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Spring Break Blitz

February 11, 2012 - 8:06 PM

Our spring break outreach is now only 4 weeks away We are planning on distributing the gospel via a “News That’s Hard To Get” news magazine throughout Allamakee county. We have 9 articles and 2 recipes turned in so far. More are needed. Talk to or e-mail Tim (tim@decorahlifehouse.org) to see if we are still accepting submissions.

Currently, teams for UND and CR will be here from March 10th - 18th to help us deliver these news magazines and be involved in prayer, service projects, and anything else we got going on. If you know of ANY service project needs, please let Tim or Darcy know!

Why We went to Hong Kong

September 16, 2011 - 1:08 PM
God put Hong Kong and East Asia on our hearts and minds as a result of having a brother from there, Darren, involved in our new church plant. Through Darren, we learned of the Great Commission church there... of his dad and family persevering by faith... and of the great need for the gospel to get out. So we took a step of faith to take a mission trip to his homeland and bless the people there as much as we could. As it turned out, though, the blessing boomeranged on us.
Going overseas opens your eyes to a world vastly different than yours and to a world much bigger than you ever imagined. This alone deeply affects a guys life. But all the more powerful was the experience of running two English camps while there. Each one resulted in building close friendships with the Chinese people, several personal and public gospel opportunities, and at least 5 salvations... maybe more! Lives will never be the same... neither theirs nor ours.

Summer Events

July 3, 2011 - 8:48 PM

Winneshiek County Fair

LifeHouse Church will be sponsoring another exciting booth at the Winneshiek County fair this year. You will find the very popular face painting again, and in addition to that there will be an upright wheel that people can spin to land on a question from the Bible. If they answer it right, they win a really cool prize. If they don't, well, let's not talk about that.

 

Nordic Fest

This year LifeHouse Church has something special up its sleeve for Nordic Fest. We will have a float entitled "Jesus took a liking to a Viking". It will be an actual float with a Viking kneeling before a cross that's elevated up on a mountain. It will be a site to see. And, of course, there will be lots of candy and a small booth on the corner next to the game exchange/ Magpie.

 

Hong Kong Mission

LifeHouse's 2 pastors and part-time staffer, Darcy, will be heading to Hong Kong and East Asia for a mission trip this summer. The mission is to run English speaking camps to help locals learn English and at the same time use the Bible and Bible stories to teach them. This exposes them to principles and promises in the Scriptures that most know nothing about. The most significant element is introducing them to Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for them and for all mankind. It will be a powerful time!

Mother's Day Celebration A Success

May 26, 2011 - 10:59 AM
Our Mother's Day Celebration was a success.
     A wonderful sermon about mothers and what they do for the church was followed by the kids giving appreciation gifts of potted flowers to all the mothers. Thank You Moms for all you do, we couldn't make it with out you.
     A quick fact about Mother's Day: Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day celebrations also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialisation of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
Quotes from a few of our Presidents about their mothers:
     I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
     My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~George Washington, U.S. President
     There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.  ~Andrew Jackson, U.S. President

Good Friday and Easter

April 28, 2011 - 9:40 PM

Good Friday showing of The Passion

On Good Friday LifeHouse Church hosted a viewing of the movie The Passion. 

The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus which depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The Passion of the Christ largely covers the final twelve hours of Jesus' life beginning with the agony in the garden and ending with a brief depiction of his resurrection.  (from Wikipedia)

This movie is known for its particularly realistic portrayal of the brutal act of whipping and crucifixion.  It is rated R for that reason and young kids are strongly cautioned against seeing it.

Easter Celebration and 1 year anniversary

On April 24 we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, and our 1 year anniversary. We have done a lot in this last year: we have sponsored service projects, a soccer program, bible studies, "Get a Life" Skills seminars and more. A band from our sister church in Ames, IA, Stonebrook Curch, came and helped us sing to the LORD in style. A new stage and curtains for the windows were ready for the service. After the service we had great fellowship and lots of food.

Message for Dec. 12 Recorded

December 14, 2010 - 11:17 AM

Try as we might, the weather last Sunday was simply too harsh for us to pull of meeting together at Club Pyramid. I hope you were able to redeem the time with extra time in the Word, praying, singing, or serving. That's what up to 8 saints did by shoveling out a number of people's driveways, sidewalks, and stranded vehicles. It was a very rewarding and uniting time.

Since Bob wasn't able to share a message that God put on his heart that Sunday, he recorded it and posted it on our website.  Give it a listen here:  http://www.decorahlifehouse.org/kitchen/podcasts. If you would like you can open and print message notes and Knowing Him in Obedience of Humility handout. (When clicking on the link if it doesn't open or ask you to save it: right click and choose "save link as..." you can save it to your computer from there.)

Northern Lights Soccer League comes to a successful close

August 31, 2010 - 10:40 PM

From the first week of June to the last week of July, 30 kids from the Decorah/Ridgeway/Cresco area learned valuable life and soccer skills as they participated in the 2nd annual Northern Lights Soccer League.

