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

Thoughts on Christmas Week

As we enter into sacred holiday time, I am for less stress, strife, and pressure. With God’s help, I plan to love deeply, laugh heartily, and enjoy God immensely. We are gifted a limited number of seasons, so let’s embrace this one and not be jerks.

About CIL People:
There are many reasons I’m thankful to be a pastor at CIL. I’m especially appreciative for people who care about the welfare of our church, and work towards its health and vitality. Thank you Lord for your people!

Christmas Eve Schedule:

There are three Christmas Eve options to choose from at CIL:

  • Monday, December 23, at 6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, December 24, at 2 pm or 3:30 pm.

Aubrey and the worship team are working hard on the music to connect your heart to Jesus. Spread the word to friends who may not usually attend church. Christmas Eve is a great time to invite people!