Devotional and Prayer on Holy Saturday

I commend the Hendersonville Standard for printing and posting an Easter devotional I wrote. I hope these words give hope and strength to people. We can’t get enough positive messages these days!

One note about the article, our church is now known as CIL Church, which is an acronym for Christ is Love Church.

https://www.hendersonvillestandard.com/opinion/columnists/the-face-of-god-in-uncertain-times/article_af15fd2a-7b4c-11ea-994d-833d711d2d87.html

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The Collect (collective prayer) from the Book of Common Prayer on this Holy Saturday:
 
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Finding CIL online / Aaron’s Devotional

Hello everyone!

I hope you were able to join us for our online service on Sunday.   In case you missed it, or if you want to watch it again here are some links for you to experience the service again:

cil.sermon.net

http://cil.sermon.net/Sermons/video/21556249

You Tube

https://youtu.be/9udMk10cpsk

Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/400022080

I want to remind you that all CIL gatherings are suspended through the end of March 31.  Our Elders will prayerfully consider how to progress as we approach that date when we will know more about the healthcare threat and government recommendations.

I miss meeting in person, and I cannot wait to see your face again!  Still, the Lord is helping us take some steps forward in technology that will be a blessing to us all in the years to come!

In case you didn’t see the devotional I put on social media, it is available below.

With love and appreciation,

Aaron

 

Healing is a foretaste of the Kingdom

I heard that the late John Wimber – a pastor who effectively prayed for “signs and wonders” – used to say something similar to this about healing:
When we prayed for no one, no one was healed.
Now we pray for lots of people, and some are.
Let’s pray and believe for healing, expecting more miracles. Each healing that occurs points us to the most significant work of power, which is the salvation we have through Christ.
Healing reminds us we are in the “already, not yet” Kingdom of God. Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom is already here, but not yet fully until he returns again. His Kingdom is increasing in stages, and we keep getting a foretaste.
Healing is part of that anticipation.

Awaken Nashville!

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On Sunday, CIL joined over 500 churches in the Nashville area for a time of prayer and fasting.   I am so encouraged by this multi-church cooperation across varying church traditions and expressions.

Joint fasting is not about adhering to one common practice, but it is about positioning hearts.  Everyone’s fast will look different since we have such a broad spectrum of individual experience, work schedules, family dynamics, and health concerns.   Fasting is not about what you do; it is about where you turn.   Let the Awaken Nashville initiative turn your heart to God and the needs of those around you.

Let’s enjoy this opportunity to feast on the Lord!

Smell the Roses

This writing from the late Christian philosopher Dallas Willard is working on the unhealthy parts of my personality. Maybe it will speak to you, too:

“A popular saying is ‘Take time to smell the roses.’ What does this mean? To enjoy the rose it is necessary to focus on it and bring the rose as fully before our senses and mind as possible. To smell a rose you must get close, and you must linger. When we do so, we delight in it. We love it. Taking time to smell the roses leaves enduring impressions of a dear glory that, if sufficiently reengaged, can change the quality of our entire life.” – Dallas Willard

Don’t get caught in the January 1 trap

I am so glad I am friends with a God who does not put the pressure on me that I put on myself.

For as long as I can remember, January 1 was a day in which I imagined a new me.   While resolutions can be useful, they are often traps.  We set ourselves up for entanglement in discontentment, shame, and self-doubt.

I wish you a successful year, but know you are loved no matter the outcome.

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him …
from eternity to eternity the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear him”Psalm 103:13, 17