Light for the next few months

It is logical to conclude the next 4-5 months may be challenging. Daylight will shorten, the election will heat up, and concern about a potential second wave of COVID-19 lingers. Without discounting others’ suffering, I hope to have a great 4-5 months of relationship with God and others.

As I shared this sentiment at our 10:45 am service on September 6, God stirred this passage as a guiding prayer for the days ahead. I hope you can claim this prayer, too!

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” – Psalm 4:6 (CSB)

The Three Streams Chart

We had such a powerful worship experience last night. We took that evening to lean into the “Spirit stream” and found refreshing in the Lord.

Last Sunday, I started our vision series CIL Forward and shared our identity as a Three Streams church. Here is the chart that we shared during the sermon about the Biblical-basis for a Three Streams identity. Pastor Dan Scott introduced this chart to me a few years ago, and it has been a great way to put in words how God has formed us.

Twelve years for CIL

CIL’s Twelfth Anniversary was not what I imagined when we planned the year, as the global pandemic contributed towards a subdued recognition. Still, with a heartfelt, “Thanks be to God!” we honored Jesus by gathering in His name – both online and in-person.

I have never been so happy to be part of a spiritual family as I am now, and I have great hope for our future together!

We love Jesus so much because …

We love Jesus greatly because we have sinned greatly. 

King David’s abuse of power was selfish, destructive, and unjust. He seduced the wife of an honorable subordinate and orchestrated the cover-up until Uriah was dead. David paid a high price for the consequence of his sin; but, it was not a forever punishment. 

God restored David, and he will restore you and me. 

“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.” – Isaiah 51:1 (ESV)

A timely word for confusing times

During our worship services, I believe the Lord spoke these words to the church:

This is a time of confusion, and God is not the author of confusion
This is a time of confusion, but not for the remnant of God.
Expect more clarity in the will and purpose of God
Look for new and renewed alliances.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace – 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace – Romans 11:5 (NRSV)

I pray this message and Scriptures strengthen your faith in Jesus today! 

Thankful for America

In my lifetime, there have been different waves of patriotism and waves of de-emphasizing nationalism. Our nation’s foundation of individual freedom allows for both perspectives.

Those who deconstruct America speak with no fear, for their criticism is protected by the Constitution and the sacrifice of multitudes.

I love the United States of America, and I appreciate what a gift it is to me, my family, and my faith. It is a good thing to love our country.

Put your hope in God

There is a lot of opportunity to panic and despair with the renewed public awareness of COVID-19, but I encourage us all to put our hope in God.

Choose to hope in Him.
He will not abandon those who trust in Him.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone. – Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)