We have prayed, we have planned... and we are waiting for God's people to respond. If you have made a commitment to the Even More project, thank you, thank you, thank you! Here is a short update: as of today we have received 124 commitments to our project for a total of $2,318,001. Our goal is 337...
Mother's Day at Calvary was simply amazing! Once again the house was packed with people who were here to worship, as well as join us in celebrating the arrival of 39 little children who are precious to the Lord. I know I keep saying it, but we sure do need some more room around here!
We've shared the vision; now everyone is invited to help us make room for Even More! We are outgrowing our space, and it's time to expand so we can welcome even more people who are being changed by the gospel. I have to say that I am already amazed by the generosity of our church. And I'm confident...
A mentor once said to me, "Lionel, if you don't figure out what God has called you to do, you will end up doing things people call you to do." Boy, was he right! As your pastor, I am invited to be involved in all kinds of things, but I have tried to stay focused on the most important things: preaching the Word, protecting the flock, and proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth.
In just two weeks, on May 1, I'm going to ask our entire church family to join me in making a commitment to our Even More generosity initiative! I'm already all in and can't wait to see what God is going to do through all of us. Right now we are sharing the vision, answering questions, and praying....
I feel like we are in the midst of something very special. I'm constantly hearing stories of how God is changing lives: children are hearing the gospel and coming to Christ, students are learning to be generous (love that!), and our senior saints are witnessing to friends and neighbors! No wonder we need more room!
I think I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. Not only do I have the privilege of preaching the most interesting book in the world, I am also asked to be present in board rooms, locker rooms, hospital rooms, and living rooms to counsel, comfort, and occasionally confront. After more than 25 years serving the church, I have learned that the most powerful thing I can do in any situation is pray.
Wow! We welcomed more than 3000 worshippers to Calvary Church on Easter weekend, over 2200 on Easter Sunday alone. That is our largest Sunday morning ever! I loved celebrating this special day with all of you and the many friends and family you invited.
Passion Week is one of the most powerful in the church calendar. No matter how long we have known the gospel, this is the time when we stop to contemplate what God has done for us through Jesus the Messiah. What a joyful and hope-filled week! We are looking ahead to a time when Jesus makes all things new!
Spring is almost here. Yes, it arrives this week on Palm Sunday. I'm looking forward to watching the world outside the window be renewed once again. Let me encourage you to make time for body and soul this spring. May God renew us!