Friday: Today I’m flying to Buffalo, and then zipping up to Niagara Falls, NY. This will be my second time at Destiny Christian Church with Lou & Louisa Perez, the first time being 10 years ago. I’ve been with Lou & Louisa at some other events in NY, but now finally get the chance to be with them again on their own soil. The city of Niagara Falls has been bleeding for a number of years, with their city population taking a real hit and also the general vibrancy of the area. While Niagara Falls, Ontario has kept its energy, the city on the NY side has been slogging through mud. May the Lord visit this region with fresh power and grace in the Holy Spirit!
I’m scheduled to speak Saturday morning at a breakfast meeting, and then Sunday morning.
Saturday 5:00 pm: I made it to Buffalo last night! I finally arrived at 3 a.m., and got to my room in Niagara Falls at 4 a.m. But thanks to the Lord’s help, I made it. Up at 8:00.
We had a 9 a.m. breakfast meeting this morning. A group of around 30 leaders, a good turnout. And an excellent breakfast thanks to Panera Bread. I spoke on the life of Lot, my first to do so, and from the response it seemed the group really appreciated the message. Lot represents the believer who has lost their sense of sojourn. There are strong lessons to be learned from the tragedy of righteous Lot’s life.
My hostess is Sicilian, and tonight I’ll be served a spaghetti and meatballs feast. Along with three other family and friends. Will be great! By the way, Delta continues to have cancellations today as it recovers from this week’s chaos, and I’m over here hoping my Sunday flights will be in good order, smile.
Sunday 9:15 pm: Hi from home. Great flights today, got home on time, thank the Lord. This morning we had a great time in the Lord’s house. Good spirit in worship, good spirit in the receiving of the word. Everyone seemed to have profited from gathering together in the Lord’s name on His day. So once again I have returned home with a grateful heart for being able to have a small role in the furtherance of the kingdom of our Christ.
Today (Thursday) I’m flying to Kalamazoo, to have our first visit with Joel and his family after moving there this month. Marci is meeting up with me in Kalamazoo today as well. Looking forward to this!
Then on Saturday I will leave Marci behind in Kalamazoo, and will travel by car to Brighton, MI. This will be my first visit to Brighton Christian Church. Saturday evening I will share for 15 minutes with the worship team at a fellowship dinner in a home, then Sunday morning I will share with the congregation.
Sunday 5:30 pm: Greetings from Detroit airport. Had a great weekend with Brighton Christian Church. I was finally able to piece together my connection to this church. Pastor Jacob has been here 2.5 years, and prior to this, he was a youth pastor in a church in Mobile AL where I had ministered in 2011. He remembered that time, and wanted me to come to this church now that he is pastor here. Saturday evening’s gathering with the worship team was very sweet, they just hung out and enjoyed one another all evening. Then this morning’s service was graced of the Lord. I’m hoping that this will not be our last time together.
Wednesday: Today I’m flying to Chicago, to minister in the midweek service of Salem Baptist Church (sbcoc.org). Today they are starting a 4-week Wednesday series on worship, and they’ve asked me to be part of this series. This will be my first time with them. I saw in their online banner that they put the title “Exploring Worship” on my session. I saw somewhere the claim that they are the largest African American congregation in Illinois. Already I can tell I’m going to have a marvelous time tonight!
Thursday morning: Greetings from the 25th floor of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. I have a stunning view of the downtown area from my window. The tops of the buildings are hidden this morning in the clouds, it’s raining.
Last night’s meeting at Salem Baptist was special for me. It was my first to meet Walter Owens in person, the worship director at this amazing church. For their Wednesday worship series, Walter decided to invite me to come for the first in the series. I spent all day Tuesday in preparation, and just wrestled all day to find clarity. I went into the pulpit feeling like I never did find full clarity, so I was leaning hard on the Lord. The Lord seemed to step in and help me during the time of delivery. In the end, there was much appreciation expressed for the message on the cross and the blood of Jesus. After the closing I did a book signing, and a lot of folks lined up for that. I would guess they had 450-500 people, which is a pretty strong attendance these days for a Wednesday midweek service. The Lord has led them to construct a massive facility in one of Chicago’s most needy areas. May the Lord enable them with wisdom and strategies to glean the harvest in Chicago.
Sunday afternoon: I’m heading home now from a marvelous morning of ministry. When I consider that I came close to cancelling the weekend because of bronchitis, after seeing what the Lord did this morning, I’m so glad I pressed through and was able to see the Lord do such a strong work among His people.
Saturday early: Good morning! I had to be driven to the Chicago airport extra early this morning because the other party being taken to the airport with me has an earlier flight. It was a short, restless night, and I look forward to taking a couple naps on the planes today, smile.
Even though I’m not feeling 100%, the Lord helped me in the ministry of the word last night. The saints seemed to receive the message with eager hearts, and the soaking time around the altar at the end was especially sweet. The musicians and singers got into a very sweet flow.
Now I’m making my way to Buffalo via Detroit. To be with my friends at Creekside Gospel Assembly in Amherst again. It’s already been 3 years since I was last with them. Interestingly, I feel drawn to speak on the same topic that I preached on last night — the chastening of the Lord.
Tuesday: Had a great time this morning with the Intro to IHOPKC internship. I think the message was more for me than for them, because I myself need to be refreshed in the things God has given me in the past about prayer. I am not feeling so well today because of bronchitis and a little bit of achiness, but the Lord helped me to complete the sharing, and He graced it.
Friday: Today I’m returning to Eagle’s Nest Worship Center, South Holland, IL, for their annual worship conference. (south side of metro Chicago) I’m speaking in tonight’s service, then flying to Buffalo tomorrow, to minister Sunday morning at Creekside Gospel Temple, Amherst, NY.
Sunday afternoon: Had a marvelous time at Hillcrest Church this morning. The sanctuary was packed, the sense of anticipation in the room was palpable. A woman had some kind of cyst on her neck that disappeared during healing prayer. I’m trusting the Lord that the message on Jacob’s life was a blessing to everyone. Coming home with a happy, grateful heart.