Today was a “stand-alone” Sunday instead of doing the same series at all 3 campuses, and there are three very different but very good reports:
Here’s my favorite quotes of the day, compliments of Niyi Gbade:
“where there is room in the heart, there is room in the house” – Danish proverb
“I want you to gossip. Gossip the Gospel!”
“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you could lose” – C.S. Lewis
“Why should anyone hear the gospel three times when some have not heard it once?” – Oswald Chambers
I’d say summer is off to a good start at CLC!
Hope you’ll invite someone to join you for Father’s Day next Sunday-
If YOU attended any service of CLC today, at any location or online, what/s your favorite memory? Leave a comment below-
Kudos to EVERY mom & the photographers at each campus who helped make this a special day!
Special thanks also to Tim & Melanie Hilton, Tenita Ramey, Sean Smith, & Tamika Steele for sharing their stories of how having a prayer language has changed their life!
I’d say we’re off to a great start in the ‘GIFTED’ series. Although I don’t think we reached the 3 dozen Holy Spirit baptisms I prayed for all week, we did reach dozens, plural, with at least 25 people filled today. (I should have a more complete report after we process the Connection Cards tomorrow).
And as one of our elders said, “This is only the beginning!”
Please join me in fasting at least one day this week as we continue to go deeper in the things of the Spirit in this series!
My favorite conversation of the day was with a young boy (8 years old) who approached me in the lobby and said, “Pastor Jerry, if I don’t make it to the NBA or the MLB, I want to be a pastor just like you when I grow up” (I mean, #3 choice behind major-league baseball or the National Basketball Association ain’t bad!)
As you probably know, we have campuses in Mindanao, Philippines – and I just heard from Pastor Herley Montes at our Davao City campus – they baptized 130 new converts this week! Rejoice with them at the pic below:
And if you missed today, perhaps this video will enlighten you about the 10/40 window:
The amazing news is that CLC is actively engaged in 28 of the 56 nations within the 10/40 window, and 70% of our monthly missions support goes to the 10/40 window nations!
After service, one widow donated $1,000 and pledged $4,000 more to help others go on missions trips!
And another CLC’er heard the Holy Spirit whisper that there was someone at CLC who wanted very much to go on a missions trip but didn’t have the funds, and that he was to donate $2,100 to help make it possible!
Now, that’s what I’d call a GREAT Missions Sunday!
First, MY reflections from tonight’s services at New Life Fellowship in Cambodia:
- I’m supposed to be here to give, but tonight I received as one of the young leaders from New Life Fellowship gave a ‘word’ that spoke directly to my heart! (Thank you, Jesus!)
- I don’t have any pics, but Chris ministered a message about healing at the main campus of New Life, and many people responded – healings, demonstrations of the Holy Spirit, and more – powerful!
- The highlight came after the service, as a young student from Turkmenistan that we first met about a year ago during one of our seminars agreed to meet us for dinner. I have sensed that the hand of God was on him in a special way – learned today that he is a Muslim and tonight was his FIRST time ever in any church. At dinner afterwards we were able to share with him and God gave Pastor Jesse a word of knowledge that I believe really helped to open his heart to the Lord. Pics later!
But just as importantly, I’m SO anxious to know how things were at CLC today, so I need YOUR reflections, too. For the first time in a long, long time, I shared a message via video at each campus as we kicked off the “Only Jesus” series, and curious minds want to know: HOW WAS IT?
If you attended any service at any campus or online today, please leave your comments below:
- what did you LEARN about the Virgin birth?
- did you leave with a greater appreciation for the Word of God?
- What impacted you the most?
- (Be honest) was it difficult to receive from a video?
Feel free to expand beyond my questions to give YOUR report of how God ministered to you through the opening of our April series:
I am rejoicing over several salvation decisions that made this a really great anniversary, except for an announcement that I didn’t want to make:
DUH Moment #1 of the day: if you attended the first service in Tinley Park or Hammond, both Pastor Ben and I completely forgot to show the “rest of the story” from Rodney & Nikeya Young’s testimony has to how God blessed their entrepreneurial efforts after Rodney left a good-paying job when his company wanted him to be unethical. (Sorry folks – but it’ll be up on our website soon)
DUH Moment #2 of the day: after talking so much last week about confessing the promises of God’s Word (including meditating on them), I compiled appropriate verses on four different themes: God’s goodness, tithes & offerings, money management & God’s favor on your job, and we printed them for distribution at each campus. But I completely forgot to mention them today! The good news is that you can still get them next time you’re at any campus – help yourself at the Information Desk!
UGH! The Sunday when Daylight Savings Time begins is historically one of the lowest-attended Sundays of the year, and today was certainly no exception, with Tinley Park having almost 400 fewer worshippers today than last Sunday. I’m glad that wasn’t the case at our other campuses! Here’s a few bright spots from today:
Let’s start with our Hammond campus, which added a second Sunday service today – and saw 382 people in attendance! (That’s about 130 more than we’ve been averaging).
AND, 6 of those folks prayed to receive Christ today, including 3 from one family who were invited by a guest who just got baptized last Sunday! (gotta love that!)
And 5 were baptized there today! I know Pastors Sam & Taylor are still rejoicing, as am I!
