Christmas Reminders


Here we go!  The most intense time of Christmas is before us. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me

Here are some disconnected thoughts about Christmas:

– Do not talk about politics with your family.

– Avoid explaining the Keto diet during the Christmas meal.  Instead, pass the stuffing

– Limit time on the mobile phone when hanging with family.

– Make time to worship at a church.

– Tell more stories.

– Remember and contact someone who is hurting.

– Mediate on this phrase – “I will trust, and will not be afraid (Isaiah 12:2).”

–  With your conversation, respect those who are not in the room.

–  Listen well.

–  Cast you worries upon the Lord, because He cares (1 Peter 5:7)

–  Laugh as much as possible.

Sermons on Joy can be tough to hear

This Sunday (December 16) we will focus on the Advent theme of Joy as we prepare for Christmas!

Here are some thoughts about joy that may not make Sunday’s message:

– When one is suffering from depression, messages on joy often feel very painful.  For those under this cloud, we acknowledge your pain and remind you that there is a company of past and present saints who understand the paradox of living the Christian life while suffering from this condition.

– Even in the most dire of circumstances, there can be odd moments of joy.  The fall of 2003 was one of the darkest periods of my life after losing both my dad and grandmother and having a very unexpectedly sick newborn. Yet during that season I still enjoyed good meals, meaningful conversations, and touches of friendship.

– As much as we are able, we should choose joy.  Life is harsh and pain is unavoidable.  So, laughter and enjoyment under the Lordship of Christ reflects His glory to our world.

You’re on to something

This message is for all of you with a dream, an idea, a new concept, or a fresh way to see your world. If you really believe in it, don’t be swayed if others are slow to catch on. You are an innovator. You are a creator. You are leading.
You’re on to something—it’s just that nobody recognizes it yet. Keep going.

Love is Better than Spiritual Power

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After explaining spiritual power in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, Paul writes, “And I will show you an even better way (vs. 31).”
Then, comes the famous love chapter that is 1 Corinthians 13.
“Now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love – but the greatest of these is love (13:13).”
I know I need to be more concerned about my capacity to love than power / gifts / manifestations. Lord, be my help.

Sermon points from July 8

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I had a lot of points on Sunday’s message, and did not provide the “fill-in-the-blank” option on the Review.  So here is my outline for all you note takers.


The Anointing is a Process
“David’s First Anointing”
Pastor Aaron Allison
The Church at Indian Lake
Sunday, July 8, 2018

1 Samuel 16:12-13

David’s 3 Anointings
His first anointing was in anticipation of his rule.
His second was acknowledgment of his rule over Judah.
His third was acknowledgment of his rule over the entire nation.

In the Old Testament the anointing was used in these ways:

  1. Anoint religious artifacts
  2. To set apart priests
  3. To empower and set in order kings
  4. The moving of the Holy Spirit
  5. The distinguishing of a prophet

What is the anointing?
Anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit.

“The person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is able to do extraordinary things, but to him it seems quite natural . . . The anointing leads to what is good; it blesses and encourages others.  And it’s function is carried out with ease and without strain or fatigue.   It is also self-edifying.” – RT KENDALL


 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”  13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. – I Samuel 16:12-13

“Having the anointing but not the platform can be a very painful thing.” – RT Kendall

Many people interested in being used by God, give up too soon.

Stages of the “First Anointing”

  1. God opens an unexpected door

17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”  18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.” – I Samuel 16:17-18

  1. A defining victory occurs

(David defeats Goliath – I Samuel 17)

  1. Your gifting is discovered

 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. 7 As they danced, they sang:
“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”
– I Samuel 18:6-7

  1. You become a target

 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” – I Samuel 18:6-8

 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. – I Samuel 18:10-11

  1. You are tested with power

The test is often with spiritual authority

You must preserve your distinct anointing without disrespecting leadership

 1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.  3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said [a] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way. – I Samuel 24:1-7

 Gospel application:

– Jesus was anointed the Messiah

– Jesus came in unexpected times and places

– When Jesus’ gifts were discovered, He became a target

– Jesus passed every test of power

Temptation during 40 days of fasting
The mountain of transfiguration
The garden of Gethsemane




David’s Three Anointings

Beth and I will be ministering at CIL this Sunday (July 8). I am teaching on David’s three anointings, in a message called “The Anointing is a Process.” Bring your pen to take notes, because I have a lot to share in this teaching. We’ll finish service by taking communion together, and Christ will be exalted.
See you at either 9am or 10:45am.

Samuel Anoints David, ca. 239 C.E., Dura Europos Synagogue, Syria. (Art Resource, NY.)

Summer travel pics and comparison trap

36603014_10160483023075175_8588049423479603200_nI have enjoyed seeing all the travel pictures of friends on social media during the last month, and I have enjoyed a nice vacation myself.  I know some of my friends can’t afford travel right now, or are not physically able to leave town.  I hope that none of us fall into a trap of comparison, as travel pictures often do not tell the true story of what is happening behind carefully staged pictures.  In my case, my marriage and family life is strong, and I thank God and Beth for their grace in this area.

I think of the summer of 2008, and all the fear we were experience during the Great Recession. Americans were stuck with mortgages that were higher than home values, and prognosticators predicted our lifestyles would never return.  We rebounded, and macro economic indicators look good now.

So in these days of plenty, let’s remember the development of our soul.  This is also a gentle reminder to not allow the relaxed mindset of the summer months lead you to a lax attitude towards morality and healthy choices.

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things– Colossians 3:1-2