Toward the end of the summer the older kids went head to head with a 6th grade girls team from Calmar.  The first match ended in a stalemate, but during the second match the Calmar girls showed tremendous teamwork and skill and dominated the NLSL team.  Next year girls... next year!

During the last day of competition, though, everyone came out a winner as every participant was awarded a medal and personal words of praise from their respective coaches.  Overall, it was a tremendously successful summer.  We hope to see you all next year!

New Arrival

April 1, 2010 - 10:10 PM
Our other Pastor, Bob Hibbing, arrived in Decorah April 1st (no fooling!). He and his daughter arrived at 4:45pm and a crew of over 15 people helped move him in. We even had a few teens show up randomly to help, and we enjoyed meeting them. His wife, Patty, stayed in Ames to clean the old home and will arrive Sunday morning. Meet Bob, Patty and Grace on Sunday April 4th, or any Sunday after.

A Baptism

April 1, 2010 - 10:05 PM
On Sunday March 28th, we celebrated a new believer with a batism. Jim (Yifeng Zeng), a international student at Luther College put his faith in christ and decided to get baptized. If you see him, welcome him to the family!

New Location!!

January 18, 2010 - 4:30 PM
We have found a new location! We will now be meeting a Club Pyramid (308 College Dr, Decorah IA) (map). God truly has blessed us with this location just in time as we found out that we would not be able to meet at Woodside any more. We hope to reach many more with the Gospel with a larger meeting place, and bless this community.

A Pastor Arives

January 15, 2010 - 3:15 PM

One of Our Pastors, Tim Borseth and family, moved to Decorah in December. We praise God that they were able to move after long trials with their house sale in Ames. Tim is currently working hard to get a building and equipment for our church before the grand opening in April.

From a Fellow Pastor

October 29, 2009 - 11:36 AM

I am excited about LifeHouse Church coming into Decorah. I look forward to partnering with them to expand God's kingdom through the preaching of the Word and touching individuals lives with God's love, life and power. I have had the pleasure to begin to spend time with the leadership and the people of the church. They are firmly grounded in the Word of God and have a great servant's heart. I pray the Lord's blessing upon them and pray that many will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior as LifeHouse impacts our region.

For their lives and His glory,

Pastor Doug Bryce
Christian Life Center, Decorah IA

LifeHouse Church Takes Labor Day Seriously

September 16, 2009 - 3:25 PM

The Ames church plant team and several Decorah locals labored hard to repair a porch, fight bees and clear a yard, and burn piles of junk for three homeowners in the Decorah area over the Labor Day weekend. We also had a huge turnout at our "church in the park" service followed by some of the best canoeing this side of the Mississippi. Check out some of our fun pics at Flickr.

The Bauers take the plunge

September 16, 2009 - 3:17 PM

LifeHouse welcomes Adam and Sara Bauer who recently moved up to Decorah from Ames to be a part of this new church. Their faith is exceptionally inspiring when you realize that Sara is pregnant and Adam is unemployed. Please pray for God to bless the pregnancy and Adam's job search. Adam is trained and experienced in drafting, but will take on any job that will pay the bills.

Helping in the Harvest

July 29, 2009 - 2:04 PM

FYI- For Your Information, this is the first time I have ever blogged anything. I know, I'm getting old...so please bear with me... 

(Philippians 4:4-8) 'Don't Be Anxious About Anything, Instead Pray About Everything'

"4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

To Anyone and Everyone who reads this blog, it is my hope and prayer that you would be encouraged and find comfort in God's everlasting love, thanks to His amazing grace through His Son Jesus! 

God has been teaching me to not be anxious about anything, including finding a job.  I have been hunting and waiting on Him to provide for my every need, which is nothing new; after all, there's a time for every season under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3) 'A Time for Everything':

 "1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot...

 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

 9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

 16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

 17 I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."

 18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

 22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?"

 

Honestly, I don't know how often people think about what will happen after they die; yet, on account of having 13 surgeries, 12 physical ones in my life time so far, the first at age three, and the most recent just three summers ago, I have been wondering what people will do after I die and return to the dust.  Growing up on a dairy farm for 20 out of the past 24 years of my life, I have watched how each season under Heaven is crucial.  Spring is the time when my dad and my two brother's generally plow up the soil and plant the seeds that they want to grow over the summer, in hopes of bringing in the harvest in the fall.  Many times there have been seeds that were sown that didn't grow, due to lack of rain, too much sun, or even too much rain, along with wind causing crop damage, when the plants don't have deep enough roots to keep them stable.  Similarly so, I have come to see how God's planting, watering, and harvest of human souls is very similar to that of earthly farmers.

As a child, I recall hearing the stories of the Bible and wondering what all the parables meant.  Over time, I was blessed with the hands-on education on my parent's farm, getting to help my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents work in the fields and gardens sowing and reaping multiple crops.  Interestingly enough, I didn't realize at the time that God had planted a seed in my heart.  This was a seed of love, which He was watering and cultivating through the multiple hospital visits I had throughout my lifetime, along with other trials that made me wonder when I would die.  Each time I returned back to the farm, I questioned God and the many stories I heard from my Sunday School teachers, since I did not know when God would decide to call me Home for good, to Heaven.  Mulitple people sent me cards of encouragement when I was physically sick, some of you who are reading this blog right now even.  I can't thank you enough for all your prayers and the Bible verses that you wrote inside the cards, they were truly water to my soul!