Meanwhile, here’s some worship pics from there today:
Rejoicing over every good thing happening at CLC in each campus – including new guests & prospects, more people in Growth Track, salvation decisions, baptisms, communion & more! Say it with me, “God is good…all the time…and all the time…God is good!”
Best of all, there were at least 10 people who prayed to receive Christ after Jon’s teaching today, plus numerous others who received emotional healing & freedom from the past!
Best of all, as he ministered today on “The Full Ministry of the Holy Spirit”, people responded – as 3 were born-again (including a next-door neighbor who will be water baptized next week!) and several others were baptized in the Holy Spirit and received their prayer language! The momentum for adding that second service is real, with another strong attendance today and perhaps a record attendance in Life Groups this past week!
I was only able to be in the altar time during the noon service at Tinley Park, but I must say it was the atmosphere that I want for every Sunday! When the Presence of God is that strong, it makes me weep and evidently I’m not alone, because I saw more tears in the auditorium today than I usually do in a month! Thank you Jesus for your Presence!
Hey, if you attended ANY service at ANY campus today, what impacted you the most? Please join the conversation by leaving a comment below-
On this Super Bowl Sunday, our Davao City, Philippines campus is undisputed champion:
- If you want to help with any amount, click here and choose “emergency relief fund”
- Pastor Herley sent me pics of 4 of our 13 CLC congregations in Mindanao from today’s worship services:
That’s all from today’s Mission Sunday at CLC….now I’m going to enjoy the rest of this humiliation of the Green Bay Packers-
Honestly, if you were here or participated online, you don’t need any explanation; and if you weren’t able to be a part of our 2017 First Love Conference, there are no words! But here’s a few pics:
One more service to go: tonight at 5pm, with Dennis Cramer and then my pastor, Bishop Joseph Garlington. Join us!
Let’s all “set our face toward God” during these next 3 days of prayer & fasting as we prepare our hearts for our annual…
- Pastor Ben preached ‘ELF’ at NWI today as Pastor Sam was on vacation, and he says it was a really good service, with one salvation decision, three people participating in growth track and a great response to the message!
That completed MY Sunday here in Nairobi, but as a pastor, I’m always curious about things at home. If you attended any service at any campus of CLC today, please leave your thoughts about the service you attended:
- what was your favorite part?
- how did the Holy Spirit minister to you through the teaching?
- what was your takeaway for this week?
I look forward to being home Tuesday and can’t wait to see all of you next Sunday for the kick-off of “Christmas@the Movies” with ‘ELF’ – invite a friend!
Today was a real day of celebration:
- No pics, but we celebrated with double-digits of folks who prayed to receive Christ. In fact, my favorite moment of the day was when a mom came to me after the 10am service to tell me that her 16-year old daughter who has battled against depression (was hospitalized for being suicidal) and had even doubted there is a God, wept all through the message last Sunday and today prayed to receive Christ!
What did you celebrate today?
I’m loving this emotional healing series, and today was a GOOD day at each CLC campus:
I’d call that a GOOD day at CLC!
Today was the climax of our N2 series, and what a powerful day it was with Dr. Patricia Bailey as our guest at the Tinley Park campus!
- We also rejoiced with John Watanabe, a new believer who was baptized today!
(Speaking of the International Dinner at Tinley Park next Sunday, October 16 at 6pm, get your tickets while they’re still available!)
Tonight was the NWI International Dinner and besides foods from several nations & cultures, we enjoyed a Mexican folk dance and a special guest from Compassion International (Matt Kitchen) and most of all, some excited NWI’ers signing up for 2017 Missions trips and/or sponsoring children in Kenya & the Philippines thru Compassion!
It’s not TOO LATE – you can visit the Compassion Experience on Monday, October 10 between noon and 8pm – make your reservation here.
Then tonight was the FIRST of our three “International Dinners”, and I must say that Blue Island set the bar high for NWI and Tinley Park these next two Sundays:
Can’t wait to do it all over again NEXT Sunday, at NWI!
That’s all for CLC today. Next up: watching the hapless Bears play the Cowboys tonight-
We ended the ‘Family Matters’ series on a high note today at each campus:
- Best of all, people gave their life to Christ in EACH service today!
Enjoy this last week of “Family Matters” small groups before we launch N2!
On this 15th Anniversary of the day almost 3,000 Americans lost their lives on 9/11, it was GREAT to celebrate new life in Christ through water baptism with 2 CLC’ers:
Best news of the day for me: we more than doubled the number of Life Group leaders in Tinley Park during the ‘Family Matters’ campaign, and at our meeting this afternoon it appears ALL of them are going to continue to lead during the next semester!!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed keeping up with our travels here in the Philippines, but like always, part of my heart is in Chicagoland today with our CLC campuses. I really want to know: how were the services at CLC today?
If you attended ANY CLC campus (Blue Island, NWI, Tinley Park, or online) please leave a comment below to tell us
- how did the Holy Spirit minister to you?
- what was your favorite part of the service today?
- what was your main takeaway from the teaching?
Thanks for leaving your comments – curious pastors want to know!
Now it’s time for some sleep before we begin the FIRST-EVER CLC-Philippines Convention tomorrow morning with all 11 of our campuses – pray for great anointing on all our meetings!
