is the first day I am able to address a message to you as
the new Senior Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral. It is humbling
and rewarding to have this opportunity and I want to share
with you the vision I have for this ministry.
The vision I have for this ministry has been developing
over years and years and years. However, it is interesting
that Saturday night, on the 21st of January, the night before
I was installed; God gave me a very fascinating vision.
The vision was a beautiful plant in a pot and the
plant was no longer growing; it needed to be transplanted.
In the vision, all of a sudden this plant was transplanted
into another pot and all of a sudden it continued to grow
and just grow and grow.
And that was the vision that I had on Saturday night.
my prayers I said, "Lord, that's very comforting."
He told me, "All you need to do is water this plant
and feed this plant and it will grow." I believe God
was referring to this congregation.
When I look at the things that are happening in this
congregation and where we are going in the next 50 years,
I have never been more positive and excited about the kingdom
of God in my entire life. A year ago I said that I wanted to create a thousand Houses
of Power here in the Crystal Cathedral and around the world.
We have a wonderful dynamic woman who spearheads our Houses
of Power. Her name is Beverly Muffin and she has
reported to me that today, on my first Sunday as senior
pastor, we have a thousand Houses of Power gathered and
scattered all around the world! If someone would like to
participate in a House of Power, you may go to the website:
is at work in this ministry. He is touching lives.
He is touching people.
He is doing it for a purpose and for a reason.
The reason is there are hundreds and thousands of
people in your community right now, who need to feel the
touch of God, who need to get connected with His Holy Spirit
and His undying love. There are people like you and me who
are fighting their battles. Many people feel like they are
losing the battle.
My vision is to give people the tools they need to
succeed and overcome the spiritual battles in life so they
might come to the fullness of God.
I was thinking about this message, the vision that came
to me was Moses holding up his arms. That was the vision that came to me.
The Israelites were in the wilderness and Moses was
leading the way and they came to a point where another group
of people came and attacked them. Moses had Joshua put together
a group of people to defend them and they went into battle
and as long as Moses was able to hold up his arms, they
would win. But his arms soon became tired, he couldn't hold
them up and his arms would sag and as soon as his arms went
down, they started losing the battle.
So he put his arms back up again and the only way
he could keep his arms up was to have other people holding
up his arms. And
that was the vision.
do we reach God's people? How do we ingest them with the Holy Spirit
of God? Oh,
I can't do it alone.
You can't do it alone. But together, God's people working together
can do it. One
of the ways we can do it is to bring the Hour of Power to
every single screen in the world.
It is possible today to do that. I say screen because
it's not just a television tube, it's a television screen.
But in addition to that, we have ipods and we have
computer screens and we have Blackberry's and of course,
cell phones. There are many, many different ways today that
people can watch the Hour of Power.
We want to bring the Hour of Power to the globe to
every single screen. I look at different places on our globe,
such as South America and Central America and the Hour of
Power is not there.
I look at India and parts of other continents on
this globe today and the Hour of Power is not there.
But I know that it is possible for us today to bring
the Hour of Power to every screen, including television
screens around this world.
want to bring the Hour of Power to every single screen in
the United States and to your community and to your homes.
We have discovered that many people see the Hour
of Power as their primary church. About half of our Eagles members have
told us that they consider the Hour of Power their primary
church. Isn't that amazing? They consider the Hour of Power their
church; yet they live all over the globe.
They may live in Europe, they may live in New York,
they may live in Florida, they may live in Oregon, they
may live in Los Angeles; but you ask them, "Where is
your church" and the response will be, "It's the
My vision over the next 10 to 20
years is to break down the geographical boundaries
that prevent people from joining the Crystal Cathedral so
that we can fulfill the responsibility that God has given
to us as a church, not to make members, but rather, fulfill
the great commission that Christ gave us: "to make
disciples." It's a huge difference between getting
members and making disciples. I want to make disciples and
disciples are people who have made a commitment to follow
Jesus Christ. That is a disciple. Disciples follow Jesus
want people to be dedicated to Jesus Christ, following Jesus
Christ and growing spiritually.
in the next 10 to 20 years, I envision a million members
from every corner of the globe who are members of the Crystal
will get together in Houses of Power and connect with one
another because the church is people. We have to connect
people. They will grow spiritually through interactive information
that they will have available to them through online training.
They will experience how Jesus comes and heals, and
creates wholeness and happiness and joy.
gentleman who is spearheading this whole project is a member
of our team and our staff, Terry Nyhuis. If somebody wants to join the church and
they live in New York or Florida or Oregon or Chicago, how
do they do that? Call the church, write to us or visit
http://www.hourofpower.org/ and at that website there is
a link to Membership, and from there you can learn how to
become a member. If you become a member of this church,
it is the beginning of a partnership between you and between
us and the partnership has one goal and that is to build
the kingdom of God, here and around the world and fulfill
the great commission to make disciples and followers of
Jesus Christ. That is what this ministry is all about. We've been doing it for a long time. With
your help we will continue to do it. I know there are battles
waging in people's hearts and minds.
There are people going through divorce, there are
people having challenges with their children, there are
people fighting health problems, there are many problems
in our world today. Through the grace of Jesus Christ we
can overcome these problems and we can make a difference.
The Hour of Power, reaching the homes of America
today, has never been more important than it is right now.
received a letter this past week and it arrived in a rather
thick envelope. Inside was a handwritten note all folded
up very small with five one dollar bills enclosed. The letter
said: "Dear Mr. Schuller, my name is Madison and I
am a five year old boy. I watch the Hour of Power every Sunday."
Did you hear that?
A five year old boy and what does he do on Sundays?
He watches the Hour of Power! The letter continued,
"Here is five dollars from my wallet. I hope this helps
Madison" And he drew me a little picture on the letter.
important is the Hour of Power today?
How important is the church of Jesus Christ, reaching
into hearts and lives and the homes of people across America?
How important is this church to be able to continue
this worship time and to be able to proclaim it, not only
here, but around the world?
How many Madisons today are listening to us? How many Madisons need to hear that Jesus Christ is alive?
you holding up my arms, I'll keep my arms held high.
With us working together as a team, we will overcome
any battles that come our way.
From the deepest and darkest valleys, we shall ascend
to the highest heights and with the power of God raising
our arms together, we will not fail. We will prevail because
God is real, He is alive, He is here today and He is here
because He wants you to succeed and He loves you. This is
our message. It is the positive living message of Jesus Christ that the
world needs to hear every day. God isn't there to sit there
and punish you if you get out of line.
He's there to bless you when you follow His way.
we want to be here, today, tomorrow and every Sunday, week
after week, year after year, saying, "This is the day
that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
we thank You that You continue to fill lives with Your Holy
Spirit, bringing joy and hope and goodness.
So allow that Spirit to overflow into the lives of
people we touch today and tomorrow and always, Amen.