Pray for Frontline Camp

Frontline youth ministry is taking a record group of students to Panama City Beach, Florida, from June 23-26, 2017.  As a Jr. High student, my life was changed forever at a beach camp.  I am so happy my three teenagers get to experience God with their friends in such a positive setting!

IMG_0418Thanks to our youth team – Pastor Matt Malone and youth administrator Kyle Davis – for putting together this great trip (Here’s a picture of those guys and me a few weeks ago).

And thank you CIL for supporting our teenagers!  Your prayers, financial support, and supportive attitude is making a huge difference in many teenager’s lives.

The Joy of Prayer

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Our summer message series at CIL is titled The Joy of Prayer.  Pastor Deborah did a great job kicking off the series last Sunday (June 11) when she taught on contemplative prayer. From the influence of that sermon, I have taken more time this week to be aware of the presence of God.  Thanks Pastor D for pointing us to Him.

Take a listen to that sermon here:

Sermon on 6/11/17

I look forward to preaching on June 18, 2017, a message titled Partnership with God. I have learned some key concepts about prayer through study and reflection that I want to show you through this message.  No additional guilt will be placed on you from lack of prayer (we can all do better in this area).  However, this message will provide an opportunity to see the incredible privilege of pray.  Join me at CIL at either 9am or 10:45am.

Acknowledgments on Graduation Day

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Today is graduation day for me.  I hesitate to post something, because I have already been congratulated several times by so many of you.  But, I want to share my “Acknowledgment” page of my dissertation (I shared my dedication page a few weeks ago). I do this, because this accomplishment would not have happened without a team of people who believed in me and worked for me. No doubt, more people deserve to be acknowledged, but there was limit to space in the dissertation. I dedicated my work to my family, but they are rightfully acknowledged again. So to everyone on this list, THANK YOU in every way!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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To Dr. Charles Lea, dissertation committee chair, thank you for your mentorship, encouragement, and friendship. You used your vast experience and network to help me succeed. This project would not have been a success without your excellent leadership.

To Dr. Bryan Carrier and Dr. C. William McKee, dissertation committee members, thank you for your guidance and encouragement throughout this process. Your contributions were key factors in my success.

To Mrs. Amy Heckman, your hard work and helpful attitude for this study were invaluable. I appreciate so much your professionalism and skill.

To Dr. Charles Gaulden, thank you for pushing me to pursue my doctorate at a time when I believed the dream had passed.  Your constant encouragement through this process has been a crucial guide.

To the leadership and people of The Church at Indian Lake, thank you for giving me the flexibility and shared resources to pursue this dream.

To my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln, thank you for your understanding when I was distracted or not fully present for you during this project. I believe we have many years of great times together.

To my wife, Beth, your encouragement and support of me goes beyond what words can adequately express. You are my life partner, and I am so thankful we did this together.

Happy Birthday Israel!

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From our friends at the ICEJ:

“Today, Israel celebrates 69 years of independence!

In May of 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, publicly declared Israel’s Independence. At that time, the fledgling state had only 806,000 residents. Today, Israel’s population exceeds 8.6 million!

Israel’s existence is clear evidence of God’s faithfulness to His promises given to Abraham thousands of years ago. We salute Israel today and rejoice with her! We know her future is secure, because God watches over her day and night!

We congratulate the people of Israel on their 69th year of independence!”

Easter Continues!

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(Painting is “Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning” by Eugène Burnand in 1898)

Easter continues! Easter is not one Sunday, it is a season to celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus in fresh and powerful ways. On Sunday, I will be preaching from 1 Peter 1:3-9 a message called “The Resurrection Brings Us…”

 
We’ll have Forward 101 lunch afterwards and 242 Groups through out the day.
 
What a Sunday! Bring yourself and a friend.
We have an alive God to celebrate and enjoy!
 

Good Friday Service

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I can’t think of a more meaningful service of the year than our Good Friday Service.  CIL will have a time of worship on Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.  I invite you to come as a family as we remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us.   Service will last less than an hour and we will take communion as a church.   Join me and my family in honor of Jesus to begin this special weekend.