I’d call that a good day at CLC’s Chicagoland campuses!
Finally, several people asked me today for a copy of the letter I read at the close of service in Tinley Park, so here it is – just click on the link: Dear Daddy
- We added at least 11 more host homes for ‘Family Matters’ today – it’s NOT TOO LATE for you to volunteer – whether you want to meet in your home, at your workplace, a coffee shop or wherever! Remember, you and a couple of friends makes a great group! Volunteer by clicking this link now!
- Best of all, there were 4 salvation decisions after the message at NWI!
ATTENTION: if you have not yet joined a Family Matters group, please find the one most suitable for you here at our website. Don’t miss out!
Yesterday was one of those days so jam-packed I didn’t have time to post my thoughts – so here goes this morning:
After sleeping on it overnight, I’d call that a GREAT weekend at CLC!
Can’t wait for the start of our “Family Matters” series – WHO are YOU inviting to your small group?
“At the Movies” 2016 ended today on a high note:
- Best of all was several people (adults & children) who prayed to receive Christ at 10am and 12noon (probably should have given an invitation at 8:30am, too) AND I’m thankful for at least 18 more hosts for “Family Matters”, including some who were watching online today! Love that technology keeps us connected even during summer vacations or whatever!
- Congrats to ALL our CLC graduates, many of whom are headed to college this week.
- Also rejoicing with Pastors Sam & Taylor that baby D’s birth mom visited NWI today and was greatly touched by the Holy Spirit during worship! God is at work in NWI!
- AND I’m rejoicing that we have at least 25 hosts for “Family Matters” in NWI!!!
Here’s my thoughts on one of the muggiest days of 2016 (it’s HOT out there, folks!):
Join the conversation – what was YOUR favorite moment at the campus you attended today? Leave your comments below-
Our favorite summer series continued today with ‘RACE’ in Tinley Park and ‘Star Wars’ at our other campuses. Here’s my thoughts on this busy day:
- I only made a salvation invitation in the noon service, when we saw 6 precious men & women give their lives to Christ! (Dunno whether to kick myself for not making an altar call at the other services OR thank God for nudging me at noon – but I know I’m praising HIM for drawing those six to Himself today!)
Here’s the schedule next Sunday:
Star Wars: Tinley Park (Pastor Chris)
Ant Man: NWI (Pastor Brent)
Race: Blue Island (Pastor Jerry)
Tell a friend!
Most important of all, PRAISE GOD for people who were water-baptized and others who gave their lives to Christ today! Good things happening even in the summertime!!!
I did pull myself away from the pool long enough to join the ONLINE 10am service in Tinley Park, but as always, I’m still curious when I’m physically absent – so here’s my question:
if you attended any service at any CLC campus today, what are your thoughts? What was your favorite moment in the service? What point from ‘At the Movies’ spoke to your life today?
C’mon, let your pastor know by leaving your comments below-
Well, the first half of 2016 Sundays is now history, and today was a good one:
- Pastor Jason won our hearts, actually even before today’s services, with two terrific messages at our “GREATER” Men’s Conference on Saturday – but if you didn’t hear “Fail Forward” today in Tinley Park, you really owe it to yourself to go to our website later this week – such a practical, life-giving word for those of us who ever fail!
- Lots of people praying to receive Christ after he preached – that NEVER gets old!
- Pastor Sam said they had one person who gave their life to Christ today, and LOTS of folks receiving prayer at the altar after the message!
Who will you invite to “At the Movies” as we begin the second half of 2016 next Sunday?
Getting ready to celebrate Father’s Day at the McQuay house with 67% of my children and 60% of my grandkids, so I’ll keep this brief:
None of the other pics from TP worked today, but let me just say ‘thanks’ for supporting the testosterone preacher today, and PRAISE GOD for about 20 people who went to the Fresh Start table after service, having prayed to receive Christ today! (Never, ever gets old)
Ok…by now you know that Chris & I are on vacation in the Smokies, so we weren’t at any campus of CLC today.
And, as always when we’re aware, we’re curious as to how things went.
SO, if YOU were at any campus of CLC today (including online), please leave your comments below as to:
1. How the Holy Spirit ministered to you in the service-
2. Your favorite moment in worship-
3. What you received from the teaching-
4. Or any other thoughts about today at CLC that you’d like to share.
My thoughts on this first Sunday of June (where has this year gone?):
- I’m especially grateful for about 12 or more people who prayed to receive Christ today! (I didn’t receive an ‘official’ count of those who picked up the New Believer packets at our Fresh Start table, but I know it was a bunch of people) – may we never take this for granted!
But everything else about this FAMILY SUNDAY was great:
- At NWI, Pastor Sam says it was a really good day, with strong holiday weekend attendance, first-time guests, a message that connected with people, and a great time of prayer with families at the close!
- At our Blue Island campus, Pastors Ben & Nili had planned to team-teach but Nili suffered an eye injury yesterday that sent her to the ER today (she’s better now) so she was unable to speak. However, the Lord showed her a picture of a woman and gave her a word. Pastor Ben described the woman she saw, who was present, and she was greatly blessed by the spot-on word from God!
