Hello: From A Dreamer Named Nando

By Nando Herrera 

Hello, Life Church! Today, I want to tell you a little bit about myself and my journey in Christ, and how I ended up in the wonderful state of Wisconsin. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, far from Wisconsin. My favorite food is Mexican, which is a shame because there aren’t too many Mexican restaurants in Germantown. I love music, hanging with friends and dreaming about the future.

I didn’t grow up in church per se, but my family was involved in the Christian faith. I started getting involved with a youth group when I was 14 – because of a girl -hey, I was in high school and that’s how high school guys roll. Put aside all the teenage drama, my life started to change in that place. When I was 16 I was given an opportunity to serve in the youth worship band. I thought I was just going to be Mr. Rockstar singing in the youth band, but little did I know God had something completely different in mind. 

Being involved in ministry changed my life and my perspective about God. I started learning that it wasn’t about me, but about Him. I started pursuing ministry full-time. When I was 18 I got my first ministry job and was exposed to a tremendous amount of growth opportunities. I faced a few obstacles, but God was always faithful and provided everything I needed.

God always seems to be faithful and provide if we just trust Him. That’s really how I got to the place in life where I am today. But you see, what I didn’t mention were all the moments of doubt, fatigue and insufficiency. I recall so many times where I didn’t have a clue how I was going to move forward or what the next step should be. I even recall moments of financial insecurity. But all those experiences were eventually used for my good. I remember asking God, “How can I possibly be in Your will if all this happening?” 

God’s response was always short, sweet, and to the point: “Do you trust me?”

Do you know how frustrating it is to ask a question and get a question back as a response? But I had no choice. The Creator of the universe had spoken. I reluctantly responded, “yes”, and moved forward barely hanging on to my dreams

Not long after these short conversations I would find that God had prepared a way. In fact it was one of those “do you trust me?” moments that brought me to Wisconsin – which by the way, other than the lack of Mexican food, I am loving. People insist my thoughts will change come February when winter brings her full fury. I will let you know. Back to the point, God always made a way and taught me one incredible principle that I now live my life by. I always share this phrase with any over-zealous dreamers asking the same kind of questions I did: 

We have dreams, God has plans. Let the dreams and plans line up, and watch what happens. 

We often spend our days trying to map out every detail of our lives, forgetting that God is the giver of our life. I had to learn that at the end of the day, in the good or the bad, in the sun or the rain, God is still good and in control. Check out Philippians 4:6-7 today. That’s a great scripture that always stretches my faith. 

Thanks for reading, y’all. 

(Yeah, that’s a Texas thing. I am sure you will hear me say it a few times.)

Feel like your faith is small? It’s still big enough to move mountains.

By Philip Voisin

Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:16b-18 NKJV).

Faith. A term that we hear often, but so many of us do not fully grasp the concept. Faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Faith means not looking at the facts that lay before you, but looking toward God, knowing that his plan for you is good.

This is easier said than done. Faith is hard. We must train ourselves to look past the present and trust. Trust that regardless of what the physical outcome may be, God is shaping you. He is helping you become more like Him. 

In the series, Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, we have been talking about missed opportunities, sin, and betrayal. Each of these can seem like mountains in our lives. Jesus stated, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Check out how SMALL a mustard seed is:

Know that even the tiniest amount of faith is enough. What mountains can God move in your life?

Are You Looking for Adventure?

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By Noel Miller

My husband, Kevin, and I started dating the summer of our senior year. Like all good southern couples we loved riding around in his dad’s truck. One summer afternoon while riding around, Kevin pointed out a hill that he often passed and wondered what was on the other side. The adventurous, curious side of us came out. We stopped the truck, got out and ran across that hill. And I have to say, the adventure has never stopped for us. From living in India to moving to this tundra we call Wisconsin, we’ve always loved exploring the unknown.

  
So many times in life we pass by things or even miss out on adventures that God may have laid out for us. This fall we are launching our brand new ministry college, Life Leadership College. This four year fully accredited college will train and develop the next generation of world changers. It is an exciting adventure for students who want to pursue a life in full time ministry.  We have students who are signed up and ready to take on an adventure, students who are ready to see what’s on the other side of that hill!

I encourage you with whatever adventure God has laid out for you, to get out of the truck and go exploring!  

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For more information about Life Leadership College, go to our website, www.TheLLC.org.

Islamic Extremist tried to kill this pastor and destroy this church in Zanzibar. Will you help them rebuild by giving online at lifechurchwi.com/giving/ and more importantly, by SHARING this video on your blog and social media outlets? Let’s send a message and let the church in Zanzibar know that we stand with them!

High Risk Faith


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?

Twitterview with Heart & Soul Speaker Paula Muehler & daughter Makenzie

LIFE CHURCH - Q1: #MothersDay is next weekend. Do you have any special plans? #LCHeart

Paula Muehler - Mother’s day usually starts with my favorite breakfast. I plan to spend the rest of the day is with my family.

LIFE CHURCH -  Sounds fun! Breakfast is always good - especially if someone else cooks it for you!

LIFE CHURCH - Q2: Makenzie- What’s 1 of the most important things your mom has taught you?

Makenzie Muehler - My mom has taught me that I don’t have to let any problems I may have stand in the way of what I can accomplish.

LIFE CHURCH - Q3: Paula - At HEART & SOUL you’ll be talking about your family’s journey of faith & Makenzie’s Chronic illness, right? #LCHeart

Paula Muehler - Yes that is correct.

LIFE CHURCH - Q4: Paula - What’s 1 thing you’d say to other moms (& dads) in your situation? 

Paula Muehler - Deal with it as a family Don’t let illness put barriers on your child’s life and always remember God is in control.

LIFE CHURCH - Good #advice!

LIFE CHURCH - Q5: Makenzie - Like your mom said, you’ve refused to let your illness put barriers on your life. How do you stay so positive?

Makenzie Muehler - I stay positive by always reminding myself that my God is bigger than any disease & He’s got a plan. 

LIFE CHURCH - Q6: Are there any Bible verses you turn to time & again for encouragement?

Paula Muehler - I have two, Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28.

Makenzie MuehlerJeremiah 29:11 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

LIFE CHURCH -  Q7: Paula - Even when times are stressful/busy, why is it important for women to take time to connect with God & one another?

Paula Muehler - Connect daily with God to keep focused Connect with friends to support the various journeys God has us on.

LIFE CHURCH - Q8: And HEART & SOUL is a great place for women to connect! What are you most looking forward to at HEART & SOUL? #LCHeart

Paula Muehler - My prayer is that God will be able to use our story to provide hope & encouragement to the ladies of LC.

LIFE CHURCH -  We hope so, too! Big THANKS to you & Makenzie for chatting w/ us today! Look fwd to seeing you at HEART & SOUL!#LCHeart

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