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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.



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?

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?

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

Character counts…

“…In quietness and confidence is your strength…”
-Isaiah 30:15c, NLT

we’ve learned something in the last, what, four years since the great
collapse in our economy, it is that character is the most important
thing in any organization, in any movement. We’ve discovered that what
we need in our world are people of character – men and women who
primarily care not about what people think, not about their own
reputations, but about character – doing what is right just for the sake
of doing it.

We’ve come to care more about who we really are, and whom that other person is deep down inside. That’s what matters.

is what gives strength and power to any movement of God. However, it’s
not just in the leader that needs good character, but also in all the
people involved in any organization. We must all be people of true
character, people who really love doing good. Just love it.

truly love people and care deeply about what God thinks about us, and
care less about what anybody else thinks. Together, let’s depend on
God’s strength and truth in us, as believers, to be people of good
character helping others selflessly in times such as these.

Spirit of God, in quietness and confidence is my strength for living
today. Help me to take in this truth, and then help others, as is your
will for me, in times such as these and for the rest of my life on
earth. Amen.

Reflection: How has character
helped you during hard times? How has a lack of character in missteps or
misdeeds hurt you or others? What are you doing, today, in God’s
strength to help others in need?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

No expectations…

“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” -Job 1:21

We place unreasonable expectations on our friends and loved ones.

We expect them to drop everything they’re doing, answer the phone, and come hang out with us, or go out to dinner, or go see a ballgame.

And all of these things that we do diminish happiness and gratitude in our lives, and that’s not what the kingdom of God is about.

It’s not about entitlement, it’s not about assumption, it’s not about having all outcomes the way we want them all the time.
What about reasonable expectations? Can we give up believing that “I will wake up healthy tomorrow”? Or, “My spouse will always be with me”? Or, “I’ll always have this house”? What if we were to give up those expectations?.
Instead, we could wake up and say, “God, another day?.

Another gift from you that, today, I can live?”

Imagine what our lives would look like.

We would be people thankful for every day we’re given, experiencing each one as a gift from God.
Prayer: Creator God, thank You for today’s reminder to diminish my expectations. I know that if I do this, I will grow closer to you and experience the blessings I now overlook. Amen.
Reflection: What positive growth can you imagine you will experience in your life as you lower you expectations and raise your gratefulness to God?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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