* This article was sent as an email to the CIL Church family, but I think the content will benefit al who read it.
These are tricky, complicated times. While I want you to think critically about the issues of our day, I also want you to remember the power of simplicity. Jesus calls us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). When we do not apply this clear call from our Savior, we may disqualify our intellect and passion for current events.
You are part of a church where people interpret the times differently. Sometimes in our community, I feel like I am standing in between the strong opinions of people I respect and love. I bet you have felt that, too. Often, I agree and disagree with their words in the same conversation! We will never all have the same opinion, but we can walk in the same love.
Let’s continue to be a safe place to experience the Scripture, the anointing, the bread and cup, and the love of God’s people. CIL is a great place to focus on those eternal things. This simple focus on Jesus is why our series in Galatians has been so timely. We are directly in God’s Word, letting the passage form us. This week I will be preaching on Galatians 3:10-14 in a message called “Beyond the Curse.”
I love being the pastor of CIL! I am so thankful for this opportunity.