January 5th 2PM.  The cost is $20 each youth. They will then be leading the Sunday 10AM Rez Life Belle Plaine Micro-Church family service.  All youth and their families are invited to attend the 10am service and lunch afterwards. Email Mark and Jami at RezLifeBellePlaine@rezlife.org for more information. 

     

    See the https://rezlife.org/events calendar for all the events you and your family can participate in.

     

    Lastly, our All Church Families and Friends Celebration is coming 4PM January 5th with Pastors Bill and Sharon.  This is a time of worship, word and fellowship.  Come and enjoy a time of ministry and family with Pastors Bill and Sharon Predovich as well as those you haven't seen for a while.  This monthly celebration is available to ALL. Come join us at 950 Trumble Street Chaska, MN 55318

     

    Remember, Christ is the eternal gift of life.  As we gather together this time of year to give gifts and have a wonderful time of connection, extend the same grace he gave to us, recognize that it’s not the individual gift that matters.  It’s all about the love of Christ abounding in our hearts one towards another.

     

    Love you all and Merry Christmas!

    Pastor Lee

     

  • 2019-12-16 micro-church family update


    From the mouth of babies comes a sweet perspective…


    …During the MCF Worship today. The song "You are the Love of My Life" was really touching me. The Holy Spirit touched me, God Ministered and I cried. 
    Karen gave me some tissue and I wiped away my tears. Suddenly, my little Esther hugs me and said " Mama, Why are you crying? Does your nose hurt? " And I said: "No honey, God talks to me and that's why I cry!" She continued asking many times about my nose because she thinks I have an “ouchie” nose and I said: "No Honey,God is touching me! " and she ask me again: Why Mommy? IS GOD HIT YOU? Lol😆 It's so funny! My kiddo wanted to figure out what is really happening to me. I wanted to laugh, but I controlled myself because we are in the middle of Worship. This is the first time Esther saw me in tears because of the Holy Spirit. I have had some trouble last and this week. God knows I need peace of mind and some laughs. He knows how to comfort me and make me laugh. Imagine! God used my Esther to make me happy...I feel blessed..
    😇He is amazing!!!


    Is it good to have our children in the worship service? Yes, absolutely.  When I see Esther, the other kids and adults entering in and seeing the Holy Spirit move, it blesses my heart as well.  It is during worship that we are changed into His image and find His heart.  These are priceless moments.


    The question comes up each week …”who is God putting in your path to share with?” We found that those people you may find the most irritating and ungodly might actually be the ones he is wanting you to reach, invite and love.  If some of these people come to the Micro Church what will they find?  The love of Christ.  We don’t ask them to come and argue or debate.  Those tactics may be appropriate for other times, but at the Micro Churches, we don’t condemn. All we want to do is show them God’s love and allow the Holy Spirit to draw them.  That is a key lesson from Acts.  God took some of the most unlikely people – some of who were actively engaged in persecuting the church – and reshaped them for His glory.  Such is the case with Saul.  He was aggressively – with a great legalistic zeal – working for God to purify Judaism and stop this new “Way”.  However, when he encountered God, he became the leading apologist for God’s Grace and salvation through Faith.  If God can save him, he can save those God is putting in our path. Amazing!


    Onto other MCF activities… the women’s luncheon this past Saturday was a very fun time and thank you to Jami and Karen for organizing this, Deb for carols and the others who helped.  I have heard from several about how fun it was and what a blessing.


    The youth group with Jami and Mark Kruschke had a Holy Spirit time – not just learning about the Holy Spirit but being filled with it!  In fact, several received the new gift of speaking in tongues this week.  Praise God that he is moving amongst our youth and preparing them for a lifetime of relationship with Him.


    *** Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye… we will be having a Christmas Eve service jointly with Church on the Hill (time to be announced in next day or two) complete with Carols, Worship, Word, Fellowship and a lot of love. ***


    Pastors Bill and Sharon will be joining us again January 5th at 4PM for our All Church Celebration service at Church on the Hill, Chaska. I’d like to pack out the church and have a grand time as we usher in the new year! With renewed health, they will be joining us each month thereafter as well.


