Fan or Follower?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

I suspect we have some die-hard Packer fans in our congregation. OK there are probably a few Bears Fans sitting in the pews as well. And I know there are some die hard Badger fans reading this newsletter. No matter how the team is doing, you continue to cheer them on. You watch as many games as possible. You probably know something about the players and the coach. You are true fans. You’ve got your title towel and your green & gold sweatshirt or the Red and white T shirt. Maybe some of you are not into sports, so maybe you are a fan of “Dancing with the Stars” or a particular band or a TV or Movie star. Read more Fan or Follower?

Defying Gravity

“Since you excel in so many ways-in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us-I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT

When I was a youth worker, I remember taking youth to Sr. Hi Convo at the Marriott in Middleton. That hotel had glass elevators. The youth thought it was great fun to jump up, as the elevator descended. It was an attempt to defy gravity…which did not really work because escaping gravity is not easy. Gravity is a consistent and unfailing force in our lives. Read more Defying Gravity

Let’s Connect and Grow!!

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” – Acts 2:42 NLT

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.” – Colossians 3:16a NLT

Intentional faith development is one of the areas that we have embraced in our ministry plan because we believe it is important for every Christian to grow more Christlike. You see spiritual growth does not happen automatically. Intentional Faith Development begins with a deliberate choice to do what is needed to grow our faith. In Acts 2:42 we find the Christians devoted themselves to the apostles teaching (today found in the Scriptures), and to fellowship, (not just idle chit chat about the weather, but sharing our lives and spiritual gifts with one another so we grow as disciples), breaking of bread (sharing food & communion) and prayer. As we practice all of these spiritual disciplines, we are putting ourselves in a place where God can work on us. It is one of the best ways in which the Spirit can work to renew our thoughts and attitudes. Read more Let’s Connect and Grow!!

Fruitful People

“This is what the Lord says…But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8 New Living Bible

The verses above contain a wonderful promise from God that as we put our trust and confidence in God, we will continue to be fruitful people, no matter what the circumstances around us. Even in the face of “drought” and the “storms” of life, God will bring refreshment, supply our needs as His people, and help us to be a fruitful congregation. As we put our hope and trust in God, we can be God’s people in Antigo who practice passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk taking mission and service, extravagant generosity, and radical hospitality. (The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schanse) Read more Fruitful People

Let’s Worship Passionately This Summer!

“The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him…Jesus drew near and said to them…Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…” – Matthew 28 selected verses (Good News Translation)

Have you ever noticed how often we find people worshipping in the early church? They were so convinced that Jesus was alive and at work in the world around them that they couldn’t wait to worship. Have you noticed that worship in the early church doesn’t just happen in a particular building (after all there were no church buildings), but worship happened whenever and wherever Christians gathered together? In the book of Acts we find the church worshipping with passion and joy, by the side the river, in a jail cell, and in people’s homes. What happens as a result of their worship? Amazing things! People become followers of Jesus, disciples boldly share good news, and people’s lives were transformed. Read more Let’s Worship Passionately This Summer!

Let’s Keep Growing

“Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.” – Colossians 2:7 TLB

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NLT

Spring is here! Summer is not far behind! Spring is the time of year where we see new growth everywhere. Trees that looked “dead” suddenly explode into new life, as leaves, flowers, and fruit make an appearance. Read more Let’s Keep Growing