WELCOME

The Branch of Life Church is a Spirit-Filled, Contemporary, Non-Denominational Ministry with a family-like atmosphere. Our mission is to make disciple-makers who make disciple-makers. Everyone is invited to become part of our work for the Lord. If you would like to become part of our ministry as a Covenant Partner, contact the church office for a free information packet.

 

WE ARE MOVING!

Beginning December 24th, we will be relocating our worship and outreach center to a brand new state-of-the art facility located at 422 NE 2nd Place (across from Fucillo KIA off Pine Island Road), Cape Coral. Our new facility will have offices and classrooms, a kitchenette, counseling and reception areas. We will also have one of the largest spiritual libraries in the area and will house the Larry McKinney Memorial Library." Our new sanctuary has a sound booth, new sound and audio/visual equipment and a custom-designed sunken ceiling. The centerpiece of our worship area will be a custom-made 7 foot mahogany cross. We are planning a special community worship service in January 18th, 2018 to dedicate our new facility to the glory of God! Watch for further details!

 

 CARDS FOR THE TROOPS

 

This Christmas, our church will be collecting Christmas Cards for our troops serving overseas. Please consider sending or dropping off your cards to us no later than December 1st, with a warm message to one of our men and women serving in the military. You can send as many cards as you like. Please address them to "Dear Service Member." For a Guideline Sheet, please contact the church office at 239-464-4803. Thank you for remembering our Hero's!

 

 

20th ANNUAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY

 

On Wednesday, December 13th, we will be sharing our 20th Annual Church Christmas Party at our Outreach Center, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Bring your favorite dish to pass and enjoy the Christmas Season with us. RSVP's to the church office by December 11th. Everyone is invited!

 

PASTOR'S TESTIMONY

Our Senior Pastor Tony Cubello was recently honored to be interviewed by Pastor Resources Magazine and share his story about the death of his son Tony and the impact that it had on his ministry and the church. Click the following link and hear how God turned tragedy and sorrow into blessing by the power of the church.

  

https://www.facebook.com/Pastoresources/posts/513923518807077

 

 "BAND OF BROTHERS" MEN'S GROUP

Men of all ages are invited to join us each Friday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM. as we gather together for fellowship, refreshments and prayers. Come and share with us as we pray for and support one another and as we pray for our church and ministry. for more information, please contact the church office.

 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

We gather each Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. to dig deep into God's Word to find purpose and meaning for our lives. We have a very laid-back Bible Study that is comfortable for everyone no matter where you are in your faith. Be with us for another exciting Bible Study Series!

 

“RECOVERY GOD’S WAY” BACK IN STOCK

We are happy to have additional copies of Pastor Tony’s book, “RECOVERY God’s WAY: Unlocking the Spiritual Side to The Recovery Process.” They are available for an offering of $6.00 or more to the work of our ministry. Share the gift of God’s love and healing with someone struggling with addiction, letting them know that God loves them and cares about what they are going through. While supplies last! Call the church office to get your copy!

 

SAVE YOUR LASER / INKJET CARTRIDGES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES!

Please continue to save your used inkjet/laser cartridges for us. For more information, click here, or call the church office. Thank you for your support!

 

FREE DAILY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE

We have a free monthly devotional available just for the asking. Stop by or contact the church office to receive your copy to encourage your spirit and build your faith.



MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

To receive a copy of our monthly newsletter, "The Disciple-Maker," please send us your contact information and we will be happy to put you on our mailing list.

 

THANK YOU FOR THE CHORES

Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat. Thank you for this big pile of dirty clothes; we have them to wear. Thank you for those unmade beds; they were all comfortable last night. Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that desperately needs cleaning; it has served us faithfully for a long time. Our family is grateful for the tall grass that needs mowing; we all enjoy our private yard. Thank you for the slamming door; the children are healthy and able to run and play. Lord, the presence of all the chores awaiting me says that you have richly blessed this family. I shall do then all gratefully.

-Central Christian Church

Waukegan, Illinois

                                                                                                                                                                                               

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK:

In Everything, Give Thanks...

