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Sunday, April 02 2017 00:00

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14 (ESV)

In the last week of our Lord’s life among His disciples, He tells many parables comparing the Kingdom of heaven to situations that could be readily understood by His audience.  Here in this particular parable that we’ve come to call the wedding feast, Jesus tells His listeners in dramatic fashion that one must always be ready for the call of the King.  Action and rapt attention are vital but what is equally important is how one approaches and responds to the King’s summons.  At the end of this amazing parable, there is a respondent that fails to take note of who he’s actually coming before.  He’s unprepared.

Take note of what this “would be” guest (follower) did do – he was not without effort:  First he heard the Kings call to come, and he did.  Secondly he obediently goes directly to where he’s commanded – the banquet hall of the King.  Lastly having arrived he enters . . . boldly.

But as seen from the conclusion of this story, how you enter into the King’s presence is of extreme importance.  Being improperly clothed caused this unprepared guest to be bound and cast outside the feast.  He came close enough to smell the savory meats but was not allowed to partake . . . why?  His lack of preparation exposed his empty heart.

Your heart – my heart – must be clothed in Christ.  His attributes must be our way of life.  Are you dressed appropriately to meet the King?

– Dale

Last Updated on Thursday, March 30 2017 14:28
 
FOLLOW THROUGH PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 26 2017 00:00

Quite often people find it difficult to do what they say they are going to do.  Just like throwing a baseball, follow through is vital to maintain proper direction.  Too many who accept Jesus as Lord of their lives and receive His precious salvation, soon forget the complete surrender that Lordship requires.  We have a way of deprecating the call of Christ and diminishing its meaning.  How is it that so many are called to simply hold down the fort, doing the same thing Sunday in and Sunday out?  Our Lord is much more creative than that!

Has your walk become stale?

You don’t have to leave one place to do the same thing at another.  Perhaps God is calling you to fulfill a deeper commitment in your present location.  Lordship must be purposefully applied!

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”  Luke 6:46 (ESV)

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, March 27 2017 16:31
 
FAN THE FLAMES PDF Print E-mail
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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

 
TRUST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 12 2017 00:00

20.  “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  21.  For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.  22.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.”  Psalms 33:20-22  ESV

Our hope is built upon the foundation of trust.  Trusting our God is the fountain of our faith and the headwaters of any and all joy we might experience.

When your faith is chiseled and hewn from the very words of God – then the challenges that seem to sweep so many off their feet simply gush by as a gentle rain.

In this world of conflated confusion, may God’s Holy Word and His divine presence within you, be your Shield and sole Protector!

Trust!

– 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

 
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