That’s what I call a GREAT Family Sunday. It’s almost time to head back to KidsLife FX – hope you all have a GREAT Memorial Day holiday!
First, a few reflections from Siberia after our final service here:
Now that this wonderful time of ministry is over, I’m wondering about this Sunday at CLC. If you attended any campus of CLC today (or online), please leave a comment below to let me know:
- what was your favorite part of the service today?
- how did the Holy Spirit minister to you personally?
- any other comments you’d like to share?
I’ll board my first of three flights about 7pm Sunday (Chicago time) and get into O’Hare about 3pm Monday, the Lord willing. Looking forward to seeing you soon-
I have a group of pastor friends in my phone that I regularly text with some encouragement early on Sundays, and today my text was simply, “Gentlemen, it’s Pentecost Sunday. Let’s have a repeat performance!” (alluding to Acts 2:1-4, of course)
Well, in Tinley Park, we almost did!
At the conclusion of each service, he invited all those who wanted to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to come forward, and our estimate is that over 120 people responded. While I don’t have an accurate report of how many of them received their prayer language today, my best guesstimate is that over 50 of them did so! Our altars, especially at the noon service, reminded me of the best of my Pentecostal days, with whole families being filled, along with men & women who were powerfully baptized in the Spirit! It was awesome!
Despite some technical issues with the video live stream of Andrew’s teaching (Pastor Sam said it was like watching a bad Chinese movie), the altars still filled with people responding to the message, and at least 2 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit!
They announced today that our vision includes:
- Creation of the South Suburban DREAM CENTER
- operating a Food pantry
- offering free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
- after-school Education programs, beginning with “Tech Kids”
- Celebrate Recovery ministry to help people with hurts & habits & hang-ups
- Music programs
- Adult Education programs (job prep & placement, apprenticeships, etc.)
- and a new Spanish Ministry led by CLC’ers Gustavo & Nancy Villacorta, to meet the needs of our Spanish-speaking members & engage the Spanish-speaking community around Blue Island
I’d call that a GOOD Pentecost Sunday at CLC!
Mother’s Day at CLC is always special and today was no exception:
Best of all, we baptized four men and had full altars at each service with people who want MORE of the Holy Spirit’s power!
Hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day – looking forward to Andrew Wommack’s visit next Sunday already!
Today was the kickoff of our new series, “The GIFT” at each campus of CLC:
Now it’s a little couch time to rest up for the big b’day party for Bennett (4 years) and Kelsey (1 year old)!
I just made it home after a 15-hour workday (after our 3 services at Tinley Park and a quick bite to eat, I shuttled our Board of Directors from O’Hare to their hotel in Oak Brook, where we’ll have our annual meeting tomorrow) – so here are my thoughts about today at CLC:
Here’s my thoughts on this beautiful Spring Sunday at CLC:
that concludes another good day at CLC!
It’s been a long time since I had as much FUN teaching the Word as I did today:
We’re half-way through this series on ‘Hearing God’s Voice’ – can’t wait for next Sunday when we look at hearing from God through circumstances – you don’t want to miss this!
If you attended online or at any CLC campus today, join the conversation by telling us below how the Holy Spirit ministered to you or your favorite ‘moment’ today:
Yesterday was such a full day that I didn’t get to post on Sunday afternoon as usual, so here are my ‘Monday’ reflections on the first Sunday of April at CLC:
Today we kicked off a new series at CLC, “Is That Really You, God?” and each Sunday in April we’re looking at how we can hear the voice of God for ourselves. In today’s message about hearing God’s voice through the Bible, we simply didn’t have time to address an underlying question that many people have asked: “How can I know the Bible is reliable?”
So, as promised, here are some links to help answer that question, and give you confidence that the Bible truly is God’s Word (1Thess. 2:13):
- How do we know the Bible is true?
- Top 10 Reasons the Bible is true
- Isn’t the Bible just a bunch of fables?
- (video) Is the Bible reliable as a historical document?
- an interesting article on how the media misrepresents the Bible
If apologetics is a study that piques your interest, let me know – there are definitely some great Christian scholars who do a superb job of defending the faith.
And for those of you who would like to have some study helps, here are a few our pastoral staff recommends:
Join the conversation: what other online sites have you found helpful in reading & understanding Scripture?
P.S. For those who have asked, you can register for the day sessions of the National Prayer Summit led by Bishop Tudor Bismark here.
I’ve already reported the numbers surrounding our Easter celebration at CLC: new record attendances at each Chicagoland campus; new record total attendance of more than 3,300; new record number of salvation decisions.
But someone smarter than me has said that behind every number is a name and behind every name is a story. I know that’s true, and I also know that stories encourage & challenge us, and stories can be used by the Lord to reach others.
So today I’m asking for your stories:
- if someone you invited this past weekend received Jesus, please share your story-
- if someone from your ‘oikos’ (a relative, friend, or co-worker) came to visit & received Jesus this weekend, please tell us the story-
- I’m especially interested in hearing from those who make the “second effort” after Scott Camp’s first altar call response, when he then asked CLC’ers to turn to someone nearby and offer to ‘come with them’ to the altar – if you led someone forward for salvation, I want to hear about it-
- our ultimate goal is to capture some of these stories on video, so we can share them with the world, and help others come to faith in Christ!
