THE LF REWIND | STRONGER

Sunday Jan. 30th, 2011 marked the calender with an extraordinary day we will always remember. The expectation and excitement we witnessed through the event, “STRONGER” was completely remarkable. As the count down began to the start of these two profound services, God definitely had a plan to get everyone’s attention.

With expectations high, new faces quickly filled the sanctuary with excitement, and Life Fellowship was definitely hosting a packed house. Families and friend’s from Allen, Mckinney, Anna and beyond; came by invite, or word of mouth to see for themselves what a strong man actually looked like. With the doors of Life Fellowship opened wide to the community, we welcomed people from every walk of life to experience God in a personal way.

So here it was, the moment of truth, could Dennis Rogers really do all he had promised? Was he actually going to be able to execute these tasks? Well he absolutely did! The mind blowing ability to exceed the odds of human limitations were true! Dennis Rogers did indeed perform exceptional feats of strength before our very eyes. From bending frying pans, to quarters, to lifting a refrigerator with one finger, no one doubted his ability was God given. Yet although his abilities were amazing, he proudly gave all praise to God. Dennis Rogers plainly said “My strength is but a gift, just like an artist has the ability to paint, or the talent of a great singer, my gift is strength and it’s for the glory of God.” Although these sights were unbelievable God had something far greater in store for every single  person there.

Across the sanctuary from the front to the back, people were identifying with everything Dennis was saying through his performance and testimony – by simply explaining what it truly means to live for God. After Dennis spoke and left to Speak in “One Way” Kid’s Church, Pastor Chris then began to give a profound word himself. He explained that our lives are in need of saving – that God is stronger and able to save, far better than our own countless attempts. That it’s only God who can fulfill.

Though you may have came for a simple performance, you left with a life changing encounter. You may have came feeling weak, empty or purposeless – but you left feeling strong, fulfilled, and ignited with purpose! And It doesn’t matter what we possess, what we do, or where we come from, we all need the amazing grace of God.

So what were people saying about “STRONGER?”

Well Donna Cooper quoted, “It was inspiring, and just shows how God can work in our lives.” And recent attendee Taylor Muse, quoted, “that through the entire performance he was completely in awe of the amazing feats of strength, and that it definitely had to be God.”

So there you have it! God is bigger and greater than all the circumstances of life and with him, you can have the fulfillment and strength to conquer anything! Yet, some were curious if possibly Dennis could pick up a house, well maybe next time!

PRAYERS OF AUTHORITY

The biggest enemy to prayer is that we pray for what we already have, but because of our ignorance of what we possess we don’t realize it. So If I pray for what I already have than how am I going to find joy in an answer. – Bill Johnson (Author of When Heaven Invades Earth)

We are Sons and Daughters of God who have been giving His Authority to proclaim the promises He has given us laid out through Scripture. Christ came to this earth and died, so that we could have dominion over it again. Just as we did before the fall. And as we move in that authority, we will have joy through our victories in Christ.

Ask anything in My Name, and you will receive it, that your joy may be full. – John 16:24

God has given us unlimited access to joy through answers to prayer. So if my prayers become wrapped up in what I already asked God for, than I’m not going to live a lifestyle of joy from those answers to prayer. I’m going to have to find joy in the routine of prayer. For instance when we become so caught up in making sure that we pray a certain amount of time or our list of prayers rather than just pursuing a deeper relationship with the Father; our prayers become routine. This is when we elevate form and procedure over breakthrough. We embrace the lifestyle of discipline above significance and passion. What happens is we begin to have a Christianity that is celebrated for its disciplines. Discipline is important and is definitely needed, but Christianity was never meant to be known for its disciplines alone. Yet rather, it was meant to be known by our personal relationship with Christ. It’s His fire that we carry, until there is a breakthrough, that is the significance of what we have going on inside of us. We are a people that carry the spirit of the resurrected Christ in us. And when the spirit of the resurrected Christ took residence in us, He automatically and immediately expected us to conquer something.  It’s the nature of the presence within us.

So how do we start to move from routine prayers to prayers of significance?

