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"FAITH IS . . . being sure of what we hope for,

Being certain of what we can't see physically"

Hebrews 11:1 

 

Dear Friend,

Friday night, Beccy and I came home shouting, crying tears of joy and praising God. I was way too excited to sleep, so I wrote this out to share with you!

Sixty-three years ago . . . I met Christ . . . and I met Beccy at Wheaton Academy (a Christian high school in Illinois)! That set the focus for the rest of our lives.

 

Beccy believed that someday we would help birth a Christian high school.

 

Twenty years ago, Calvary Community was meeting in a crowded warehouse building. As we drove by a large, empty building (a relic of the Cold War) that we could see alongside the 101 freeway, I would pray: "God, please give us that property as a home for Calvary Community." And Beccy would pray, "Please let the other half of the property be a Christian high school!" That was our prayer for four years.

We could SEE it (with the eyes of faith and a certainty that it would happen!) -- even though we could not see it physically. "FAITH IS . . . being sure of what we hope for. Being sure of what we can't see physically." Hebrews 11:1

It happened! That property became the home of Calvary Community Church and Oaks Christian Schools!

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FRIDAY NIGHT ... We attended an Oaks Christian High School football game. The game started with a prayer of thanks to the Lord before kickoff. It was an amazing game! And a powerful team! (6-0 this season). Three Oaks team members have been selected to play in the national All-American Bowl next January in Orlando (the "Super Bowl" of high school football).

 

After the game, we went to the Calvary Community Youth Center, where we saw 1200+ youth -- from many high schools in the area -- converge on Calvary's campus after their football games. imagine ... the epicenter -- the place to be -- after football games . . . is at a church! Hanging out, eating, playing games, dancing, laughing -- in a safe and sober environment!!

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A daughter asked her father if she could go to a party after the football game. He asked, "Where?" She answered, 'At a church with lots of kids from all over the valley."

He replied, "I guess it must be okay if it is at a church."

Can YOU imagine tons of teens being influenced for good and for God through these fun Friday-night events?!!

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When God gives you a vision of what He would like to do . . .

     Keep Christ 1st in your life.

          Keep praying, keep believing, keep seeing!

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My Cornerstone Network Vision

to network together with others,

to have a profound impact on the Church, the Culture, and our World.

>>It's happening, here and now !!

For Christ’s sake,

Pastor Larry

 P.S. Just want to let you know that this Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m., I'll be speaking at CONEJO CHURCH in Newbury Park, where my son, Kirk DeWitt, serves as pastor. Beccy and I would love to see you and say hello, if you are able to attend!

A Note from Pastor Larry                                                           

 July 28, 2018

 

Pastor's Impact Felt

Years After Leaving the Pulpit 

 

Dear Short Salutation,

 

Beccy and I did an interview with the local ACORN newspaper, reflecting back on the amazing journey and growth of Calvary Community. 

https://www.toacorn.com/articles/pastors-impact-felt-years-after-leaving-the-pulpit/

Great joy for us to review the miracles and to praise the Lord that we could take this journey with Christ in building His Church!

 

For Christ’s Sake,
Pastor Larry

 

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A Note from Pastor Larry                                                       April 20, 2018 

 

Humbled and grateful . . .

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

This last weekend, Pastor Shawn invited me to participate in the services at Calvary Community and speak about faith of past generations and the amazing Calvary story. I had no idea what would happen next . . .

Check out the video below.

We are humbled and so grateful that God allowed us the privilege of helping so many people at Calvary find forgiveness, hope, and new life in Christ.

In Christ's incredible name,

Larry and Beccy

 

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March 17, 2018 

 

ARE YOU READY??

 

Dear Friend,

 

Beccy and I shared a wonderful experience recently with our friends, John and Julie Dawson, international president for Youth With a Mission (YWAM). We stood together at the University of the Nations training center in Kona, Hawaii, and witnessed students from 70 nations as they sang praise and allegiance to Jesus Christ! Scroll down for a glimpse!

I remembered Jesus words, shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, about His future return to the earth …

         "This good news will be preached to all the nations of the world; then the end will come." Matt 24:14

We were overwhelmed by the fact that (for the first time in human history), through YWAM and other ministries, this is happening now!! Praise God -- there are now 18,000 YWAMers in 180 nations, showing and sharing Christ’s love!

This could be the day that Jesus Christ returns!!! Live ready!

For Christ’s Sake,

Pastor Larry

 

A Note from Pastor Larry                                                           February 27, 2018

 

PERSONAL MEMORIES OF BILLY GRAHAM

 

Dear Friends,

 

As you know, this great spiritual giant, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, graduated to heaven last week. I'd like to share some very personal memories of Billy Graham . . .