You can tell your story by simply leaving a comment below, OR you can email it to me here – either way, I know that many people will be touched, challenged & encouraged by the story behind the numbers!
I don’t know how to describe this weekend.
Or even where to start.
But I’m sure we’ve never had a weekend quite like this in our 26 years (this weekend was CLC’s anniversary, by the way!) Here’s the highlights:
So if you’re counting, that means 3,331 people worshipped at a Chicagoland campus of CLC this weekend, smashing our previous record of 2,890 at our OneFamily 25th Anniversary service last year! To God be all the glory!
Well, our first ever #DonkeyDayCLC was a success at each campus:
It was no surprise; I LOVE this new song & am excited that we’ll sing it again Easter weekend to let everyone know:
It was no problem….and more importantly, we saw about a dozen people pray to receive Christ today! (That never gets old)
So Palm Sunday 2016 is history and now we look forward to EASTER weekend!
WHO will YOU invite this week?
The opening day of our “Oikos” series was wonderful:
How did the Lord minister to you at CLC today? Please share your thoughts below-
What a day at CLC with special guest, Joe Sangl today:
If you hurry, you can still attend tonight’s “Financial Learning Experience” at any campus – starts at 5pm sharp!
Here’s my recap of today at CLC:
- I made a ‘deal’ with the Lord several years ago: I would preach on money as long as He would still draw people to salvation afterwards. Today I counted at least 4 people who prayed to receive Christ!
- if you attended any campus OR online today, what are your thoughts about the service? Join the conversation below-
When we walked into the building, worship had already begun and they were singing (in Croatian, of course), “I’m No Longer a Slave to Fear” – and I immediately felt at home! In fact, the Presence of God was as strong today as anywhere I’ve been in the world!
Chris & I ministered about the differences in men and women today to kick-off the marriage conference for the next 3 evenings – and the response of people who wanted prayer was amazing. We must have prayed personally for well over 100 men & women today! By the time we had finished, I was sweating profusely and physically wiped out, but the Holy Spirit was so obviously at work – it was one of the highlights of international ministry for us.
We are SO impressed from this first exposure to the work of Pastor Sicko Alic at Word of Life Christian Center in Zagreb, and looking forward to the next 3 evenings here.
However, like each time we’re away from CLC on a Sunday, we’re anxious to know how things are at home. So if YOU attended any campus of CLC today, in person or online, please leave us your comments below: how did the Holy Spirit minister to you? What was your favorite part of the service? Was the teaching relevant to your life? Curious pastors want to know!
Ok, I get it – the game will be starting soon and people are coming and the food isn’t ready, so you don’t have time to read a long reflection from me about today at CLC. So here’s the highlights:
- Most important from Tinley Park is that we counted thirty-nine people who raised their hand for prayer to receive Christ today! Now, that’s a SUPER Sunday!
Alright – back to what you were doing.
The first month of 2016 was a great start for CLC in the ‘year of harvest”:
- I’m especially grateful for numbers of people who prayed to receive Christ in each service at Tinley Park! (The harvest has already begun at CLC!)
- Don’t forget that February 1, 2 and 3 are days of FASTING & PRAYER, with each campus offering a corporate prayer opportunity each day.
I think today at CLC was an afterglow of last weekend’s “First Love Conference”:
- If you haven’t heard, our annual Business Meeting is in Tinley Park this Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm!
Now it’s couch time and the NFL Conference championships-
There are no words to describe Saturday & Sunday morning, so I won’t try. All I’m gonna say is you need to GET HERE to the last half of the conference (tonight & tomorrow)!
P.S. At our Blue Island campus today after Pastor Sergio De La Mora preached, 25 people gave their life to Christ!
I say it so often it may not have meaning to you, but today was a GOOD day at CLC:
- I was overwhelmed at the numbers of people who stood for prayer at the close, and best of all, for the dozen or so who prayed to receive Christ today!
- Of course, it was also a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to Bob Contino, who was the only person at CLC longer than my family. It was sweet to honor him for all he’s done at CLC through the years (Youth Ministry, Worship Ministry, Drama Ministry, and the brains behind most of our Christmas productions), but certainly sad to see him go. I especially honor him for the reason he’s leaving us: his relocation to the city combined with his job responsibilities have limited his involvement here for the last several years, so he’s joining a church close to home so he can be more involved! No surprise for those who know & love him; it’s the kind of guy he is!
- Pastor Sam was ecstatic about today at NWI – not only because of good service & several new Life Group leaders trained, but because their pre-service prayer meeting that was scheduled for 8am-9am continued until 9:40, with people prophesying to each other, laid out in the floor, etc. – just amazing momentum going into 1st Love!
- Finally, Pastor William reports a great response to the message in Blue Island, with one salvation and much excitement about Pastor Sergio De La Mora coming there next Sunday at a special NOON service!
Now it’s couch time with my fingers crossed that Washington can beat the Packers!
If you attended the noon service, it was awful to know that the video failed & I should have given my best one more time. Please accept our apologies for the video glitches.
More than anything else in this report, I just want to say that I really believe 2016 is a Year of Harvest for CLC, and I hope you will share my expectation for the next 10 days of Prayer & Fasting.
