Serenity Prayer

26 11 2016
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.”
Reinhold Niebuhr was using this prayer in 1934, as seen here. Some scholars believe that it dates back to 500 AD.
It is my believe that it follows the teaching of Jesus and the healing process we find in His teach, found in Matthew 5 etc.
Just as we find help in praying “The Lord’s Prayer” (taught to us by Jesus in Luke 11:2-4) we can also use this prayer to follow Jesus’ suggestion that we ask God for the strength to submit to His will, finding freedom & healing in Him.
How is this Spanish translation?
“Dios, concédeme la serenidad para aceptar las cosas que no puedo cambiar, El coraje para cambiar las cosas que puedo, Y la sabiduría para saber la diferencia. Viviendo un día a la vez, Disfrutando de un momento a la vez; Aceptar el sufrimiento como un camino hacia la paz, tomando, como Jesús hizo, este mundo pecaminoso tal cual es; No como yo quisiera; Confiando en que harás todas las cosas bien si me rindo a tu voluntad; Para que pueda ser razonablemente feliz en esta vida y supremamente feliz contigo para siempre en la próxima “.

feel like talking?

10 11 2016
Feel like talking? Please don’t hesitate to call me 410.929.1619. Here’s my video post this morning:

Good morning, just wanted you to know that I’m praying for you.

We all have thoughts, emotions, and questions about this Presidential election. You’re not alone.
God is our provider. Jesus is our hope.
Let’s process together. You don’t need to have it figured out when we see each other. Remember you’re wired for relationships. You have a spiritual family in Baltimore that loves you!
We had a great Celebrate Recovery meeting last night! Life Groups meet tonight and this weekend. Join us at the Ethnos Conference Saturday (remember to register it will fill up). Sunday we’re going to pray for healing. Please bring a friend, neighbor, co-worker who needs healing. There’s uninterrupted time to pray starting at 9:30am Sunday morning. Please come, it will help you spiritually focus on Jesus, meditate on His word, find peace, and prepare for the week.
Let’s come together in life-giving relationships!
Ben Malmin, Pastor
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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

Rebecca Malmin's Blog

Dad and I My Dad and I

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!