Tell all your friends, and come out on Saturday, May 21st to hear about what the Lord is doing around the world. For more information, and to register for free, click on the link above.
The conference went great. If you weren’t able to make it out, you can now listen or download the messages by logging on to our website here. Pass them on to your friends and family as these messages were such an awesome encouragement to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and to continue to spread the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to those who still need to hear.
Hello everyone. The Missions Conference is just around the corner, and I’m starting to get really excited about all that the Lord is going to do over that weekend. Here is a link to go to if you want to listen to a short interview that I did about the conference on 90.5 Hope F.M. In it I share a little bit more about our speakers, and more about the conference in general. Are you coming? We have them every two years, so don’t miss this one! Register by calling our church office at 215-969-1520, or by logging on to www.ccphilly.org
See you there.
Hello everyone! We are fast approaching our Missions Conference here at C.C. Philly. The dates are Friday night, May 21st starting at 6:30 P.M., and all day Saturday May 22nd starting at 9:00 A.M. The conference is FREE and all are welcome to attend. We have invited all of the Calvary Chapel fellowships in the surrounding States, but are also welcoming any missions minded believers to come and attend from any church in the area. The only thing we are asking is that you first register so we can get an idea of how many people to expect. You can do that by filling this FORM out online (it only works if you are using internet explorer). If you don’t have a computer, or your only using safari on your mac, just call our church office and register with one of the secretaries. The number for C.C. Philadelphia is 215-969-1520. For more information, and to read more about our speakers, you can download the brochure by clicking HERE.
Speaking of our speakers, I just wanted to write a little about some of them, and where they are coming from. Dr. John Dekker and his wife Helen were working in Irian Jaya since the 60’s with the remote Dani people who had no written language and no knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Lord used the Dekkers in incredible ways to not only translate the Bible into their language, but to also start many various churches throughout the valley they lived in. Today there are 79 churches among them totaling some 13,000 baptized believers. These Dani have such a heart for missions themselves, they have now sent out over 65 couples from amongst themselves to other people groups in the surrounding area that need to hear about Jesus!
Pastor Serge Poteau is the pastor at C.C. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He will be sharing with us on what the Lord has been doing there in Haiti since the devastating earthquake hit in January. He is a Haitian national and will have information that we have not and will not get on our national news stations. I’m really looking forward to hearing him and all that the Lord is doing there in PAP.
Some of our other speakers will include David Guzik who is the director of the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Siegen, Germany, and has also written many commetaries that are available for free on Blue Letter Bible. Phil Metzger will aslo be sharing with us. He is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Budapest, Hungary which I believe is the largest Calvary outside the United States, and has been on the field for over 12 years. He also oversees the Bible College in Vajta, Hungary, and the Calvary Church plants throughout Eastern Europe. He will be sharing about the great things that the Lord is doing in Eastern Europe, as well as the great needs that still exist in that area.
We will also be hearing from Bill Gallatin, Jeff Jackson (former missionary to the Philippines, and founder of Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators), Chuck Walton (Wycliffe Bible translator among the Sama people in the Philippines for over 30 years), and some others!
So, as you can read, we have a strong line up of speakers that will not only tell us what the Lord is doing around the world, but will also challenge us on what our part should be in the midst of it all. Pray for the conference, that the Lord would do a mighty work over those two days, and that many would sense the Lord calling them out to this great harvest! Invite your friends, sign up online (or by calling the church office), and continue to pray that the Lord would use this time for His glory.
Sorry this is so late. Soon there will be a link on C.C. Philly’s homepage, but for now, log on to http://www.ccphilly.org/, then click on the Audio Resources link on the top of the page. From there, go to “Search by Topic”, and the East Coast Missions Conference will be there. You can choose from 10 messages. Also, if you would like these messages on one MP3 we can make some and send it to you as well. Just call the church, and get transferred to the tape department. I will be updating soon on some things that the Lord is doing here, and things that He is showing me in His Word.
