Check out our newest blog from Cassie Voisin as she talks about some fun Life Groups that we will be having this summer!
By Cassie Voisin
I vividly remember the day when I walked into Life Church for the first time. I was so nervous because I knew nothing about God and wondered what He would even want with someone like me. I hadn’t stepped foot in a church for years, and really had no desire to because of how I was treated in the last one. Would I be called out because I wasn’t living my life right? Would I slip up and swear or not be dressed properly? Would I be judged? The anxiety to just walk in the door was unbelievable.
When I came to Life Church I was broken. I was never confident, always had anxiety attacks, drank a lot, swore constantly and was confused with where my place was in life. That day in November of 2004 I made the biggest decision of my life and decided to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. No one ever asked me that question before and to be honest, I had no idea what was next. I never opened a bible and had NO IDEA where to even begin. I had problems with forgiving and letting some things go. Lets not forget all of my friends were still living the life style I was trying to get out of.
Fast forward 9 years and I am married to the most amazing man of God that I met at Life Church, have a beautiful daughter, I am on staff at Life Church to help people get connected and grow in their relationship with God, and most importantly I have a vibrant relationship with God that is growing everyday. No more anxiety, drinking, swearing… no more feeling lost. What a difference.
I am writing this for two different types of people.
- If you are where I was, know that you are not alone. Know that you can come as you are and that God will embrace you with open arms, He delights in nothing more. When some people accept Christ it seems that they change dramatically overnight. I love seeing God move like that! For me, it had a lot of steps. I had to work through a lot of hurt, trust issues and insecurities. Both are ok, everyone is different. Pastor said something that stuck with me in one of his messages. “Pain, when handled properly, can shape your life for greatness, if you let it.” That’s exactly what happened for me. I didn’t let the pain hold me down. I fought it head-on and shaped it for greatness. I know this might sound weird, but now I wouldn’t change what I went through for anything. I see how God has used it to benefit His kingdom and to help others. If you don’t get anything out of this whole blog but this one thing, I would be ecstatic. Know that your relationship with Christ has nothing to do with your obedience to Him. It’s about trust and faith. Your life style changes as your relationship with Christ grows. I wasted a lot of time because I thought that I wasn’t good enough for God. Don’t wait… Come as you are.
- Never forget that people are walking in the doors at Life Church every weekend who are making the same decision that I did. Last year, 523 people did just that! Are you sitting back with a Diet Coke and a bag of Funyuns watching it all happen, as pastor likes to say? Or are you doing your part? We need you! Here are just some of the opportunities we have available:
· Host Team - people to help everyone feel welcomed, appreciated and comfortable
· Musicians - to lead people into music and help them experience God
· Audio Video - people who have a skill set to create this powerful atmosphere
· Life Kids workers – people who lead kids so the parents can have the opportunity to enjoy service without worrying about their kids. They also help the kids learn what it means to have a relationship with God so when they are old enough to make that decision on their own, they will.
· Student Life workers - people who have a heart for youth and will love on them no matter what crazy drama is going on in their life.
· Prayer Partners - people who will be prayer warriors and stand in faith with others for healing, salvation and so much more.
By Cassie Voisin
My dream has finally come true. I am a Momma! Other then marrying Phil, it is the best decision I have ever made! I love my daughter, Emma, SO MUCH and I can’t imagine life without her!
Looking at Emma, I realize what a beauty and blessing God has trusted us with and I so badly want to lead and equip her with what it takes to be a Proverbs 31 woman. I want to model an amazing marriage so when she someday makes that decision she will know what a God-centered marriage should be like. I want her to love God with all of her heart and live palms up. To be a giver of her time, talent and treasure.
I think a lot of families want this for their children, but balancing everything can be a struggle. Sometimes serving in the local church gets put on the back burner. Now, having Emma, I know just how much of a struggle it can be. There is work, family, friends, bills to pay, house to clean, games to go to, etc. But I know how important it is to put God first in all that we do and to model that for our children.
