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Sunday, February 18 2018 00:00

“Ministry is service in the name of the Lord.”  – Nouwen

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18,19

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the spirit in us; it is going out to the desert or up to the mountains to pray; it is standing before the Lord with open heart and open mind; it is crying out, ‘Abba, Father’; it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”             – Nouwen

To accomplish one we must have the other.  In order to serve we must be saturated.  We reach, we strain, we seek to serve, we claim, because we’ve knelt in the presence of the Holy Divine! 

May the Spirit of our Lord be heavy upon you as you pour yourself out in His service!

– Dale

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WHAT IS A HEALTHY CHURCH MEMBER? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 11 2018 00:00

The idea of a healthy church member is a concept we’re asked to ponder by Thabiti Anyabwile in his book, “What Is A Healthy Church Member?”

The following are excerpts from this writing . . .

“When we talk about being members of a church, we're not at all borrowing from the idea of membership in a rotary club, Sam's Club, or bridge club.  We’re actually using a term that’s distinctively Christian or Christological.  It comes from the image that Paul uses of the church being the body of Christ, and we are members of that body.  A healthy church member treasures that biblical reality.”

(I would argue that healthy church members commit themselves to a number of disciplines in order to grow.  My question to you is, “What disciplines are you employing in your daily walk in order that you might grow in Christ?” – Dale)

He continues . . . “They are expositional listeners.  They read and listen to Scripture, look for the meaning of it, and apply it to their lives.  They care about genuine conversion, that people really are turning from sin, turning to Christ, growing in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord, and abounding in thanksgiving.  God intends for all of us to contribute to the mission of the local church and experience profound spiritual growth as a result.”

This is indeed an interesting question, an interesting thought – What is a healthy church member?  A natural follow up question to this would be, “Am I one?”

– Dale

Last Updated on Friday, February 09 2018 09:54
 
THE WAY BACK PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 28 2018 00:00

“Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to My people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet they seek Me daily and delight to know My ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of Me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.”  Isaiah 58:1-2 (ESV)

God gives the nation of Israel a way back.  A way back from where?  Their waywardness!

They had drifted so far from God and deluded themselves so thoroughly that they actually thought they were on the right path.  In truth, they were headed for a cliff.

God gives us a way back.  “A way back,” you ask?  Yes, please consider . . .  Are we deluded by the god of this world?  Of course we are!

Could we possibly imagine that our courtship of God would remotely win His heart?  Look at the devotion of these have-nots in Isaiah 58 and consider your offering.  The entire issue there – and here is this – God knows the heart . . . what moves it, excites it, warms its cockles!  He truly knows what the heart contains whether the owner does or not!  The content is seen by its contact.  The heart’s devotion is known by its selfless motion.

God gives us a way to Him – in truth – not in self-deluding fairy tales!  The way to Him or the way back, is to fully follow. 

Observe . . .

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”  Isaiah 58:6-7 (ESV)

Surrender, selflessness, sacrifice . . . these are the marks of the sanctified!

– Dale

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WALK PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 04 2018 00:00

“We  exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”  1 Thessalonians 2:12 (ESV)

The idea is that you and I, as followers of Christ, have become part of an alternate kingdom.  No doubt this is somewhat difficult to grasp at first, but is a basic truth that comes into greater focus as we align ourselves with God's perfect will.

Peter defends this teaching as he addresses the recipients of his first letter – calling them strangers or exiles in this land (meaning this present existence).  We were formerly citizens of this world that surrounds us but, through the power of God and His salvation we have now become citizens of another realm.

As members of this alternate world – we are purposed with a task.  This task is a responsibility to obey the words of our King and follow His example by proclaiming the gospel of love to those who will listen!

We help bring this about, by accepting the charge given us in God’s Word to walk (live) in an entirely different way . . . thereby, exposing the metamorphosis taking place within our lives and the possibility for others to experience the same.  Causing them to want what we have!

Our motives now find their roots buried within the mind of Christ!  Our pursuits become dictated by a Holy presence within rather than the carnal nature that’s been discarded.  Having died to self, we now – in this present world – strive to walk in a manner that is worthy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

In order that you might taste and experience true life, full life, you must come and join the real walking dead!

– Dale

 
CREATION'S PRAISE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 21 2018 00:00

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display His craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.”  Psalm 19:1-4 (NLT)

Seldom in our busy world do we pause and listen for creation’s praise.  We become accustomed to observing the world around us and often find the miraculous ordinary.

As we stagger about in our handcrafted malaise – these ordinary creations continuously praise their Creator!  It seems that it’s only when we’re accosted by some new or rare experience do we stop and take a breath – wondering about such a creative Maker.

The psalmist in this particular song, suggests that there is a perpetual praise and worship service being expressed in an unimaginable language all around us – every moment of every day.

I wonder sometimes if these creations are capable of wondering about us?  If so, perhaps their question would be, “Why would humans become so engulfed in temporary pursuits, that they would fail or forget to praise God?”

Good question!

May we today take part in the heavenly chorus – offering exuberant praise to the Creator for His amazing creativity!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

– Dale

 
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