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Chilly —  June 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

my FIVE heroesSo, here’s some random stuff about me – in no particular order … for the most part, this is an absolutely pointless, random blog  – so many things that you simply DON’T want or need to know. Enjoy (or not)… it’s entirely up to you!

 

    1. I love seafood and hate cinnamon.
    2. I try to run and eat right every day (don’t laugh).
    3. I’ve jumped off 80′ cliffs but never parachuted from an airplane or bungeed off a bridge.
    4. I’ve been to 49 states – still waiting on Alaska – hmm, you know, I’m not sure IF I’ve been to Oregon – I think I was… so, maybe 48!
    5. Three MUSTS for my vacation: Sun, Surf and Sand. LOVE the beach & ocean!
    6. I’ve almost died a few times – high fever as child – killer bee sting as adult.
    7. I was healed of deafness at age 5.
    8. I started for my college baseball & golf teams (now I hate golf)…
    9. I love single-origin coffee, sourced through artisan roasters, precision brewed via multiple methods (pour-overs, cold press, chemex, etc). And, I’ll still drink Starbucks too!
    10. I’ve shared Christ’s love with people on 4 continents… perhaps more someday.
    11. When I was in Bible College, I was told by a faculty member that I should quit because: “I wasn’t ministry material”…
    12. I’m an Apple guy (MacBook, iPad, iPhone, etc) – never going back to PC.
    13. I get up each morning BEFORE my wife and AFTER my wife… confused?!
    14. The states that I have lived in are: Ohio, California, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan.
    15. When I was a junior in high school I weighed 105 lbs and was only 5’4″ tall. Then I grew 8″ and put on 60 pounds over the summer before my senior year.
    16. Last year I read almost 60 books (plus Bible) … I have lots of eBooks but still love to hold the ‘old school’ paper page books!
    17. I hate reading.
    18. I have over 500 people listen to my podcast each week – I can’t stand to listen to myself for more than 5 minutes – how do the rest of you take it?! Seriously!!
    19. I have only worn a neck tie (aka: noose) 8-10 times since May 2002… weddings…
    20. I buy just about anything/everything on eBay, Amazon or other internet sites – I rarely shop in stores and when I do, it’s an outlet.
    21. A passage that I’m loving right now is, “The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence” 1 Timothy 1:5-7 msg.
    22. I journal a lot … I think it’s essential to my sanity.
    23. I lived and served in Detroit for ALMOST 11 years — that’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere my entire life! I now live in Lansing, Michigan…
    24. I’M IN LOVE: Jesus, Netta, my kids, my family/friends, my church and my city! I will FIGHT for any of them!!
    25. You’re cool.

Well, that’s it!  I’m done.  Comment about any of these items
or none of them… not sure why I even did the list…  I’m on vacation! 

great afternoon studying & drinking great coffee ... while it snows outside. #Detroit #coffee

great afternoon studying & drinking coffee

New Assignment

Chilly —  January 25, 2015 — 10 Comments

Letter to my Friends and Family at Courage Church

Sunday, January 25, 2015

 

I love Courage Church so much!  I also love Detroit like no other city I have ever lived!

I’m still totally amazed at all that God has done in and through my family since following the Lord’s leading to Detroit. We have lived in three different houses and led our church to four different locations (often more than one at a time). And, now here we are stronger, healthier and more united than ever before. Praise God! He is always so faithful! 

As we have recklessly abandoned ourselves to the cause of Christ; He has led us from miracle to miracle. You can never, ever, go wrong by obeying God — no matter how ridiculous it may sound to you or others.  And, I have learned that God’s will is always about more than just me or you. It impacts all of us who are in relationships together. 

God is calling us, yet again, to radical obedience! As most of you already know, for the last year as I have continued to serve as the Lead Pastor of Courage Church, I have also served as director of church planting and networking for Mount Hope Church in Lansing. I’m so grateful for the way God has merged our churches together and provided Courage with a parent church that provides leadership, encouragement and family. We are blessed to be considered the Detroit Campus for Mount Hope!

As God continues to strengthen this relationship, He has called me to make a radical transition from being Lead Pastor at Courage Church to joining Mount Hope Church, full time, as Pastor of Campus Development. This next step in obedience will require my family and I to move to the Lansing area. As part of my new responsibilities, I will serve as an overseer and board president for Courage Church — which affords me the honor and blessing to remain part of your mission and vision. In fact, I truly believe that I will be able to provide new blessings from this position that I could not by remaining here.

