Grace and Peace

During Sunday’s sermon, we looked at the important phrase “grace and peace.” Paul used it when he wrote:

“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:3).”

After an analysis of the Greek word for grace (charis), theologian William Barclay concluded:

“When Paul prays for grace to be bestowed on his friends, it is as if he were saying: ‘May the beauty of the undeserved love of God be on you, so that it will make your life lovely, too.'”

I like that. Grace be with you today and every day.

We love Jesus so much because …

We love Jesus greatly because we have sinned greatly. 

King David’s abuse of power was selfish, destructive, and unjust. He seduced the wife of an honorable subordinate and orchestrated the cover-up until Uriah was dead. David paid a high price for the consequence of his sin; but, it was not a forever punishment. 

God restored David, and he will restore you and me. 

“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.” – Isaiah 51:1 (ESV)

A timely word for confusing times

During our worship services, I believe the Lord spoke these words to the church:

This is a time of confusion, and God is not the author of confusion
This is a time of confusion, but not for the remnant of God.
Expect more clarity in the will and purpose of God
Look for new and renewed alliances.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace – 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace – Romans 11:5 (NRSV)

I pray this message and Scriptures strengthen your faith in Jesus today! 

Put your hope in God

There is a lot of opportunity to panic and despair with the renewed public awareness of COVID-19, but I encourage us all to put our hope in God.

Choose to hope in Him.
He will not abandon those who trust in Him.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone. – Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)

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