page: Chicago-area conference encourages, then exhorts
OAK BROOK, Ill.--Three
congregations sponsored their Christian Renewal Conference (CRC)
July 20-21 with three guest speakers and musical presentations.
This was the ninth consecutive year for the CRC in the Chicago area.
congregations were the Church of God Downers Grove, the Active Bible
Church of God (of downtown Chicago) and the United Church of God
Where is your
place of safety?
Here was the schedule
for Saturday, which saw an attendance of 150:
began with congregational singing at 10 a.m.
gave the first sermon, "Where Is Your Place of Safety?,"
stressing that Jesus is our rock of salvation, protection and safety.
Mr. Havir gave the next sermon, "The Sovereignty of God."
In it he asked Laureen Blissard of Napierville, Ill., to sing during
his introduction and asked Joan Osborn of Fillmore, Ind., to conclude
with a song.
the sponsoring congregations provided attendees with a lunch of
At 2 p.m.
a combined choir sang three selections. The core of the choir was
from the Active Bible Church of God and was directed by Sheila Bernardo
of Darien, Ill.
gave a sermon, "Return to the Bible." In it he talked
of past years, when statesmen, military men and everyday Christians
evinced a familiarity with the Bible. He contrasted that with the
present, when many people do not make daily Bible reading an important
part of their lives. He encouraged people to read the Bible, all
the host congregations again provided food, this time rib-eye steaks.
People stayed in the hall and fellowshipped until 8 that evening.
Since many people lodged in the same motel, fellowshipping continued.
Here was the schedule
for the 75 people who attended on Sunday:
Mr. Cole gave a sermon, "The Will to Win," describing
the story of Pete Gray, who was a one-armed baseball player who
made it to the major leagues. Mr. Cole used this motivational story
to encourage determination for Christians to pursue their goal of
becoming "sons and daughters of God."
Mr. Dart gave "Do You Love Me?" He began by describing
Jesus' challenge to Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Mr.
Dart asked the audience to personalize Jesus' question. Then he
read the third parable of Matthew 25.
Mr. Havir moderated an interactive Bible study titled "The
Parable of the Sower." He began by reading Hebrews 3:12-13,
then commented about the value of exhorting one another. Then he
read Matthew 13:3-9 and invited members of the audience to share
their comments about aspects of the parable.
The conference ended with musical selections.
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