In case you haven’t heard or we weren’t clear in our communication, we’re asking every CLC’er to join us for a 24-hour chain of prayer tomorrow, January 4 online. You don’t have to leave your home to participate – just choose the hour(s) that work for you and go to www.clc.tv/prayer and login to participate in the chat (basically it means you’ll pray with others by typing your prayer in the chat room)
In addition to that, from 6-7am and 6-7pm each day of the 10 days (January 4-13) at both Tinley Park and Blue Island campuses, we will have LIVE prayer gatherings in the auditorium for anyone who is physically able to join us. The same thing is true at NWI from 6-7pm for each of the 10 days. You don’t need to sign up; just show up & pray with us!
Of course, don’t forget to choose YOUR fast from the three we’re suggesting:
- water/juice fast – no food for 10 days
- Daniel fast – no meats, no sweets for 10 days
- partial fast – one meal a day after 4pm
I’m expecting a Harvest in 2016!
I should have posted before watching the Bears game…now I’m in a bad mood 😉 But at least it wasn’t a bad day at CLC:
- Great Presence during worship in Tinley Park as Pastor Jon and Harmony and the SoP led us in “You Make Me Brave” and “No Longer Slaves”, which really fit our current “Fear Not” series!
- Several people prayed to receive Christ, which is the greatest ‘Fear Not’ decision anyone can make!
- Special THANKS to ALL the CLC volunteers who helped us pack enough boxes of food at the Thornton Township Food Pantry to feed 1,000 needy families!
Now I’m gonna go nurse my wounds from the Bears game….
I can’t speak for each campus since I was only in Tinley today, but there was such a sweet anointing in each service this Thanksgiving weekend:
- AND our KidsLife students raised $125 for “Feed My Starving Children”, so they got to throw a pie in the face of their leaders, Jenny & Ben Gonzales (sorry, no pic)
- Kudos also to Mike Usher and Antonio Aranda as they stepped up to lead our CSM ministry there.
- In addition to volunteers for the “Christmas Hope Project”, our Blue Island campus is also taking a big role in the Christmas Parade there this coming Saturday.
The only thing that’ll make this day any better is some Thanksgiving leftovers….think I’ll have some now-
Well, the first snow of this winter is history, along with it’s affect on our attendance this Sunday at CLC:
- Make your Faith Promise here – simply tell us the amount and how often you’ll give.
In spite of the snowy attendance AND a disappointing Bears loss, I’m still praising the Lord this Sunday afternoon (hope you are, too!)
By the time you read this, we’ll either be asleep in Singapore or onboard a plane for Tokyo – but I promise you that my pastoral heart will be wanting to know how was everything at CLC today?
We’ve got a great staff, so I don’t worry about things when we’re away on missions, but I just like to hear about the services and how the Holy Spirit may have ministered to YOU.
So, if you attended any service at any campus of CLC today (even online), please let me know what you received from the Lord today. What was your favorite part of the service?
Leave your comment below and make this pastor’s heart glad. Thanks!
This has been the most interesting Sunday I ever recall. (I’ve been taught to use the word “interesting” when you don’t want to grumble or complain)
- I feel I owe an apology to everyone who attended the 8:30am service in Tinley Park (and everyone from our NWI campus, since that’s the video feed they received) – it’s been a LOOOONG time since I just dropped the ball with the message that badly.
I’m also excited for ALL the CLC’ers who are going to join us in reading the Word daily for the next 30 days, using “The Word of God” Bible reading plan. (If you haven’t already, download the Bible App to your phone and then choose this reading plan)
- After the 3rd service, we grabbed a quick sandwich enroute to O’Hare to catch our first flight that will eventually get us to Cambodia by Tuesday morning – and it took us over an hour to check-in because of a glitch that prevents us from checking our bags thru to Phnom Penh.
- Then my carry-on triggered the most (cough) thorough body search I’ve ever experienced before I was approved to go beyond security to our gate. All of these are what Andy Stanley calls “rich people” problems, since the vast majority of our world never sees the inside of an airport.
BUT God is good, all the time!
I’ll check in with you from Cambodia. Bye for now-
I live for days like today at CLC.
When you talk about the thing closest to the heart of God, HE shows up. And today HE showed up through the ministry of Rob Hoskins, President of OneHope!
It’s an amazing resource for kids & grandkids and would make a great Christmas gift – read more about it here.
Now it’s time to crank up the DVR and watch another Bears loss-
I bled today. A lot. All over people.
That’s the only way I know to describe today at CLC. It was my ONE Sunday of 2015 to share my heart for missions with our church family – and I can’t recall the last time I so wanted to reach people’s heart with my heart as today.
I guess we’ll know in the weeks ahead whether my mission was accomplished.
I do know from a few conversations between services that some CLC’ers heard God’s voice today, and that’s all any preacher could ever ask or want. Some of them will be going in person and others in prayer, and I expect their lives to be changed as a result.
That’s about all I have time to report, since I’m packing for my trip to LA tomorrow to help with the twins (my son returns to work and Dorothy can’t drive for 2 weeks because of the C-section, so I’ll play chauffeur and get to lay hands on my newest grand babies, too) and planning to attend the Tinley Park campus International Dinner tonight.
