Knowing the Lord is with Me

One of the saddest statements in Scripture is found in Sampson’s story.

“But he did not know that the Lord had left him (Judges 16:20).”

That has been me before. Taking my gifts from God for granted, I have given away my secret strength and taken on causes without God. I am so thankful that he renews my strength after mistakes, and He never leaves me.

What is Eastertide?

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Do you wish that Easter wasn’t over? Good news! It is not.
 
When observing the church calendar, Easter starts on Resurrection Sunday and is celebrated for several weeks. This season is also known as Eastertide. It is 50 days of celebration until Pentecost Sunday.
 
If you are interested in learning more about this, take a listen to this informative and enjoyable podcast from Renovare with Nathan Foster interviewing Dr. Lacy Borgo.
 
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The picture is of a stain-glass named Women at the Tomb (circa 1150) in Chartres Cathedral (Chartres, France)

Why all the effort on Sunday?

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As I am reflecting on our fantastic Easter services, I am amazed at how many committed people it takes to provide a church experience in the 21st century. I cannot adequately thank all the people who contributed sacrificially to make our celebration successful.

For all the important and accurate critiques of the modern church, this is our culture, and people in the United States are accustomed to worshipping in a particular manner. So, a successful service requires elements like professional childcare, skillful music, a comfortable building environment, a humorous and academic sermon, time efficiency, artistic expression, marketing, and strategic relational connections – to name a few things. These characteristics require great forethought and strategic planning. I have found that no matter how far ahead you think and work hard, there are always things you could have done better.

Still, unlike many award shows, concerts, or cultural events, we do this every week. Easter Sunday is special because Jesus has made every day special. The amazing volunteers at CIL and other churches will continue to bring it every week. Why? He is worthy of our best every time!

Let “The Culture of God” come!

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Let “The Culture of God” come!
 
Jesus often used the phrase the “Kingdom of God,” which is still an important, Biblical phrase to our faith. What is it? The Kingdom of God is the reign of God.
 
Still, I think these words had more of an impact in a monarchy, with an actual king. The people who heard these words first socially bonded around a king. In our society, culture is our cohesion. We feel connected to each other through cultural elements like music, sports, style, and political identification.
 
So, it may help us to add a parallel phrase to The Kingdom of God, which is the phrase “The Culture of God.”
 
Let “The Culture of God” come!