Some have asked about the website I recommended for cultural issues from a Biblical perspective: it’s www.bullseyechallenge.com
Now, I’m enjoying a DVR of Mr. Trubisky, hoping Bears managment make the right decision about the next starting QB for the Bears. Later-
So many good things happened today:
It was a FULL, good day at CLC!
Don’t forget our 21-days of prayer continues tomorrow at 7am!
The first Sunday of August was a good day around CLC:
Summertime special events in Hammond and Blue Island certainly helped these numbers, but I’m excited that almost 1,900 worshipped at CLC today!
Our Blue Island and Hammond campuses have heard all 4 movie messages (Tinley Park will hear “The Shack” next Sunday) – which has been your favorite so far? Most importantly, how has God spoken to you thru this year’s GATM?
Chris preached her heart out at the 5pm service, and it seemed almost everyone in the building responded to the altar invitation! God is working in Siberia, and we feel privileged to be a small part of it!!
But we’re also thinking of home, so if you attended a service at any CLC campus today, please leave us a comment as to what you most enjoyed or how the Lord ministered to you through God@the Movies or the Watoto choir-
I’d love to hear from YOU – what was your favorite moment in today’s services? How did the Holy Spirit minister to you personally? Please join the conversation by leaving a comment below-
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:
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:
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:
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…
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:
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:
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!
(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:
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
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
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:
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:
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:
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?):
But everything else about this FAMILY SUNDAY was great:
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:
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:
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):
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:
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:
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:
Alright – back to what you were doing.
The first month of 2016 was a great start for CLC in the ‘year of harvest”:
I think today at CLC was an afterglow of last weekend’s “First Love Conference”:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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’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)
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):
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):
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: