Anticipating Easter

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This Sunday is Easter. CIL leaders have been working on the building and property for quite some time to get ready for this Sunday. We will set out extra chairs, schedule more greeters, and print more Reviews.  When all of us show up on the same Sunday like we do each Easter, it creates quite a buzz.

Many will buy a new outfit, the worship team will practice more than usual, and I will feel a bit more pressure to nail the sermon.  There will be a fresh energy – a delightful mixture of cultural tradition and spiritual practice.  We do all of this because

Jesus is worth it!  Jesus is more than worthy of this tradition, effort, and love.

I look forward to seeing you at either 9am or 10:45am this Resurrection Sunday!

Holy Week points me to Jesus

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We are in Holy Week, leading to Easter Sunday. The death of Jesus, and his resurrection, was the pinnacle of history. Everything changed after these events. Even the modern calendar is based off these occurrences (B.C. / A.D.).
The most important question we answer in life is what our posture is towards Jesus Christ. I have believed that He is the son of God and the expression of God’s love for the world. I have made Jesus the Christ my sovereign. I follow His teachings, leadership and active presence in my life. This has been my greatest decision. My greatest honor.
Eternal life has already begun for me though faith in Jesus. I am so grateful for this fortunate grace on my life. Still, I know that any human being who believes Jesus is God receives this same blessing. Please take time to reflect on what Jesus means to you this week. No consideration is more important.

CIL Communion Table 

On Sunday we dedicated new communion tables to the Lord.  Aubrey McGowan and Brian Gregory did an outstanding job creating the communion table for CIL. The table of the Lord is a symbol of our historical roots, the presence of God with us now, and the future reign of Christ when He fully asserts His kingdom. This table is made of wood from a Nashville sycamore tree.

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.

God of the Wilderness

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If you are in the wilderness, God is going before you to help you. In Exodus 17:6, God told Moses, “I am going to stand there in front of you,” when he led Moses to an unlikely source of provision. CIL prayed this together twice during our Sunday service, and you can pray it with us now. (This is a picture of the Sinai wilderness)
 
God of the wilderness,
You go before and await our coming.
May our desire for you compel us
beyond complaint to conversation,
beyond rejection to relationship.
Pour your love into our hearts,
that, refreshed and renewed,
we may invite others to the living water
given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.