    We continue to shout out Church on the Hill. They have activities you can take advantage of such as men’s breakfast the 2nd Saturday of each month and women’s events. You can see their website for details http://churchonthehillchaska.org/ to participate whenever possible.


    As always, we pray for each of you that God will unite our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and grant us boldness to share with those God places in our paths. We are praying for signs and wonders, healings and miracles to become commonplace among the church
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    Where are the Micro-Churches? Want to come Sunday? Here they are. The registration link below can be used to let your host family know you are coming.


    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)

         Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)

         Rez Life Shakopee


    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Information for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)

    See https://rezlife.org/events for location information and to contact your host.


    If you have any questions or comments, please email me at plee@rezlife.org. I love you all and hope to see you on Sunday!!  Have a Merry Christmas!


    Pastor Lee

     




  • 2019-12-09 micro-church family update

    What does persecution do for the church? The religious rulers (including Saul) intended to pour something evil on the church to stop its incredible spread. Why? Already the church had blossomed to over 10,000. There were miracles on a daily basis. People were defecting from strict Judaism to a new religion where people can be saved by faith through grace! Wow. Acts chapter 8 is a powerful testament to God's grace in the face of adversity. As they poured what they thought was water on a fire by stoning Stephen to death, it turned out that they were actually pouring gas on the fire - which had the net effect of doing the opposite of what they wanted and spreading the good news and turning the world literally upside down - thus fulfilling Acts 1:8. I love God taking what should be bad and using it for his will and glory.

    How about Simon of Samaria? Did you know that we can ask Christ into our hearts, become a new creation and yet still struggle with the past? Such is the case with Simon who had power and fame. Lost power when Philip came preaching salvation through Christ. He became a believer and yet, as chastised by Peter and John, was filled with bitterness and jealousy - still desirous of power for his own sake. Simon is an extreme case but shows that, even after believing, we need God's grace to begin to shape our lives into his image. What areas of our hearts are we clinging to that God wants to change?

    There is so much more in that chapter. Does God care about ALL people? Yes! In one fell swoop, the word of God went to Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world (the Ethiopian Official)...in large part due to a faithful deacon... Philip. He loves the whole world and offers us freedom from the devil's power and sin's bondage. Thank you, Jesus.

    Well, it was a great week filled with worship, word, testimonies, fellowship and food. And that's what the Micro-Church Families are all about - connection and growth - supporting and praying for each other - drawing close to God together. If you are missing that connection - simply coming to church and leaving the same as you came, you need something more such as a spiritual family. Come join us and see what you are missing. You will not be disappointed :-)

    The Youth this week had another strong group. They meet Wednesdays at 6:30PM at Rez Life Waconia and would love to see you. In addition, Pastor Aimee will be starting a book study during that same time window for adults (... drop off the kids and have a great time yourself with fellowship and study). More information to follow.

    https://rezlife.org/events has all the church events including the last chance for women to join in Christmas celebration Saturday at 11:30AM at Rez Life Waconia.

    You’re invited to a Women’s Christmas L U N C H E O N

    • Lunch, Carol Singing, and a Fun Gift Exchange

    • Saturday, December 14th, 11:00am-1:00pm

    • Resurrection Life Ministries, 9025 Airport Road, Waconia, MN 55387

    • *Maximum Attendance: 35

    • *Please Bring an Unwrapped New Pair of Socks with A $10 Gift Inside

    Click here for the Christmas Luncheon Registration

    Pastors Bill and Sharon will be joining us again January 5th at 4PM for our All Church Celebration service at Church on the Hill, Chaska. I’d like to pack out the church and have a grand time as we usher in the new year! With renewed health, they will be joining us each month thereafter as well.

    Here’s a shout out to Church on the Hill. They also have activities you can take advantage of such as men’s breakfast the 2nd Saturday of each month and women’s events. You can see their website for details http://churchonthehillchaska.org/ to participate whenever possible.

