CLC Men’s Discipleship is Making an Impact!

CLC is a Men’s Discipleship ministry making a significant difference at our church and around the nation.

CLC Men’s Discipleship (not to be confused with CIL) is an acronym for Christ Led Communities. For over 40 years, this ministry has been calling men into relational discipleship as it challenges men to an uncommon pursuit of Christ. CLC facilitates small groups of intentional believers who refuse to be satisfied with the status quo. CLC equips men to be leaders based on a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and dedication to sound biblical principles.

We have started several CLC groups at Christ Is Love Church since 2018. I have seen these groups impact men for Jesus, creating bonds of brotherhood that are not easy for men to establish. If you want to learn more abut CLC groups starting through our church, contact Pastor Jacob Bell.

In 2022, I joined the national CLC Board of Directors and have the privilege of serving this organization with 18 full-time employees in several crucial markets across the United States. Dr. Craig Frye is doing an outstanding job as CLC’s president, and the future of expansion continues to be promising.

CLC is impacting our nation one man at a time.

Advent – A Call to Repentance and Peace

It’s the second week of Advent, and Pastor Deborah Jackson shared an insightful teaching on Peace. Deborah reminded us that repentance leads to “shalom,” or the peace we desire. Aubrey and Jen led us with a great mix of carols and modern worship songs. 

I love this time of year because everyone makes a big deal about Jesus, and He deserves all the fuss!

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China and the Liberated Spirit

Beijing, China, November 27, 2022
Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters

In the last few days, protests have happened in China over COVID restrictions, among other things. It seems like things have settled with looser rules in the last few hours, but I greatly hope the protesters in China are the front end of a liberated spirit that will resist government overreach. If reports are accurate that children are taken from their parents to confine COVID, that is an assault against the most basic human instinct to care for one’s child.

In every culture, self-determination and family welfare cannot be repressed indefinitely because those qualities reflect the character of God. I pray for the Chinese people.

There is always hope

What a way to end Thanksgiving weekend! We baptized nine people and started Advent with a focus on hope.

This message calls us to lift our heads to look for Christ, even when the darkness seems oppressive and overwhelming. We can always have hope when we look to Him. I pray this message will infuse hope into you. If you feel the emotion of hopelessness, please know this is not permanent and not your identity.

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We stand on the Word of God

When at its best, the church offers Jesus, the Word of God. 

The word of man is trendy, but the Word of God is tested.
The word of man is consensual; but the Word of God is confrontational.
The word of man is circumstantial, but the Word of God is unchangeable.
The word of man is temporal, but the Word of God is eternal.

We stand on the Word of God. 

Prayer at Unity Service on November 18, 2022

What Does the Church Offer the World?

In every generation, despite the cultural environment, the church offers certain things to the world. In Sunday’s message, I proclaimed five things the church provides the world in every generation and setting. These are:

  1. The Word of God
  2. Sacraments (Water Baptism and Communion)
  3. The Presence of God
  4. Tangible Love (serving the needs of humanity)
  5. Hope (The reign of Christ).

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a great starting place to identify the unique call of the church. We are different from the other earthly entities because we are the gateway to the divine.

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Launchpoint Church in Lebanon, Tennessee

Earlier this week, I had the great privilege of sharing at the leadership banquet for Launchpoint Church. Launchpoint has such a great community doing impactful ministry for Jesus in Lebanon, Tennessee.

My friends Jim and Angela Kubic are so genuine, loving, and pastoral. They love their people and city, so being part of their annual team celebration was an honor. This church may be hidden from notoriety now, but it will be known for its Kingdom impact as the years progress.

What is the church?

I always love what we do at CIL Church, but our services seem to deepen in meaning and impact this time of year. On Sunday, I shared a teaching titled What is the Church? This teaching points out characteristics of the Church that will inspire you to love Jesus and people more. It was another message to build God’s culture at CIL Church. 

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May politics lead us to prayer

Many of us are in different places in the political process. My youngest son voted for the first time yesterday, and he is engaged now with the process and results in an entirely new way. It’s refreshing to see him discover first-hand our unique system of government. Others disillusioned by the current political climate may have voted dutifully while wrestling with cynicism. Many did not vote at all.

Regardless of where you may be on the political process, here are some facts for consideration:

  1. Civic decisions will be made by those in power regardless of my posture towards politics.
  2. Since politicians will continue to make decisions regardless of my attitude towards them and their role, it is a good thing for quality Christian candidates to run for political office.
  3. We are called by Scripture to pray for all government leaders despite our posture towards them. So irritation we may feel towards a politician is an opportunity to pray for them. Any unhealthy adulation of a politician is also a call to put Jesus first through prayer. If we are too enamored with a politician, we need to seek the Lord for our potential idolatry.

Through these opportunities to pray, let politics lead you to spiritual formation.