name change

14 07 2016

Over the past year, I’ve had a number of experiences that have led me to the belief that the name of our church does not communicate who we are to people learning about us, whether they be “far from God” or “church people”. I believe it’s time for a change.


Before we moved to Baltimore (during the season we were fasting & praying about what God was asking us to do), I was reading Psalm 107 and the description of God gathering people, healing people in verses 1-9, impacted me.


The following words jumped from the page at me, verse 7 “He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live,” and verse 30 “What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!”


That was the final moment of more than a year worth of prayer, assessment, and preparation, when I knew that we were to move to Baltimore City and start a church.

Rebecca reminded me that before I took the idea of the name CBC, we were talking about this idea of a “city” church (in the heart of the city) and a “harbor” church (safely receiving and sending people). It’s a geographic thing, yes. It’s also “home at last” resting in salvation. It’s certainly a “life on mission” identity.

After months of prayerful consideration and conversations with some of you, our elders, our parents, and our pastors in Portland, we’ve decided to change the name of our church to:

City Harbor Church        …a safe place to find & follow Jesus.

The new logo, web site, etc. are in the works. I believe that you’re going to enjoy all of the new stuff. Please understand that this does not reflect any change in our beliefs, practices, values, or relationship with our home church. All of that is unchanged. Our pastors in Portland are thrilled with the change. This does not mean that we’re moving the location of the church, down to the harbor. No. Most of the homes built in our neighborhoods were built because of the harbor. The current web site “E-giving” Paypal still works, but from now on all checks will need to be written to City Harbor Church.

We believe that it is no accident that this announcement occurs during a season of such intense prayer and the week that we start our Celebrate Recovery (Wednesday nights 7pm in the Hampden Family Center) and the month that our recovery house “Aslan House” moves into the area where we have the most small groups. We are responding to our Lord and we will see miracles. I would love to hear your feedback and answer any questions.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and your prayerful support.

Ben Malmin, Pastor

City Harbor Church


My Dad’s Voice

18 06 2016

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My Dad just called me. I’ve had a very busy week and he was calling to check in with me. There is something about my Dad’s voice that brings such instant peace and comfort. My sister and I used to ask him every night as he tucked us into bed, “Please tell us a story!” He would then begin to tell us a story, made up just for us. Often it was about a black cat with a long tail that went, “Swish, swish”. We would always make swishing motions with our arms at that part of the story as we lay in our beds all tucked in, listening to his deep voice, covered in feelings of safety and peace.

I also remember laying in bed waiting for sleep to take over. My parents would be talking in the living room. I could never hear the…

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Pray for Orlando

14 06 2016

Please join me in daily prayer for all families suffering from the Orlando shooting. May God bring a miracle of peace and healing. This flower is the team color of their soccer team. It reminded me, life is possible in harsh environments. My family and I have grieved over the past few days for all of those who are suffering loss or are in hospital waiting rooms hoping for healing of their loved ones. Can’t we stop our day and pray for those who need peace?

Please spend extra time each day and pray for one of the over 100 families suffering right now!

Pray for a miracle of peace in the face of senseless violence.

Pray for miracles of healing for every person injured. Pray for wisdom for their doctors etc.

Pray that they would be protected from negative influences at this traumatic time.

Pray for a healthy processing of the shock, anger, hurt, disbelief, loneliness, depression, and loss.

Pray for a supernatural strength, serenity, and grace within each person affected.

Pray that all come to a life-giving relationship with their Maker.

Pray for the safe travel of family and friends who will be gathering this horrible week.

Pray that their needs are met in travel, lodging, food, medical bills, housing, and any other thing that will help.

Pray that their grieving process would not be hindered by distractions of hateful, thoughtless, insensitive, and/or political statements about the tragic event.

Pray for a flood of positive messages to come their way.

Come on, let’s pray for Orlando.

Grace in Jesus

28 04 2016

Jesus loves all of us sinners. That is what makes sinners attractive. As such, it is a mistake to be more focused on Heaven than we are about Jesus. Here’s an important read, with source material, about a “saved by grace through faith in Jesus” theology:

Reg Layzell

28 04 2016

Recently I’ve been asked several times about “what makes our church unique”. We love all sinners. We believe that God is alive, aware, able, and active with miracles. We believe in simple common sense, God’s thoughts (Bible based), approach to all that we do (including Sunday mornings and small groups). Beyond that, many of our network churches are known for worship that is passionate, principled, and brings believers into an awareness of God’s presence. This comes from God being revealed in Scripture and our recent human history. This article, written by the pastor of my childhood (and longtime leader of our network), describes how this came about. Enjoy!

What does Jesus’ death accomplish?

25 03 2016

Why did Jesus have to die? What does His death accomplish?

On this Good Friday, here’s a list of passages that you can read and reflect on to consider what we remember today and what it means to you personally.

Romans 3:23-25  Jesus is the sacrifice for our sin.

Romans 5:9  We are made right, saved from God’s wrath.

Ephesians 1:7  Jesus purchased our freedom and God forgave our sin.

Ephesians 2:13  We are brought close.

1 John 1:7  Cleanses us from sin.

Revelation 1:5  Frees us from sin.

Galatians 3:13-14  He was cursed so that we can be blessed.

1 Peter 2:21-25  Jesus carried our sin.

What makes Jesus unique that He can do this for us?

  • Hebrews 4:15 He was tempted in every way that we are and yet He lived without sin.
  • Colossians 1:13-23 Jesus was there before creation, sent by God for our salvation. Don’t drift.

“Jesus’ sacrificial death is God’s solution for humanity’s sin. He pays the penalty for our sin. He wants to wipe the slate clean and bring forgiveness.

What makes God’s gift of grace so costly is that Jesus paid for it with His life.

What  makes it powerful is that He came back from the dead – proving that He is the Son of God and showing that God accepted His sacrifice as payment for our sin.” – The Purple Book

Jesus’ death and resurrection were needed to free us from our sin, from certain punishment, and separation from God. Through it we are clean, free, and able to enjoy God in our live here and in an eternal Heaven.

Links for Our 21 Days of Prayer

2 01 2016

Links for Our 21 Days of Prayer – FIRST: January 4th – 24th

Fresh Commitment

January Prayer Topics:

Day 1 Monday January 4th Leave the baggage behind

Day 2  Tuesday January 5th Seek First

Day 3 Wednesday January 6th I Believe

Day 4 Thursday January 7th  God My Strength

Day 5 Friday January 8th  Relationship Prayer

Day 6 Saturday January 9th  Search my heart

Day 7 Sunday January 10th  Nothing more important than you

Day 8 Monday January 11th  Describing God

Day 9 Tuesday January 12th Faith to Overcome

Day 10 Wednesday January 13th  New thoughts feelings

Day 11 Thursday January 14th  Your Kingdom Come

Day 12 Friday January 15th  Your Love Gives

Day 13 Saturday January 16th  Conversation

Day 14 Sunday January 17th  Blessed to be a Blessing

Day 15 Monday January 18th  Your Word

Day 16 Tuesday January 19th  Forgiveness

Day 17 Wednesday January 20th  Walk Protected

Day 18 Thursday January 21st  My Health

Day 19 Friday January 22nd  My Work

Day 20 Saturday January 23rd  Personal Change

Day 21 Sunday January 24th  Living on Purpose

16 short prayers for 2016

Prayer for Baltimore trials