    As always, we pray for each of you that God will unite our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and grant us boldness to share with those God places in our paths. We are praying for signs and wonders, healings and miracles to become commonplace among the church.

    Where are the Micro-Churches? Want to come Sunday? Here they are. The registration link below can be used to let your host family know you are coming.

    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)

         Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)

         Rez Life Shakopee

    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Information for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)

    See https://rezlife.org/events for location information and to contact your host.

    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please email me at plee@rezlife.org. I love you all and hope to see you on Sunday!!

    Pastor Lee

  • 2019-12-01 Micro-Church Family Update

    It was so good to see so much of our Rez Life family and Wow! what a move of God at the All Church Celebration Sunday.  I cried during the worship (maybe that’s not unusual but it was so precious and his spirit was so strong) as we celebrated Christ’ birth and the greatness of his name.  All I can say is that, you gotta’ come taste and see that the Lord is good and his mercy endures forever! 


    Speaking of his enduring love we heard great updates on what God is doing in the lives of our Children, Youth and also Uganda.  When Pastor Aimee Kyambadde listed the review of activities from this year for Rez Life Uganda it was amazing and awe inspiring and a testament to God’s grace.  Follow that with a message from Pastor David Kyambadde about how God delivered Rez Life Uganda, David and Aimee from worry about a legal war that was waged against them.  Losing sleep and finally recognizing that worry was not trusting God.  Time wasted.  Living with constant stress.  All was avoidable because the battle is the Lord’s and when we trust him he always comes through.  Praise God. What a relief when we realize that he is the one who knows our end from the beginning.  If we understand that, we can have confidence that he guides our steps and has our interest at heart – if we only trust him.  That same powerful God works still today in miracles, healings, provision.  Wow. Thank you Jesus and thank you Pastor David for a powerful and timely word.


    Well, I hope your Thanksgiving was a blessing.  We have so much to be thankful for – life, family, provision.  Sunday Pastor Aimee noted that if we have shoes, we are richer than most.  What do we take for granted?  It’s sometimes easy to grumble that things didn’t go the way we thought they should. And yet, it is God’s grace and provision that is being poured out at the same time we think things are crumbling. 


    Case in point, our teaching in Acts with Stephen’s murder should have set the church in disarray.  And initially, that is maybe what the persecution produced on the surface.  What really happened is that it dispersed a church that was alive and powerful to all regions to preach the gospel – where it spread like wildfire.  When things seem like they are going to pieces – it may be God moving us into areas he wants us to go to be his witnesses and share his love… maybe a lot like the micro-church families?  I don’t know the future, but I know the God who does and will trust him in all things.  He will lead and guide, saving the lost as we obey.  I love it!


    December 14 is a women's Christmas luncheon at Rez Life Wacona. The event is free but the experience will be priceless! See https://rezlife.org/events for the Christmas Luncheon Registration but register soon because it is limited to the first 35 :-)

    https://rezlife.org/events


    And speaking of Church on the Hill, they are a sister ministry to us – a blessing from God.  He has rightly fit us together to supply things to each body that make us both stronger together than we would be as individuals.  That’s called synergy… 1 plus 1 = 3! Church on the Hill also has activities you can take advantage of such as men’s and women’s events.  You can see their website for details http://churchonthehillchaska.org/ and participate whenever possible.


    As always, we pray for each of you that God will unite our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and grant us boldness to share with those God places in our paths.  We are praying for signs and wonders, healings and miracles to become commonplace among the church.


    Where are the Micro-Churches?  Want to come Sunday?  Here they are.  The registration link below can be used to let your host family know you are coming.


    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Information for Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Information for Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)
         Information for Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)
         
    Information for Rez Life Shakopee


    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Information for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)


    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please email me at plee@rezlife.org. I love you all and hope to see you on Sunday!!


