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Weep and then rejoice…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
-James 5:13

All of us experience loss, which we ought to mourn. We don’t need to pretend. We don’t have to say, “Oh it’s fine, I don’t care,” when deep inside we’re hurting. No, we mourn it. We weep.

Whenever we’re in the midst of a spirit of loss, as we’ve been as we’ve moved on from the Crystal Cathedral, as we’re remembering, it’s painful, it’s difficult, and we mourn. Nevertheless, in the end, resurrection is coming. I cannot wait to be there on that glorious day when the stone is rolled back and we look, and we see, and we say to one another, “Look what God has done and we’re a part of it!”

We will have a choice. When we get to that place, we can mourn then rejoice, or we can continue to look back and say, “Remember what it used to be like? Remember how this was this and that was that?” Do not do that. Do not try to resuscitate the past, but let it die. Mourn its loss, weep for it, and then rejoice when the day of resurrection comes because it’s not from you; it’s from the Lord and it’s a very great thing. I can’t wait to see you there. If you believe it, say amen!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for standing beside me in times of loss. I am able to look forward to a new day and new delights on the other side of my grief. In my sorrow, I pray for comfort. When my heart is healed, I sing songs of praise! Amen.

Reflection: When you’re experiencing the pain of loss and grief, what helps you to find relief?

Crystal Cathedral’s Robert Schuller Diagnosed With Cancer.


 

Rev. Robert Schuller

Rev. Robert Schuller

The Rev. Robert Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, Calif., has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 86-year-old is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, which has spread to his lymph nodes.

His daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, made the announcement during a recent sermon.

In a statement posted online Wednesday at the Hope Center of Christ, doctors said Schuller could live for two years with radiation and chemotherapy.

Schuller launched Hour of Power in 1970. Approximately 10 years later, Schuller’s church completed construction on the Crystal Cathedral.

He resigned from the ministry’s board in 2012, two years after the church filed for bankruptcy.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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What really matters…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
-1 John 4:7

My daughter Haven is so cute. She’s three years old and she makes these drawings for me. She scribbles a bunch of stuff on paper, she hands it to me, and she’s so proud. Then I take that paper and I say, “Wow this is great. I love it,” because she made it.

I love Haven’s drawings because I love her. But if I had to choose between either losing the drawings or losing my daughter, which would I choose? Haven, of course.

God sees the Crystal Cathedral as I see her drawings. Is he impressed? The one who made all of the clouds of the sky and all of the nebulae in the universe and formed the very earth that we live on, and made you, is he impressed? Probably, possibly a little bit, because he loves us more. But what really matters to him is you.

What matters to me the most are not Haven’s drawings, but the little girl who is my daughter because I love her. And that’s what our former sanctuary is. It is a drawing. And like every other temple, it will be washed away with the sands of time. But the Church as a whole, that’s you and me and believers to come, will be here forever.

God believes in us. He believes in you. He does not believe in brick and mortar. He believes in people because he made us. If you believe it, say amen! And I believe in the future. Do you? I believe in it for you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so blessed to look forward to a future with you and with other believers who know who you are. Thank you for not only creating me, but also believing in me. Amen.

Reflection: When you think about what really matters in life, what do you see? How does God show you how much you matter to him?

Whole and strong…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
- Romans 12:5

The way I see the now-broken temples of yesteryear in the Holy Land today is that they are now only scattered, broken pieces everywhere. Is that what God sees when we, who make up the Christian Church, are divided? We’re meant to be a temple, whole and strong. Does God’s heart break when he sees that we argue over doctrine, music, buildings? We fight, bicker, and say, “I am a Christian, but I’ll have nothing to do with that group of people. I’m just going to follow Jesus. He’s my personal Lord and Savior and I want nothing to do with those other guys.”

There is something about that statement that is not Christian. I’m saying this with love and with passion: I think God wants us as stones united to form a building. He wants us, his people, to be living stones in his building, the Church.

So if you’re picking up on my subtext, I’m also talking about our recent move from the Crystal Cathedral. That building was built because people were united behind a cause and a vision.

