New signs. Continued renovation.

 

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Earlier this week, I enjoyed the overwhelming support for the new CIL signs. It was a “digital victory lap” on social media. The picture above is the outdoor sign at night.  The picture below is the before and after of the external remodel at CIL.

Renovation is exciting – especially when you can see it so clearly. The renovation of the heart is less obvious, but is of supreme importance. Keep allowing God to form your heart. Join me at CIL this Sunday at 9 am, or 10:45 am to allow the potter to mold your life as clay.

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It is OK to be Sad in Christianity

Do you ever feel like there is pressure in Christianity to project happiness all the time? Isn’t that a lot of weight?

These words from Will Willimon in his commentary on the book of Lamentations helped me:

“Israel loved God enough, felt close enough to God, to be able, in times of tragedy, to clench its fits and cry out to God, to complain, to accuse, and to weep. Some may believe, that as Christians, we must always feel joy, must always have smiles on our faces. Lamentations, however, is the literature of those who have a much deeper, more honest experience of our relationship with God. Its laments know that there is no way alway to be happy…” – Renovare Study Bible

So if as a Christian, you are not always bubbly and in a great mood, you are still in the Kingdom of God. Rest in the knowledge that you will smile again.

“Day of Atonement” Service this Wednesday

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Many years ago, I discovered what respect and appreciation Christians should have towards the Jewish faith. Christianity sprung from Judaism, yet we live out our faith oblivious to that reality.

This irony explains my enthusiasm that Pastor Chris Muti will lead us in a Day of Atonement prayer time on Wednesday, October 9 (12 pm) at CIL.

Yom Kippur is a way to remember our heritage and to glorify Jesus Christ.

I’ll be there, and I hope you will join us!

Holy Spirit emphasis this week

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This Sunday I am going to teach on the Holy Spirit during our Sunday services, in anticipation of our Holy Spirit seminar on Monday and Tuesday.

I hope we can create space to relax in God’s presence together. In this era of suffocating anxiety, we just need fresh air so we can feel health and vitality. Breathe on us, Holy Spirit.

Join me at CIL on Sunday at either 9am or 10:45am.

Monday and Tuesday at 6:30pm.

Love means we live forever

I am missing my Dad, as yesterday was 16 years since his passing. But, you are missing someone you love, too.
 
These words from the late Dallas Willard touched my soul recently, and they will fill you with hope:
 
“Those who love and are loved by God are not allowed to cease to exist, because they are God’s treasures. He delights in them and intends to hold onto them. He has even prepared for them an individualized eternal work in his vast universe.” – Dallas Willard

North Central University

I had a great couple of days at North Central University in Minneapolis.

For 24 years, I’ve watched Jeff and Martha Deyo impact the next generation for Christ. Their legacy continues as they are doing amazing work at NCU! I was so blessed to spend time with them.

So thankful to hang out with my long-time friend, Dr. Phil Zarns. Phil and his wife Katja are Kingdom builders who I respect deeply.

Also, much thanks to my new friend, Dr. Larry Bach, for bringing me to NCU’s “The Now and the Next” Conference.

It was all a great experience!