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I guess the Crystal Cathedral is putting the positive thinking mantra into action.  No sale of the Cathedral even though creditors will probably try to force one.  Be sure to read the entire article (from Charisma).  Some pretty heavy faith going on right now in Garden Grove: The International Board of Directors for the Crystal Cathedral Ministries announced Sunday that it has voted to forego choosing a buyer of its Crystal Cathedral property as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan. “The Crystal Cathedral is not for sale,” said Walt Kallestad, founder and senior pastor for the Church of Joy in Glendale, Ariz., and Crystal Cathedral Ministries board member, from the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral at its Sunday morning services. In this vote, the board chose to step forward in faith believing that God, in his perfect timing, will provide all the funds necessary to pay every creditor in full and keep the ministry campus in the hands of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries. “The board feels its great responsibility toward all of our vendors and other creditors, to pay them 100 percent of what is owed as soon as possible,” says Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor, “but also a responsibility to the local members and viewers of our nationally and internationally televised Hour of Power to retain the ministry’s Orange County headquarters intact. “Through our filing of Chapter 11 last October,” Coleman said in the pulpit Sunday. “I believe God has used it to turn the eyes of the world toward the Crystal Cathedral because He wants to make a big, bold statement, and as a faith-based ministry it’s important to put our faith in God in this matter. We cannot teach about faith without living out faith in our actions, especially as it concerns a decision such as this. “Taking this kind of stand assures members and viewers that we are committed to them and to their spiritual well-being, now and into the future. The ministry has a commitment to our local congregations, our international viewers, Crystal Cathedral School’s students and parents, and the families of loved ones laid to rest in th via Crystal Cathedral Not For Sale.


The word “joy” shows up a lot in the Bible…

· Shout with joy!

· Clap your hands for joy!

· The joy of the Lord is your strength!

· In God’s presence is fullness of joy.

· For the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross.

Last time Philip and Stephanie and my grandson Jesse were here for a weekend, I was in the backyard with almost two-years-old Jesse and we were walking up and down the little hill (actually I was walking and Jesse was running).  Jesse was holding my hand really tight (that’s a good feeling!) and with that grip on my hand he was running with abandon.

As we went down the little hill for the second time, I realized that Jesse was saying, “Wheee!”  I didn’t realize anyone actually said “Wheee!”  I thought it was just from cartoons I used to see.  Jesse was, in that moment, filled with pure joy and the most naturally honest thing he could do was shout, “Wheee!”

I asked myself, “How long has it been since simple joy made me shout, “Wheee!”?”

In this season of preparation for the next chapter of my story, God has dug pretty deep through the onion-layers of the stuff of my life.  As we get closer to the core of simple faith and relationship, I am beginning to get glimpses of joy.  When I look straight ahead I feel little bursts of joy inside – dreams rekindling, possibilities popping up.  If I get distracted and look to either side the other stuff rushes in.

I’m going for the joy!  I won’t give up and I won’t give in!  Somewhere not too far around the next bend, or the next, I’m going to be so full of the joy of being who God made me to be and holding his hand so tight, that I’ll shout, “Wheee!”


Father, for the joy you let me taste and the hope you place before me, I will continue.  I will not give up.  I will not give in.  I will, at some soon occasion, shout “Wheee!”

Jim Stephens