So, if you attended any service at any CLC campus today, what were your thoughts? Please leave a comment below–
Today was a momentous day, for CLC and for my family (not so much for the Bears or Cubs, unfortunately):
- Pastor William reports a great day at Blue Island, with new adult guests, a great beginning to the KidsLife Christmas program, and new members being trained for the worship ministry there.
I don’t want to talk about the Bears or the Cubs tonight. (I prefer to think of things that are lovely and of good report)
As I type this, I’ve just started the DVR playback, but I already know the Bears came from behind to beat the Chiefs 18-17, so I really think today was a win-win (a win for my favorite team & a win at CLC):
- We rejoice over people who prayed to receive Christ in each service today!
- Pastor Sam says ALL the tickets for the NWI International Dinner were already claimed a full week in advance! Missions is in the heart of CLC!
- Our MISSIONS EMPHASIS kicks-off in a few hours with Blue Island’s International Dinner – and excitement is building as each ticket was given out. Maybe more pics tomorrow-
Now I’m gonna settle in and watch that Bears win!
The final quarter of 2015 got off to a good start at CLC today:
Usually I post every Sunday to share my thoughts about the day at CLC, with tidbits from each campus. But of course today we were not there, and by the time this posts, Chris and I should be fast asleep before heading to Ben Gurion airport for the first of two flights that will get us into O’Hare Monday night.
But I’m a shepherd, and I always want to know how my sheep are doing. So IF you attended any service at any campus of CLC this Sunday (whether in person or online), please leave your comments below – how did the Holy Spirit minister to you? What was your favorite part of the service? How has the ‘Crash the Chatterbox’ series helped you personally?
Curious minds want to know…..
Special thanks for ALL our pastoral staff at CLC for serving SO well – it’s really what enables Chris and me to do what we feel God has called us to do. Special thanks to Pastor Sam Hamstra for closing the Chatterbox series today. And a BIG thanks in advance to all who leave a comment below, for making your pastor happy.
Saturday in modern Israel is still the Sabbath, and just as Jews have observed Sabbath for centuries, everything comes to a halt – no work is done, stores are closed & people rest. So it’s the perfect time for a Messianic congregation to come together in worship. Enjoy this Shabbat service with us via pictures:
Tomorrow I will videotape a message for their online audience, which is reaching thousands of Russian-speaking people in other countries, including a number of Russian pastors. Then we’ll return to Jerusalem for our final night in Israel before catching the first of two flights that will get us back to Chicago by Monday night-
You know what I’m thinking about today in Davao City if you read my previous post, but now I’m wondering how it was at CLC today.
If YOU attended any service at any campus of CLC today (even online), I’d love to hear from you – tell me how the Holy Spirit ministered to you or what was your favorite part of the service today, please!
You can leave your comments below-
In spite of a hard-fought Bears loss, this was a GOOD Sunday at CLC:
In case you missed any of the ‘tweetable moments’ today, here’s a few to remember:
- Fear’s ultimate goal: “all hope was gone”
- “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place”
- We want God to fix the storm; He wants us to fix our focus
- Fear knocked; Faith answered; no one was there
- “You’re gonna make it – just maybe not the way you expected!”
- When you get there, God will have someone to help you that you couldn’t see before you got there!
Most of all, I’m thankful for people who prayed to receive Christ all over the room today!
Get some rest & let’s come expecting great things with Bishop Tudor Bismark tomorrow!
I usually hate holiday weekends because of what happens to church attendance – but today was the exception….in fact, it was exceptional:
If you were present today, online or in person, what especially ministered to you or what did you enjoy best? Please leave your comments below-
Nothing like a FAMILY SUNDAY at CLC:
Consumed Leading Worship
- I also know that I’m still rejoicing over precious people who prayed to receive Christ today – must have been 15-20 in the noon service alone, with others in the earlier services & at NWI today! May we never take it for granted, but always rejoice as the angels do over even ONE person who comes to repentance!
Hope you’re planning to join me tonight at 5pm for Kidslife FX:
We completed the “4Most” series today, despite complications for some campuses:
- And for the second week in a row, we had technical issues that prevented our normal transmission of the message from TP – but Pastor Sam and the good folks of NWI made things work, regardless! They’re also excited about hosting the campus-wide Worship Encounter this Wednesday at 7pm!
- At our Blue Island campus, our administrator, Rocio Arevalo had an emergency appendectomy this morning. She came thru the surgery well, but her appendix had burst, so doctors advised that she’ll have a difficult recovery. Please join us in praying for complete recovery and for her husband and baby as they move forward after the surgery.
- Despite the fact that 3 key staffers were absent because of Rocio’s surgery, Pastor William reports that several new families were in attendance and that they really responded to the message today!
- I was personally touched today by the number of CLC’ers in each service who acknowledged that the Word is being ‘strangled’ in their lives by financial pressures – and I know God wants to help us all be financially free!
- I’m also praising God for several new families that I met today, and for people taking their next step to get connected at CLC! And all of us were blessed by RJ & Brandy Zamora’s testimony. If you missed it, here it is again:
- 4Most is complete, so now we’re looking forward to an ALL-CHURCH campaign to “Crash the Chatterbox” as we learn to overpower the enemies lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement with the promises of God!