We have a vision still. There are millions of people out there, in the houses surrounding Shepherd’s Grove and all over the world that have not ever heard that God loves them. They think God is an evil, angry man on a cloud. There are people who are suffering loss, death, pain, and illness. All they need to know is that God is on their side. They need to hear the gospel. That’s what we’re all here to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord, when people let me down or I experience a loss that breaks my heart, help me not to withdraw from others but help me to become united with others for the cause of Christ. Amen.

Reflection: Describe a time when disappointment has caused you to withdraw from others. How have you resolved your negative feelings to become a part of God’s vision for your life and relationships?

A living stone….


By Pastor Bobby Schuller 

“As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
-1 Peter 2:4-5

We have been moving together with joy and are now adjusting, beautifully I must say, to our new home base at Shepherd’s Grove. As we make this change, we have to be thinking, about now, what the resurrection says to us as a ministry. What does the resurrection say to us who have made our former building, the beautiful Crystal Cathedral, so important? 

It is important. There is loss involved. Some, who attend worship services locally, have even told me, “I’m not going once we leave this building.” That breaks my heart. I don’t say this with judgment, but I wonder if those who are having the hardest adjustment know what a church really is. Do they know it’s not a building? 

In 1 Peter 2:4-5, the Apostle Peter shares that we all are “living stones” in God’s spiritual house. The first stone, the cornerstone is Jesus, the capstone on which the whole Christian Church will be suspended. Then there are those of us who have received him as our Savior and, from that cornerstone, God uses all of us as “living stones” to build a spiritual house that cannot be destroyed.

Imagine that…each of us is a “living stone” in God’s Church on earth!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for using me to build your Church. I want to serve as a “living” stone” of faith, someone others can depend on to help guide them into the shelter of your grace-filled love. Amen.

Reflection: How do you see yourself serving as a “living stone” in God’s Church on earth? 

Go, go, go, go…


By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“Love is patient, love is kind.”
-I Corinthians 13:4a

In our world, we are constantly on the go. That’s what I realized when I started living unhurried this last week. I was at odds with a world that loves to go ten miles over the speed limit, is constantly waiting for their turn to talk, and always wants to be first in line and the center of attention. It’s a place of pride. I have to accomplish everything I’m expected to do and be successful.

When we’re in a hurry, we can accomplish great things, but sometimes moving too fast is something that poisons our heart where, even if we have nothing to do, we are still in a hurried posture. Therefore, the fullness of life, the reward for the hard work that we do is sapped because we’re always thinking of the next thing and never able to be truly present in the laborers reward. We’re never really able to enjoy our meals, our company, our business, or our efforts because it’s always the next thing. And so we go, go, go, go, go, go, and talk a million miles a minute.

I just read an article about doctors saying that Americans breathe too fast. That’s true! We’re supposed to be breathing deeper and longer. There’s something about Americans that we breathe like panting dogs. Just as we need to breathe full in and then breathe fully out, we need to live life in a slower rhythm so as not to miss a thing on this journey of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t want to miss a thing in this life with which you’ve blessed me. I look forward to slowing down and enjoying all the blessing that you have in store for me. Amen.

Reflection: When you think about living life with a slower rhythm, what does that look like to you?

Dealing with it…


By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
-Psalm 27:14

Jesus was unhurried, wasn’t He? He never seemed to be in a hurry except when He went to the cross. That was it.

When Jesus was called to heal Jairus’ daughter, and He encounters all these distractions on the way, He sees God in the distractions. Then He gets to Jairus’ daughter and she’s dead because He took too long. So He just raises her from the dead. The same thing with Lazarus. Jesus actually finds out about Lazarus and decides to do nothing (John chapter 11). He wants to wait for Lazarus to die so that He can raise him from the dead.

And of course, Jesus, throughout His life, is unhurried because God is unhurried. They’re eternal beings who live in a different reality. They’re not afraid of things like death or not accomplishing their goals. They live in a completely different reality. Jesus lived, and so should His disciples live, from a place of humility, listening, and an unhurried posture.

