Resurrection People

I shared this writing from NT Wright in my sermon yesterday. A great focus point to start Holy Week.

“The ultimate future hope remains a surprise, partly because we don’t know when it will arrive and partly because at present we have only images and metaphors for it, leaving us to guess that the reality will be far greater … Our task in the present is to live as resurrection people in between Easter and the final day, with our Christian life, corporate and individual, in both worship and mission, as a sign of the first and a foretaste of the second.” – Wright, N. T.. Surprised by Hope (p. 29-30). HarperCollins.

Painting: Easter Morning by Claude Lorraine (1600-1682)

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

How’s Your Marriage? Work on it!

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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!

Less Negativity, More Leaning

Since the kids have faded out of civic league sports, Saturday mornings have become a time of reflection most weeks. There is a tendancy for negative emotions to wash over me during this time slot, but I redirected my thoughts to positive, Christ-centered reading, meditation and prayers.
 
I usually do not feel like focusing on spiritual things, but once I take the first step I am always glad. So I write this to encourage you to lean into spirituality, manifested in Jesus, the son of God. He is the fresh drink to our parched souls.

Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

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On this 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s spark that ignited the Reformation (October 31, 1517), I am so thankful for the courage of reformers like Luther (Germany), John Wycliffe (England) and John Hus (Czech Republic), who stood for access to Scripture and a faith-based salvation.

While I am proud to be a Protestant, I am also thankful for new cooperation between Protestants and Roman Catholics in the 21st Century. We who believe that Jesus is God, need one another.

At CIL, we are neighbors with Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Community. This parish has been so gracious to us, and we love to see them prosper as they lift up the name of Jesus to our community.

Believers are in a perpetual need of reformation. We need the power of the gospel to reform our hearts, habits, and harmful traditions. God help us all to keep thinking, growing and courageously implementing changes led by your Word and Holy Spirit.