Some people have a problem saying no when it gets to be more then they can handle. Ever hear of a jack of all trades, but a master of few? They have no problem serving in everything in ministry but put their family on the back burner. Others might not even serve at all in church and miss out on what God has asked of them completely. Me? I want to have a healthy balance. I want to serve in the local church whole heartedly in my spiritual giftings, but also serve my family and not neglect my role there.
There will sometimes be conflict between the two, but that doesn’t always mean that we are outside of God’s will. In Matthew 10:37 Jesus says, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Jesus is not prescribing conflict with our family, He is claiming for himself the right to be the center of our life.
What’s awesome about my job is that I get to help people put God in the center of their life. I also get to help them find the balance in serving and doing it within their spiritual gift mix. How cool is that!?
If you are new to Life Church or this is your home church and you are interested in getting connected, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to find an area of ministry in your gift mix that will be a good balance for you and your family.
You don’t want to miss out on what God has called you to do and also all the fun at Life Church!
By Cassie Voisin
I was raised Catholic. Well, sort of. We never went to church on a regular basis, but sometimes we made it there on Easter or Christmas. The only time I talked to God was when I recited my memorized prayer before bed. It came as a shock when I started coming to Life Church and I heard about the power of prayer, about how I should talk to God and how He would want to hear from me. I remember thinking, God knows all and controls all, so who am I to talk to Him about things?
I would hear prayer warriors pray and think, I don’t know how to pray like that. I felt like I should wait to pray until I was stronger in my faith and could be a prayer warrior. If my prayer was going to be said poorly, why pray?
I was blessed to have some amazing women in the church who invested in me when I first received Jesus. They would tell me how prayer is just a conversation. That it didn’t matter how I brought my concerns to God, He just wanted to hear from me. God isn’t moved by how proper our prayer is, but by how sincere our heart is while coming to Him.
In the beginning my prayers were a bit awkward, but I still wanted to try. God still heard me even in my state of awkwardness. He just loved that His child was coming to him with an open heart and bringing things to Him instead of carrying the load all by herself. I would often take things on myself instead of asking for God’s help. While praying I began to learn that He is there for us, and no prayer is too little or too big for Him. What a relief!
I began to pray every day. Praises, needs, everything. I would even pray for other people. If you get one thing out of this blog, understand that Prayer is so POWERFUL and that we make a DIFFERENCE. You may not understand prayer, and that’s ok… but your prayers move God to change the world!
God listens to the child praying for a homerun in a little league game. He listens to an alcoholic’s plea for mercy. He listens to the woman painfully seeking God who was just diagnosed with an incurable disease. He listens even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses Him. Not only will God listen, He will help. Know that He does not always answer our prayers in the ways that we expect, but He always answers and in His timing.
God’s desire is for you to spend time with Him, in His presence. Make time to have an honest conversation with God, He is waiting for you.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
By Cassie Voisin
Many of you know that Phil and I are expecting our first child at the end of August. Being parents has been something we have always dreamed of, so we couldn’t be more excited!
With all the excitement comes some struggles. The “morning” sickness (more like all day sickness) has been constant throughout the pregnancy, and due to some concerns from the doctor, I have been labeled a high risk pregnancy.
When you are high risk, there are a lot of doctor appointments, and many “what if’s” and concerns to consider. It would be easy to become discouraged, but I know I have a God who is BIGGER than anything we could face.
Going through a high risk pregnancy is the hardest thing I have ever done, but I trust that if God brings me to it, He will bring me through it. My circumstances will always be changing, but the character and promises of God will always be constant. I just have to do my part to make sure I am using this circumstance as a stepping stone and not a stumbling block in my walk with Him.
Some things that have been helping me grow…
- Praying: I am honest with God with about how I feel. I simply have conversations with Him; I give Him my stress, concerns, and also thank Him for everything I am grateful for.
- Remembering God’s Promises: My favorite verse has always been Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This means ALL things. Not just the easy things or the things I think I can do, this means ALL things.
