Saturday, August 2, 2003

August 2, 2003

11:15 PM Writing this from my room at Gull Lake Bible Conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan—about halfway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek (home of Kellogg’s cereal). Got stuck on the Skyway for over an hour. Otherwise a nice and easy trip. The conference is nestled on the eastern edge of the lake—a truly beautiful location. Lots of vacation homes in and around the conference center—narrow roads, lots of kids here, lots of bikes and trikes. I said hello to the audience and introduced my sermon topics for the week at the concert in the tabernacle tonight. Quite a few of them remember my time here several years ago. I forgot my toothbrush so I drove in to Kalamazoo to pick one up—plus some red grapes. Got a nice e-mail from a friend who saw several copies of He’s God and You’re Not: The Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life at John’s Christian Bookstore in Carol Stream. I’m doing a book signing there on Saturday, August 16, in the afternoon.

Here’s the Legacy Campaign prayer request for today: “Pray that the Lord will make His face shine upon us and be gracious to us (Numbers 6:25).”

11:00 AM Up early this AM and rode 22 miles on my bike. Out the Prairie Path through Maywood, Bellwood, Hillside, Berkeley, Elmhurst, and then a little bit into Villa Park and back. Absolutely perfect riding weather—clear, not much breeze, upper 60s, not many people out and about. Then to the church to pick up a few things. In a couple of hours I leave for Gull Lake Bible Conference in Michigan, between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. I first heard about the conference from Tom and Carol Klobucher 12 or 13 years ago. I preached there as part of Moody Week several years ago. Ray Warren, the director, asked me to speak for a week, and that’s why I’m heading that way today. I’ll be speaking twelve times. I need to be there tonight to give a brief promo as part of the evening concert.

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