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Current Events
Well… the Crystal Cathedral board has come to the realization that they will ultimately have to sell the landmark church. But to who? The CC board has picked Chapman University as their preferred buyer.  Chapman’s bid is $50 million, roughly the amount owed creditors by the CC. Chapman would allow the CC to ‘rent’ the main cathedral building for $150,000 a month (with some increases) for about 15 years… then the CC would have an option to purchase the property back. Problem is… the local catholic diocese has offered $53.6 million… with the stipulation that the CC would have to move out in 3 years.  Of course, the CC board doesn’t like that option. From what I can tell… it will go to the hands of the judge to make the final verdict, but it looks like the creditors may be in favor of this deal. In one of the corniest and oddest statements yet… Robert Schuller has now switched his focus and dream: “We look forward to focusing on our new dream: buying the core campus back.” Now THAT’s positive thinking! Todd via latimes.com.
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Leadership
So… what do you do when your first plan doesn’t work out?  OK… let’s say it fails miserably.  Well, you have no other choice but to go with Plan B.  I’m very excited this morning that today is the day that my friend Pete Wilson’s new book (coincidentally called “Plan B”) is officially released. What is somewhat remarkable as well, is that today, Pete finds himself in the middle of a giant “Plan B”.  Last week, Pete thought that today would be a day of celebration of his book release.  Instead, he finds himself leading a major flood relief effort in his home town of Nashville.  (Pete’s still excited about the book, but he never had conceived or planned for the flood (literally) that would take up his primary attention today. Here’s the premise of the book:  How do you handle a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn’t turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B? In Plan B Pete uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to
  • Understand what God might be up to
  • See how surrender helps us to receive God’s plan
  • Embrace the community of believers
  • Reconcile a God of love with a life of tragedy and suffering
Pete says “God wants to live inside the questions” and then reminds us that “the cross is proof that He does not always change the circumstance but that He always has a purpose in every circumstance. He will never let go of us. He will hold us and His cross will be an anchor for you. I encourage you to get your copy today:  Plan B You can also check out the book website here…
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