We proclaim His promises : Stand firm in the understanding that if we have asked the Father it will be done according to His promises and perfect will.

We Seek His face, rather than His hand : God will begin to take care of all the circumstances around you if you simply turn your eyes towards Him. As you do, you will begin to find joy in the answers to your prayers because your relationship with Him will be transparent in every avenue of your life. This happens as you fall in love with seeking His face, rather than His hand of blessing.

Let your Christianity be known by your relationship : As your relationship grows your passion will ignite others around you. Share with others about the breakthrough taking place in your life and who is the source of that breakthrough. Christ is the difference between us and the rest of the world and we are carriers of His presence.

WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN COMING TO LIFE FELLOWSHIP – ARE YOU?

Allen, Texas, January 10, 2011: On Sunday January 30th at 9:00am & 11:00am, hundreds of people from across North Dallas will converge at Life Fellowship Church in Allen Texas, to witness the world’s strongest man pound for pound, Dennis Rogers perform unbelievable and amazing feats of strength.

Featured on Oprah, David Letterman, Regis, National Geographic, Jay Leno and more – Dennis Rogers, has performed before 300 million people in 156 countries, making him the most seen strength performer in history.

From the moment families, adults, and children arrive they will have a sight and sound experience as Dennis will demonstrate his feats of strength in a 30 minute jaw dropping performance in the adult and children’s services: including picking up a kitchen refrigerator with one finger. It quite possibly could be the most fun families have ever had at church. Plus, there will be live music, light refreshments, and compelling teaching that is practical and life changing.

Plus, if that wasn’t enough, each person who attends will get the opportunity of a lifetime to actually get up close and personal with Dennis. Chris Lindberg; Lead Pastor, is quoted as saying, “This day will be a once in a lifetime event for the whole family.”

For additional information, or to attend “Stronger”, please contact the Life Fellowship Offices or visit www.lifefellowship.tv

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Life Fellowship is located at 600 South Jupiter Rd, Allen TX 75002. Just 1 mile east of the new Watters Creek entertainment center off of Hwy 75 in Allen.

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Disappointment – it is an emotion we have all faced at one time or another. If left unchecked, it can rip a hole in our hearts, leaving us feeling hopeless.

We read in the Bible about a man named David who had a heart for God. Early in his life a prophet, Samuel; anointed David that he would be king over Israel. Years later, David finds himself still waiting to assume the position of king. He is even chased and hunted down to be killed, leaving him hiding in a cave. One can only imagine the words he may have uttered, “Why am I still waiting?”  “God, why have You not fulfilled Your promise to me?” David learned to live beyond his disappointment – he knew of God’s faithfulness.

Each one of us has faced before or are currently facing a waiting period. You may even have had to ask yourself, “Why am I still waiting?” What do you do when feelings of disappointment begin to run rampant in your hearts and minds? Turn to God and allow Him to heal you and like David, learn to live beyond your disappointment.

Realize that God is aware of what’s happening – Trust Him during the difficult seasons, and you will find that He will help you. Understand it is a part of life – Disappointment will happen. It is our choice to allow it to negatively affect us or to allow God to move us forward. Hope is contagious – Allow your hope during difficult seasons to catch hold in other people’s lives. That they too would feel encouraged and hopeful for what God is yet to do in their lives. You can do this – You have a choice to make. You can choose to stay disappointed or you can choose to be joyful even in the difficult times. Stand strong in your faith.

Have an open heart to God. It is important to gain strength, wisdom, and freedom during your most difficult times of waiting.

James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

IF YOU LOVE ME

Jesus always seemed to make bold statements. He was never afraid to rattle the cages or to hurt someone’s feelings. He shot straight and taught with boldness.

And in John 14:15-31 we see Jesus keep to the same rhythm and make a pretty bold statement to His followers. He looks at them and says something that I just can’t shake from my mind, “If you love me, you will obey what I command”. Wow. Plain and simple.

Now, what’s important to understand here is that this “right to the point” statement isn’t directed at heathens or even the Pharisees, but instead it is directed at Jesus’ closest friends, those who have been in the trenches of ministry with Him for the last few years.