Words cannot express how much I love each of you. You are my friends, my family and my heroes! Your sacrificial and joyful approach to ministry and outreach has literally impacted every place where we have served. We have been honored by 2 mayors and are continually involved in our community, schools, neighborhoods and beyond! And, I have no doubt that the best is yet to come.

God has placed a very unique apostolic calling on my heart and this new position will enable me to continue to plant churches, raise leaders, disciple students and impact cities. At the same time, it opens the door for new vision and fresh anointing to continue the work that has begun and is thriving here at Courage Church. We are already sensing that God is raising up leadership that can truly take this body of Christ to the next level! I look forward to being a blessing and resource to Courage and it’s leaders any way that I can. Each of you, now, have the opportunity to step up and be the church at a greater level.

It has been my greatest joy and highest honor to be the founder and pastor of Courage Church! I have had a front row seat to watch God transform people’s lives. I am a living example that the Lord uses imperfect people to do His will. It’s been so thrilling to worship with you, marry you, dedicate your children, baptize you, share God’s Word with you, pray for you and LOVE YOU!

God has been SO good and SO faithful to us. Because He IS good! We can be confident that his heart, purpose and love will continue to grow and abound through each of you! And KNOW THIS: Greater things are ahead! Like Elisha following Elijah, I am believing for a double-portion of anointing in the days and years to come! It’s SO exciting!

One of my life verses has always been Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” This passage was spoken, in part, as Paul’s farewell to the church and elders in Ephesus (see Acts 20:13-38). It is this purpose that leads me forward and also requires each of us to examine our own hearts, lives and purpose. God’s will is always best. And, to obey is better than sacrifice. 

I will remain as Lead Pastor through Easter Sunday. I will also remain active in the transition process for Courage Church through this time and beyond. As mentioned already, I will continue to provide active oversight and assistance. I also plan to visit several times this year and I also look forward to continuing to lead “4Days Detroit” again this summer and beyond.

Through this process, the leadership of Courage Church will also be very active and available to each of you. We met this week and truly sensed God working and preparing Courage for greater things! My executive team is Mohan and Freddie Karulkar, Anthony and Erin Gancer, Andrew and Kathryn Jump and Zachary Platt. Please pray for them and seek ways to serve with them. 

You are more than my church, you are my family. And, I love you!  My family and I are so grateful that we will only be 90 miles from you. We are also so excited that our two churches will continue to do ministry together. You are part of our lives FOREVER! 

Thank you for your patience, kindness, prayer, hard work, grace and love. You are the best! You are part of the reason Detroit is changing! You each have purpose, calling and destiny! I will always love you, cheer for you and pray for you! The best is yet to come!

So, my dear family and friends, I close this letter with these final words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11

I’m ROARing for you!

Your servant, 

Chilly Chilton (and Family)

One Thing Prayer

Chilly —  January 8, 2015 — 6 Comments
Due to subzero temperatures, crazy windchill and predicted snowfall; Courage Church has cancelled our midweek Equip prayer meeting & Bible study. However, we can STILL pray and encourage each other online and through social media!  So, take 40 minutes this evening, grab your journal, some post-it notes, a pen and a Bible — then use the following guide to focus your prayers. Then post one or two things that God spoke… Cool?  Go for it!

One Thing Prayer // 40 Minute guide

PRAYER POST-ITSlowly and prayerfully speak each passage of Scripture, out loud, several times. Then pray to apply the truth to your life. Listen for specific ways the Holy Spirit may instruct you to respond. Write it down & obey. (Spend 5 minutes per passage)

One thing I ask of the lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the lord all the days of my life, delighting in the lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? … You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:13,15

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. Philippians 1:3-5

Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

H
umble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
8Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James 4:7-8

I
 take joy in doing your will, my God, 
for your instructions are written on my heart.” Psalm 40:8


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ever be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:11-12

Give thanks to the lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.  Psalm 107:1-2

In the comments, please share ANY prayer request or answers to prayer! We would love to pray with you and rejoice with you!  You are NOT alone and you are LOVED! Big time!