When I was a student at Wheaton College, Billy Graham came to speak. I sat behind him, and he autographed my Bible. I did not know that the musician sitting next to and traveling with Billy would later become my father-in-law, Beccy’s dad, Strat Shufelt (J. Stratton Shufelt).

When I was in seminary and engaged to Beccy, the Graham team held a crusade in Chicago. I was with the first grad students invited to be with his team and be mentored re: evangelism. I sat across the table from Billy Graham at his team breakfast, and I will never forget what he said . . . ”Pray for me that I won’t do anything to get in the way of what God is doing in Chicago.” (My greatest lesson on humility!)

Billy also said, “Go and experience the Holy Land before you become a pastor . . . it will change the way you teach God’s Word.” Beccy and I did that! We lived and studied in Israel before our first pastorate.

I’m imagining now the joyous welcome that Billy Graham is receiving from the millions of people to whom he showed the way to Christ! There's rejoicing in heaven!

Pastor Larry

  

CAN YOU IMAGINE? . . .

By 2020, individual followers of Christ,

praying for every home in America?

 

Dear Friend,

Many Christian and ministry leaders have come together to claim that vision.

At a conference of national Christian leaders, I met with a friend, Chris Cooper, who has a strategic role in this great mission. Chris has developed Mapping Center, which has identified and mapped 120 million households in America in a way that individual churches and Christians can agree to pray for them.

  • See my brief video conversation below with Chris, who said to me, “You became my inspiration and mentor!”
  • And see the second video below, made by the Kendrick Brothers, who have produced several Christian films; i.e., Facing Giants, Fireproof, and War Room.

(Don’t be alarmed when video starts — it’s “Miss Clara,” the prayer warrior in the movie War Room

Take a moment to check out the Mapping Center website.

Be encouraged! Pray for each family in your neighborhood — by name, if you know it.

For Christ’s Sake,
Pastor Larry

February 8, 2018

Are you living a Pray-Care-Share life?

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

I recently was asked by a recording team for Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru, as it is known in the United States) to share several personal stories about my life of praying, caring, and sharing for neighbors and others whom God puts in my path. What a privilege.

This sharing from my life experiences will become stories to be shared by Steve Douglass, president of Campus Crusade, on "Making Your Life Count"--heard on almost 1,000 radio stations globally!

Take a look at the Cru website to see what they're doing for the world. Notice their focus of Walk-Pray-Care-Share--sound familiar?

I thank the Lord every day that I can still be a part of inspiring you and other believers to:

          Keep looking ... for daily opportunities to Pray for, Care for, and Share Christ with people!

In time, many may become followers of Christ.

For Christ's sake,

Pastor Larry

A Note from Pastor Larry                                                 December 31, 2017

 A Greeting for the New Year!

Dear Friend,

Hope you and your family

had a good Christ season.

The Lord led me today

to pray for YOU . . .

that in this New Year

you will be empowered

to live Christ’s new command:

“Love one another,

as I have loved you . . .

This is how people will know

that you’re my follower.”

John 13:34

In the name of our incredible Christ,

Pastor Larry and Beccy

A Note from Pastor Larry                                                 October 12, 2017

 Praise God for

 Love Rhode Island!

Dear Friends,

 Five years ago, I had the opportunity to speak at Stony Lane Baptist Church in North Kingstown, one of the earliest churches in America, founded 350 years ago by Rodger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island.

I also had the privilege of meeting with the pastors for the whole state of Rhode Island. They said it was the largest gathering of R.I. pastors they could remember and was a historic day for the Church there. I shared with these pastors and the churches the concept of Loving Their Communities to Christ through every believer praying and caring and sharing for others. It caught fire!

I have wondered how much fruit and effectiveness came from the seed God planted through me. God answered my prayers when I recently met with Dave Gadoury, one of those Rhode Island pastors. Dave is now full-time executive director for “Love Rhode Island,” meeting with 50 pastors and churches to help them develop and live a Pray Care Share lifestyle!

I was so excited to see that the seed planted five years ago has taken root and is producing good fruit!
Please listen to my conversation with Dave in the above video.

I encourage you . . .

     >Pray for the churches of Rhode Island (the most unchurched state in America)
          >Thank God with me that the focus I shared with them is bearing a good harvest!

For Christ’s sake,

Pastor Larry

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September 16, 2017

Have you been asking,

“What on earth is happening in universities in America?”

Good news — something very exciting IS happening on hundreds of campuses across America
to defend Christian faith and introduce students to Christ!

Recently I met with Michael Bossman, a former member of Calvary Community. He shared with me that his call to ministry goes back to his days with us at Calvary. He is now a vice president with RATIO CHRISTI ministry.

The focus of Ratio Christi is “defending truth and Christianity at the university.” They use
apologetics to validate a Christian worldview and faith in Christ. Check out the RATIO CHRISTI
website and Michael’s bio here.