And what really makes me take a step back is that in only 16 verses Jesus repeats this statement 4 times.  He makes sure that they get the point. They can’t sidestep the issue, it is right there in front of them. “If you love me, you will obey what I command”.

I believe Jesus’ words transcend the moment and are setting the stage not only for His disciples, but also for all disciples to come. From this statement we see a direct correlation between loving Jesus and obeying Jesus. You cannot have one without the other.

Often times in life we don’t see this balance in people. Some are all about religious ritual and if you don’t pray enough or don’t read the Bible enough then you just aren’t cutting it as a true Christ follower. And then on the flip side we see people that are all about God’s love and grace but look past the necessity of honoring God and obeying His Word. Jesus shows us that we need balance. You can’t have love without obedience and you can’t obey without love.

Where does your life line up on the balancing scales? “If you love me…”

MIXED SIGNALS

A sign was hung on a repair shop door; ‘We can repair anything. (Please knock hard – the bell doesn’t work.)’ Just as this sign sends a mixed message, how often do our lives send a mixed message to the world?

A saying that has been passed down through the years is, “Your actions speak louder than your words.” This holds true for our relationship with Jesus Christ. God calls us to be His witnesses – to make disciples of men. People are watching how we act far more than what we say. When our actions match what we say, our impact is greater.  People know we are Christians not because that is what we call ourselves, but because we live out our life in Jesus Christ.

Do we send mixed signals to the world, to our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers? Do our actions line up with God’s Word? John writes in the book of 1 John 2:6, “Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.”

How do we accomplish living a life Jesus lived? I believe there are 3 practices to follow to live out our life in Jesus Christ.

  • Confess our Sins

The first step in living out our relationship with God is confessing our sins. The Bible tells us that ALL have falling short of the glory of God. Not one of us is exempt from sin. As we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us!

1 John 1:9-10 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

  • Keep His Commands

By reading and saturating our lives with the Word of God, we come to understand what Jesus’ life was all about and are better able to live that out.

1 John 2:3-5 “Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments. If someone claims ‘I know him well!’ but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love.”

  • Love Others

Over and over again, we read in God’s Word about how important it is to simply love others; to put others before ourselves. Live a life of love just as Jesus Christ did. Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.

1 John 2:9-10 “Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others.”


WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU?

According to John Maxwell the leadership guru, not everyone is born a leader but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn and develop superior leadership skills and traits. Lets take a minute and improve on the skills we already have. Below are some of the specific actions that successful leaders carry out. These principles apply regardless if you’re the CEO of a fortune 500 company, managing a small team of employees or championing an area of ministry. How many do you share?

EFFECTIVE LEADERS…

01.
Make others feel valuable: If your goals and decisions are self-centered, followers will lose their enthusiasm quickly. Highlight their strengths and contribution, not your own.

02. Cast vision: People need a clear idea of where you’re leading them, and they need to understand why that goal is valuable to them. Your job as a leader is to provide that vision.

03. Obey the Golden Rule: Treat your people the way you enjoy being treated. An abusive leader attracts few loyal followers.

04. Acknowledge mistakes. If people suspect that you’re covering up your own errors, they’ll hide their mistakes, too, and you’ll lack valuable information for making decisions.

05. Criticize others only in private. Public praise encourages others to excel, but public criticism only embarrasses and alienates everyone.

06. Be in the trenches. You need to be visible to the people in your organization, business and or family. Talk to people, visit other offices and work sites, ask questions, and observe how things are being handled. Often you will gain new insight into your work and find new opportunities for motivating your people.

07. Create competition: The competitive drive can be a valuable tool if you use it correctly. Set team goals, and reward members who meet or exceed them. Examine your failures, and celebrate your group’s success.

THE LF ENEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 6TH, 2011

Dear Life Fellowship Friends and Family,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! What a great week this has been, and what a great morning. Here’s why, I was in the gym today and witnessed one of our new Life Fellowship members take the initiative and reached out and invited their friend to our “Stronger” service on January 30th as they were working out. With a huge smile on their face they said “YES, our whole family will be there!!!” I was so impressed and thankful for the heart of outreach minded people God has brought to Life Fellowship.