    Pastor Lee

     

  • 2019-11-25 MICRO-CHURCH FAMILY UPDATE

    What did we learn this week in our study of Acts 7? You might be surprised in reading the verses because Stephen, one of the newly selected Deacons was falsely accused and then stoned to death.  However, in the defense given by Stephen, he recounted the promises and faithfulness of God through the ages despite the faithlessness, rebellious nature of Israel. God's showed his love for them and saving grace as they cried out to him for help and God's plan of redemption in sending the messiah. But instead of receiving the messiah, they murdered him.  In turn, they murdered Stephen even as he asked God to forgive them.  That's a powerful testimony.  When people wrong us (far from stoning), do we react with violence or grace? I think in these verses, we are challenged to search our hearts and allow God to change us into his image.


    It is striking how the devil thought he had won when he crucified Jesus.  However, instead of crushing God's plan, it was the very act needed to break the power of sin and death through his atoning sacrifice and resurrection to make life and salvation available to us. I suppose the devil might have thought again, maybe this time, if I kill the bold and outspoken Stephen then we will stop the church dead in its tracks.  How did that work out?  See us in the Micro-Church December 8 and we'll be talking about how the world was set on fire! Wow! Do we serve a miracle working God?  Amen, we absolutely do and the signs and wonders he did then he can do again.


    PLEASE BE AWARE: This Sunday, December 1 there are no Micro-Church Family (MCF) meetings.  Instead, join us at the All-Church Celebration Service from 4 - 6PM at Church on the Hill, 950 Trumble Street Chaska, MN 55318.. See https://rezlife.org/events for event information. We will fellowship, worship and have word. Children's ministries are provided for ages 1 - 6 and grades 1 - 6.


    Since there will not be MCF meetings this coming week, you are all invited to Church on the Hill, 10AM to worship and hear an anointed missions speaker. Brother Sussie is from southern India, ministering as the radio voice for "Back to the Bible, India." Sussie spends most of the year praying and fasting then travels worldwide as a teacher and prophetic voice. He will teach and then minister in the prophetic and prayer after service. Prayer is at 9AM, worship and word at 10AM. This will be a great time with a church that has a heart much like Rez.


    Youth Group meets each Wednesday night, 6:30PM at the Rez Life Waconia house.  ** NOTE: No service November 27 (Thanksgiving week), December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Years).


    That's all for now.  Love you all!  I hope to see you at the Micro Churches soon :-)


    Pastor Lee


  • 2019-11-18 Micro-church family update

    What happens when great plans start to have issues that overtake us?  Even the best and brightest can face such challenges.  Case in point, the apostles in Acts 6 were doing the right things.  They started the church. It was growing. People were coming to Christ in impressive numbers.  Caring members provided from their wealth to help the poor.  What’s the problem?  Along with prayer and preaching, the apostles were being consumed by the logistics of a growing organization.  What could they do?  They appointed 7 men of impeccable reputation, full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit to take over the complex logistics of the church outreach programs.  At that time, the first “deacon” position was born in the church and, with the Holy Spirit to guide, they solved the issue and allowed the Apostles to focus on prayer and preaching.  That’s only a sample of what happened in Acts 6.  Want more? One of those deacons was so full of the Holy Spirit, wisdom and boldness that, when the religious community challenged him on law and prophets concerning Jesus, they were thoroughly humiliated.  That man was Stephen.  His wisdom was so complete that the only thing they could do to stop him was to lie about him.  Have you ever faced a time when you knew God had called you to do something but you were persecuted and challenged that you had really heard from God?  If you step out for God, you will face such challenges.  What happens next is truly remarkable – but – you will have to wait until next week OR come to the Micro-Church to join in the conversation J


    I am always so impressed with the lessons for our kids.  Ana and Jean always have great crafts and bible lessons designed to help them understand the love God has for them; the price Jesus paid for them; the authority and power they can walk in – even as a young person – as they allow Christ to be in the forefront.  These are mighty boys and girls for God in the making.

