Hope. I need it. This week I am grieving. Monday night my wife and I wept with a family we have known for almost twenty years. Tragically, their son died in a car accident in southern Indiana. He grew up with our boys and has been in our home many times. The only words we have during times like this are "How long, O Lord?" (Psalm 13:1).
This time of year gets me excited about all the great things that are coming at Calvary. We have awesome events going on all year (Sunday worship, anyone?!), but emerging from the cold cocoon of winter into the promise of spring and the upcoming celebration of Easter is refreshing!
Lent—does it bring to mind tuna noodle casserole or fish sticks or grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup? Or does it make you think about what you need to “give up”? Or is it quickly forgotten as soon as the ashes are washed off your forehead? Yesterday morning while doing my morning hallway duty, I saw a still-faint smudge of ashes on a few students’ forehead as they headed to their classrooms and I had to smile.
My wife and I are all in. We live to see lives changed forever in Valparaiso and the world. A few days ago, we saw the smiling faces of children in Mitaboni, Kenya, and we were again reminded what a powerful difference our church is making. How does this happen? Through the generosity of God's people.
For many families, faith is an essential part of closure after the loss of a loved one. The funeral is for family and friends to say goodbye to their loved one, but including their faith and beliefs in the service is an important reminder that death is not the end. The bereaved need to be reminded their loved one is in another, better place.
Bishop Donald J. Hying visited St. Catherine Hospital on Monday, Feb. 13, as one of several stops in Northwest Indiana to observe the World Day of the Sick.
We are on the go here in Kenya! Today we are visiting with our kids at the Mitaboni children’s home. And we’ll catch up with the guys on the Sevenglory worship team trip this evening. Follow the Calvary Global Outreach Facebook page this week for updates. You can also follow my Facebook page for pictures and Sevenglory on Facebook for photos and updates.
Recently my wife Lyn and I, along with our three boys, had the privilege to travel to Kenya to visit our church partners, Nairobi Chapel, and to serve with Kids Alive International. My wife and I are so thankful for Kids Alive and the work they do, and we want to thank Calvary Church for your generosity towards them. Your giving is making a kingdom impact, and we have seen it with our own eyes!
We're on a mission at Calvary Church: we want to change lives forever with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As C. S. Lewis put it, "The church exists for nothing else but to draw people into Christ, to make them little Christs." We see this happening right in front of us at Calvary from students to senior saints. The ancient gospel is attracting people to our community and that gospel is changing lives.
There is such a thing as a good problem, and we are having one at Calvary. The last two Sundays we have been out of room at both the 9:45a and 11:15a services. Sometimes we are even out of room in the overflow areas. We are trying to find a way to get nearly 1600 worshippers into a building that was built for less than half that number!
I was “suffering” for the Lord in Southern California last weekend, but when I listened to the sermon online, I got excited. Pastor Lionel spoke from Galatians 6 about Calvary being a place that restores people. It’s not about getting people to stop sinning and be better, it’s about helping them become more like Christ, which allows them to live life just like God created it to be lived! Helping one another is part of Christians “doing life” together. In fact, Life Groups will be meeting this week to talk about exactly what it looks like for them to do life the way it’s described in Galatians 5 and 6. It’s an amazing idea: we aren’t just here to worship together; we’re here to help encourage one another to...