Ray McElroy at CBLI 2013

This week we’ve been posting some video highlights from Central Bible and Leadership Institute (CBLI) 2013 that took place just last week. A few days ago we posted Shane Claiborne’s talk, in which he preached about the need to show God’s love to the world. Today’s video is of someone who is no stranger to the Metro Division. Ray McElroy – who was our guest at Youth Councils 2012, is a former NFL cornerback, and currently serves as the chaplain for the Chicago Bears. He spoke to us last week on the idea of pain being part of the process from 2 Corinthians 12. Just FYI, there were a lot of other great things that took place during the meeting, so if you want to get right to Ray’s message, start at 51:22. Enjoy!

2 Corinthians 12:1-10
1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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