    Remember about the Youth Group which meets each Wednesday night, 6:30PM at the Rez Life Waconia house.  ** NOTE: No service November 27 (Thanksgiving week), December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Years).


    Remember, the December 1
    st (Sunday) is our All-Church Celebration Service at Church on the Hill, Chaska. See https://rezlife.org/events for event information or Map Church on the Hill .

     

    As always, we pray for each of you that God will unite our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and grant us boldness to share with those God places in our paths.  We are praying for signs and wonders, healings and miracles to become commonplace among the church.


    Where are the Micro-Churches?  Want to come Sunday?  Here they are.  The registration link below can be used to let your host family know you are coming.


    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Information for Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Information for Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)
         Information for Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)
         Information for Rez Life Shakopee


    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Register for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)


    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please email me at
    plee@rezlife.org. I love you all and hope to see many of you on Sunday!!

     

    Pastor Lee

     

  • 2011-11-11 Micro-church family update

    Acts chapter 5.  That’s what we focused on this week – and a dandy it was!  What was happening with the church, the apostles, how was the Holy Spirit demonstrating power and might through his people?  What should you expect when implementing a tasks God has given you?  Do we often say, if everything is going right it must be God?  Sometimes.  However, despite the criticism and flogging the apostles received, they were grateful and full of joy to have been found worthy of suffering for the sake of Christ.  Amazing! 


    Next week, the church continues to grow and that leads to new challenges.  Wow! That sounds like time-appropriate scriptures we should consider as the Micro Church Families are growing. Come and be a part of the worship, discussion, prayer for each other and our growing kids.


    The Children this week were learning about the “Father’s Heart”.  We know that the image children will form of their Heavenly Father is based on how their earthly father is and interacts with them.  This week they learned that, even if they have great earthly fathers, they may sometimes react in ways that are hurtful.  Their heavenly Father, being perfect, always reacts with compassion and love.  He may discipline, but it is always in love.  Knowing first-hand their Heavenly Father, his attributes and love for them helps them as they grow as children of the kingdom into spiritual and earthly fathers and mothers so they can know and represent well the God who gave his son for them and wants to have relationship with them.  God loves them and can always be trusted.


    From Jami and Mark comes the following regarding the ReThink Youth Apologetics Conference this last Thursday and Friday.


    • 10 amazing youth along with Mark and I completed 10 hours of training in Apologetics. We are all equipped with how to combat various myths the world believes to be truth. Our weapon is the truth within the Word of God. The main theme was myths about False Ideas. All the speakers were expressive and genuine and brought a wonderful balance to each heavy topic with a fun energized approach to keep youth engaged. Our attending youth had an awesome time and were able to gain great knowledge on a variety of topics. The main point at the end of our 2-day conference was to symbolically leave a little stone in the other person's shoe to have them ponder on their own words and false ideas. We were taught 2 simple questions to put back on the other person when challenged. 1. "What do you mean by that?" to gather additional information and learn why they believe what they believe. 2. Then reverse the burden of proof back onto them with the follow up question "How did you come to that conclusion?" thus removing all the pressure off us. Thank you for prayers and support as we continue to train up His youth for His kingdoms glory. - Mark and Jami Kruschke

    When challenged, will you ready to give an answer why you believe the Word of God? There are a lot of resources out there to help educate yourself.  Your youth can also now help 😊  Some MCF may also incorporate an Apologetics Minute to help strengthen your faith and give you a little ammo that will help when facing criticism designed to undermine the basis of faith.


    Remember, the 1st Sunday of each month is our Scheduled All-Church Celebration time.  Check the https://rezlife.org/events website for any last-minute updates on timing (especially around the New Year).


    Finally, we pray for each of you that God will unite our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and grant us boldness to share with those God places in our paths.


    Where are the Micro-Churches?  Want to come Sunday?  Here they are.  The registration link below can be used to let your host family know you are coming.


    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Information for Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Information for Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)
         Information for Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)
         Information for Rez Life Shakopee


    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Register for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)


    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please email me at plee@rezlife.org. I love you all and hope to see many of you on Sunday!!


