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FLEE-ERS, DENIERS & BETRAYERS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 16 2017 00:00

“Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.”
Matthew 26:46

As Max Lucado writes in his book, “And the Angels Were Silent”:  “this verse was spoken of Judas, but it could have been spoken of any of us.”

We all, at one time or another, certainly have deserved to bear that moniker – betrayer!

That night with Jesus, there were sleepers when there should have been watchers.  Flee-ers when there should have been standers.  Deniers when there should have been heralds of the truth – that Jesus was Messiah.  Then of course that night, there was also a betrayer. One who had become so disillusioned with words and wanted action – “Either You are or You aren’t what I'm looking for, Jesus; and if You aren’t then get out of the way.”

How have you remade Jesus?  How have you redesigned the Savior to be what’s considered acceptable to you?  God came from heaven to save mankind not appease him and make his way easy.

Don’t loose sight of the fact that Jesus gave Himself over to the arresting crowd – to the betrayer.  Ten thousand Angels poised and ready for battle had to hold back that night.  All of this because Jesus knew in the midst of the sleepers, the flee-ers, the deniers, and yes even the  betrayers – there were sinners that needed a Savior!

We still do!

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, April 24 2017 09:43
 
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 09 2017 00:00

How long has it been since you shared your faith in Jesus?

According Alvin Reid of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, “Lost people are more amazed at our silence than offended by our message!”  And here we were afraid of what others may have thought if we did share.

Below are some reminders that Brother Reid shares to help Christians alleviate their fears – and become more intentional in their witness:

1. Think less of presentation and more of conversation. – Make your faith apart of your everyday speech.

2. Connect the story (gospel) to their everyday life experiences. – Joys, pain, passions, etc.

3. Start in their world view not yours. – Where are they when it comes to biblical knowledge?  Unfortunately statistics show that people know less about the Bible today than they did twenty five years ago.
Begin with their beliefs or ideas, and move toward Jesus!

4. Don’t just invite them to church – invite them into your lives and your community. – Connect!  Look for common ground to grow a relationship upon.

All around us our communities are filled with those who are spiritually hungry.  We live in a mission field and life is a mission trip – start sharing today!

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”
Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)

 

– Dale

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 11 2017 16:11
 
FOLLOW THROUGH PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 26 2017 00:00

Quite often people find it difficult to do what they say they are going to do.  Just like throwing a baseball, follow through is vital to maintain proper direction.  Too many who accept Jesus as Lord of their lives and receive His precious salvation, soon forget the complete surrender that Lordship requires.  We have a way of deprecating the call of Christ and diminishing its meaning.  How is it that so many are called to simply hold down the fort, doing the same thing Sunday in and Sunday out?  Our Lord is much more creative than that!

Has your walk become stale?

You don’t have to leave one place to do the same thing at another.  Perhaps God is calling you to fulfill a deeper commitment in your present location.  Lordship must be purposefully applied!

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”  Luke 6:46 (ESV)

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, March 27 2017 16:31
 
MANY CALLED, FEW CHOSEN PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 02 2017 00:00

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14 (ESV)

In the last week of our Lord’s life among His disciples, He tells many parables comparing the Kingdom of heaven to situations that could be readily understood by His audience.  Here in this particular parable that we’ve come to call the wedding feast, Jesus tells His listeners in dramatic fashion that one must always be ready for the call of the King.  Action and rapt attention are vital but what is equally important is how one approaches and responds to the King’s summons.  At the end of this amazing parable, there is a respondent that fails to take note of who he’s actually coming before.  He’s unprepared.

Take note of what this “would be” guest (follower) did do – he was not without effort:  First he heard the Kings call to come, and he did.  Secondly he obediently goes directly to where he’s commanded – the banquet hall of the King.  Lastly having arrived he enters . . . boldly.

But as seen from the conclusion of this story, how you enter into the King’s presence is of extreme importance.  Being improperly clothed caused this unprepared guest to be bound and cast outside the feast.  He came close enough to smell the savory meats but was not allowed to partake . . . why?  His lack of preparation exposed his empty heart.

Your heart – my heart – must be clothed in Christ.  His attributes must be our way of life.  Are you dressed appropriately to meet the King?

– Dale

Last Updated on Thursday, March 30 2017 14:28
 
TRUST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 12 2017 00:00

20.  “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  21.  For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.  22.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.”  Psalms 33:20-22  ESV

Our hope is built upon the foundation of trust.  Trusting our God is the fountain of our faith and the headwaters of any and all joy we might experience.

When your faith is chiseled and hewn from the very words of God – then the challenges that seem to sweep so many off their feet simply gush by as a gentle rain.

In this world of conflated confusion, may God’s Holy Word and His divine presence within you, be your Shield and sole Protector!

Trust!

– Dale

 
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