My long-time friend, Dr. Chris Foster, is releasing today an extremely helpful book, The Post-Covid Church. Chris leads a church in Memphis, so this is not theory – he is in the middle of the work! This writing will help many church leaders, so get your copy!
Do you feel stuck? There have been a lot of times in my life when I have felt no progress, which is discouraging.
What should you do when you feel stuck? Grow. Do something to help you grow today. Read something. Write something. Try something new. Pray. Think. Go for a walk.
Growth steps may be the last thing you feel like doing when you perceive stagnation, but a nudge of motion starts the momentum. You’ll be surprised how much God does when you are open to growth in the secret times.
Another great Sunday at CIL Church! We were back in Philippians as I shared a message of encouragement from a beloved Scripture. My sermon, “Beyond Yesterday,” covers Philippians 3:12-16. Josh Johnson led our worship music, and Jesus blessed us with His presence and love.
Randy Carter with Priority One ministries spoke at CIL Church yesterday, and encouraged us to dream again. I really needed to hear this encouragement from Scripture from a seasoned pastor who has been ministering for decades.
We were not able to stream the 9:00 AM service, but you can access the 10:45 service here:
If you want to watch the sermon only, click below:
Queen Elizabeth’s passing today reminds us that when used to serve, tradition adds stability and dignity to our human experience. While the monarchy is an outdated institution in our modern republics, its evolved, mostly symbolic role gives Americans a connection to our past.
My Allison family branch came from England in 1658, so I take an ancestral interest in the story of this English throne. It will be an interesting few days of reflection for Americans as we have a variety of responses to this historic shift.
I have been married for over 24 years to Beth, and I love our life together. It has been a lot of work for us to build this marriage as we have experienced significant marital conflict and some daunting relational challenges. We have a great marriage today because we have worked hard and not quit during the tough times. Both professional counseling and attending marriage conferences have been an important part of our longevity.
CIL Church is having a marriage conference on September 16-17, and I want engaged and married couples to participate. Brent and Janis Sharpe are licensed therapists and pastors – they are EXCELLENT teachers! The practical things the Sharpes teach benefit couples at all stages.
We also have fun activities planned for your kids! Pastor Faith and her team are creating a fun experience for elementary kids. Your children will not want to miss this chance to connect! There is also childcare for nursery-age children.
The cost is only $40 per couple, and this conference will bring about immediate, positive change.
I did not post about Sunday’s service on August 28, but the Lord was with us in powerful ways. We had an impactful time praying with people during the 9 am service and the few minutes after the service ended. During the 10:45 am service, Pastor Aubrey invited us for special prayer during worship, and it was a meaningful time praying for needs.
My eleventh message in Philippians was titled “We Can Shine.” This message has stuck with me closely this week, so I believe you will be blessed, too. Check out our service by clicking below: