Taking my Sabbath

I’m so grateful for a congregation that allows me to have a Sabbath each Friday, so I can reflect, recharge and recreate. Everyone in our church is so respectful of my time. Still, I want to serve people as much as I can. This quote is helpful when reflecting on the rhythm of ministry and rest.

“A public man, though he is necessarily available at many times, must learn to hide. If he is always available, he is not worth enough when he is available.” – Elton Trueblood

Aubrey McGowan set as CIL elder on March 11


If you have been around CIL very long, you have probably been blessed by the worship leading, preaching, or prayers of Aubrey McGowan.  Aubrey, his wife Jen and their four children have been such a gift to CIL for several years.

Aubrey has been in vocational ministry since 2006, serving on staff for many years at one of our mother churches, Hope Fellowship in Frisco, Texas.

23795879_361065947637991_606063428957257186_nOn Sunday, March 11, 2018, the CIL elders will recognize publicly the call of God on Aubrey’s life, and set him in place as an elder at CIL.  Aubrey will transfer his ordination to our local body.  We are honored to have this man of God, with a pastor’s heart, continue his service to the body of Christ under the authority of our church.


We also will be blessed to hear Pastor Aubrey preach in both services on Sunday!

Don’t forget to set you clocks ahead one hour for the start of Daylight Savings on March 11!

How’s Your Marriage? Work on it!


Strong marriages are not a result of fate, luck, or destiny.  Strong marriages occur when two people work on it for a long time.  There is no such thing an automatic “happily ever after.”  Happiness comes when two people build a life long friendship though healthy habits and shared experiences.  You will not have a strong marriage if you do not personally invest in your marriage.

On Saturday, March 10th from 9am to 12pm CIL will host a marriage seminar called Two Becoming One.  Brent and Janis Sharpe are coming from Tulsa to share their expertise.  Brent and Janice will teach couples in how to understand their unproductive interaction patterns when conflict arises and how to resolve issues in a way that builds emotional intimacy in marriage.

The cost is $20 per person.  If you do not have the funds right now, please register and come anyway.  We would love to scholarship you!

Register at cil.churchcenter.com

Childcare will be provided to families who register for childcare.  We will not be able to accommodate drop-ins.

Whatever place your marriage is in, work on it!

John McKinzie speaking at CIL on 2.11.18

Hello CIL family!
I am so excited that my long-time mentor and pastor will be speaking this Sunday at CIL.   John McKinzie is the senior pastor of Hope Fellowship in Frisco, Texas – one of the fastest growing churches in America (read his full bio below).  He is one of my closest friends in the world, and a great guy.  He will be speaking at 9am and 10:45am on Sunday, February 11th.
You will love John’s pastoral heart as he shares God’s word with us.  Come expecting God do great things in our services.
John McKinzie Bio
John McKinzie has been in full-time pastoral ministry for more than 31 years. He is the Lead Pastor of Hope Fellowship located in Frisco, Texas. In the 18 years of its existence, the church has consistently grown-now ministering to over 6000 people each week across three campuses.
While serving as a youth pastor at a church in Nashville, God began to create a desire in his heart to plant a new church in Frisco, Texas. Hope Fellowship was founded in January 2000. There were 52 people in attendance at their first meeting which took place at Hillcrest Day School.
God has consistently grown the church, and because of John’s visionary leadership, the people of Hope Fellowship have become a group of believers striving to impact their local community and the world with the love of Jesus. The phrase that’s heard the most around Hope is “If lost people matter to God, then they should matter to us!”

Will You Be Baptized in February?

If you missed Sunday, I preached a message on water baptism that lifted the value of this sacrament.  If you did not hear it, take a listen at www.indianlake.sermon.net.

In the sermon and 242 Small Groups, we discussed the opportunity for those who were baptize as a child to be baptized as an adult.  While it may not be a necessity for those baptized as child to experience baptism again, it is still a good step to consider.  While a child’s baptism is an important part of our journey, there may be greater significance for you when you take this step as an adult.  Our next scheduled water baptism is on Sunday, February 25th.

If you want to participate in water baptism on that day, fill out this online form.

If you want to talk about it some more, one of our pastors would love to have that conversation with you.  Just let me know!This Sunday, I will be preaching a message called Resting in His Call from Psalm 62:5-12.  It has been a good season of prayer, so I believe God has a fresh word for you.  Pray with me that He will be glorified through this message, and all the other aspects of worship in which we will participate. Invite someone you know to CIL this Sunday.  Your invitation could lead to a changed life!