The sense of hurry that I normally live out of, and many of us live out of, often comes from either a place of pride or a place of fear. Sometimes when we create space for the Lord of silence or solitude, we have to face our inner demons, we have to face our struggles, our loneliness, our feelings of lack of meaning or fulfillment, and then we have to deal with them. So typically, instead of dealing with them, we just go back and hurry again, and get productive.

However, I don’t believe that’s what the Lord wants from us. Maybe He actually wants to teach us in those moments that he would rather we slow down so we can live the life he has planned for us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live the life you have planned for me. Show me the way to live the unhurried life. Amen.

Reflection: What do you think the Lord has planned for you once you slow down and take more time to listen to him?

Creating space…


“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
-Isaiah 40:31

Almost immediately, as I experienced my experiment in slowing down, it made a tremendous difference in my life. I could better understand what my mentor, Dallas Willard, had said about an unhurried life, especially for someone like me who is typically almost always in a hurry. I have goals, I have things I want to accomplish, I have big dreams, and I have a lot of responsibility, but that doesn’t mean I need to hurry.

This idea of living an unhurried life, waiting and being patient, is a scriptural idea, by the way. We just don’t like to pay too much attention to it. One of the most famous verses that we quote here on the Hour of Power is the passage about the eagle’s wings. And it begins with waiting on the Lord. That’s where all of the strength and power emanates. Isaiah says that when we wait for the Lord, we will renew our strength. Who? Those who are in a waiting posture with the Lord.

You see, living in an unhurried way creates space for God to give you the strength. Instead of trying harder, you’re actually empowered by the Holy Spirit in the spaces of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live in your strength, empowered by your Holy Spirit, unhurried, and always aware of you. Amen.

Reflection: Do you feel weak in any area of your life? How would it feel if you were stronger?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Enjoying every bite…


By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
-Psalm 27:13

When I started an experiment in doing everything slowly, it started to affect the way I ate. One time towards the end of this week, as I was peeling an orange, I felt this spiritual experience as I put my thumb in and the orange popped with a blast of juice that burst out and filled the room. I could smell the wonderful citrus scent as I pulled off the orange skin and peeled it slowly. Then, as I broke the orange in half, juice sprayed everywhere and the whole room was filled with its lovely fragrance. I bit into its juicy and sweet fruit, and ate it slowly, enjoying every bite.

Are you feeling hungry yet? That’s what slowing down does.

Slowing down, living in an unhurried way makes life more delicious. That is the truth. And that’s the thing that I realized this week. I’ve even started speaking slower to people. Believe it or not, I’m actually listening to people when they talk to me. And I’m responding to their questions rather than pontificating on my own wisdom and insight.

I’ve found myself, this last week, immediately experiencing the fruit of an unhurried life. Here are a few things I’ve figured out: My time was less filled. I had more time, and yet I was probably more productive. I was happier. I wasn’t constantly thinking about the next thing but I was present in the gifts that God was giving me. And although I think I may have frustrated some of the strangers who were trying to get around me or get ahead of me in line, I was a blessing to my friends and my family.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as I begin to slow down and live the unhurried life, I look forward to experiencing the blessing you have in store for me, and the more quality time I will have to spend with you. Amen.

Reflection: Like Bobby eating the orange, try an unhurried experiment yourself. What did you do, and how did it make you feel?

Teaching the truth…


By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.’”
-John 17:14

Political correctness has taken our society to new levels that need biblical challenges and clarification.

We need to root our values in divine virtues from the Word of God. If we do not put down deep biblical roots, our children and grandchildren will end up controlled by self- interests learned through a corrupted society. Biblically founded ethics will be things of the past.

Our authority must come from God, not from our government or other ruling bodies whose values are rooted in self-promoting and propagation of their agendas.

Jesus came, taught, died, and was resurrected to first teach, then show, that God loves us. Can we respect that and teach it to others as the truth?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your perfect plan for my life. Help me to discover each element of that plan through your holy Word, and to share it with others, especially the younger generations as they grow and mature. Amen.

Devotion: If there’s one value in the Bible that you see lacking in the world today, what would that be?

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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