Healing is a foretaste of the Kingdom

I heard that the late John Wimber – a pastor who effectively prayed for “signs and wonders” – used to say something similar to this about healing:
When we prayed for no one, no one was healed.
Now we pray for lots of people, and some are.
Let’s pray and believe for healing, expecting more miracles. Each healing that occurs points us to the most significant work of power, which is the salvation we have through Christ.
Healing reminds us we are in the “already, not yet” Kingdom of God. Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom is already here, but not yet fully until he returns again. His Kingdom is increasing in stages, and we keep getting a foretaste.
Healing is part of that anticipation.

The Divine Conspiracy

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I have circled the Divine Conspiracy book for twenty years, hearing it mentioned, quoted, and praised by other Christian leaders I admired. In 2019, I finally read it cover to cover.

This book’s author is the late Christain philosopher Dallas Willard, professor at the University of Southern California.

The writing was dense. It was long. It was hard to finish. It was transformational!

I will be referring back to this book often in my devotions, and I am sure it will continue to pop up in my preaching this year. It is helping me learn to be an apprentice of Jesus!

Awaken Nashville!

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On Sunday, CIL joined over 500 churches in the Nashville area for a time of prayer and fasting.   I am so encouraged by this multi-church cooperation across varying church traditions and expressions.

Joint fasting is not about adhering to one common practice, but it is about positioning hearts.  Everyone’s fast will look different since we have such a broad spectrum of individual experience, work schedules, family dynamics, and health concerns.   Fasting is not about what you do; it is about where you turn.   Let the Awaken Nashville initiative turn your heart to God and the needs of those around you.

Let’s enjoy this opportunity to feast on the Lord!

Roe vs. Wade is not the end

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On January 22, we recognize the somber anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision to federally legalize abortion in 1973.  Though this is an important and consequential occurrence that should be acknowledged, it is not the linchpin of the pro-life movement like I once believed.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, as I hope it will be, abortions will still be legal in many states, and a vast portion of the United States population will yet have the choice to participate in an abortion.  While legal wrangling in our future will continue to go back and forth, one state at a time, it is the hearts of Americans that are in balance.

Abortion must be eliminated one heart at a time.  God, turn our hearts to the children.

CIL now means …

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I want all my friends to know about this change at CIL.

We are still CIL, but now CIL stands for Christ is Love.

This change aligns us more with our mission, differentiates us from other churches nearby, and gives us a clear identity for future advancement.

We still will refer to ourselves as CIL or CIL Church.

I am excited about the future of CIL!

Day of Prayer on January 8, 2020

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Hey guys!
 
Wednesday is the CIL Day of Prayer to start this new year.
The CIL sanctuary will be open from 7am – 4pm on January 8. We are adding a new component. We will have some live worship at these times:
 
7am –  Aubrey McGowan
12pm – Beth Allison and Abbey Allison
3pm – Tim Howard
 
Come to the sanctuary for any portion of the time you desire.
 
Realizing that many of you cannot physically be present in the sanctuary, you can sign up through Church Center to let us know you will participate on your own.
 
The link is: