Frantic month points to a needed center

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I am reflecting this morning on all the activity in my family and our church the last 30 days with amazement. It seems like we have had a year’s worth of life in the past few weeks. Joyful celebrations, sentimental milestones, tough decisions, endings, and promise of new beginnings.

Yet, in the midst of issues that are bigger than life to me, the problems of the nation and world continues. The Middle East is still in chaos, the world is at a vulnerable tipping point on nuclear weapons, and America can’t figure out how to keep children safe from murder at school.

I want to solve the problems of the world, but I am overwhelmed with the pressing tasks that life demands. Like never before, I need the Christian faith to center me, and give meaning to my existence.

“O Lord God, without the pardon of my sin
I cannot rest satisfied
Without the renovation of my nature by grace
I can never rest easy
Without the hope of heaven I can never be at peace
All this I have in thy Son Jesus
Blessed be His name.”
– Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.

* Painting is Banks of the Seine, Vétheuil, 1880 by Claude Monet.

Happy Birthday Israel!

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From our friends at the ICEJ:

“Today, Israel celebrates 69 years of independence!

In May of 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, publicly declared Israel’s Independence. At that time, the fledgling state had only 806,000 residents. Today, Israel’s population exceeds 8.6 million!

Israel’s existence is clear evidence of God’s faithfulness to His promises given to Abraham thousands of years ago. We salute Israel today and rejoice with her! We know her future is secure, because God watches over her day and night!

We congratulate the people of Israel on their 69th year of independence!”

Easter Continues!

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(Painting is “Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning” by Eugène Burnand in 1898)

Easter continues! Easter is not one Sunday, it is a season to celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus in fresh and powerful ways. On Sunday, I will be preaching from 1 Peter 1:3-9 a message called “The Resurrection Brings Us…”

 
We’ll have Forward 101 lunch afterwards and 242 Groups through out the day.
 
What a Sunday! Bring yourself and a friend.
We have an alive God to celebrate and enjoy!
 

Good Friday Service

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I can’t think of a more meaningful service of the year than our Good Friday Service.  CIL will have a time of worship on Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.  I invite you to come as a family as we remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us.   Service will last less than an hour and we will take communion as a church.   Join me and my family in honor of Jesus to begin this special weekend.

Really Bowling Together

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A couple of years ago I did a sermon series on Christian community called “Bowling Together” – a title based off the famous sociology book called “Bowling Alone.”

On Friday night,  I actually went bowling with guys in my small group. More stories to come . . . but, it is true – IT IS much better to bowl together.

Time Change, No Name Change

Hey everyone!

I hope you are having a great week.  Three things I want you to be aware of going into the weekend.

1.  Time change happens this Sunday.  You know the drill, plan for one less hour of sleep, but a lot more daylight the next few months.

2. You may have noticed from social media that I successfully defended my dissertation and earned my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.  This would not have happened without the support of CIL.  I am so grateful to you for letting me and my family accomplish this.

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So what do I want you to call me now?  Unless you are taking one of my classes, there is no need to call me Dr. Allison. I do not believe in the term Reverend, as the Trinity is the only one to be revered. According to the Bible, in a congregation, I should simply be called Aaron.  However, if you choose to call me Pastor, there is not a greater privilege I could imagine.

3. I am preaching this week from Genesis 12:1-4 on “Walking in God’s Purpose.”  Who doesn’t need to hear a message of this importance?  Who do you know that needs this message?  Invite them to CIL, and we will all grow in love this Sunday.
I love being your pastor!

Aaron Name