Why Are So Many Churches Stuck In America?

Hey everyone,

I thought I’d share this quick video with you by Chris Railey who works with the Center for Holy Lands Studies.

In this video, Chris shares why he thinks so many churches in America are stuck or in a state of plateau or decline. The stats tell us that 8 out of 10 churches in America are in decline. Simply put, they’re stuck and not growing. There’s probably a lot of reasons why but he believes it might boil down to one simple reason, we don’t know who are neighbor is and we’re not willing to get dirty.

As many of you already know, at the beginning of this year, several pastors in New Prague, myself included, started meeting weekly to pray for an awakening in our community. Since then we’ve seen God do some exciting things as we’ve worked together to make an impact in our community. This would include the National Day of Prayer Service and the Community Impact Night in May as well as the Food Drive last month.

All of this has prepared us to participate in the Revive Minnesota Outreach that will happen in New Prague this October.

I want to invite you to join with us as we continue to pray for an awakening in this region. Also, I want to encourage you to be a part of our prayer time on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

We’ll be sharing more about the Revive Minnesota event as details are finalized.

In the meantime, let’s believe God for great things this fall!

Blessings,
Pastor Jamie

Living Like Lot

I’ll be honest, I can hardly watch the news anymore. I’ve talked with many people at Spirit of Life Church about this and it sounds like I’m not the only one. It’s incredible to see the increase of evil happening in our society today. In Matthew 24 Jesus talked about a rapid increase of lawlessness in the last days. Suffice to say, it’s here.

Recently I was reading 2 Peter 2 and was struck by the reference to Lot. I quickly realized that I had a lot in common with Lot. If you don’t remember his story you can read about it in Genesis 19. What struck me in Peter’s account of Lot was the “suffering” that he endured because of the lawlessness happening in his day.

“and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)” (2 Peter 2:7-8)

The phrase that struck me was “tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard”. Wow, that’s something I can relate to in our day. We’re living in difficult days and it’s tempting to lose heart, even when it seems that evil is triumphing.

The good news is, like Lot, God has a rescue plan for us. Peter goes on to say in verse 9:

“if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.”

If you’re pursuing godliness and trusting in Jesus in these uncertain days, you are protected. God sees and He knows and He will watch over and keep you in these difficult days. The key is to abide in Jesus.

I want to encourage our church to remember that even though we may feel overwhelmed in these days, God has a rescue plan for us as we abide in Him.

Financial Peace University

Are you living pay check to pay check? Are you drowning in debt? Then Financial Peace University is for you! We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! The average turnaround per family is $8,000 in three months!
Spirit of Life Church will be offering Financial Peace University in New Prague starting on March 12th!

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

Did you know that the Bible says that laughter is good for your soul? Listen to what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22:

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Did you also know that laughing can be good for your physical health? According to an article by Morgan Griffin on WebMD, laughing may improve your health. She says this:

Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.

“I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off,” says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist. “They might be healthier too.”

Yet researchers aren’t sure if it’s actually the act of laughing that makes people feel better. A good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and the support of friends and family might play a role, too.

I don’t know about you but I love a good laugh now and again. Whether it’s listening to my kids tell jokes or watching a funny show on TV, I love to laugh. At Spirit of Life Church in New Prague, we think laughter is an important part of our culture too!

We’re living in some sobering times. There’s a lot of anger in our country right now and it seems that we’re more divided than ever. The reality is, living in this world can be incredibly difficult at times. Because of sin, there is a lot of pain happening all around us.

The reality is that we could all use a little more laughter in our lives. Sometimes it’s good to just turn off all the bad news and watch some Andy Griffin.

How about you? What makes you laugh?

Free Concert Featuring the Harbingers Quartet

Spirit of Life Church will be offering a free concert on Sunday, September 11th @ 6:30 pm featuring the Harbingers Quartet. This is a free concert and it’s open to the public.

Here’s a short bio about the Harbingers:

Three of the four current members of the Harbingers (Har-bin-gers) Quartet began singing together in the late 60’s early 70’s while attending North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After nearly 40 years the group has been reunited when they all found themselves living in Minnesota once again.  Dan Turner, Jim and John Krans sang on weekends for most of the 4 years in college.  In the summer of 1971 they traveled 12 straight weeks singing in churches and camps around the Midwest.  They’ve added the smooth, rich, deep bass voice of Dick Hall to round out the quartet and are sharing their close harmony and unique musical arrangements with audiences around the country.

Dan has recently retired after pastoring for many years in Prior Lake, Minnesota and Aitkin, Minnesota, Dick has retired after many years in management of a major electrical utility company and is Associate Pastor at Crowne Pointe Church in Richfield, MN, Jim is a painting contractor in Minneapolis, and John is pastor of Crowne Pointe Church in Richfield, MN.  Dan is the arranger, sings baritone and plays the keyboard, Dick sings bass, Jim is the tenor and plays guitar, and John sings lead and plays the bass.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some great quartet classics and some worship selections as well.  

New Prague Bike Repair Clinic

What is this event?

  • Bike repair/safety clinic

When is this event?

  • Sunday June 26th 9am – 12pm

Where is this event happening?

  • Memorial Park, downtown New Prague

How can I help?

  • Repair technicians
  • Outreach Specialists
  • Community Contact specialist
  • Marketing/designer
  • Event coordinator
  • Event historian

Why are we doing this event?

  • To show God’s love to our community in a practical way