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Welcome to the CIL Website.  The Isolation League provides a service to Christadelphian Brothers and Sisters, and their families, who are isolated from their ecclesia.  The services are provided at the request of your ecclesia, however you can access all of our material on this website, whether you are in isolation or not.  

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  • an audio and video Recordings Library

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Recent articles

The Bible’s Guide to Good Health

Monday, 1st April 2019

Reading: Leviticus 13

Ours is a generation that has become obsessed with ‘lifestyle’. At the beginning of every new year we are exhorted to change our eating habits for a healthier regime and encouraged to do more exercise to reduce weight or to improve the condition of our heart (or both). There is a plethora of fitness plans and a variety of diets on offer to make you ‘feel good about yourself’.

 

Saul on the Damascus road

Monday, 1st April 2019

This must be one of the most amazing and moving stories in the Bible – except for the life of the Lord Jesus. It is a story of power, zeal, religious passion, and hatred, and ends with humility, grace, and love.

Who was Saul?

To fully appreciate this incredible incident we need to examine Saul’s background, and very interesting it is. He was born in Tarsus in the province of Cilicia, said to be “of no mean city”. By birth an Israelite, of the tribe of Benjamin, his father was a Pharisee and a Roman citizen. Paul (as he became known) quoted this when arrested (Acts 16:37; 22:25,26).

The Joy of finding the Kingdom

Monday, 25th March 2019

Jesus tells us about a man who was living a normal life: he was working, eating, drinking, sleeping and enjoying some relaxation. But then he found the kingdom of God. The joy of making this great discovery led him to give up everything he had to make sure he would be part of the kingdom when it comes.

This is of course a parable, although our Lord may have based it on someone he knew who had been through that experience. The parable is found in Matthew 13:44. The point of the parable is not that we have to give up everything in order to be in the kingdom, although we may well have to give up some things. The important lesson is that the message of the coming kingdom should give us such joy that changes our lives. Clearly this joy is important, so we will look more closely at what the New Testament has to tell us about it.

Sons and Daughters of God – Romans 8

Sunday, 24th March 2019

Readings: Numbers 5, Proverbs 2, Luke 16

We became adopted as sons and daughters of God at our baptism, but none of us would dream of introducing ourselves as a son or daughter of the living God, or as a sibling of Jesus. So what does it mean to be a son or daughter of the Living God?

In Mark 3:31-35 we see that Jesus identifies his family, his brothers and sisters, as those who do God’s will. Jesus identifies with those that are keen to listen to his teachings, to follow God and try to obey Him. He is identifying with them and in doing so he is rejecting his mother and his siblings because they are trying to get him to stop preaching, which was contrary to the will of God. So we see that it is also a status that can be lost.

Sowing the word

Monday, 18th March 2019

In Luke 8, Jesus recounted his parable of the sower. The seed is the word of God. Let’s look at the four types of ground on which the sower sowed his seed, and also read Jesus’ explanation for these. We should remember that the quality of the seed is the same wherever it falls.

We read in v5 that some seed “fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it”. There was, therefore, very little hope of this seed bearing fruit. What did Jesus say was the explanation? We read in v12: “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved”. So these are people who just hear and then walk on and forget what they have heard.

“Be Not Afraid”

Sunday, 17th March 2019

Readings: Leviticus 25, Psalms 135-136, Luke 8

The transfiguration is one of the most unusual events in the ministry of the Lord Jesus. He had told his disciples beforehand that some would not taste death until they had seen the kingdom of God and we conclude that this moment on the mountain is therefore a glimpse into the kingdom. He chose three disciples from the twelve when he went up the mountain. As the appearance of Jesus changed before these three, we are not told what they thought or how they felt but when Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus, Peter wanted to build shelters for all three of them. He seems to have said this without fully understanding what was happening to them.

CIL Annual Meeting and Fraternal Gathering 9th March 2019

Friday, 15th March 2019

The Annual Meeting and Fraternal Gathering of the Christadelphian Isolation League took place on Saturday 9th March 2019 at Coventry (Grosvenor Rd – UK) Ecclesial Hall, with the Annual Meeting at 2.15pm and the Fraternal Meeting at 6pm (GMT), God Willing. 

Brothers, sisters and young people to joined us in these two meetings of the Isolation League to hear details of the work and discover ways in which you may be able to help our lonely brethren and sisters scattered throughout the world.

We livestreamed the two meetings via the CIL Website as well, so those who could not join us in person, were still able to participate!  

The Annual Meeting included two presentations on the theme “Cooperating in Love with the CBM” on preaching work in the Ukraine and in the Netherlands.  The theme for the Fraternal was “The Truth shall set you free”, speaker bro Philip Lawrence (Nottingham Jarvis Avenue).  Please find the recordings of the talks embedded below.

Bridging the age gap (CIL Magazine 174)

Thursday, 14th March 2019

CIL Magazine 174We are family. Just as a natural family includes children, parents, and grandparents, so it is with our spiritual family. A healthy spiritual environment should include and cater for all age groups. But it’s easier said than done. When we look at society around us, we see inter-generational tensions: different age groups with different values, interests and ways of communicating. It can be hard for generations to relate to one another, particularly when there are vast differences in their experiences of life. Do we, as a family of believers, face the same issue?

Psalm 119

Monday, 11th March 2019

This is the longest of all the Psalms, one hundred and seventy-six verses! But don’t let its length put you off reading it! In our daily readings we take four days over it, reading forty verses a day and then fifty-six on the fourth and we may feel this gives us time to read and discuss it. However I would suggest reading it all at one sitting, perhaps just to yourself – you will find that in fact you can read it in a half-hour and you may find benefit in getting the continuity of it.