Jay Childs serves as the Senior Pastor at EFCCL. Subscribe to our blog to get weekly updates from Pastor Jay.

What's Ahead on the "Preaching Menu"?

What’s Ahead on the “Preaching Menu”?

As we prepare to come to the church in Crystal Lake, I’ve been working on a couple of sermon series for this fall. My first Sunday in the pulpit will be October 6, when we will begin a six-part series…

Fear

Fear

By all circumstances, it was a normal, quiet night in northern Michigan as I lay asleep in my room over the garage in back of my parents’ motel. The year was 1982. The night air was tranquil. I had put…

What's Up with the NIV?

What’s Up with the NIV?

I’ve been using the NIV Bible now for over 30 years. In case you’re not familiar with this acronym, it stands for the “New International Version.” The NIV is one of the most popular Bible translations among evangelicals in the…

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The Largest Worship Service We’ve Ever Attended

I’ve been to some large worship services at such places as Willow Creek, the Crystal Cathedral in California, Charles Stanley’s church in Atlanta. But last year, Becky and I attended a worship service that was larger than all of these…

Why We're Excited about EFCCL

Why We’re Excited about EFCCL

As we move through this summer, Becky and I have a growing anticipation for coming to the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake. Lord willing, we will begin our journey together—with you—on October 6. In the meantime, let me share…