of The Message
I request that together we all pray for the many victims
of the hurricanes in Haiti, Florida, and all who have been
in its path. There has been enormous damage and loss of
life. As you suffer through these hurricanes, we really
feel your hurt. I especially feel for you because I have
experienced fleeing for my life when our farm was completely
destroyed by a tornado. We barely escaped when the house
was lifted up, as was every building. I know what it is
like to see everything destroyed through a tornado. So my
prayers are with you. I really hurt for you.
we must continue to pray for all of our brave men and women
representing us in Iraq. They are the true peacekeepers.
We are horrified at the violence and death our military
and reconstruction workers face daily in Iraq. I pray for
you. We pray that the time will come soon when we won't
have to sacrifice our sons and daughters there anymore.
And we must pray for our President and those who lead the
military. None of us is smart enough to know what to do,
but we pray that God will give wisdom to those who have
been assigned the power to call the orders.
has been a wonderful week as our family celebrated my birthday
with a party for me the other night. My wife went out and
bought two candles, a seven and an eight, because there
wasn't room on the cake for all seventy-eight candles. So
all I had to do was blow out two candles which made it easier.
Well, one of the grandkids saw the candles laying on the
table. So Grandma said, "You put the numbers on the
cake and light them and bring the cake out." So he
did, and he had no idea what my age was, he only knew I
was old. So he came out with the numbers ‘eighty-seven’. My daughter looked
at the two numbers and thought, "Dad can't be three
years short of ninety, he can’t be eighty-seven." Then they realized
their mistake and quickly turned the numbers around. So
I’m keeping these candles to use again in ten years. That was the biggest
laugh at the party.
week when I went to the market, I saw a new book called,
"Great Buildings of the World." Since I'm into
architecture, I wanted to see which buildings were chosen
by the editors of Time. The book's subtitle read, "The
World's Most Influential, Inspiring, and Astonishing Structures."
Wow! Paging through the book, I was shocked to see a double
spread of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. It made
me very proud of all of you. I'm glad you can be honored
with the investment of your gifts in this Cathedral.
past summer I was working hard to fulfill a contract with
Harper Collins. I promised them another book when I wrote
my autobiography. So I finished a book with the title, "Life's
Rules of Engagement." I was pretty excited about it.
Guess what? A month before it was to be published, another
book came out with the same title. So ... now I had to write
another entire book. How would you like to write a book
and not be able to publish it? That's something else. So,
I finally came up with a title that the publishers agreed
on and I sent the manuscript to them two days ago. It is
finished. The title is, "Don't Throw Away Tomorrow."
We are a throw-away society in America. It's unbelievable
what we throw away. It's not like most of the world. I remember
my first trip to Japan. I bought some souvenirs, took them
out of the boxes, and threw the boxes in the wastebasket.
After I arrived home, I got a letter with a big box from
the hotel in Japan saying, "Dear Mr. Schuller, You
forgot your boxes and here they are." In their minds,
they would never throw away a cardboard box.
we are a 'throw-away' society. We throw away values that
have been around for hundreds of years. We throw away some
music that has a great message. We throw away marriage mates.
Don't throw away tomorrow!
Oh, I'm so excited that somebody else came out with my original
book title and I had to start over again. Every time I have
bad luck, it turns out to be good luck. This is a much better
book than what would have been published, and I'll be preaching
on it from time to time, but we are going to save the introduction
until January 2005 when we begin our fiftieth anniversary
make no apology for bragging about this new book because
I'm bragging about the God I believe in and who helped me
write it. In the book, I tell many interesting stories,
all true. I tell a story of a Japanese friend we met on
the beach in Hawaii where we walk when we visit there. For
the past four years this older gentlemen with great concentration
and determination walks each morning using a cane. He had
a terrible stroke about three years ago and he has gradually
come back. He will not let this stroke defeat him. He will not throw away his tomorrow just because
he had a stroke. His cane steadies his right leg, which
is weak. Up and down the beach he walks over a mile every
day. Then he stops and uses his cane as an exercise bar
to make a weak right arm move. When we see him, we give
him thumbs up as we smile. He smiles a big smile back. He
doesn't speak English, but he understands it. And I don't
speak nor understand Japanese. Wow!
throw away tomorrow just because you were told you have
a terminal illness. Moreover, believe in those who are
close to you who are going through horrific problems. Is
it John? Your son? Or your nephew? Or your grandchild? You
don't like where they are at? Don’t throw away their tomorrow. Believe in their tomorrow.
Pray for them. Miracles happen every day.
