A few weeks ago, my wife Donna and I had our first visit to the new location of the Hour of Power ministries. Now called Shepherds Grove, the former congregation of the Crystal Cathedral meets at St. Callistus just a few blocks away.
As I'm sure it was for most of you, this was a bittersweet experience for me. As we discussed on our last monthly "Call", change can be difficult. And yet, it is inevitable.
Experiencing the service at Shepherd's Grove and then watching it back on the newly revamped "Hour of Power", reminded me of something I wrote in one of my more recent books, Walking in Your Own Shoes. I need to remind myself of God's divine plan for the congregation of the Hour of Power. He has most certainly been in control this entire time.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
"I cannot tell you how every victory and every defeat in your past or present figures into God's purpose for your life. But, I can tell you with certainty five things:
1. You are not an accident, adrift in a world without purpose.
2. You are a part of God's creation plan, meaning your life has a purpose.
3. God's purpose for your life will be achieved by a plan worked out over time.
4. Every day of your life adds to your ability to accomplish God's purpose for your life.
5. You may need to open your eyes of faith wider in order to see how God intends to accomplish His purpose for your life.
My encouragement to you is this:
First, believe God. Believe you are a part of His purposeful creation.
Second, don't agonize over the past and future of your purpose in life. Believe God was in your past and will be in your future and is in your present.
Third, pray a prayer like this: 'Lord, open the eyes of my heart. Help me see my life from Your loving perspective. Help me believe Romans 8:28 - that You are using everything in my life to accomplish your purpose for me.'
Whether you know it or not (or even believe it or not) you are in some stage of God's unfolding purpose for your life. And there is no better place for you to be." (Walking In Your Own Shoes, Page 46)
Shepherds Grove will be a wonderful church community for the Hour of Power to grow into something far beyond what anyone imagined. With the Christ Cathedral now closed for reconstruction, I am comforted knowing that when it reopens it will become a beacon of hope and a house of refuge for an entirely new set of people. God's hand continues to be at work and I know His plan will accomplish great works.
If you missed "The Call" last month, connect with me via telephone on October 15th as we pray, read and grow with one another. As always, we will have an open mic time where you can ask me, my wife, Donna or our special guest, Dr. Daniel Amen any questions or express any concerns you may have. The subject for October 15th will be "Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind" based on the scripture found in Romans 12:2. My guest will be the esteemed Dr. Daniel Amen of the Amen Clinics. He is a very well-known brain specialist and psychiatrist. He will share how to keep our brains young and renewed! To read more about Dr. Amen you can click here.
To access The Call at 6pm Pacific Time on the 15th of October (or any month) please dial: 530-881-1300 When prompted enter this code: 642848# Invite anyone you know who could use some mid-month inspiration.
Pastor Robert Schuller II (aka R2)