During the times I was healed physically, my soul still remained sick from a spiritual perspective.  Since I didn't understand why the things happened to me I questioned God and kept asking, "Why me? What did I do to deserve this?  Would other people be better off if I were dead?  What is my purpose in life?  Where are we going?"  All in all, the only place that I could find answers to my questions was the Bible, and from people who were part of our church and other churches, all who are part of God's Church Body as a whole.  Yet, my soul was very unstable throughout the storms of life, due to the fact that my roots had not grown very deep into the Word of God.  Sure, I knew the stories and had heard them repeated over and over every Sunday; however, I didn't know how to grow deeper on my walk/journey/adventure with God every day of the week.  Needless to say, "God allows(ed) all things to happen for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His will" (Romans 8:28).  At the time, I didn't understand this truth when I was going through the trials, which included:

1) an inguinal hernia at age three

2) a femoral hernia at age four

3,4,5) rhabdomyoscaroma/a type of cancer in my left jaw bone at age five, followed by radiation, the initial surgery to remove as much of what they could of the cancer tumor, a surgery to put a central line in/also called a port these days, and chemotherapy to follow up in means of trying to kill the rest of the cancer... A random manager in a Hardees asked my mom if he could lay hands on me and pray for God to heal me, which became answered prayers soon after; and another surgery to remove my central line that my mom had to remember to change the dressing and flush with heparin everyday so the blood wouldn't back up

*I was hospitalized with chicken pox's since my immune system was too weak from the chemo

*Next I had spinal meningitis and encephalitis at age ten and was hospitalized again

6) then another surgery for what was a possible hernia but was just a cyst when I was in junior high

7,8,9) the following three reconstructive surgeries my senior year in high school which were done out of selfish motives

*I was bit by a rabid skunk (a skunk with rabies) the summer after I graduated

10) open heart surgery, in which God took out my heart of stone and gave me a heart like His heart; I was 'Born Again' 9/20/03

11) an unexpected surgery my first year of college due to my hip bone fusing with my rib bone both of which were used to rebuild my left jaw bone

12) another similar surgery a year and a half later when the rib bone grew up around the metal fosa that had been put in and fused together once more

13) the most recent was a precautionary surgery to make sure the golfball sized lump was not cancer that was discovered upon getting kicked in my sternum by a cow the first couple weeks after my parents' put in a milking parlor the summer of 2006

***As you can read for yourself, I felt kind of like Job out of the Bible, and God responded in a similar sense to me like He did to Job the first fall when I went off to college at the University of Iowa in 2003.  On account of being told, 'if I lived through all the research and experimental things I had done on me at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) I would have full paid tuition at the University of Iowa, so I started there, only to have God move me back to NE Iowa two years later.  Following my second un-expected surgery, my parents thought it would be best if I moved back home/to the farm so they could monitor my jaw better, in case I would need a third surgery.  Therefore, I opted to attend the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) the fall of 2005 - spring of 2007.

Moving back to Northeast Iowa, I saw my life through a new light, which was thanks to God's perfect timing of teaching me more about the two greatest commandments found in three out of the four Gospels, (Matthew 22:37-39), (Mark 12:30-31), (Luke 10:27):

"Jesus answered: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

No one had truly taught me how to love my neighbor, like Jesus modeled for us when He walked on the earth calling His followers, to follow Him and He will make us fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).  God used Sabina Huseyinova, an exchange student who stayed with my family my senior year in high school (from Turkmenistan, a country by the Caspian Sea), and God showed me that I needed to not only look out for my needs but the needs of others.  He showed me what it feels like to be a foreigner in this land, as I went off to college and felt like a foreigner myself, not knowing people, where I should go, what I should do in a new place.  Everyone on earth is our neighbor, and as Christians we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, because we know where we have come from and where we are going when we die physically.  Consequently, this is why I feel as though God has called me back to Northeast Iowa to love people like Jesus first loved us.

It is my prayer that God will continue to plant His seeds of love in people's hearts and water them, by pouring out His Holy Spirit on all His Children, who know Jesus as our Savior, Redeemer and Best Friend.  As we come to the source of Living Water, Jesus, we can drink and eat our daily bread, which is God's food found in His Word.  His desire is for us to grow up into maturity, as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds in His Word, so we can be harvested for eternity when Jesus returns to take all His followers Home to Heavens  

(Matthew 9:37 & Luke 10:2) 'Jesus Told Us To Ask/Pray For More Workers To Be Sent Out Into His Harvest Field'
"He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

All of you are in my prayers; and if you have any questions, comments, or would like to help in the harvest if you are not already, please contact me or anyone else on the www.decorahsummerproject.com website, God Bless!

 

Resting In His Love,

Jenny Larson

406 E. Main St.

Decorah, IA 52101

(563)-419-5619

jenny@rockisu.com

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