Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Interview with a Chicagoland City Reacher

During the cold weeks of November, 1989, as the first chisels began picking the Berlin Wall into rubble, the pastor of a small church in Schaumburg, Illinois witnessed the invisible walls in his church disintegrating into a new kind of Spiritual freedom. Indeed, Phil Miglioratti remembers it well: an awakening from deadened ritual to vibrant worship, a subtle movement from pretence and insensitivity to humble honesty and real concern for the poor, a shift from spiritual silence to sustained periods of group and individual prayer. “It was a time of real revival,” says Miglioratti, a short, dark-haired man with a comfortably warm demeanor, “we all experienced a real freedom in the Spirit that we hadn’t had before.”

For Miglioratti, these winter months were to mark the beginning of a lifelong passion to see a prayer-filled revival sweep the churches of Northern Illinois—a passion which continues to be hammered out in his life and vision as he consistently works to see the whole church bring the whole gospel to the whole city in the Chicagoland area. Click Here to read more on Phil M.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

How To Find What You Need Online . . .

by Kevin A. Miller, FaithInTheWorkPlace.com

"The Internet is exploding with empty dazzle," explains Richard Saul Wurman, "sites that direct you to nonexistent links, send you down fruitless paths, and generally don't help you get where you want to go … Several studies have found that somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of people searching for information on the Web failed to find what they were looking for."[1]

And we thought the Internet was supposed to be the mother of all information, the answer to all our information needs. Instead, it frustrates us most of the time—60 to 80 percent of the time. How ironic.

Still, by knowing how to properly search the web, we can flip that statistic upside down: we can find what we're looking for 60 to 80 percent of the time. Here are five tips for more successful web searches. By using these principles, you're highly likely to find what you're looking for online—in the first page of results. CLICK HERE for some outstanding help for beginning and advanced Internet and Online users.

Small Groups Training + Leadership Summit 2006

Join us for the 75th Year Anniversary Conference
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa.
St. Charles, Illinois
September 21-24, 2006

We are excited about this opportunity to present what the Lord has in store for CBMC and want everyone whose life has been impacted through the ministry to join in.

The event will feature inspiring key note speakers and valuable workshops which will speak to everyone’s heart whether you are there as a couple or an individual. It will be a great time to share with each other what the Lord has done and continues to do through our life on life evangelism and discipleship.

Keep watching CBMC.com for more details on the 75th Year Anniverary Conference.

What an opportunity it will be to come together, united in Christ, for an uplifting and encouraging time of fellowship, prayer and confirmation of God’s calling on the ministry He has given us individually and ministry wide.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Chicago: Jesus Parade


It's Time for Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 2005
It's Party Time (Great Celebrations) for Jesus

Come Share the fun in Parade with Beautiful floats, great singing & Dancing
- from Division to Laramie to North Avenue to Cicero to Kamerling to Lafollette Park where excitements continue in Convention.

**PARADE Starts 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
**Convention Starts 12:45 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.
** Great Speeches from Special Anointed Speakers
'Including Congressman Danny Davis; Alderman Emma Mitts; Apostle J. Abercrombie, etc.'

**Include Train float Ride for Children; Puppet Show
**Free Give - aways for early arrivals - children & adults.
**Free Snacks & Refreshments also available
**Free Clothes & Food for the Needy


Greatest Outing for Families, Relatives and Friends
Everyone Welcome - It's Your Day
For information, please call Pastor Dada (630) 372-5845; Pastor E. Aaron (773) 363-1464; or Pastor W. Crockran (773) 342-0040.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Citywide Outreach BIble Study

"10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible" Studies THIS FALL

Dear past (or prospective) "10 Keys" Leader,

I am writing to encourage you to consider leading a "10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible" study this fall (mid-September to mid-November). I am planning to do one, and I would like to share a few ideas that may encourage you to do the same.

Please note: THIS IS IN ADDITION TO OUR "10 KEYS" OUTREACH which will be launched for January 2006.

Although my own main reason for attempting to lead a group this fall is that I may not be able to do one in January-March or April, you may have another reason for finding that the Sept.-Nov. dates work out for you.

Let me tell you what I am planning and have begun doing to not only prepare for another group, but also to follow up with the people who attended a group with me earlier this year.

