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JESUS - THE PERFECT LAMB PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 01 2017 00:00

“And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you.  You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.”     Leviticus 16:29–30 ESV

Yesterday, on the tenth day of the seventh month called Tishrei, Israel celebrated that mysterious moment . . . Yom Kippur.

This day was set aside on Israel’s calendar as a day of forgiveness for the entire nation.  The High Priest would first prepare himself and then make his annual, solemn journey into the “Holy of Holies.”  This was a continuous cycle that expressed to this nation of “would be priests” that final and effectual forgiveness could never be accomplished with mere blood from bulls and rams. 

Something else must take place . . .  Someone else must intervene . . .

That something else was the coming of Messiah.  Jesus became the propitiation or mercy seat for Israel’s sins – and praise God – ours as well!

The blood of endless sacrifices are no longer required – for the perfect Lamb was slain!

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”  Revelation 13:8 NIV

Our God’s intent has always been – from the very beginning – to save!

– Dale

 
LOOKING FOR TRUTH? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 24 2017 00:00

It’s possible that many “searchers” remain thoroughly confused because when they take a peek Christ’s way, all they can see is a Christianity awash with divergent views and disagreeable proponents.  Where does the truth lie?  Is there an ultimate divine truth that supersedes all other claims of authenticity?  This my friend, is an extremely worthwhile question – one that when answered, goes a long way to directing how we view our world!

If we, as Christians, hold to the fact that Scripture is our only truth – given by God – then we will welcome the spiritual surgery offered by the Holy Spirit to come and make any necessary improvements and changes within our hearts.  This operation, which may be (and probably will be) quite time consuming, begins to guide our very thoughts as we hide more of ourselves within that Word.

But, even though spiritual growth should be natural . . . interestingly it’s not.  Many are birthed into the kingdom and become too quickly wrapped up in tribal or worldly issues.  Stunted . . . twisted . . . untrained – are the very conditions which can cause the dilemma in “Christ-followers” spoken of at the beginning of this do-jigger.

So, for the kingdom’s sake, it behooves us to dive in deep, allowing the Word and not our feelings to guide our thoughts and actions.  It’s here in this surrendered place that we become the attractants for our Savior that He desires!

The needed operation can begin at this very moment.  With God wielding the scalpel, you will be blessed.

– Dale

 
PRAY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 10 2017 00:00

Our religious freedoms in this country are under serious attack.  Our ability to function as believers in Christ is beginning to be challenged in every venue.

Teachers can no longer pray with troubled students or co-workers who desperately need prayer.  Coaches who desire to pray for the safety of their players, either before or after a contest, find themselves being disciplined and even fired for their audacity.

It seems that so few are seeking to silence so many and we’re allowing it to take place from our plush watchtowers (Ezekiel.33:6).  Christians, we as God’s guards, must stand fast and not be afraid to be seen and known for what we are . . . followers of Jesus Christ.  To remain silent is so destructive that it boarders on murder – as Ezekiel proclaims!

This type of organized “hatred of God,” has been tried before and God in His Holy Word gives instruction on how we are to overcome.  In a word, faithfulness!

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem.  He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.”  Daniel 6:10 (ESV)

Daniel faced a hostile government, one that placed a death sentence on prayer.  How did he respond?  He prayed!

How should we respond to a government and court system that is becoming increasingly hostile to faith, to prayer, to devotion in Christ? 

Pray!

Let nothing stop you!

– Dale

 
OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 17 2017 00:00

In the wake of numerous storms, earthquakes, forest fires, and even cool weather in September, one's thoughts can't help but run along eschatological lines.  Are these events and others harbingers of an end racing toward us at unalterable speed, or could they just be challenges that we all face to present an opportunity for the redeemed to shine in an otherwise dark world?  Maybe they’re both!

Depending on your world view you may see these events in a much different way than your neighbor.  From the Christian’s perspective, we believe (or perhaps most of us do) that history is progressing toward a predetermined end – orchestrated by its Creator.  This belief creates within our culture or body a passionate sense of urgency to accomplish the divine task given to us in scripture.  (Could it be that was a key purpose of the prophecy from the outset?)

Here we are faced with the question of the hour . . .  Why?  If God is all powerful, why do these devastating events take place?

But seeing the massive response of our Lord’s loving body – we don't have to look far for answers.  Our question begins to move from why, to what and how?
— What can we do?  How can we make a difference?

The world suddenly shifts from horror to holy.  Jesus, in a myriad of ways, begins to showoff!  Countless Christ-followers (just like you) bent on bringing a flood of relief hurry to the scene.

Why?  Because of love!

“They will know you are my disciples by your love.”  John13:34,35

No matter the ultimate reason . . .  This is our opportunity to impact this world for Christ!

– Dale

 
ONE YEAR AGO... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 03 2017 00:00

One year ago . . .

On the first Sunday in September 2016 we came back to our, then sad-looking sanctuary, for the first service together at Comite since the flood.  We only missed two Sundays in our building after the waters receded, and to be honest, I’m rather amazed at that fact.  This feat was made possible only by a loving Lord providing so many helping hands and ministry-driven hearts – from both near and far!

So, now on this day we not only celebrate being back – but also being back with a sanctuary that’s almost fully restored.  It’s different, and to be honest, that’s a good thing.

God has used this family of devoted followers at Comite Baptist Church for 65 years.  There have been times when she spread her wings and soared and others when she held fast and simply weathered the storm.  All the while though, God has used her!

I pray, that the future here will be bright, that it will be beautiful, and will be brimming with works that only God could have orchestrated.

As we continue to rebuild here, may the physical buildings be secondary.  As we lean into this community and bring the message of love, life, and lasting hope through Jesus Christ our Lord!

God Bless You Comite,
– Dale

 
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