Dear Lifers,

Jesus said in John 3 that the Spirit of God moves however He chooses to move.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it is coming from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:8

This weekend is HUGE. I can’t begin to overestimate the Kingdom potential. People far from God will go to churches where they will hear the Gospel…just because it’s Easter. But let’s not fool ourselves for a minute. Coming to our church means nothing if they don’t have an encounter with the living God. In other words, there is really nothing of any spiritual or eternal value that we can do in our own strength. Our best voices and our most creative ideas and our most beautiful decorations or most excellent sermons can’t accomplish anything aside from the work of the Holy Spirit.

If you are a Christ follower, begin asking Holy Spirit to move among us. Ask Him to “blow” in our direction. Begin preparing your heart now to be in tune with Holy Spirit, so surrendered that you and I can flow with Him. Pray for us, as a church, that God will be stirring our hearts, focusing our attention, and preparing us for all He wants to do among us. Ask Him to prompt people to consider joining us on Easter, then specifically direct us to people that He has already prompted so that we will invite them. And for those who show up, that their hearts will be stirred and their consciences awakened to their need for Jesus. Ask Jesus for a harvest of souls this Easter weekend.

Then spend time in worship of Him. Don’t wait for Sunday to worship God for who He is and for all He has done. Continue to worship Him for His victory over sin motivated by the message from last Sunday. (If you missed it, click here to check it out.) Worship Him for the promises fulfilled in Christ which give us an eternal hope. Worship Him for the life we have in Christ.

I am so excited for this Sunday and all the wonderful things God will do. I encourage you to look ahead in anticipation. In preparation for the Easter service, you can read I Peter 1:3-5 and also John 11:1-44, focusing on verse 25. I am so looking forward to spending Easter with you.

Take a look below to see more great things happening that we don’t want you to miss.

Eight O’ Clock Encounter: Above, I talked about our part in people meeting Jesus. We do our best to introduce them…but the Holy Spirit is the one who REVEALS Jesus to each person’s heart. It’s a team sport and we have to spend time with the coach. Join with us at 8am on Saturday mornings for a powerful huddle with God. No judgment, no obligation to pray out loud, no pressure. Just an amazing time seeking God together.  

EASTER SUNDAY: Join us this Sunday as we continue our ordinary HERO series with the message: Living Hope. Jesus lived…and died…and lives again. His power over death has ignited our faith that we will also live – now and forever in the presence of God. Please come and bring someone with you this Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ with us. 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30am. If you are a regular attender, please consider attending the 8:30 or 11:30 services to help us diversify the crowd and make room for everyone. See you Sunday!!

Good Friday service: The South Haven Area Ministerial Association is inviting everyone from all churches to come together to contemplate the events of Good Friday as we remember the seven last words of Christ. Several local pastors will be leading the service which will include beautiful music and meaningful reflections. Gather with us to remember the love of God demonstrated for us in the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.  April 19th from Noon til 1:00pm at LifeBridge.

Baptism: We are gearing up for another baptism. We EXPECT that people will come to Christ as we present the Gospel. We know there are others who have given their lives to Jesus who have not yet been baptized. Set April 28th on your calendar for another celebration of changed lives. If you have questions about baptism, click here .

NEW – Starting Point Class: Every Sunday we have people attending LifeBridge who are still skeptical, confused or maybe just unsure of this whole Christianity thing. First of all, know that you are always welcome at LifeBridge. We are committed to providing a space where you can be safe to explore this whole thing without feeling pressure to be something you are just not ready to be. But we also want to provide helpful places to have your questions answered and to discover what following Jesus is REALLY all about. On Sunday May 5th, we will launch a new environment designed to be just such a space. If you have questions. If you are trying to figure this whole thing out. Or if you know someone in that place, check out Starting Point – Presented by Pastor Rod during our 10:00 service on Sunday mornings. If you are interested or want more info, e-mail Pastor Rod at rod@webuildbridges.org and he will contact you.

Exciting GO Team changes ahead!:  If you are looking for opportunities to see and BE the hands and feet of God at work in your community and in far away places then you will want to stay tuned for news of some upcoming mission-focused special events.  We are undergoing some team reconstruction and want to acknowledge the vision and leadership of the founder of team, Jen Hendricksen.  She has poured her passion into creating a team to serve people in need.   It is time for her to take a rest and pass the torch to others.  More information will be coming shortly about upcoming projects locally and abroad.  If you need to contact the Go Team please use the email goteam@webuildbridges.org or call the church office.

Across our bridges: Ways to participate with people and organizations with whom we are building bridges:

Passion Of The Christ movie event: The First Assembly of God church (6500 Blue Star Hwy) is inviting everyone to join them on Good Friday night (April 19) at 6:30pm for a screening of The Passion of Christ. They will provide free popcorn and drinks. Please be aware for the sake of children or those who are particularly sensitive, the movie is powerful and beautiful, but it is rated R for violence.

24:7 Dad: Hope Parent Resource Center is offering a new discussion group for dads interested in meeting with others to work on their fathering skills. Too much to describe here. Click here for more info on their Facebook page.

Easter Sunrise service: The First United Methodist Church, led by Pastor Ron VanLente, has invited anyone to join them for a 6:45-7:15am Sunrise Service at the South Beach on Lake Michigan Easter Sunday morning.