During the month of January I am excited to be sharing on the subject of prayer in a series we’re calling “Ignite”. I’m ready for God to ignite a passion in your heart for the prayer life you’ve always wanted. More than 80% of Americans pray, but many still have doubts about prayer. Does prayer really change things? How does it work? Is it just a spiritual 911 button? And, is God really listening? Well this is a personal invitation to you to come discover the mysterious and life changing subject of prayer. Bring your hopes and doubts and get ready for real answers.

In addition this Sunday we’ll be entering into a 21 day Daniel fast. Search your heart and see if that is something you’d like to join with me on. If you have any questions as to what that all entails I have prepared a special informational packed that you can either pick up at Guest Services on Sunday or read it here online. – CLICK HERE

“There is so much on the horizon here at Life Fellowship in the next month…”

a. Launching 9 different Small Groups

b. Volunteer Summit

c. Ladies night at True Students

d. “Stronger”

e. Family Update and Business Gathering

f. Daniel Fast

Thanks for all you do to spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus in greater Allen area and beyond. Also, thank you for your faithfulness in your giving. I can tell you that is making a huge difference. I believe the head of the church Jesus Christ is smiling.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Chris Lindberg

WHY?

Recently in my personal study I’ve been diving into the book of Job. And to be honest, this book always makes me a little uneasy.

We see a man who is blessed by God in every way imaginable, and lose EVERYTHING in a matter of moments. Just like that, sons and daughters slaughtered, servants and livelihood destroyed, and health pulled right from under him.

And in my study, I see Job do something that to me makes perfect sense. He asks God a simple question: Why? Now I know we need to be careful questioning God, but I too find myself doing this often, especially when things turn for the worst.

So here’s Job, pleading with God for an answer and then finally after 38 chapters God speaks. And God in all His splendor doesn’t rebuke Job for questioning Him (or even answer his question), but instead reminds Job of His vastness. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the Earth?” Though Job never sinned, God brought him back to the reality that God knows best and that He has everything under control.

In life we are going to face hardships and trials (hopefully not on Job’s level), but thank goodness we have a God on our side who is bigger than our problems. My prayer is that the next time life tries to take you down, you draw your attention to the One who created life. And as you trust in Him, I believe God will show Himself faithful. At the end of Job’s story we see God rescue him from the chaos, just like He will rescue you.

FOR EVERYTHING A SEASON

Seasons come and seasons go. Each year we experience the heat of the summer, the changing of leaves in cooler weather, cold winters and the new life that comes with spring.

It is a never-ending cycle of summer, fall, winter and spring. Just as it is with “weather patterns” and the changing of seasons, we also experience different types of “seasons” in our own lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

A time for everything…if only we would always remember this. Are you going through a tough time? Does it seem like when it rains, it pours? Or, maybe you are on the opposite side, and things are going great. When you think it couldn’t get any better, it does. Whatever you face, look at them as seasons in you’re life. Take them as that, and make the best of it.

There are 3 things to remember in each season:

Faithfulness: Remain faithful to God!  Even in our worst of times, God will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is with You!!  Tighten up your boot straps and let’s go.  When you live out your season knowing that God is taking care of you things seem so much easier, so much better, so much brighter. Have faith in God.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Focus: Remain focused on God!  It is easy to get caught up in the moment, to turn our eyes to the good or the bad, to the blessings or to what seems like curses. Focusing on God allows us to see and walk in what God has for us, each and every day.

“I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help.”  Psalm 123:1

Fruitful: Remain in God to bring forth fruit!  How we respond to situations can determine the fruit that we bear.  When we face a difficult season and we lose hope, we give in to temptations, it all has a consequence.  When we face seasons of blessings, how do we respond to it?  Do we become greedy, boastful or proud?  How will your “fruit” be seen?

“So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”  Colossians 1:10

We don’t have to remain in seasons of heartache.  In every season, remain in Christ so that He can use you. “Trust Him and abide in Him.”  Take each season as an opportunity to build your relationship with Christ.