Responding to the Conventions

Prayers for Philadelphia
Here is some good news no matter your political persuasion. After months of expecting and preparing for the worse, there was no significant act of violence or civil unrest in Cleveland. Let’s pray the same for Philadelphia in the coming week. Let’s remember, that despite our various national challenges, we are so blessed to be Americans!

I’m Trying to See the Better Side
We are most Christlike when we look for the good in people instead of only their faults. I’m trying to do this more these days. While I do not want to blindly believe propaganda, discovering and believing positive things about public figures with whom I disagree is good for the life of God in me. Public figures are influencers of our culture, so the more God works in their hearts, the better we all are. So, we should wish them all God’s best. Because of Jesus and His work in my life, I hope I will choose civility and kindness more and more.

Pastor Timblin and the Power of a Prayer

On Friday I had the honor of attending the funeral of Pastor Andy Timblin, the father of my dear friend Kevin Timblin. Pastor Timblin died in his early 80s, finishing his race so well. 
In 2008, I was a young preacher who was “trying out” to be the pastor of CIL. Brother Timblin preached at CIL several times while the church was without a pastor. On my interview Sunday, he drove from Kentucky to support me, even though we had never met. There was a lot of expectations on me to do well in this sermon, so I felt the importance of the opportunity. As I was getting ready to preach, Pastor Timblin placed his hands on my shoulders and began to pray with love and power. His prayer gave me so much confidence and assurance that when I stood on that stage, I had never felt so at home as a preacher.  
Pastor Timblin touched thousands of lives in his ministry but I still remember that prayer. You never know how a single prayer can impact a life. I believe that Pastor Timblin’s prayer impacted hundreds who have been touched by God through CIL the last 8 years. He honored me that day, and I was not going to miss honoring him at his home going service.  

This Sunday (July 10)

Last week I was a guest speaker at a great church in Clarksville while their pastor – who is a close friend – was on sabbatical. I had a blast, and God moved in a powerful way. The church was incredible in every way – I was so impressed with them.
Still, there is no place like your home church!
So, I am super excited to be preaching at CIL tomorrow. I hope to see you at either 9 or 10:45 am. As we continue the series on the Holy Spirit, I will teach again on the “Already, Not Yet Kingdom of God.” If you believe in God’s power, but wonder why it does not always work the way you want it to, this teaching will help.
We will also pray specifically about the tragic events that occurred in our nation this week. I believe the presence of God will help us in our grief and fear. We need to be together in His presence to face the future with the hope and faith we need. We have so much hope through Him!