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Sunday, July 30 2017 00:00

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

This is a beautiful promise made to Joshua, the man who was to fill Moses’ shoes.

I, the Lord your God am with you . . . wherever you go.

From the time Moses mounted his divinely directed campaign against Pharaoh until the moment of the great leader’s death, Joshua looked to him before taking a single step.  Now the burden of the blessing fell upon his shoulders.  He chose to learn how to operate at a much deeper level of trust.

This is where potential Christ-followers find themselves – at a place of radical trust, and at a place of selfless love and devotion that discards the decaying carnal flesh so that complete surrender might be achieved.  As the psalmist wrote:

“But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”  Psalms 13:5 ESV

The Christ-follower who has learned to live this radical trust, can hear the words of their Savior with joy and complete confidence.  They can hold to the promise . . .

“. . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Wherever we go!

– Dale

 
ENCASED IN CHRIST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 23 2017 00:00

"35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36. As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’  37. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39. nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 8:35-39  ESV 

As Christians we love these words!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

But in our glee, we often fail to absorb their full teaching.  Nothing can separate the one who has died to self – the one who is being killed all day long.  We are firmly fixed only at the final surrender.  We are more that conquerors only following our total capitulation. 

Then and only then, can we claim to stand against these strong opponents that Paul mentions – because we are fully encased in Christ.  His ever conquering love overcomes all obstacles when we are ready to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him.

This is the reality of the relationship – it must actually exist – on His terms!

I pray you know the truth!

– Dale

 
GOD BLESS AMERICA! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 02 2017 00:00

Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Argument in the Case of Howell vs. Netherland:
[ca. April 1770]
Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.

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Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s “A Summary View of the Rights of British America”:
[July 1774]
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe:
[Paris June 17. 1785]
I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. the pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect, but the utility greater. it will make you adore your own country, it’s soil, it’s climate, it’s equality, liberty, laws, people & manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. while we shall see multiplied instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever see an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe & continuing there.

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Thomas Jefferson –
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

God Bless America!

– Dale

 
WELCOME! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 09 2017 00:00

Welcome, West Pittman Baptist Church, to south Louisiana – where we catch, clean, and eat gators! . . . where the righteous are known by two things: their devotion to God and the fact that they are Tiger fans.  We know that by the end of this week, you’ll be ready to tear off those blue and orange robes of unrighteousness and embrace the divine colors of purple and gold!  Just kidding around!!! . . . Although every word is true!

Welcome, WPBC, in particular to Comite Baptist Church.  We are so glad that you have committed to help us out this week and to connect with the body of Christ here in such a personal way.

Comite, we will have a full week – starting today!  From 1:30-4:30 p.m. we will be hanging fliers in the surrounding neighborhoods.  Then returning to the church at 6 p.m. for an evening service.

During the week you can come and work along side our family from Florida.  (I hope you will take advantage of this.)  This Wednesday evening we will hold service in the sanctuary beginning at 6:30 where we will deal with the issue of “eternal security.”

Thursday is a special day.  In the afternoon and evening we will have an evangelistic gathering with jumping-shacks and snowballs and games and . . . of course God’s word! We’ re looking forward to an exciting time!

Then, Saturday the 15th we will say, “So long for now!” to our brothers and sisters from West Pitman as they make their way back to Florida!

Come be a part of this very special week, as we seek to bring the message of love to as many as God wills!

– Dale

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DARE WE CATCH FIRE? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 25 2017 05:00

The mark of Christ must shine through all members of His Body.  We are His translators.  His life is congruent with that of the Father.  He speaks as the Father has bidden Him to speak; He acts to do the will of the Father.  Ego is not the name of the Son, but ego eimi, “I am that I am,” who by nature and being is God, who is love.

The Jewish leaders arrested and interrogated Peter and John for preaching the gospel, and when “they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they wondered; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)  They had caught fire, Pentecostal fire, which was poured out to reach the world for Jesus.

So they translated Jesus to others, and did not preach themselves.  We are all called to be His translators, according to the gifts and roles we’ve been given and have taken up.  Is it His Voice coming through us or just our own clanging cymbal?  If we lose ourselves in the love of Christ, others may find Him in our translation.

Dare we catch fire?

Yours for Christ, Creed, and Culture,

 
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