I want to leave you with the most important thoughts in
my new book, Don't Throw Away
Tomorrow. This book, as you can expect, focuses on faith. And
I ask our secular, cynical, non-believing friends, doubters
and agnostics to consider two decisions.
1) Make a decision to accept faith.
on the values in which you will place your faith.
is an operational force in human personalities. Faith is a power, an
enormous power! But it is not a value. Read the Bible verse, "By grace are you saved, through faith."
(Ephesians 2:8) No human being is saved by faith. You are
saved by grace. What power this pipeline has. But what value
goes through that pipeline? Faith is the power that delivers value. Through a pipeline there can flow gas, or water to
save life, or poison to destroy and kill. Faith is amoral.
It has no moral commitment. The enemies can use it. The
people who bombed the towers in New York had faith. Faith
delivers a concept from one mind to another or one reality
to another, from people to people.
is a pipeline. And faith is the only
kind of a pipeline that can deliver God into your life.
Even if you don't believe in God, you cannot dispose of
the pipeline of faith. So it is incorrect to say, "I
don't believe in God, so I don't have any faith." The
pipeline of faith exists in every human being. So it depends upon what you have faith in. We all
have faith. We are born with it. You sit in that chair and
you don’t say, "Is it going to hold me up?" Would you test it out
before you sit in it? "I hope it wasn't dropped last
week and there is a crack in it." You have faith. Food
is put before you. You have faith that the food won’t poison you. How
do you know if dirty hands dealt with the food, and now
you are going to eat it? We have faith in the chair. We
have faith in food.
Like the "law of gravity," there is a "law of faith"
have faith in tomorrow because we assume the sun is going
to rise tomorrow. We can’t be sure. There
is so much we don’t know, but we live
by faith. We have faith that we are going to be alive tomorrow
morning. And guess what? All
human beings are created with this inner law. Like the law
of gravity, there is a law of faith. It doesn’t take faith to believe in the law of gravity. It doesn’t take faith to believe in faith. But faith in itself is not adequate.
often ask me, "Well, I'm very spiritual. Isn't it adequate
just to be spiritual? Do I have to have faith in God and
in Jesus." Faith in faith isn't adequate because it
is not delivering anything of substance. What value should
we push through the
pipeline of faith? Faith is a pipeline. And Faith is a satellite.
That’s power. A satellite has the power to send messages all over the world,
but the value is not really in the satellite. The value
is in the programming that the satellite sends down. The
message can be enlightening, entertaining, amusing, redemptive,
or it can be very
destructive to your morals and values that you are trying
to live by. So the issue is not, "do you have faith?"
The issue is, "What will you commit your faith to believe
I'm declaring that as there
is a law of gravity, there is a law of faith. There
is not a single human being that ever lived on planet earth
that doesn’t have that pipeline built into his mind. I have told you how, after
I was elected an honorary member of the American Institute
of Architecture (AIA), I was invited to study the effect
of neuroscience and nanotechnology in architecture to create
spiritual spaces. So I am being privately tutored at the
Salk Institute in La Jolla by Dr. John Eberhart. I'm beginning
to get a little understanding as he impresses me that the
majority of neuroscientists today have come to the conclusion
that the human being is the only creature that has both
a brain and a mind. And they are separate - even the dolphins
don't have a mind.
The Freedom Within the Law of Faith
remember the time when a group, who said they were atheists,
asked me the question, "Dr. Schuller, if there is a
God like you say there is, why doesn’t he show himself
... like the sun, like the moon, like the tree, like the
water, like the ground? Why would God leave it all in what
you call ‘faith’?"
God created us with the freedom
to say 'yes' or 'no'. We are free creatures.
We have the freedom to believe in God or not to believe
in God. Without that freedom to choose, there would be no
honor to God when we choose to believe only when we have
proof. Then our freedom would be gone in the most important
part of life. If we had no choice, no say in the matter,
then knowing God would not require faith. That would be
a terrible mistake because without faith there is no relationship
between people, between ourselves and our environment, or
between us and God. There can be no relationship without
faith. This is the law of faith!
the issue is what values are you going to allow to go through
that instrument in your mind that has the capacity to say
'yes' or 'no'? What values will
you focus your faith on? Focus it on positions, policies, or persons that will
make you a better person. That is why I keep holding up
Jesus Christ. It is why I believe in the Holy Bible. That’s where I get the values that redeem and transform me ... that will
make me into more a beautiful person. I invite you today
to see that Jesus Christ can do that for anyone why says
"yes" to believing in Him.
is the connecting power to connect you with God and with
Jesus Christ. Now what do you
Thank you, God, for the pipeline of faith. I am going to
focus on believing in you! Let Your power flow through my
pipeline of faith. Save me by Your grace. Amen.