1. Contact (probably by telephone) each person who attended my „10 Keys‰ study in Jan.:
a. Encourage them to continue growing in their faith, specifically by joining another Bible study this fall. If they are not already planning to attend a Bible study, tell them about the „Adult Bible Studies & Small Groups‰ which AHEFC sponsors (see the green brochure at the Information Desks at church). I will get a copy to them for details about each study, and who to contact to register.
b. Ask them if they would like to host a „10 Keys‰ study in their home, or if they know of any friends who might like to attend a study in my (Lenore‚s) home this fall. Specifically ask if they can think of people to invite who might „like to get an overview of the Bible in 10 stimulating sessions." They should be encouraged to tell their friends that this is a non-threatening video series, and a non-denominational study of the Bible, and no one is expected to have answers to questions. Participating in the discussion is optional˜they may wish to sit back and listen.

Article is continued at: http://chicagoblogii.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 13, 2005

News from the Prayer Furnace Chicago

The Prayer Furnace wants YOU!
THE CHARGE: a sacred assembly, noon-6pm, seven days a week til Jesus returns. Please join us in the prayer room. This has been awesome. We are pressing in to have hearts postured like Daniel in the day we are living in. Can you join us one day a week on a consistent basis by setting your heart before the Lord in corporate watching and waiting with us at the Prayer Furnace? Look forward to seeing you.

Next Fuel School Internship starts the week of Sept. 18th. The Internship is open to all ages and can be either part-time (20 hours) or fulltime (40 hours weekly). It is a five month commitment and costs $500. This will be our eight internship and we have had over 100 people go through our internships and each one has been dramatically transformed by the intense fiery love of the Bridegroom God. Take the time for love!!!

The FSOM is a 'radical bible school in the heart of Chicago training up praying prophetic lovers of Jesus for the last days'.
Autumn semester, September 18th (Sun.) - December 17th (Sat.--week of the 11th)
12 weeks total, plus 1 week for Thanksgiving Break, November 21st (Mon.) - 27th (Sun.)

GO DEEP: Plunging into the Riches of God's Word
Time: Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm
Instructors: Team Taught - Mark Engel, Troy Lakey, Maeve O'Brien; with Special Guests: Marvin Adams, Sylvia Saucedo + others
Location: Prayer Room, The Prayer Furnace
Description: A unique and intensive Bible-study program that will immediately plunge those who are thirsty into the depths of Scripture, while equipping them with increased power in discipline, skill, tools and passion to go further and deeper in studying and understanding the written Word of God.

Song of Solomon, Part I of II
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
Instructor: John Bailey
Location: FSOM Classroom, Furnace Annex
Description: An in-depth verse-by-verse study designed to ignite passion in your heart for a deeper walk of intimacy with Jesus. This examination of the Song of all Songs will shed revelatory light on many facets of Christian life, exploring such valuable themes as the journey of the individual believer into maturity, the history of the church, the true identity and roles of the individual believer, and many more.

Power from on High II: Growing in the Prophetic
Time: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Sylvia Saucedo
Location: FSOM Classroom, Furnace Annex
Description: This class is a continuation of the first class with a focus on growing in the prophetic and developing a prophetic lifestyle. Through the study and practice of advanced prophetic principles, the student will learn how to develop a prophetic lifestyle, identify their prophetic calling, and gain the tools needed to function at a level of greater depth in prophetic ministry.

All courses are $100, $50 to Staff.

Registration has begun, and the cutoff occurs after the course's first meeting, but please register as early as possible. "Revelation Workshop" with Tom Grossman weekend of September 16/17th. Starts 7:30pm Friday evening.

Workshop on Saturday beginning at 9:30am-5pm with a lunch break. The Saturday workshop is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. This weekend will unlock mysteries concerning the book of Revelation and the end of the age. Tom is one of the best teachers on the book of Revelation that we know of! More info. coming. Thanks to all who participated in the LIFE Prayer Seige at the abortion clinic by the Furnace. It was amazing. There was wonderful fruit from our prayer meetings there. One man pulled over in tears and shared with one of the leaders how his ex-girlfriend had aborted their baby there five years ago while he was incarcerated and he had never recovered from the guilt of losing his baby. He still carries around the ultrasound with him. He ended up giving his heart to Jesus this past week with one of the team members. Thank you, Jesus. We are going to be starting a Bound4Life Chicago chapter and regularly doing prayer seiges at various abortion clinics and City Hall. We'll be giving more info. on how people can get involved with this. Traveling teams: Please pray for the following teams that are out this month.

