A Christ-like Attitude is Possible through Transformation

Sunday was full of life, with visitors and long-time CIL Partners all drinking from the cup of the Lord. I taught on one of the most aspirational passages in Scripture – Philippians 2:5-14. This hymn of the first church calls us to a Christ-like attitude, which is only possible through transformation. I pray Jesus keeps working on me and all of us!

Watch our worship and sermon by clicking here:

Church is Distinctive

When I think of the impactful small groups about to begin at our church the next few days, these words written earlier in the week by Russell Moore reinforce purpose:

“Against the backdrop of all of the cultural wreckage around us, how distinctive it is for those hungering and thirsting for something more to find a church of people—however small, however unnoticed—who know how to pray, gather around a table, and say ‘Amen’ to the Bible together.”

Jesus Transforms

Believing in Jesus is not a cultural category but a path of transformation. When we study and follow His way in Christian community, our change will be evident. This path is for you!

“When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13 (CSB)

Philippians reminds that unity matters!

CIL has been in the book of Philippians, and it is incredible how truths from Scripture shape us! I taught Sunday from Philippians 2:1-5 a message titled “If Anything Has Happened.”

Sunday, 242 Connect allowed people to discover our small groups at CIL. We start these groups on Sunday, August 14. Here is a list of our small groups:

https://cil.churchcenter.com/groups/242-small-groups

There are so many great things happening in our church family. Today’s message called us to respond to God’s goodness by preserving unity. I am so glad to be part of a church that does this!

Watch Sunday’s service and be blessed!

Still Grieving Uvalde

(Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

The information about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, has been too painful to bear, yet the news keeps getting worse. I am deeply impacted by the surveillance videos released by the Austin American-Statesman on July 12.

I recognize I do not understand the complexities of being in law enforcement, but I cannot understand what took place. I can make this conclusion: the power of an AR-15 is astounding. When an untrained 18-year-old can deter dozens of professional officers, that weapon must be considered an instrument of great communal concern. I know many who responsibly own such a gun, connecting ownership with their right to self-defense. I understand that perspective, but can’t we wait a few years for adolescent males to mature, preventing some of the mentally ill from having such an instrument for carnage? It is a conversation that needs to continue, and reasonable minds can collaborate for solutions.

The way of Jesus is the answer to violence

What is the answer to the violence of our culture? There are so many fronts to discuss you would not have time to read a lengthy post from me.

Earlier this week, I read about the Messiah, sent “to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79).” Jesus, you are more than our crutch to cope with evil. Jesus, your way will guide us to peace for this world.

May the work of Jesus destroy the iniquity in me and the wickedness in our world. His power is transformational to overcome violence heart by heart.

The intelligence and hard work of a teacher

I wish all teachers a well-deserved summer break as I have the highest respect for teachers. My grandparents, Mom, and aunt all were teachers. My sister teaches in Sumner County schools, and my daughter will be a first-year teacher in our district.

These jobs are HARD, and every teacher I know brings intellect, creativity, and heart to their vocation. Let’s get behind our educators and affirm their irreplaceable role in society.