Overwhelmed with blessings!

I’ve always loved the verse in Deuteronomy 28:2 (especially in the good ole KJV – I mean, if it was good enough for Paul & Silas, it’s good enough for me!).

The wording implies that God’s blessings will chase us down and overtake us – and tonight, that’s exactly how I feel.

Why?

Because I just took the last several minutes here at the end of the 59th anniversary of the day of my birth and read the postings on my FaceBook wall – each one of the birthday greetings from all 250+ of you who took time out of your day to brighten mine.  I am a blessed man!

I was particularly humbled by the fact that I heard from at least one friend in each & every church I’ve ever served:

  • members of the first youth group I served in Troy, Michigan (1972-1977)
  • friends from the first church I pastored in Mt. Morris, Michigan (1977-1981)
  • people from our time as missionaries in Cebu City, Philippines (1981-1984)
  • folks I pastored in Dexter, Missouri (1984-1989)
  • former members of First Apostolic Church in Tinley Park that brought us to Chicagoland (1989-1990)
  • lots & lots of wonderful people from Christian Life Center (1990-present), including our
  • Tinley Park campus
  • South Bend campus
  • Lisle campus
  • Hispanic campus
  • Davao City, Philippines campus
  • and even lots of precious “ex-CLCers” who now live in several different states around the country,
  • not to mention several of my fellow pastors & church leaders throughout the USA
  • and even folks we’ve served in missions travel in Africa, the Mid-East, and Asia!

I still remember being a young teenager feeling a call to ministry in Jonesboro, Arkansas, even though neither of my parents completed high school – so to hear from all these folks who’ve been an important part of my life is, well, overwhelming.

God has been so good to me – so much better than I deserve.  And He still gives me the privilege of serving His people.  I’m thankful for EACH one of you.  I love the TEAM He is surrounding me with here at CLC.  And of course, I’m grateful for the faithful love of a woman who has been by my side for two-thirds of those 59 years (I’ll have more to say about her Friday when we celebrate 39 years of marriage).

As to your many wishes for my birthday, despite a full day of meetings at the office, my family did kidnap me for an extended lunch where I sat at a table with my wife, daughter, youngest son, his wife and my grandson, enjoying good food & their hilarious birthday cards – and my oldest son called from Canada while we were eating – so I’m not just blessed in ministry; I’m blessed as a husband and dad, too – and that’s even more important to me at this time of life.

Thank you.  From my heart – thank you for being a part of the blessings of God that have overtaken me tonight.  I love you all-

2 thoughts on “Overwhelmed with blessings!

  1. Pastor Jerry,
    Just wanted to wish you a belated happy birthday. May the Lord continue to bless you in the coming years. Thank you for being such a blessing to us and for being an important part of our spiritual growth. Our family will always hold CLC, the friends we made, and you and Pastor Chris near to our hearts.

    God bless you,
    Jim and Connie

  2. Hello,

    Pastor yes it is good to say yes to our faith and as the saying goes ( hold on to gods unchanging hand ).

    Happy birthday happy holidays with blessing to all.

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