Marvin, Sally and team (Emily Werhane, Beth Wheeler, and Linda Meenan) in Spain from Aug. 13-Aug. 23rd doing House of Prayer Conferences in three different cities. Mike VanYzendoorn, Jason Croox, and Scott Thomas are in Haiti the whole month helping build the house of prayer base there. Blessings on all of you. We love your friendship and support! Marvin Adams, Sr.Director

The Prayer Furnace and Furnace Missions Base Chicago
3541 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618
The Prayer Furnace

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The 2005 Leadership Summit: Pray for 52,000 Pastors

Dear Enews Friends,

In 45 hours we will be kicking off The 2005 Leadership Summit . As of now there are over 52,000 pastors and leaders registered. Yep, you read that right, 52,000 people (not to mention the thousands of volunteers as well)! Emanating from the stage of our new auditorium and sent by satellite to 110 sites across North America, one of the finest faculties we have ever assembled will be challenging leaders to lead at the highest possible level. I said to Lynne recently, "pinch me." She said, "why on earth would I do that?" I then explained to her that in my wildest dreams I could have never imagined that 10 years ago when we held our first Summit it would become what it is today. Back in 1995 my biggest worry was whether or not anybody would come to a two and a half day event in the middle of August for a conference that focused exclusively on leadership. What a difference a decade can make! Only God could have orchestrated this amazing turn of events.

This year, because of the completion of our new facility, we saved 1500 spaces for leaders from Willow Creek and every one of those seats has been filled. I can't tell you how much that fires me up! Finally our own church staff and volunteers will be able to benefit from the impact of this event. We will see the payoff of this for years to come.

The bottom line reason for this communiqué is to ask all of you to pray for the Summit. And here are the specifics:

Please pray that all of the faculty will arrive safely and remain healthy so that they can make their optimal contribution. Pray that each one of them will be fully attuned to the working of the Holy Spirit so that each session will have the unmistakable mark of God on it. Please pray for the worship teams, the dancers and the drama teams as they make their creative contributions. Pray that there will be transcendent moments when everyone knows that God is moving in the hearts of leaders.

I would also ask you to pray for the technical side of this very complicated event. Imagine the complexity of beaming a signal to 110 sites across North America. Last year 2 sites had to be abandoned because of hurricanes. Many of us have been praying for months that not a single site would be adversely affected by weather issues.

Finally, please pray for those 52,000 people who have invested time and resources to sign up for this year's Summit. Pray that each person will be open to the work of God in their lives, and that God would whisper to them exactly what they need to hear to provide the kind of leadership that the church of Jesus Christ deserves.

I don't need to remind any of you of the power of prayer. You have all seen God work when you have fallen on your knees before Him. Would you please join me in praying on your knees for this Summit each day from now until the conference ends at noon on Saturday? As we do this together I am confident that we will all stand in awe on the backside of this event as we recount the ways that He answered our prayers.

Thanks so much for letting me break into your day like this. I feel a greater sense of peace already knowing that you will be upholding us in prayer.

Blessings, Bill
Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Rd, South Barrington IL 60010
- info@willowcreek.org - 847-765-5000

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Pastors & Leaders Meet To Dialogue

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This Saturday (8/6), Tim Hoekstra will bring the devotion and lead discussion around an interesting and provocative article that was in the editorial section of the Sun Times this week.

For those who are new to this email list, welcome! We extend an invitation for you to join us this Saturday morning at 7am at Austin Corinthian Baptist Church. We will begin our time together with worship, teaching and prayer, followed by discussion of the issues raised in the article Tim will share. If you can stay, we have breakfast together at 8:30 for a donation of $5. Austin Corinthian Baptist Church is located at 823 S. Cicero Ave. just 3 blocks south of the Eisenhower Expressway at the northeast corner of Cicero and Arthington.

All praise, honor, and glory go to our Lord Jesus Christ!

Your brother in Christ,
Bob Marsh

NPPN serving you!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Pray for Chicagoland Pastors @ Leadership Summit

----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Minatrea"

There will be many Chicagoland pastors gathered at the Leadership Summit on August 11th, 12th, and 13th and I am praying for God's loving transforming power to be at work among them....feel free to pray as led as well. :)

Thanks again for following God's leading for this effort.
Love, Susan