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Sunday, April 14 2019 00:00

For the first time in history, atheists constitute the largest religious group in America.

According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who have no religion has increased 266% over the past three decades and now account for 23.1% of the population, just barely edging out Catholics and Evangelicals as the nation’s dominant faith.  Mainline Protestant churches have suffered the greatest collapse, declining 62.5% since 1982 and now comprising just 10.8% of the U.S. population.  — M.J.K.

Now, we can lament these facts. . . or, we can circumvent their progress!

How?

By standing firm in our faith.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
Ephesians 6:13 ESV

In a culture that seeks to diminish Christianity at every turn, what an amazing feet it is to stand your ground.  In the strength of Christ we draw up and look our culture square in the eye and say, “YES I BELIEVE!”

– Dale

 
FOR OUR SAKE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 07 2019 00:00

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV

“For our sake. . .” writes Paul.  All that Jesus accomplished upon the cruel cross was and is, for our sake!

I’ve often said, that our Christ, our Messiah, came – not that He might gain – but that we might gain.  Not for His sake but for ours.  That of course is not entirely accurate. 
As our Creator, our Lord has a vested interest in us.  As the psalmist sings, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We are created in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26,27) meaning that there is something within us that harkens back to our maker Himself.

So, it should not seem far-fetched, that our Lord, who is “the lover of our soul” should fashion Himself in the form of our redemption. 

“. . . who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:6-8 ESV

All for our sake – Perfection became putrid so that we might have peace!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

– Dale

 
BE CAREFUL OF THE DRIFT PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 24 2019 00:00

The gospel always rises up to outlive it’s pallbearers! – Ravi Zechariah

The demise of Christianity is the desire of our enemy – and he will solicit any and all assistance for this demonic purpose.  No doubt the dilution of sincere faith into a “sightseer” faith, is one of his most effective accomplishments – creating generations who identify with a faith that they barely know and rarely acknowledge.  This vague belief becomes the expected norm, leading adherents to accept an ever increasing conceptual idea of a God and faith that doesn’t actually exist.

This quasi-faith becomes accepted and expected by the culture at large, leaving those who sincerely practice their beliefs appearing as oddities to the rest!

This drift, of course, is a form of persuasion – ostracizing those who refuse to capitulate.

I am in full agreement with King Solomon here, as he writes, “there's nothing new under the sun...”  God’s way always has enemies and God always has those with quickened hearts ready to brace the storm.

So the question du jour for you is this... Are you a dilutor or a saluter?

Is God your first and foremost pursuit, or one among many?  Hmmm?

Teach us Your way, O Lord!

– Dale

 
OPTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 31 2019 00:00

What if I say something that you find objectionable?  What would you do?  How would you react?

There are, after all, many options open to you.  You could take an opposing view, presumably your own, and rail against my stated belief.  Or you could simply dismiss me offhand and consider my views unworthy of response – ignoring my very nuanced arguments. 

These reactions are only a couple among many.  Jesus’ opponents however, were much more serious – deadly serious! 

Our Lord’s disdain for man’s  tradition over His Father’s commandments led Him into numerous sticky altercations with the religious leaders.  His words and actions brought various reactions from the crowds – but interestingly, those run-ins never slowed His pace.  He continued in the face of opposition – and this is really what this blurb is all about. . . continuing!

Having convictions leads to definite action.  Taking definite action inevitably leads to conflict.  How will those conflicts be handled?  Violently?  Capitulation?  Ostrich-ization?  (Yes that’s right – sticking your head in the sand then pretending nothing’s happening).

I suppose all these options and more have been counted as viable reactions among true believers in the past who’ve held to any firm conviction.  But, and this is most important, what will you do?  How will you react?

Curious?

Jesus says:
“So everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 10:32-33 ESV

– Dale

 
JOYFUL NONSENSE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 17 2019 00:00

Joyful Nonsense:

Fully immersed in this world, Christians belong to no world.  Instead, while teased by each hope and every vision, they know them to be only hints of the new heaven and new earth rooted in divine promises.  And our yearning to become lost in God only intensifies our tears over the thought of leaving this life.  Christian existence is joyful nonsense.

In a culture of self-realization, the Christian’s call is to renounce self; in the face of noise, silence is the preference; in a world of competition, the Christian’s declaration is that the winners will be the losers and the losers winners; in a culture whose economy is intent on consumption, the Christian insists on simplicity; in a culture structured by possessions, the insistence is upon detachment; in a culture intent on a high standard of living, the Christian insists upon a high standard of life; and at every point, the Christian exposes the emptiness of fullness for the sake of the gospel’s fullness of emptiness.
– W.P.J.

Powerful words, intense when taken to heart.  Thought I might share them with you.

Be Blessed,
– Dale

 
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