    Pastor Lee

  • 2019-11-04 Micro-church Family update

    What a glorious time we had Sunday afternoon at the Rez All Church Celebration at Church on the Hill, Chaska!  It was our first of many and it was a dandy.  Our worship team was joined by two worship leaders and the bass player from the Church on the Hill worship team.  It was a powerful time of breakthrough and Spirit-led worship followed by a Word from God by Pastor Bill about following God and when the battle chooses you.  We didn’t record the sermon this month but will be trying to in upcoming months.  Remember, the 1st Sunday of each month is our Scheduled All-Church Celebration time.  Check the https://rezlife.org/events website for any last-minute updates on timing (especially around the New Year).


    Other ministries also shared their heart and what God is doing.  The children’s ministry update was from Analiza Bowman.  She shared about the word, activities, anointing with oil, learning how to pray and pray for each other.  Learning about God, the trinity and being strong.  What a powerful ministry for our kids!


    Also, Jami Kruschke share about the youth and what God has been doing.  Her teachings have transitioned to equipping the youth to be able to defend the Gospel and understand WHY the bible is true and reliable.  Uff-da!  That’s some heavy lifting.  But, praise God, it is a passion for Jami and Mark to help youth live strong productive lives, hearing from God, being able to “give a defense” for the Gospel in the face of evolutionary and secular pressures.  Just to remind you one more week, there is an Apologetics Conference called “ReThink Youth Conference” at Grace Church, Eden Prairie that the youth will be attending this coming Friday and Saturday – equipping with knowledge and understanding.  But, don’t let the “youth” title fool you.  You can still come if you are college age as well.  See the https://rezlife.org/events website for details on how to register.


    An interesting dynamic occurs at the Micro Churches.  We have all begun teaching from Acts – in large part because it describes the birth and struggles of the church.  Somehow that seems appropriate given the start of Micro Churches.  This coming week we are on Acts 5 which describes a very interesting set of events...  Ananias and Saphira, followed by religious persecution.  Read the chapter and come prepared to have a great discussion.  The “interesting dynamic” I referenced above is that, even though we teach on the same chapter, each MCF will be teach in distinctly different ways and emphasize different conclusions – all led by the Holy Spirit just for your Micro Church.  That’s amazing!  After teaching through chapter 12, each MCF will individually select the teaching as God leads them.  This means your MCF will have teaching specific to each location customized by Holy Spirit guidance.  That’s what I call Spirit led.  Finally, what goes on at MCFs?  Worship, Word, Ministry including prayer for each other and gathering around those needing immediate prayer from the whole body.


    I want to also remind you that we have Pastor Care ministries available.  This ministry is a prayerful counseling ministry where you can help work through the difficult issues.  They provide for inner healing, speaking the word of God into your specific circumstance, helping find freedom from bondages whether physical or emotional among others.  You can find information on the https://rezlife.org website and use the form in the https://rezlife.org/events calendar.  When you sign up, one of the Rez Life Pastor Care Ministry team will contact you to gather information and setup an appointment.


    Where are the Micro-Churches?  Want to come Sunday?  Here they are.  The registration link can be used to let your host family know you are coming.


    Meeting from 10 AM – 12PM:

         Register for Rez Life Belle Plaine (children’s ministry provided)

         Register for Rez Life Chanhassen (children’s ministry provided)
         Register for Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)
         Register for Rez Life Shakopee


    Meeting from 2 PM – 4PM:

         Register for Rez Life Carver (children’s ministry provided)


    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach me at plee@rezlife.org and I hope to see you at one of the Micro-Church Families on Sunday!


