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TRANSPARENCY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 10 2016 00:00

Transparency has become a catchword in our culture today.  Yet, it becomes readily apparent that the word “transparency” can have varying degrees of meaning.

Terms are what’s important.

If I can phrase a statement with any degree of vagueness – then that gives me or someone defining my statement or statements wiggle room.  This tendency, at least to my understanding, renders the term transparency moot.  If I can conveniently shift meaning, then there is actually no true meaning.

Apply this thought process to the words of Christ found in John 14:

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”  John 14:6 (ESV)

Consider:
Is there any wiggle room?
Any vagueness?
Any question of intent?

These words were framed and spoken to be direct, clear, and consequential.  No further meetings regarding details or intent needed – just acceptance and implementation.

Christ is completely transparent – He’s the only way to life!

– Dale

 
DECLARATION PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 03 2016 00:00

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. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .

These words that we know so well and that speak so vividly to our minds and hearts are but an excerpt from a declaration of vision.  This Declaration of Independence was a document of such forward thinking and absolute vision that it was seen as turning the entire world upside down.  However, it was not the first to do so!

No document can be more forward-thinking nor life-altering than the sacred script which records the words of our Christ:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.  For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?’”
Matthew 5:43-46 (ESV)

Welcome to the revolution!

– Dale

 
SUMMER PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, May 22 2016 00:00

June is jumping!  From Flip Flop Sunday on June 5th  to the college age doing a special thing on the afternoon of June 12th.  From Father’s Day June 19th and our babies being dedicated on June 26th.  Not to mention Boys’ Mission Camp coming in mid-month along with Comite Kids’ Softball League ministries and the fact that July is Jehoshaphating  (you get it) with Girls’ Mission Camp, Youth Camp, and “Back to School Bible Blast!”

It’s going to be dripping this summer . . .  dripping-hot and dripping with opportunities and blessings for everyone.  Please mark down the dates, pray for all those involved, and plan to participate in what God has planned on the Comite church field this summer.

Comite, Church of Compassion . . . C3 is the Summer place to be!  Invite as many as you can to come join in on what is happening and can happen as God moves in a powerful way!

– Dale

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Walk Worthy PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 05 2016 00:00

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV)

The children’s game “Simon Says” has simple rules.  When “Simon” says to do something then, that’s what the player should do.  Simple.  When we play, we concentrate hard and listen closely to follow the instructions exactly.  The important thing is to listen well enough to follow the leader to the letter.

How is that we miss this so often when it comes to Scripture?  Paul says:

“. . . walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called . . .”

He then carefully describes the meaning of the manner.

God’s word is not just to be memorialized or simply memorized but applied.  We are actually expected to live in this way!  Humility, gentleness, patience, love, unity, they are our DNA.

“Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  John 14:21 (ESV)

Help us, Father, to live out our faith daily!

– Dale

 
LISTEN PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, May 01 2016 00:00

I tried to think back and consider what advice I would have received favorably when I graduated from high school.  But then I remembered, I already knew everything.  It took a few more years of seasoning before I realized just how unaware and unprepared I really was.

When I walked across that makeshift stage on our football field with the 31 other graduates of that year – I fully expected to do as little as possible for as long as possible as I visited every beach in America.  One year later I was married and working every job I could find to make ends meet.

What has amazed me though through the years, are the many doors that have opened for me.  This could only happen by the power of the Holy Spirit, because quite frankly many of these pathways took me in some very uncomfortable directions.  But God used them all – and the wonderful thing about all of this is that it’s still happening.

Ok . . . Point! I wonder how many of these avenues I missed.  I wonder how many I would have missed had I not been striving to follow Christ?  So here’s the deepest thought that I can pass on to you . . . ready?
Listen!
Listen to God's call of salvation.
Listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life.
Tune out the noise and listen – then follow.

– Dale

 
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