Not unlike being at either New Life or The Father’s House – CHB’s home churches – we had a 6am wake-up call and a 7am sound check at Church of the Living God. My voice definitely didn’t work right for the 8am version of “Rain Down” in D, but we managed. Our set for all 3 services  included “Nothing Is Impossible,” “You Alone,” Nate Cronk’s “Jesus You Are,” “Revelation Song,” and a 2001 resurrection of “I Believe” which we’ve added back into our rotation.

As a group, CHB has never sounded so good. I continue to be so proud of my team, their hearts for Jesus and others, their dedication to the craft of fine music-making, and their hunger to affect society through committing their lives to service within the Kingdom. I count serving with them among my life’s greatest privileges.

One of the weekend’s fun surprises was finding out Pastor Josh Finley from Elim Gospel Church in Lima, NY was the guest speaker. It was a NY invasion of Connecticut! He brought a powerful message on the significance of the individual within the Kingdom. I was really blessed, and took notes all 3 times I heard it.


We headed to Ted’s Montana Grill for a post-church lunch of bison burgers, then said our goodbyes as the band headed back to NY. Because our individual ministry lives are so busy, our music trips are often the only times we get to see some of our very best friends; hard goodbyes are the marks of those who live life selflessly.




[Michelle “Merch Queen” Cronk and Jenny pose for a picture].

[Becca and Jenny part ways].

Jenny and I grabbed a nap, then I worked on my notes for Merge Ahead – CLG’s amazing youth ministry service every Sunday night. My message “Living as Lions” was drawn from Paul’s conversation with the church leaders of Ephesus in Acts 20:17-28 in which he charges them to walk in wisdom, generosity, and boldness. “We are lions!” #ROAR


[Photo by: Randall Martins | @randymartins]

[Bottom photo by: Randall Martins | @randymartins]

Pastor Eric Peoples and his wife Melissa took us out for dinner at a great Mexican place, and then we crashed back at Mike & Iris Kim’s house (where Jenny and Iris did some sort of facial mask that made them look like the girls friends of Jigsaw and Hannibal Lechter. Pretty weird).

Today we drive home to tribe (and relieve the babysitters).

Thanks to all those who came out on Friday and Sunday to worship with us; you made it one of our most memorable weekends ever. ch:








Isabella Kiss · 1 Aug ’11 at 10:18 am

your message last night was incredible Pastor Chris. As soon as that podcast goes up I am going to listen to it like 7 times…

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Aug ’11 at 10:19 am

    Thank you, Isabella. So blessed you found it of value. God gave it to me just for you guys.

Jacob · 1 Aug ’11 at 10:23 am

Loved the blog Christopher! Great pictures.I loved “then we crashed back at Mike & Iris Kim’s house (where Jenny and Iris did some sort of facial mask that made them look like the girls friends of Jigsaw and Hannibal Lechter)”. Haha, I was dying.

It seems like God really showed up this weekend. With CHB and Pastor Josh tag teaming service, I’m sure it was a great weekend. Mike invited Kim and I to come down for the services this weekend (we were sharing at our missions weekend services in CUSE, otherwise you know we would’ve been there in a heartbeat). Looking forward to seeing you soon.


    Christopher Hopper · 1 Aug ’11 at 11:08 am

    Thanks bro! Yeah, it was an awesome weekend; would have been off the hook with you here, but I totally understand. Miss you mate.

wayne thomas batson · 1 Aug ’11 at 9:10 pm

When Jennifer sings, does the baby harmonize?

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Aug ’11 at 11:01 pm

    Plays drums mostly. The water filling in the womb doesn’t allow for good vocal cord oscillation.

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