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Chicago trip

by Greg Laurie on Feb 23, 2009

Hey everyone, we just returned from our Lost Boy weekend in Chicago. We had an amazing trip.

It all happened at Harvest Bible Chapel, which is pastored by my friend, James MacDonald. The funny thing is that James spoke at our church, while I spoke at his!

We showed the Lost Boy film followed by a message. My son Jonathan once again shared his testimony, which moved many, especially the young people.

We must have seen some 400 people come forward in all the services to make commitments and re-commitments to Christ.

I am back now in California. So thanks for your prayers!

A tragic loss

It is with deep sadness that I report to you that Ralph Arthur, an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, was suddenly taken to  heaven this last Saturday.

Let me say this as plainly as I can–Ralph Arthur was a man of God. I can pay him no higher compliment than that.

He was always there with a smile, hug, and an encouraging word from the Lord to those in need. He was a loving and compassionate counselor to those in his ministry who were suffering, to cancer patients, and to those who had lost loved ones.

Ralph is in heaven

Now, sadly, Ralph himself is the loved one lost. But, of course, he is not lost at all, for you have not lost someone when you know where they are, and we certainly know where Ralph is. He is in the presence of the One who promises “fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.”

Ralph is in heaven with my son Christopher and so many of our loved ones who have preceded us to the other side.

He will be greatly missed by our church and staff, but most of all by his family.

He finished well

But let me close by saying this—Ralph finished well as a follower and representative of Jesus Christ, and I know the Lord has said to him, “Well done, Ralph Arthur, my good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joy of your Lord.”

Let us all remember his wife Cheri and his children as they will need God’s special strength and comfort. As Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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