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Sunday, September 01 2019 00:00

What do I believe?

I find that all too often this question is answered by many just simply on the fly – a quick knee-jerk reaction to a certain situation.  Perhaps that’s the extent of attention that needs to be given by most questions propositioned?  But, there are some queries however, that need reflection, and can be arrived at only after careful contemplation.  “What do I believe?” is one such question.

What are the basic core beliefs that runs the passion train of life?  The answers, I’m sure, would reveal much about a person who would dare to spend more than a cursory moment discovering the actual shallowness or possible depth at the end of the search.

We live in a busy, brutish, world, where disagreements lead to anger rather than opportunities of teaching or learning.  Where being unplugged is the cardinal sin and not being entertained is akin to a fate worse than death.

Here’s a challenge:

Take some time, some realtime (is there any other?) and discover . . . what are the core beliefs that drive you?  As I heard a preacher/theologian say recently, “It’s what you’re gripped by that you’ll be known for.”

Are you up for it?

– Dale

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KEEP THE FAITH PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 18 2019 00:00

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.  But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”  1 John 2:19  ESV

There seems to be a rash of defections within the Christian ranks in these latter days, yes?  But is that statement true?  Or is just that there are so many ways a body can put his/her ideas out over the airwaves in this modern culture? – Whether they’re note worthy or not – it’s hard not to trip over them.

I seriously doubt that the rate of apostasy is at any greater measure today than in the first century – or any century for that matter.  But when notable individuals (at least in evangelical circles) make a public “to-do” about their exit from the Christian faith, it can cause a stir.

Not knowing any of these high-dollar folk personally, it leaves one at a loss as to why they no longer claim faith in Christ.  Even when you read their own statements, one realizes that they’re not going to make themselves look too terribly idiotic . . . So, perhaps we should just set judgements aside for the moment and commit ourselves to pray for these confused souls.

My deepest concern is always for the fallout from any of these Christian posers (people love a bandwagon).  How many will question their faith because of another’s decision or indecision?

This reiterates the vital need for one to know just what it is that they actually believe about Jesus.

Who is He?

Why should I give my all to Him?

Scripture actually makes all of this and more plain to us so that we can make it plain to the world that we love the Lord Jesus, who is the Christ, Very God of Very God!

Keep the faith!

– Dale

 
MOTION OF VIRTUE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 04 2019 00:00

The statement, “the motion of our virtue” can have varied meanings just as the word virtue itself has multiple meanings.  Toward God, this phrase is somewhat awkward, or better put, completely irrelevant – because in Him there is no particular motion. 

God is already complete on every possible front.  Therefore, in Him perfection can have no forward motion at all – He is already there, waiting for our arrival.  For mankind however, we have the need to be propelled forward, by any means necessary, in the direction of that perfection.  Our motion of virtue must be toward more of this holiness in which is God’s natural state.

Consider the reasoning.  The virtuous feel compelled – by virtue of their deep belief – to stand firm upon the perfect teachings found within God’s mind or word, so that they may overcome the enemies vicious and varied attacks. 

The motion of our virtue must be to ever deeper pools of conviction so that the “logic of man” that seeks to derail the word of God might be shattered.  This motion of our virtue must always be toward the  knowledge of God in order to be remotely sufficient in standing guard over our hearts. 

So . . . pursue righteousness, chase after godly knowledge, embrace that which is holy, allow the motion of your virtue to always be toward the Lord, your God!

– Dale

 
GRACE DRIVES DISCIPLINE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 11 2019 00:00

The apostle Paul, the apostle of grace, speaks of grace three times in 1 Corinthians 15:10, but he mixes it up with his labor.  He starts out defining what the gospel is and he talks about the resurrection, but in the middle of that, in 1 Corinthians 15:10, he says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.  (We all hear that) His grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Cor. 15:10).

So, Paul is saying that grace produced sweat.  Grace produced his labors for the gospel.  Grace produced his discipline.  We have to understand that they are very compatible.

If you really have experienced the grace of God and you are in fellowship with Him, your heart will desire to discipline itself for the purpose of godliness to become like the Lord, Jesus Christ, for the sake of the gospel.

R. K. H.

– Dale

 
CALLED TO RESPOND PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 28 2019 00:00

“And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites.  He will judge or reward you according to what you do.  So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time here as ‘temporary residents.’”  1 Peter1:17  NLT

“If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?  Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to his work?’”  Proverbs 24:12  ESV

So, from these teachings it appears that the proper response of a holy intrusion in our hearts is an observable difference.  In other words, our disposition toward mankind changes to the point where we recognize need – and where inserting ourselves will possibly change the situation for the better.

Simply put, we help.

Why?  We offer our assistance due to the fact that we have been indwelt by a Holy presence.  This divine presence presses our very being to interact with our fellow man in order to bring change – or the possibility of change.  The wonderful result of this God-led action is that it can – and I would say should – bring change to both the receiver and the giver!

You are called to respond!
– Dale

 
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