    Pastor Lee

     

  • 2019-10-28 Micro-Church family Update

    This week was very exciting.  We had several friends come to visit Micro-Church Families on Sunday.  Some were from Rez Life previously and experiencing the Micro-Church for the first time and some had been a part of Rez Ministries many years ago and are reconnecting.  God is good and seeing these family members is such a blessing.  The meetings were filled with times of worship, interaction, word, and great fellowship along with amazing times of Children’s Ministry.  Did you know that kids are being anointed with oil for God’s service?  They are learning what it is to be God’s child and serve the living God – what it is to care about others and pray for them – what it is to ask Jesus into their hearts.  I love our children’s leaders and the call of God on their lives.



    Later in the afternoon, we saw a lot of our extended Rez Family at a going away open house for Gerald and Andrea Bbosa who left this morning for Pennsylvania.  It was such a blessing to see so many of our friends, catch up and talk about what God is doing.   Gerald and Andrea were precious to our body and will be missed.  I know God has a plan for their lives that they are following and we both bless and pray for them.


    REMEMBER: No Micro-Church Families this week!!  Instead, Sunday from 4 – 6PM join Pastors Bill and Sharon at the All Church Celebration at Church on the Hill, 950 Trumble Street Chaska, MN 55318. (Thanks, Pastor Mike!)  This will be a great celebration where all are welcome to join us – MCF attenders, visitors, extended family… everyone!! Come prepared to worship, interact, receive word, have fun and fellowship.  It also is “Birthday and Anniversary Sunday” so we extend blessings for those born or wed in November with cake and coffee afterwards.


    The Rez Life Youth Group under the direction of Jami and Mark Kruschke has been fun to see blossom.  Your teens are leading the group, inviting friends and having a great time getting to know each other, learning life lessons, ministry principles and getting to know God. 


    One other reminder, the group will be participating in the ReThink Youth Conference at Grace Church on November 8 and 9.  Information for that Apologetics event – equipping the Youth on why the bible is true and the science behind it – is on the https://rezlife.org/events webpage.


    That’s it for now. If you have questions please email me at plee@rezlife.org.   Love you all and hope to see you at the Celebration next week!!


    Pastor Lee

  • 2019-10-21 Micro-church family update

    Another installment of the Rez Life Micro-Church update and an interesting thing is starting to happen at the micro-churches.  Yep, it is true that God is moving and touching lives through the worship, word, testimonies, kid's ministries and fellowship which is amazing.  But what is interesting and makes me very happy is to see those attending starting to truly become "family".  What is family?  It's caring for one another.  It's spending time with one another.  It's talking together, praying together, breaking bread together and enjoying the company of each other.  Dare I say, once you start to get to know each other, the real person comes out and bonds are formed.  Thank you to all who are participating and forming these family bonds.  Who knows what the future holds for this nation or its churches but the very gates of hell cannot destroy the bonds of love and fellowship that are being built at this time.  God is doing something very special.

    I should note that we had another great week.  And it's hard for me to believe it's only been 3 weeks since we started!  God is so good.  The Youth have been having an amazing time Wednesdays at Rez Life Waconia and Mark and Jami Kruescki are doing wonderful work pouring into the youth - preparing them for ministry both as teens and later as adults.  This is the type of training you want your sons and daughters to participate in.  Speaking of that - don't forget that there is an Apologetics conference coming up November 8 and 9 that still can be signed up for.  Check out the https://rezlife.org/events calendar information.

    One other quick update for November 3.  We will be hosting our first ALL CHURCH CELEBRATION SERVICE from 4 - 6PM.  It is tentatively slated for Rez Life Waconia location but if the venue changes I will alert you as quickly as I know.  This will be time of fellowship, worship, word with the WHOLE body (all members, guests, friends are welcome) and Pastors Bill and Sharon.  I am very excited about this and, as I noted to you last last week, there may be limited space, so get your registration in early using this registration form or email me at plee@rezlife.org.

    Love you all and hope to see you this week at one of the Micro-Churches!

    Register for Rez Life Belle Plaine
    Register for Rez Life Carver
    Register for Rez Life Chanhassen
    Register for Rez Life Missions House (Eden Prairie)
    Register for Rez Life Shakopee

    Pastor Lee


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