Where is your confidence?

You may feel good about yourself and full of confidence, but that confidence is so fragile.

All it takes is the …
• The wind of comparison
• The storm of adversity
• The earthquake of tragedy
Our confidence in ourselves crumbles so quickly.

Instead of “watching out” for misplaced confidence and personal pride, watch the Holy Spirit work! What will the Holy Spirit do?

The Holy Spirit changes my priorities, focus, and outcomes. Let these truths from Philippians 3:1-11 feed your soul and lead you to a more excellent way to live.

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Sunday Summary – April 24, 2022

The Sunday after Easter is unique as an inevitable correction to the swell of Easter attenders. However, Christianity is still in Eastertide, so the celebration continues despite the many who have moved on. I preached on one of my favorite subjects – Provision. I know the story from 2 Kings 4:1-7 is an encouragement to those in overwhelming debt that God cares and has provision for them.

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Sunday Summary – Jacob Bell, “On the Road with Jesus”

This week was so complex that I had not taken the opportunity to write on this blog. Still, it is cathartic for me to review Sunday, and it creates a historic archive for our church and my ministry.

Pastor Jacob Bell preached for the first time at CIL, and he was so well prepared and clear in his communication. What a heart for God that came through his message titled “On the Roadway with Jesus.” Jacob is only 25 years old, but his wisdom and maturity come through in his life and this message. I anticipate great things through his ministry.

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We need covenant relationships

We instinctively long for covenant relationships. What is this? It’s a sacred agreement between two parties. This covenant takes away the fear of abandonment. I wish I would have learned this principle earlier in life. It would have saved me from sin, mistakes, and the destruction of meaningful relationships.

An example of this is Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. Their poor relationship turned into a covenant relationship.

Genesis 31:44 (CSB)
“Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I. Let it be a witness between the two of us.”

Genesis 31:49 (CSB)
… “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight.”

Covenant requires trust. Both the Lord and the covenant watch over the two parties when they are apart. None of us have been perfect in this, but we can live with this understanding and aspiration from this point forward.

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People of conviction

This statement was in my notes today but did not make it in the sermon. Still, I think it is important to consider:

If there is never a time when a conviction conflicts with someone you like, then you probably are not living as the Lord’s servant.

“For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10