I hope we all have the courage of St. Patrick to live for a cause. Patrick bravely returned to his place of enslavement to bring light and love through Christ to his former captors.
Here is a great article about St. Patrick from Christianity Today.
A few days ago, Beth really honored me by giving notice of my successful dissertation defense to earn a Doctorate of Education. It meant a lot that she did so, but she deserves equal honor. In fact, I dedicated my dissertation to her and the kids. I wrote on the dedication page the following:
I dedicate this work to my wife, Beth, and my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln. I hope the sacrifices you have endured for me to pursue this dream will be repaid to you with many opportunities for joy and success in your future.
Specifically, for Beth I wrote on the Acknowledgement page:
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.
On the Acknowledgement page for the kids, I wrote:
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.
I wanted to make sure this important recognition was not buried in a dissertation, but proclaimed to the world! I love you, family!
I hope you are having a great week. Three things I want you to be aware of going into the weekend.
1. Time change happens this Sunday. You know the drill, plan for one less hour of sleep, but a lot more daylight the next few months.
2. You may have noticed from social media that I successfully defended my dissertation and earned my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. This would not have happened without the support of CIL. I am so grateful to you for letting me and my family accomplish this.
So what do I want you to call me now? Unless you are taking one of my classes, there is no need to call me Dr. Allison. I do not believe in the term Reverend, as the Trinity is the only one to be revered. According to the Bible, in a congregation, I should simply be called Aaron. However, if you choose to call me Pastor, there is not a greater privilege I could imagine.
3. I am preaching this week from Genesis 12:1-4 on “Walking in God’s Purpose.” Who doesn’t need to hear a message of this importance? Who do you know that needs this message? Invite them to CIL, and we will all grow in love this Sunday.
I love being your pastor!
Loved meeting w/ Alpha host team on Monday tonight!
We start Alpha on Monday, January 23 (6:30pm) at CIL. Investigate Christianity over dinner & discussion.
Everyone is welcome.
No pressure. No follow up. No charge.
Do you Search for the Sacred?
It is the season of Epiphany according to the church calendar. This is a time for God to reveal Himself to us, just as he did to the three wise men in the time of Jesus, and all Gentiles since then.
This season is also a reminder to us amidst our new year’s resolutions, which often revolve around secular matters, to search for the sacred.
On Sunday (January 15), I will be preaching from Psalm 40 and Psalm 116, in a message titled, How Can I Repay the Lord? This Scripture is something God used to form my heart last year, and I look forward to sharing it with you on Sunday.
Join us at CIL – 9am or 10:45am