Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kit starting a new series...yes, Dr. Kit is teaching!

Hey, folks, Josh writing for Kit...

Kit is busy preparing a message for his teaching...this Friday, August 1st... on his new series, Changing into Ourselves.
Kit describes it this wasy, "The idea is that we have identified who we think we are and what we do, but really, we need to change to actually become that! It’s like as Christians and a church we see ourselves as what God wants us to be, but God says no, we need to change to become who we think we are…"

Be there!

Friday, July 25, 2008

kit speaks:)

Hey everyone...if you are still checking in, this is Kit...your prayers for healing seem to be sustaining me right back was healed two Fridays ago as everyone prayed for me and it has been getting better everyday since then...for 8 weeks my blood counts have all been normal, which means no blood transfusions. I am on a strict vegetable juice diet for cleansing...the affects of the chemo and antibiotics have all dissipated and my skin, glands, hormones, organs are all returning to a "normal" function...even my hair is coming back (nothing to write home about...but some hair) the "natural" and according to modern medical science I should still die soon, but as most of us know and believe, God has the final say so on my life... Whether I live or die and how fact we are all kind of in the same boat...the only time we have here on planet earth that is guaranteed is right now...non of us have the next moment for sure. Our life here, the Bible says, is but a vapor, like a little wisp of for a brief moment and then gone. The important thing is; what we do with that brief moment?...because according to Christ, all eternity for us hangs on our answer to that question. It is my hope for you today that you would choose God's love for your life. It would be my hope for you that you would choose your family, your children, you wife or husband, your friends to live your moment for and with. For when we choose these things in the moment we are given here on earth, we choose that which is good, right, pure, lovely and we capture these things in the moment for all eternity and they can never be taken from us...never. I hope to speak next Friday and see you all has been a blessing for me to be able to speak to the church and for my friends and family far away to be able to listen via our website at Please continue to pray for God's miracle of healing.
PS...I will be leading a prayer for healing this Sunday evening at Hope Chapel 6:00PM...I send all my love and thanks to you for your continued prayers and support.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Reading "2Corinthians 4:1-18" reminds me of Kit and his family. I thought it's appropriate to put the verses in this blog:

2Co 4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
2Co 4:13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
2Co 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardlyl we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Kit's Teaching on July 11 and 13 - Now Available

To listen or download Kit's teaching on July 11 and 13 - go to Hope Chapel's website. For the Friday teaching on "Abide", click HERE. For the July 13's teaching title "How To Please God", click HERE.

I Simply Live For You hula

Shelly and Kit watching the hula

I call them the Hope Chapel Quartet :). They sounded pretty good!
They sang during the offering on that July 13th Service.

As always, feel free to leave your encouraging comments to Kit. And we know you are all praying for his healing and recovery. Your love, prayers, support, and comments for the Lauer family are all very much appreciated. - Liza

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Blessing Of Cancer (by Tony Snow)

My dad wanted to share this with you all.
Love, Maisha

"The Blessing of Cancer",
written by Tony Snow (Fox News) in October, 2007:

Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, - in my case, cancer. Those of us with potentially fatal diseases - and there are millions in America today find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence "What It All Means," Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations. The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the "why" questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer. I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is, a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths begin to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out. But despite this, or because of it, God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don't know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face. Second, we need to get past the anxiety. The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere. To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, but into life and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many non believing hearts an intuition that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live fully, richly, and exuberantly no matter how their days may be numbered. Third, we can open our eyes and hearts. God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease,- smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see, but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance; and comprehension and yet don't. By His love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise. 'You Have Been Called'. Picture yourself in a hospital bed. The fog of anesthesia has begun to wear away. A doctor stands at your feet; a loved one holds your hand at the side. "It's cancer," the healer announces. The natural reaction is to turn to God and ask him to serve as a cosmic Santa. "Dear God, make it all go away. Make everything simpler." But another voice whispers: "You have been called." Your quandary has drawn you closer to God, closer to those you love, closer to the issues that matter, and has dragged into insignificance the banal concerns that occupy our "normal time." There's another kind of response, although usually short-lived an inexplicable shudder of excitement, as if a clarifying moment of calamity has swept away everything trivial and tiny, and placed before us the challenge of important questions. The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world shorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies. Think of Paul, traipsing though the known world and contemplating trips to what must have seemed the antipodes ( Spain ), shaking the dust from his sandals, worrying not about the morrow, but only about the moment. There's nothing wilder than a life of humble virtue, for it is through selflessness and service that God wrings from our bodies and spirits the most we ever could give, the most we ever could offer, and the most we ever could do. Finally, we can let love change everything. When Jesus was faced with the prospect of crucifixion, he grieved not for himself, but for us. He cried for Jerusalem before entering the holy city. From the Cross, he took on the cumulative burden of human sin and weakness, and begged for forgiveness on our behalf. We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us, that we acquire purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us part way there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy. A minister friend of mine observes that people suffering grave afflictions often acquire the faith of two people, while loved ones accept the burden of two peoples' worries and fears. 'Learning How to Live'. Most of us have watched friends as they drifted toward God's arms, not with resignation, but with peace and hope. In so doing, they have taught us not how to die, but how to live. They have emulated Christ by transmitting the power and authority of love. I sat by my best friend's bedside a few years ago as a wasting cancer took him away. He kept at his table a worn Bible and a 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. A shattering grief disabled his family, many of his old friends, and at least one priest. Here was an humble and very good guy, someone who apologized when he winced with pain because he thought it made his guest uncomfortable. He retained his equanimity and good humor literally until his last conscious moment. "I'm going to try to beat [this cancer]," he told me several months before he died. "But if I don't, I'll see you on the other side." His gift was to remind everyone around him that even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity, filled with life and love we cannot comprehend, - and that one can in the throes of sickness point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms. Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do? When our faith flags, he throws reminders in our way. Think of the prayer warriors in our midst. They change things, and those of us who have been on the receiving end of their petitions and intercessions know it. It is hard to describe, but there are times when suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and you feel a surge of the Spirit. Somehow you just know: Others have chosen, when talking to the Author of all creation, to lift us up, to speak of us! This is love of a very special order. But so is the ability to sit back and appreciate the wonder of every created thing. The mere thought of death somehow makes every blessing vivid, every happiness more luminous and intense. We may not know how our contest with sickness will end, but we have felt the ineluctable touch of God. What is man that Thou art mindful of him? We don't know much, but we know this: No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us who believe, each and every day, lies in the same safe and impregnable place, in the hollow of God's hand."

Tony went to be with the Lord June 12, 2008 .

Thursday, July 17, 2008


My dad wants everyone to know how wonderful it was for him to be able to speak last weekend. A lot of people prayed for him on Friday night and his back has been better since then.
Kit had an MRI done on monday and there are three different things happening in his lower back. The first one is that there is a small tumor. That is being analyzed and they don't know how much that is impinging on the nerve, but it is on the opposite side of the pain. The second thing is that there is a slight herniation (slipped disc) at the L5 vertabrae which is probably putting pressure on the nerve. third, there is a narrowing of the spinal column which could also be causing problems.
So, we are praying for continued decreased pain and the correct therapy program.
Kit will continue teaching as long as he has strength to do it.
Thank you for all of the love and dad says it keeps him going.
love, The Lauers

p.s. if that was really Jack Lalanne that left a comment on the blog...we are most definitely interested in a juicer! :-)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Kit Taught Today

A blessed day. I attended the first service at Hope Chapel today and Kit was teaching. They provided a stool for him to sit on, but he stood the whole time he was teaching! The teaching is wonderful as usual - full of wisdom and power - inspiring. Carlos led the worship and it was very glorifying to God. There was a Gospel Hula before Kit's message and the song was "I Simply Live For You". Kit taught on Thessalonian Chapter 4. It's about how to be pleasing to God. I won't go into the details of the message because I am sure you will be able to listen to it at Hope Chapel website. We will post the link here as soon as it's available. Continue to pray, for your prayers are not in vain.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Dear Friends and Family,

My dad continues to need your prayers...and we appreciate them so much!! The pain in his back can be very intense and excruciating, and it is difficult for him to walk. He has an MRI scheduled for next week Monday, so hopefully, that will tell us a little more about what is going on.

His blood counts are still good for the fourth week in a row, so we are very thankful and praise God that he does not need to receive a blood transfusion at this point.

As of now, Kit still plans on giving the Friday and Sunday messages this weekend.

Much Love,
Maisha and the Lauer Family

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Note from Shelly's Sisters

To the congregation of Hope Chapel,

We are Shelly’s sisters, Carol Bolton and Diane Kalliam. On August 2, 2008, we will be cycling in the Marin Century Ride with Team in Training (TNT) to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over the years, TNT has raised over $800 million to further the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

While tremendous progress has been made, we are painfully aware that much more needs to be done. We are doing this ride so that one day there will be cures for all blood cancers and that no one will go without treatments.

We will be riding in honor of our beloved brother-in-law and your associate pastor, Kit Lauer. His life has been a blessing and his openness and vulnerability during this time has provided a window into the goodness of his soul and his love for all of us.

We will be riding in honor of our sister, Shelly. Those of you who know her are aware of her goodness and generosity. She is one-of-a-kind and we honor her courage and strength and her dedication to Kit, her family and community.

We will also be riding in honor of the Hope Chapel community. Your prayers and support of Kit and Shelly these past months have truly been examples of how God wants us to be for each other. Your support has allowed Shelly to be with Kit through his treatments and your prayers have sustained them. We are so grateful for all you have done. Each of you will be in our hearts as we do this ride.

We know that many of you have helped Kit and Shelly financially during this time. Please know that we appreciate any donation you can make to our endeavor. No amount is too small or too large. Many people we do not know will benefit from all of our efforts for we are all a part of the family of God. May the Lord continue to bless and sustain your church and all your works.

With love and thanks,
Carol Bolton and Diane Kalliam

NOTE: You can support Carol & Diane in their fundraising efforts by going to or click here to download a form.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

"Whoever seeks me with all their heart will find me..."

* Kit is preparing for his message for Friday July 11th and Sunday following that. I know many of you are checking the blog often so I thought of pulling out some "gems" from Kit's previous posts to remind us of God's love and calling. Below is an excerpt from Kit's May 4th's post:

Please know that I continue to be sustained by your love, prayers, support and your generous giving...your hearts of love and concern are all treasures to me and my family. My prayer for you today is that regardless whether you are riding high on the wings of blessing right now or find yourself in a deep dark valley that you would know that everywhere you are the love of God your creator is with you.

He tells us..."whoever seeks me with all their heart will find me..." Sometimes we are so weak we can't seem to find the strength to even seek after Him, it is in these times He seeks after us. He will leave the whole flock He tends to go after His lost little lamb. His love for you is un-ending finding it's full expression in the offering of His Son's life for yours. His gift to you of life everlasting, His provision to those who place their trust and hope in Him.

It is my prayer for us all today that we would hold very lightly to those things temporary and passing, to the cares, the set backs, the ups-and downs of life's circumstances and that we would all hold on tightly to those things that are eternal. Forgiveness, love expressed when we consider our friend, our spouse, our child as more precious, more valuable then ourselves, our own needs. As we do this God meets our needs in a deep profound and supernaturally way.

Don't manipulate, use, or ill think of anyone, do good to all, be bright lites in a world filled with incomprehensible darkness and pain. We must at times allow our protective bubbles to be burst now and then to know the deep treasures found only in a place of great need and the touch of the love of God.

Again, no matter where you are, His love is there. Give your heart to the lover of your soul and He will empower your life today in marvelous ways and victories felt to just always be slightly out of your reach will be yours and when you face the end of self your hope will swell from the knowledge of the great gift of eternal life, the ultimate weapon against death and fear...we can rest our heads in the hands of the author and giver of life who freely gives new life now and forever for all who call on His name.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Shelly

Shelly...this wonder woman...this fully mature,
fully blossomed woman of God...
from a little innocent 20 something girl
carrying a sun flower for a wedding bouquet,
lover of flowers...this mother of the
two most beautiful children on earth,
she calls me "daddy"...
she is so innocent and soft on the outside...
like a tender, beautiful flower,
but inside she is a woman of steel,
unbendable in her faithfulness...
naturally other centered,
the closet thing to Jesus I know...
and wow...she is my wife...
it's like I won the wife lottery...
God knew exactly what He was doing!

With love,

* the above is an excerpt from a post written by Kit while he was in the hospital. It was very honoring to Shelly and I thought it's a perfect post for today. Happy birthday Shelly!

Run for Kit Photos

The photos taken during the RUN FOR KIT fundraiser are now available for ordering. Click here to go to the order form on Hope Chapel's website. A great big MAHALO to Sheryl A. Saphore Photography for donating her time and 100% of the proceeds to help the Lauer ohana!