Drink in Scripture

Nothing gets you out of an emotional funk like the right Scripture.
There is nothing like it.

My Bible reading plan had me in 2 Corinthians yesterday, and the truths from those passages built my faith, corrected wrong thinking, and lifted me emotionally.

It was like finally drinking water after a binge on sodas.  I was feeling bad but did not crave the one thing that would improve my entire system.  So, find a New Testament passage or Psalm, and drink it in.

The God who teaches us to walk

Do you remember being taught to walk?   Of course not. But, you probably love the person who taught you to walk.  Social bonding occurs when a caregiver teaches life skills, even when we do not remember the experience.

One of the most revealing passages about God’s heart for us comes from Hosea:

When Israel was a child, I loved him…
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the hand,
but they never knew that I healed them.
(Hosea 11:1, 3)

God grieves as a loving father abandoned by his child.

Let’s remember and honor the God who gave us everything we have.

A prayer for mercy instead of violence

I was honored to pray at the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce today, representing both Union University and CIL. Here is a portion of the prayer which speaks to the national conversation occurring in light of last week’s expressions of evil:
 
“Almighty God,
We take this moment to pause and acknowledge your greatness, power, and love.
 
Our nation is currently mourning the senseless loss of life manifested in mass killings.
We pray for comfort, strength, and wisdom to the communities of
 
Gilroy, California.
El Paso, Texas.
Dayton, Ohio.
We pray for protection over Hendersonville, Tennessee.
 
Root out the evil that lurks.
The evil in the shadows of our city.
And the evil in the shadows of our hearts.
 
We thank you that you are a God who loves all people.
We pray that we follow your example, Christ;
so, that prejudice and racism will eradicate from our culture.
 
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

We want single adults

Sometimes in preaching, things come out a little off when speaking with passion. On Sunday, I mentioned during the sermon that 50% of adults in America are single. I was a little off.

According to articles I looked at today, 45% of adults in America are single. In Sumner County, 43% of adults are single.

While that is not half of the population, that is still A LOT OF PEOPLE. For CIL to share our amazing Jesus, we must embrace and welcome singles.

The Fire We Need

The best you is the sanctified you.
 
Still, the very thing we need – the sanctifying, transforming, purifying work of God – seems to be the one thing we are trying to avoid.
 
Let the fire of the Lord purify you.
When He changes you, everything gets better.
 
The fire we need is the eyes of Jesus (Rev. 1:14)