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

Alive in Christ

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

A few years ago Michelangelo’s artistry in the Sistine Chapel underwent a massive restoration. Years of grime and soot had dulled this masterpiece of art. The most recent restoration (1994) revealed colors and details that had not been seen for centuries. The marred masterpiece became vibrant and alive again. Read more Alive in Christ

Love Is…

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” – 1 John 3:16

The story is told about a little boy in the early 20th century, who was told by his doctor that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood. Six year old Mary was near her death, the victim of a disease from which the boy had recovered two years earlier. Her only chance of survival was from a transfusion from someone who had previously overcome the illness. The boy was an ideal donor. Read more Love Is…