1. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “protected from death” #rampart

    “many have a bleak assessment of death…but death doesn’t have to be an occasion for despair but for joy.”

    It was a special weekend at fresh life as we worshiped together and learned from God’s word that as Paul’s strength was rooted in the joy of the Lord, it permeated his outlook on life and death.

    “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

    One of my favorite points was the last one:

    “It is an incredible honor to be trusted with pain.”

    My husband said, “God gives His toughest assignments to His strongest soldiers.” And this gives such strength and confidence for us who are in the deep trenches of life. To know that God has graced us with suffering and to truly count it an honor to suffer like Jesus did, wow! What a perspective shift. This truth can change the way we suffer and I’m blown away by this and how good God is.

    And as my husband also preached:  let’s let the Gospel ring out from every area of our lives this week!

    So much love to you!

    Listen to this message, “Protected from Death”


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  2. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “protected from mistreatment” #rampart

    What do you do when life is unfair?


    My husband answered this question amazingly this weekend, as we continued in our rampart series through the book of Philippians.

    Life is unfair to everyone in some shape or form, so I encourage everyone to listen to this message. The perspective we get from Paul’s life is just so perfect for all of us as we have been mistreated or currently are or soon will be.

    To have the courage and confidence that:

    “nothing gets to you without going through Him first”

    is huge! Because we can say like Paul that our chains are in Christ.

    “When you’re in Christ, it doesn’t matter what else you’re in.”

    This a truth that will change our lives as we look at everything hard we experience through the lens of being “in Christ.”

    And the big convicting point came at the end:

    “When you’re difficult to offend, you’re easy to bless.”

    I am SO that person who can be so offend-able and I hate it! And I love Paul’s example of focusing on Jesus and Him being preached and magnified no matter what. My husband said that when we are easily irritated and easily offended and easily hurt, it’s hard for God to bless that kind of heart.

    So I pray that we would all walk in the love of God this week, to remember that God is in control and we can be in whatever chains we are in with confidence in His love.

    Take a listen to this message, and have a fabulous week looking for and hastening the coming of the Lord!

    A few pics from this fabulous weekend:

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    thank you @elishaguido for these captures.

  3. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “protected from selfishness” #rampart


    “nothing will cure a bad attitude like gratitude.”

    This is definitely a message that I need to listen to again this week, and then listen to regularly after that. Check out the message here.

    I’m really praying that this series is the avenue by which revival and renewal comes to our hearts in a deep, real way. Because when these truths are allowed to simmer deep in our souls, there’s no stop to what God can do in and through us!

    God’s Word is living and powerful and this text is just so rich! My husband extracted tangible truths from the text that are so good, and so easy to hold on to. I’ve already had opportunities to put into practice the first two points:

    1. gratitude alters the atmosphere of your heart

    2. the more you think about others the less miserable you will be

    – being thankful in whatever situation I’m in, and thinking of others when I’m tempted to think selfishly – these two things can truly change the course of our hearts and our days and our lives!

    * And don’t forget the homework my husband gave you! -> find someone this week to thank for something they’ve done. And then repeat that every week for the rest of your lives.

     “Teach your soul to be thrilled when others are blessed.”

    a few shots from this weekend:

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  4. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “bulletproof soul” #rampart

    ” What happens to you doesn’t have to control you.”


    There was so much excitement and anticipation leading up to this weekend. With a new series comes a lot of new and fresh things, including, new design, new opening video, but we also decided to roll out some new over-all fresh life design as well as new worship experiences in Kalispell and Whitefish. And I love when we’re expanding borders and giving God empty vessels for Him to fill. I love giving God room to move in power!

    I’m so excited for our Rampart series, and for being in the book of Philippians! My husband is a fabulous expositor of the Bible and God has gifted him in making known the truth and the gospel in a way that is easy to hear and to understand.  A friend recently told me that they brought a friend who said listening to my husband preach was the first time he didn’t fall asleep in church! Ha!

    The message was so good as my husband introduced us to the book of Philippians and gave a little backstory and we studied the first two verses. You can catch the message here, if you missed it.

    “You have the choice to rejoice.”

    I love love love that we’re learning about the power of joy in a believer’s life. How “when joy surrounds your heart, it doesn’t matter what else is surrounding it.”

    My husband challenged our church to be here every weekend, to lean into this series, and to all that God has for us. And I believe, fresh life, that as we do, we are going to see God change us and work in us in ways we never have before. Let’s lean in! Love you all!

    a few pics from this weekend:

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    the new 1pm worship experience at the strand was SO fun!


  5. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “death is a microphone” #isthisthingon

    “Jesus came to unchain us from the shackles of the fear of death, so we can look at death as a platform and not with panic.”

    It was such a special weekend wrapping up this amazing series. My husband wanted to give a gift to everyone in fresh life. A little reminder that God has given each and every one of us a microphone. And it was really a precious thing to see people of all ages leaving  with this necklace.

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    This message hit home deeply for us. As death has proved to be a microphone in our family. My husband came up with four points to explain how this is true:

    1) No words are listened to like last words

    2) Things you have done live on

    3) It forces people to consider their end

    4) The crown jewel of our faith is put on display

    He brought up how our lives make an impact, and sometimes even more after we die. It’s true for our sweet daughter Lenya. Although she had only five years on this earth with us, the impact that this girl continues to have on this world and eternity is far beyond what we can even see. My husband mentioned that the video of Lenya’s Celebration of her life the day after Christmas, has been viewed over 60,000 times, and that’s not normal for a five year old to have that kind of microphone. But it’s what God is doing, and we are honored to have any part in it, even as we continue to ache and yearn and miss her deeply.

    “There’s no bad time to be a Christian, but there’s no BETTER time than when facing the grave.”

    You can watch the message here:

    here are some shots from the weekend:

    the historic Liberty Theatre in downtown Kalispell:

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    Casey’s in downtown Whitefish:

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