Consider Jesus

We may be envious of the strong and successful, but we are inspired by those who shine in adversity. Jesus is the greatest example, so look to Him.

“For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up” – Hebrews 12:2-3 (CSB)

Do you feel stuck?

Do you feel stuck? There have been a lot of times in my life when I have felt no progress, which is discouraging.

What should you do when you feel stuck? Grow. Do something to help you grow today. Read something. Write something. Try something new. Pray. Think. Go for a walk.

Growth steps may be the last thing you feel like doing when you perceive stagnation, but a nudge of motion starts the momentum. You’ll be surprised how much God does when you are open to growth in the secret times.

Church is Distinctive

When I think of the impactful small groups about to begin at our church the next few days, these words written earlier in the week by Russell Moore reinforce purpose:

“Against the backdrop of all of the cultural wreckage around us, how distinctive it is for those hungering and thirsting for something more to find a church of people—however small, however unnoticed—who know how to pray, gather around a table, and say ‘Amen’ to the Bible together.”

Jesus Transforms

Believing in Jesus is not a cultural category but a path of transformation. When we study and follow His way in Christian community, our change will be evident. This path is for you!

“When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13 (CSB)

Philippians reminds that unity matters!

CIL has been in the book of Philippians, and it is incredible how truths from Scripture shape us! I taught Sunday from Philippians 2:1-5 a message titled “If Anything Has Happened.”

Sunday, 242 Connect allowed people to discover our small groups at CIL. We start these groups on Sunday, August 14. Here is a list of our small groups:

https://cil.churchcenter.com/groups/242-small-groups

There are so many great things happening in our church family. Today’s message called us to respond to God’s goodness by preserving unity. I am so glad to be part of a church that does this!

Watch Sunday’s service and be blessed!

The way of Jesus is the answer to violence

What is the answer to the violence of our culture? There are so many fronts to discuss you would not have time to read a lengthy post from me.

Earlier this week, I read about the Messiah, sent “to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79).” Jesus, you are more than our crutch to cope with evil. Jesus, your way will guide us to peace for this world.

May the work of Jesus destroy the iniquity in me and the wickedness in our world. His power is transformational to overcome violence heart by heart.

Christ, the center of our ideas

We live in an era like none other, with a constant exchange of ideas. We are all commentators, authors, newscasters, and influencers. This free flow of thought is good, exhilarating, and liberating.

It is more important than ever to identify a center in which the solar system of your ideas revolves. I have found that in Jesus Christ, revealed in Scripture and affirmed by centuries of proven faith.