Week 2 of “Prayer of Jabez” (January 14-20)

Our church is taking four weeks to pray with the same focus.   We are starting week #2 of the “Prayer of Jabez.”

St. PatrickThis week (January 14-20) we wil pray, “Enlarge my border.”

I read once that St. Patrick of Ireland stated, “Because there were many fish, I asked for a large net.”

The prayer of Jabez came from an obscure, but powerful Scripture in 1 Chronicles 4:10, which states:

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

God wants to increase you influence.   I don’t know exactly what this phrase means to you personally, but I am praying with you when you pray to God, “Enlarge my border!”

242 Groups Start this Sunday!

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2:42 is the name of our small group ministry, and groups start this Sunday!  The name comes from Acts 2:42, which describes the early church:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to breaking of bread and to prayer.” 

Groups meet in homes throughout the area, as well as on the CIL campus, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Childcare is provided at CIL, and ExitSeven youth has a 242 Group, also.

 2:42 New Year Schedule has meetings on the following Sunday nights:

January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24.

We have a 242 brochure available this Sunday with all the details, or you can contact me with questions.

“Christian community” is always worth the investment of our time and effort!

The Blessed Church

Blessed ChurchIf you are a senior pastor, you’ll want to read The Blessed Church by Robert Morris.    This book was simple, straight-forward and effective.   Morris tells the story of his thriving church, Gateway Church in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

As you read his stories and advice, it comes across with an authenticity that is refreshing and inspiring.   It’s easy to read, and lots of stories will keep you interested.  You don’t get the feeling that Morris is trying to impress you, but that he is trying to help you.   I can’t recommend this book enough for senior pastors, or those considering becoming a senior pastor.   This book definitely impacted my ministry in a positive way – a must read for pastors!

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This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing.

Introducing “CIL Forward”

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Wednesday night, we are introducing our new growth process called CIL Forward.  In order to gain the momentum God wants us to have, we have to travel in the same direction.

What is CIL FORWARD?

CIL Forward exists so that every person in our church has heard our vision, understands the gospel, is in relationship with Christ and is engaging in ministry.  

We are asking every leader and those desiring to become a “covenant partner” to complete Forward 101, Forward 102, Forward 103 and Forward 104 during 2013.   At the end of this process, you will have the opportunity to become a “Covenant Partner” with CIL, if you so choose.

I will be sharing the vision of the church during Forward 101 on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m.  Other leaders will be teaching the other classed during our 9:00 am. service the rest of January.

Here is the schedule for January (we’ll offer other opportunities throughout the year):

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)     Forward 101

Sunday, January 13, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)            Forward 102

Sunday, January 20, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)           Forward 103

Sunday, January 27, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)           Forward 104

Prayer Focus (January 7-13)

Our guest speaker on December 30, 2012, encouraged us to pray the “Prayer of Jabez” for the four weeks in a row, with a new focus each week.   I decided to wait a week to blog about this to get more of us involved in this prayer focus.

This week we wil pray, “Oh that you would bless me.”

The prayer of Jabez came from an obscure, but powerful Scripture in 1 Chronicles 4:10, which states:

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

Let’s use this Scripture as a prayer guide this month!   What will happen to our lives and church if we all pray this from the heart!

New Student Pastor Hired at CIL

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I am happy to announce that Matt and Zoe Malone are the new student pastors at CIL.   The Malones met at Carson-Newman College where Matt was president of the FCA, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion (2009).   For two years they worked in pastoral ministry in South Korea, before returning to the United States in 2012.

Matt is a people-person, who uses his energy and relational skills to connect with teenagers.  He is a gifted communicator, and is eager to share his gifts with a youth group and church.  He strongly believes in discipleship, and will be working along side me to establish a small group based, discipleship process for our teenagers.

Matt and Zoe’s first service with CIL will be Wednesday, January 16th.

We thank God for bringing this couple to our church!