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Sunday, February 12 2017 00:00

Flames within can only burn brightly when they are opened up and allowed to become exposed to those near us.  Just as a blazing fire needs oxygen to grow and glow – our inner divine flame must be revealed in order to do the same.  Contained, it struggles to survive cooling down to a low ember – waiting for that rush of wind.

The Apostle Paul writes:

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”  2 Timothy1:6 (ESV)

The laying on of hands symbolizes Timothy’s salvation and his subsequent calling as a minister of the Gospel.  He had a divine flame within – but notice he also had certain control over that gift.  “Fan the flame” is Paul’s fervent instruction!

What about your holy gift or gifts?  Are they ignored?  Or do you stoke them, strengthening their usefulness?

May I encourage you today to “fan the flame” placed within your heart by a Holy God.  That you might feel the smoldering embers roar into a raging fire within.  Let it breath that others might be drawn to life.

– Dale

 
DEDICATION PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 05 2017 16:00

This week Christians the world over celebrated the dedication of Jesus.  This, according to the law or the Torah, was/is necessary for all the first born that open the womb to be dedicated to God.  It was also necessary for Mary, as well – as this day was her purification day following the birth of her Son.

It’s interesting that we celebrate the birth of Christ with such fervor but vaguely remember other significant days!  Of course there’s no Santa or gifts to go along with this celebration!

Forty days following His birth, Jesus was dedicated to His Heavenly Father by a devoted mother and earthly guardian.  Here our Messiah begins His journey of complete obedience – living according to the Word of God!

May we today make a fresh starting point in our lives as we dedicate ourselves to complete obedience to our Savior.

– Dale

 
STUMBLING PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 22 2017 00:00

“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Your statutes!”  Psalms 119:5

Stumbling has become a way of life for me lately.  Due to an ‘09 leg surgery I don’t always feel the floor as well as I should.  Not to mention obstructions!  Now days they’ve added enough medicine to my daily regime that I could start a small pharmacy.  All of this has just made me more clumsy – I freely admit it!  But know this... when I stumble, I fall with style!

Stumbling spiritually is a dangerous condition to find oneself in.  It occurs when we take our eyes and therefore our hearts off of the Word and will of God and consider our way to be sufficient.  The psalmist here asks for consistency.  He pleads for the ability to remain focused.  This prayer should be echoed by every believer today.

In a culture where so many are casting aside pivotal portions of God’s divine Word – or rejecting the Bible outright in its entirety – we are too often left struggling for clarity from those promoting their own agendas rather than grappling with divine truth.

“Oh that MY WAYS may be steadfast...”

Know this, everyone is personally responsible for their own way.  May we be surefooted in seeking the truth as we commit ourselves to walking with the Lord of the undiluted word of God.    

– Dale

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WALLS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 29 2017 00:00

There are walls, and then there are walls.

The issue of walls came up repeatedly in the recent campaign and is in our news again.  Our president intends on building one.  This wall, we’re told, will work to slow the flow of illegal drugs coming across our southern boarder while helping to regulate immigration.

We hear much of walls within God’s word – as they are the main source of protection for any city of importance.  Jericho was known for its thick impenetrable walls (whose protection proved to be impotent in the face of God).  Jerusalem felt invincible behind her thick walls.  Sadly as they were carried away captive they looked back upon a field of stones made by the crumbled walls.

Walls, in God’s Word, are often used as a picture – helping us visualize His divine protection.  A person is said to have strong walls if he lives his life under control – depending upon God to be his shield and defender.

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”  Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

Paradoxically we build our walls strong through surrender.  By placing your trust in the Creator you allow Him to be your defense!

“He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”  Psalms 91:4-5 (ESV)

Build your walls high, through a continuously deeper relationship with your Savior.

– Dale

 
THE POWER OF SUBMISSION PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 15 2017 00:00

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

In this passage we discover the power of submission.  As Jesus emerges from the baptismal waters following the verbal affirmation of God the Father, one might more than halfway expect Him to explode from the river into full on preaching slash miracle-working mode.  Instead, Jesus who had patiently submitted to Mary and Joseph until the proper time restrains Himself once again and follows rather than leads.

This verse records a journey that takes the Son of man to a vitally important place– one that He’s already recognized and prepared for.  Whether you’ve discovered it yet or not, this journey was actually made for you – and without it you and I would have no future hope!

There are three aspects of this particularly peculiar journey we need to be aware of:
1.  This trip had a leader – and it wasn’t Jesus!  Emulate His humility.
2.  This journey had a destination – and it wasn't the wilderness.  Practice His willingness to deny self.
3.  This destination had a purpose – and it wasn’t just a solitary fight between the devil and Jesus!  Recognize His bonafide within this epic battle.

Jesus did what Adam could not.  He overcame the temptation laid before Him.  He did this so that we might have life.  So that we might escape our rightful judgement.  This was a battle royal and Jesus provided the victory for each of us.  In this “garden-moment” where man first failed – Jesus shook the locks on the gates to paradise!

– Dale

 
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