Thanksgiving was first celebrated during the Civil War in 1863. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Thanks to God for everything He has done. And it’s good to be a people that give thanks. But “giving thanks” was not originally our idea. It was God’s! Psalm 50:14 says, “Offer unto God thanksgiving, fulfill your vows to the most high.” Psalm 69:30 says, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.And Psalm 92: 2 tells us, “Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.” It’s biblically clear that offering thanks to God came from Him and not us.      

Today, we are so quick to go to God with our grocery lists, but slow to offer our thanks. So many are like the ten lepers that Jesus healed-no one returns to give God thanks. Our Father delights in hearing His children say “thank you!” What Father wouldn’t? And our thanksgiving needs to be spoken with every prayer we offer to God. At the same time we offer our prayers and requests for the things we need and the desires of our hearts, we need to be giving God our thanks. Doing this serves to remind us of all He’s done, all He’s doing and all He will do for us. And this helps keep our lives and our problems in perspective. It provides a fortress protecting our hearts and our minds.

From the Book of Psalms and many other scripture verses in the bible, there is a Biblical command to express gratitude to the Father. We are to be grateful in good times and in bad, because God is still God and the universe is in His total control. God commands us to be thankful-both for our good and His glory.

There is both a spiritual side and a natural side to being thankful. And we need to be just as thankful for kindness we receive from our brothers and sisters as we are for the blessing we receive from Almighty God. Constant thanksgiving is constant praise and worship for who God is and all that He does for His people.  Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches, and you prepare for your annual feast, don’t forget that your daily bread doesn’t come from the supermarket … it comes from God. Use this time of year to count your blessing and not your problems. And there are many ways you can show your “thanks.” It can be as simple as saying thank-you for an act of kindness or picking up your Bible and getting into your prayer closet and making your connection to the Father, thanking Him in prayer for who He is and what He’s done for you. Whatever way you choose to express your gratitude, start today. When you do, you will find that your circumstances and even people will change because there is power in gratitude!

 

                                                                     -Pastor Tony Cubello

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

SCRIPTURE TEACHING

I AM A WITNESS (1 Peter 1:3)

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”(1 Peter 1:3)

I am a witness who is able to attest to the same gospel that all who have gone before witnessed and passed on. On Pentecost Peter preached about events most in the crowd had witnessed at least in part. But the cornerstone of his message, the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, was something they, like all who would follow, would have to take on faith. The “living hope” of the gospel is “the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. Accepting that Jesus is alive makes a “new birth into a living hope “the next step of faith.

I am a witness because I have experienced “his great mercy”. I confirm to those trapped in their sins that in his mercy God has removed every obstacle between us and him. Through the shed blood and the death of Christ he has dealt with all our sin, as Peter so nicely summarized the gospel, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) My testimony of God’s complete forgiveness and acceptance as my hope in all that follows is the place that all need to begin. I assure them that they will not get far in the new life of the Spirit if they still perceive their old self as their true self. The old self “was put to death with Christ’s death. The new self is “made alive by the Spirit.”

I am a witness to the “new birth” of my new self. It is a “new birth” into a spiritual life and so an eternal life. I am already resurrected at least in spirit. All the fruit from this new life testify to this change, to my personal resurrection. I can testify to this. So can those who have witnessed my life’s transformation. This is how we testify to the resurrection of Christ; through our personal resurrection. The historical arguments are there but knowing the facts can’t transform a life. Only in experiencing this “new birth’ is one convinced and so made a witness to the whole gospel.

Say it- I am a witness of God’s “great mercy” and the “new birth”; I can testify of Christ’s resurrection.

Pray it- Abba, Father, through your “great mercy” you have made me merciful. You help me to accept others without judgment so I can lead them to you and into your mercy leading to a “new birth” and for them to become a witness, too. This is your desire and your simple plan.

Obey it- I am a witness who will speak of what I have experienced; “great mercy” and the “new birth”.

 

 

                                                                                    Pastor Jerry Sprague