This past August we took Skull Church on the road to our neighboring country to the north. This marked the very first time I have done any type of ministry in Canada. We traveled just under 1,100 miles across Alberta to take the message of gospel to Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.
We kicked off the tour in downtown Calgary at the epic Jack Singer Concert Hall. With a population of over a million people Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with numerous skyscrapers. The city has experienced rapid growth due to its status as the center of Canada’s oil industry. However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented there.
Our team, traveling with two trucks hauling 24’ and 32’ trailers, and two vans carrying tour team members, began load in to the venue the day before the event. The Jack Singer Concert Hall is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. It is the home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and by far the nicest venue we have ever had the opportunity to be in.
In the the end it was an incredibly special night at Skull Church Calgary. We saw ninety-three professions for Christ, it truly was a powerful night. Thank you to everyone who came out and made my first time peaching in Canada such a special evening.
It was an incredible kick-off to Skull Church Canada, here’s a look-book of the event:
I am so excited to announce an Eyes of A Lion book tour coming this fall! Come to one of these events with a person in your life who has had to face a sad season or doesn’t know Jesus. We will talk about the anchor we have for our souls and how impossible pain can lead to incredible power! I believe every one of these stops will be supernatural and Heaven will touch earth.
The message at each event will be filled with hope for people who are hurting and an opportunity for lost to be found. It is also an opportunity to give Lenya’s life a chance to continue to impact people. I’ll talk about major themes from the book (and maybe you’ll even have a chance to hear from my wife Jennie and daughters Alivia, Daisy and Clover!) There will be music from our band featuring original songs written after Lenya went to heaven and media elements giving a personal glimpse into her life.
Stay tuned to www.eyesofalion.com for more details on each of our tour stops. Our family hopes to see you there!
Last month I preached a sermon series at Fresh Life based on four themes pulled from my book “Through the Eyes of a Lion.” (Check it out here!) I’m so excited to announce that we’ve packaged EVERYTHING we created to make this series happen and are giving it away for churches anywhere to use!
This series guide is intended to help people see that you can face impossible pain and find incredible power. It encompasses everything you need to have your own “Through the Eyes of a Lion” series at your church. It’s designed to be accompanied by the book which can be read and discussed in smaller groups or offered as an optional resource to those attending the series to read at their own pace.
Whether you have me come speak at your church for a month through the videos, or use my notes and preach it yourself, I am praying that many people will find hope and salvation through this campaign. This series is for anyone who is hurting – whether grieving, recently divorced, newly laid off, etc. It’s also for everyone else – because we all need to train for the trial we’re not yet in. It’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
To receive the guide, click here and submit your email. You’ll then be emailed a link to download the following:
-Video files of each teaching
-Word for word transcripts of each teaching
-My sermon notes for each teaching
-Social media images
-Kids ministry curriculum and craft ideas
-Image of the giveaways we gave to our church from each message and links to purchase them
-List and recipes for lion-themed drinks to serve at a cafe
-Videos played as part of worship
-Digital files to download for printing invites and social media e-vites
If you use this series at your church or in a small group, I’d love to hear from you and people in your church of how God uses it. Share your “Roar Stories” here and remember to use the hashtag #eyesofalion when posting on social media!