Here’s a few tired thoughts about today at CLC:
- Pastors Doug & Shanna reported a great Prayer Event at the Four Winds Field in South Bend last night as churches came together to pray for their region, as well as a powerful time of prayer today as they also prayed for Teachers & Students going back to school!
I’m sending this from the United Club at O’Hare as I wait to board the first of two flights that will put me in Lagos, Nigeria about noon tomorrow (Chicago time). CAPRO is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this week and they wanted to honor CLC for the work we’ve done in partnership with them in Senegal. It’ll be a quick trip as I’ll only be on the ground about 75 hours and should be home Friday morning.
In the meantime, if you attended service at any campus or online today, how were you impacted by the Holy Spirit? Please join the conversation & leave your comments below-
It may still be summertime vacation season, but it was a good day at CLC anyway:
- I love the song we first learned last week – because He is a good, good Father!
- Even better, I’m rejoicing that someone was filled with the Holy Spirit in each service at Tinley Park today, including at least one first-time-guest! #OnlyGod #ButGod #LookAtGod Kudos also to Rosalind Wallace & Bryson Butler who were water-baptized today!
- I’m excited about at least a dozen additional Life Group Leaders for our upcoming “Crash the Chatterbox” campaign which starts August 30. This is the last call – if you’re interested in leading a group for 6 weeks, let our pastors know here!
- finally, special, MEGA-KUDOS for our KidsLife team for leading a “Pajama Day” in KidsLife for all our great kids:
I think our Davao campus had a BIG baptismal service this weekend, but I’m waiting the official count & more pics – here’s one just so we can celebrate with them:
That’s all – I’m headed to the couch; please resume whatever you were doing before I interrupted this fine Sunday afternoon-
Here’s a few pics & random thoughts about this Sunday at CLC:
- I was so touched to see lots of people raising their hands at each service to say that they may have had religion or rule-keeping before, but now they wanted relationship!
- If NOT, you can register now here–
- MEGA-kudos to at least 21 people who signed-up to lead a Life Group during our 6-week campaign, “Crash the Chatterbox”:
Crash the Chatterbox at CLC Promo from Promo Videos on Vimeo.
- At our Blue Island campus, a new family who visited after a recent outreach event has now gotten saved and requested water baptism!
- In South Bend, Pastor Doug reports that individuals from 6 different families joined CLC-SB at today’s membership class!
That’s it for today – gonna get the birthday lady some dinner now. But it’s YOUR turn – if you participated in a service at any CLC campus or online today, what was your favorite moment? Leave a comment below-
A few pics & thoughts about this last Sunday of July at CLC:
- I do think Annie was my favorite of our 2015 #GATM series – partly because I felt we really had a ‘rhema’ word for folks today, and I LOVE the fact that we saw several people make fresh starts with God at the 10am & 12pm services!
- Even more exciting is that NWI had one salvation decision today, and already 11 people have signed-up to be water baptized next Sunday!
- My favorite MOMENT in preaching today was at the noon service when my wife stopped me to point out in our notes what I was supposed to say next, and it turned out it was something she was supposed to say – trust me, by the time we preach it for the 3rd time in a day, both our brains are scrambled! (guess you just had to be there, but we all had a good laugh about it)
- But far and away my favorite REPORT of the day was when I heard that one of the women in our Step 4 class today asked one of our Elders about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and when the class was over he prayed with her and she received her prayer language! (That never gets old!!)
- I hope you’ll join me in walking or jogging or running our 1st-ever CLC 5k on Saturday, August 15! We’ve been waiting for this since I preached “Get Fit!” back in January-
Week 4 of our annual “God@the Movies” series is now history – here’s a few random thoughts about today:
- I’m especially thankful for people who made “fresh starts” with God today, including some in each service in Tinley Park and at least one each in NWI and Blue Island!
- Don’t forget to start inviting your friends/family for next Sunday and “Annie”:
First day back in over a month – here’s a few random thoughts about CLC today:
- To be honest, while Divergent was a box office hit (earning a profit of more than $200M so far), it was different than most of our “God@the Movies” in the past, as we couldn’t have much fun dealing with such a serious subject.
- Our Blue Island campus saw a great increase in local families worshipping today, including 4 families who lived close enough to walk to church!
- Please don’t forget to pray with us for a speedy resolution in court this Wednesday so we can move forward with the new building for NWI!
This will be a short post about today’s services at CLC, because (a) I hafta get ready to return for tonight’s ordination service at 5pm, and (b) what do you say after listening to Pastor Tim Ross three times in one day? The man is a preaching machine!
You still have time – ignore the rain and join us at 5pm as we ordain the Earley’s and Moran’s, officially welcome some new leaders and graduate our first School of Ministry class – and, of course, enjoy another message from Pastor Tim Ross!
P.S. For those who attended the 8:30am service, I erred in promising you that we’d have his message from yesterday’s leadership meeting online by tomorrow – as it turns out, we had a mechanical error and the message was NOT recorded. So sorry-
On this 5th Sunday of May, a “Family Sunday” at CLC, this is what we did:
But I can’t call it a day yet – it’s almost time for our “FX – Family Experience” tonight – free barbecue at 4pm; the fun starts at 5pm at our Tinley Park campus. See you there-