- Letting my friends and family love on me: Friends and family mean everything to me! I have been blessed with so many of them who care so much and have helped me a lot. They have prayed for me, held me accountable, took some things off my plate to make things easier, or just listened when I needed to vent. God has blessed me with some amazing people in my life!
It’s easy to say we have faith, but what matters is how we walk out that faith when we encounter struggles. There will always be struggles. Will we stand strong and have faith in God?
Photo: Phil’s family
By Philip Voisin
I love family. My family has always been close, even as we have continued to grow. When Cassie and I got married, I then had the privilege of being able to start my own family with her AND I got to join hers! We’ve laughed together, cried together, shared our struggles, mourned together, learned from one another, and strengthened each other. I love the way family teaches me about God. God created the family in the garden, and through that left pieces of himself in the family. The family teaches us how God truly loves us.
As a son, I experienced the unconditional love the father has for his son. When I did something wrong, my father still loved me. When I disappointed him, he still loved me. I can’t thank him enough for the Godly example he set for me.
As a husband, I got to experience love in a different way. Love is not just a feeling but an action. It’s a choice. We, as Christians, are called the bride of Christ. Jesus loves us regardless of our actions. He continues to see us as his perfect bride, loves us as if we could do no wrong. I am still learning the true meaning of unconditional love (Cassie makes it easy), but God has shown me how truly limitless his love is for us.
Soon I will learn what it means to BE a father. I get to experience love from a different angle. I get to show the love of a father and at the same time learn how the Father loves me. Although this will be tough at times, I pray God gives me the strength to love unconditionally. I am so excited to be the example of this aspect of God’s unconditional love.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God,” 1 John 3:1.
My favorite volunteer picture. Rich, Steve and Matt at Kids Fest!
By Cassie Voisin
The scripture I read was Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I started attending Life Church in 2004 and have seen incredible growth since that time. There have been building changes, additional services, two campuses added (online and West Campus), and most of all a lot of life change. Life Church is filled with Lion Chasers that let their light shine and help make this happen!
I did some research to see how many volunteer hours are put in per week from Life Church volunteers and found out there are more then 700 hours per week. AMAZING! People like…
- Pam Gabel who comes in every week to help organize our database and do a whole lot of other administrative work that I don’t understand :).
- Paul Barry who comes in every week to help with maintenance and facilities, and then comes in on the weekend to help with Life Kids. What a guy!
- Linda and Dan Roesnthal who get to the West Campus every Sunday at 6:30 a.m. to make sure everything is set up for the services.
- Steve O’Morrow who has such a talent for worship and helps out whenever needed.
- Tammy Drahus who heads up our receptionist desk throughout the week and always has a sweet disposition about her!
- Jason Hull who dedicates so much time to the West Campus and having it run smoothly.
- Janet Mueller who comes in and helps with administrative work every week even though she just got done with dialysis.
- Jason Reis who helps make sure our website is efficient and up to date, even though most people don’t even know how much work he really put into it.
- Ruth Wondolkowski who serves in the Life Kids early childhood at the West Campus every weekend and loves every minute of it… and we love her!
- Bill Drescher who has one of the biggest servant hearts that I know… what doesn’t he do!?
These are just a few of the volunteers that make things happen at Life Church. I could go on and on and on! Life Church is filled with people who have full time jobs and take time out of their busy schedules to serve God whole-heartedly.
Honestly, we would not be where we are today without any of you. You are making a difference in people’s lives no matter where you serve. You could be cleaning the facility, answering phones, singing on the worship team, teaching our kids about Jesus, being a friendly face as people walk in, or making sure the production goes off without a hitch on the weekend. Whatever you do, you make a difference and we can’t thank you enough!
As we continue to grow and expand, I continue to pray for more people like Pam, Paul, Linda, and others who devote their time and talent to Life Church. If you attend Life Church and would like to get involved please email me at email@example.com.