Hey guys. I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their help with the missions conference last week. So many people helped out with either food preparation, passing out bulletins, setting up chairs, making signs, picking up our guests from the airport, housing our guests, and the list can go on and on. I especially wanted to thank all of you who committed that day to prayer. The Lord honored those prayers, and He once again proved faithful to glorify the name of Jesus, and pour out His Spirit on those who gathered together that day. *Please note that all of the sessions including the workshops will be available for free on our website in the next couple of days. Log on to www.ccphilly.org to listen to them.
Immediately following the conference, myself and the rest of the pastors at CC Philly enjoyed three days down at Sandy Cove Conference Center in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay for our annual East Coast Pastors Conference. Joining us were pastors and leaders from Calvary’s up and down the East Coast (some 900 of them). After three days of worship, and study of the Word, I finished the week trying to catch up on emails, while continuing to prepare for a Sr. High missions trip to Brazil – we leave in 2 weeks (I will be talking about that in my next update) .
I must say that in the light of the Missions Conference and the East Coast Pastors Conference, and in finishing “To the Golden Shore”, the biography of Adoniram Judson (yes I did finish it) the Lord has impressed upon my heart with renewed fervor both the frailty of this life we live, but also the sweetest call that we could ever desire – to know Him, and to make Him known. I’m not yet 30, but I can look back on my life and see how much time has been wasted on selfish, self gratifying, temporal delights. Many of those things were not bad in and of themselves, but they were just more things that led to a distraction from the best things that the Lord had for me.
I was watching a little of “The War” last night on PBS, and as I watched and heard the stories about D-Day and Iwa Jima, I couldn’t help but to make the analogy of how missions in the mid 1800’s was seen in almost the same light. In the mid 1800’s men and women from America, and Britain were basically throwing themselves to the foreign fields with the desire that the “nations” would come to know the Risen Savior, and would enjoy a relationship with the King of Kings. With the vigor of a “D-Day” confrontation scores of missionaries arrived at foreign shores knowing that the probability of them surviving even a couple of years would be 50-70% in some places! William Carrey, Hudson Taylor, David Livingston, Adoniram Judson are just a few of the more popular names during this time who survived long enough for us to know about how the Lord used them in awesome ways. With the calling of our Savior, and a “Great Commission” to obey, they trusted in the sovereignty of God, and the battle they were heading towards was for His worth being known and embraced by the those who were trapped in darkness. As I finished Adoniram’s biography, the words of our Lord, and the truth behind them became very clear to me. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for Mysake shall find it”, or “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. ” As I read about these saints that have died to this world in so many ways, I am overwhelmed at the fruit that has been borne, and how even 150 years later I am benefiting from their lives. Lord, please keep our eyes focused on the eternal, and our hearts aligned with Yours. There is so much more I can write about the life of Adoniram, but I woud rather just encourage you to pick up a copy somehow, somewhere (it’s out of print, but you can still get a copy if you search hard), and read it for yourself. I’ll update in a couple of days about our trip coming up to Brazil on June 12th. Please remember to be lifting that up in prayer as well.
“The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the Treasure He is”.
Hello everyone. If I may, let me ask you guys to read that quote again, and to spend some time pondering what it really means, and what our lives would look like if we lived in that manner.
My apologies to those of you who check this blog daily as the needs and details of our missions conference next week have gotten the best of my time as of late. I do want to encourage all of you to register if you haven’t yet, and to tell others about this opportunity to come and hear about what the Lord is doing around the world, and what still remains to be done. I am also asking that you would bathe this conference in prayer. Pray that the Lord would gloriously lift up His Son Jesus, and His Great Commision – that peoples would know Him, and glorify Him, and live for Him with all that they have. Pray that this conference would also be a day where the Lord calls those that He has chosen to take this cause to peoples who haven’t heard, and maybe to those who don’t want to hear, and those who don’t even want you in their countries. I’m praying that on this day we would count the cost together, and in the light of His glory, corporately acknowledge Him as our all sufficiency, and our Treasure. Please join with me this next week asking the Lord to do awesome things here at Calvary Philly on Saturday, May 17th.