Posted by: Aaron Allison | February 11, 2016

Start Here . . .

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Start……here.  Our prayer is that people find CIL to be a place to start, to start experiencing all the things written above.

This design is the front of a postcard sent this week to 20,000 homes in Hendersonville. When it arrives at your house, will you put it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror and each time you glance at it would you….
1. Pray.  Start right now.  Take a few seconds to pray that God will use this postcard to quicken the hearts of the lost and those He has assigned to our congregation.
2. Invite.  Someone in your life may learn about CIL through the mail out, but your personal invitation will be the thing that encourages them to visit.
3. Look.  As always, be on the look out for new people at CIL that you can meet, and make feel welcome.  You friendliness sets the culture of the church, and allows people to experience His love.
I am excited about preaching this Sunday, and I hope you and your friends will join me.
If we abide in Him, CIL has a great future!

Pastor Aaron

Posted by: Aaron Allison | January 18, 2016

MLK, the Church and the Civil Rights Movement

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On MLK Day, the church should celebrate the American Civil Rights movement because it was birthed out of the church, and it exemplifies our core beliefs of peace and justice. While Dr. Martin Luther King had heroic qualities, his legacy is most powerful when one realizes that he personifies million of people in America who were part of a cultural change. A new generation decided that it was time to change, and the preaching of Dr. King and other pastors was a huge part of engineering that change. The Civil Rights movement was based off non-violent protest, and Scripture helped form this conviction. An example of this wide-spread participation was when 24 ministers in Montgomery, Alabama, were arrested in 1956 during a non-violent protest. What would pastors be willing to be arrested for today?

gty_1960_reverend_martin_luther_king_ss_thg_130114_sshMartin Luther King was groomed by his father to be this movement’s spokesman from an early…

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Posted by: Aaron Allison | December 9, 2015

The Arts are still needed in education

I was so impressed with all the kids and teachers participating at KDDC Middle School band recital tonight. It was a visible reminder that the arts are an important part of the education experience. We cannot teach kids only towards standardized test outcomes. Choir, band, sports, clubs, field trips, and social traditions help develop the whole person, and must not be neglected.

On a personal note, I am proud of my son Lincoln and nephews Austin and Denton for excelling in their first middle school band concert. A great night for the whole community!

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Posted by: Aaron Allison | December 9, 2015

Don’t Question My Integrity! Really?

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A phrase that makes me lift my eyebrow – “Don’t question my integrity,” I probably have stated this before myself, but I try not to use that phrase anymore. Doesn’t having integrity mean that you welcome scrutiny? Being a person of integrity does not mean that you will never make a mistake, have a wrong motive or contradict yourself. But, when you realize a breach of integrity, you own up and improve from there.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | December 5, 2015

Advent, a refreshing focus

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While it is easy to believe that everything in the evangelical church is digressing, there are many positive trends in 21st century.  One such improvement in recent years is the shift from emphasizing the cultural traditions of Christmas during December services to a recognition of Advent during our weekly worship.  Santa Clause, Frosty, and Elf on the Shelf are all fun and appropriate for the season. However, those characters and other cultural traditions get plenty of exposure in various mediums without the help of the church.

But the church has a message of power at Christmas!  The season of Advent celebrates that Christ came, and that Christ is coming again!  Is there a message more relevant?  Is there a message more needed?  Doesn’t this message of Advent deserve our clearest focus and proclamation?

So, for the next three Sundays and Christmas Eve at CIL we will share the message of Advent.  Come expecting songs about Jesus, preaching about Jesus, and communion centered on Jesus. There is not a more important activity for you this Christmas.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Meal led us to Jesus

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Last night we had the privilege to feed a large amount of our congregation for the Thanksgiving Prayer Meeting and Meal.  The response was over twice what we anticipated in our highest hopes. It was a beautiful night to experience the presence of God and fellowship.  No doubt the record breaking prayer meeting was connected to the food component.  Many of us may have wanted the meal, but we needed the prayer.

It reminded me of the day after Jesus miraculously fed the 5,000.  The people searched for him the next day, and after much effort to find him they had an interesting response from Jesus:

When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
Jesus answered, “I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him (John 6:5-27).”

I believe that in our excitement for turkey, dressing and fellowship, we also found Jesus.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 28, 2015

Kansas City

during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The current world series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets reminded me of this story. When I went to school in KC, a friend of mine at a Royals home game met a Yankees player’s wife. In conversation she said “we like to come to Kansas City when we want to get out of the city.” :-) Even so, go Royals!

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 26, 2015

Let me tell you about my church

I am so grateful for the church I get to serve.  We are a simple, but complicated people.  Long ago we laid down the illusion of being best, biggest, or trendiest.  That statement is not a criticism of the great churches that are classified as such, its just an acknowledgement of where our boundary lines have fallen.

We adopt children, get extra degrees, participate in youth sports clubs, take as many weekend trips as possible, and volunteer at the church in between. We love our church friends, but they are only one network among several we juggle.  Thank God that we can check on them through Facebook since we don’t attend the same service anymore.

We have pliable hearts to the Spirit and the Word, but struggle to hear those voices in between the neighborhood association cookouts, the school fair, and the Netflix binge.  Yet, in the midst of these contextual challenges, I think we are all doing well.  I find us to be loving, generous, thoughtful and pliable.  We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to get the most out of life and love Jesus at the same time.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 20, 2015

God’s Unlikely Choice – The Church

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One thing that bothers me about my calling is how many people I meet that have been hurt by the church. These words by Henri Nouwen give me a great perspective on how God has chosen the church, despite our weaknesses:

“Just as it seems unlikely to us that God chose to become human in a young girl living in a small, not very respected town in the Middle East nearly two thousand years ago, it seems unlikely that God chose to continue his work of salvation in a community of people constantly torn apart by arguments, prejudices, authority conflicts, and power games. Still, believing in Jesus and believing in the Church are two sides of one faith. It is unlikely but divine!”

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 20, 2015

Jesus is Polarizing

head-of-christ-Richard_HookAs I am reading in the gospels right now, I am amazed at how controversial Jesus was in His days on earth.

“When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him (John 10:19).”

It is still the same today. Jesus is not easy, so he is misunderstood.

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).”

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