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Sunday, October 29 2017 00:00

“And they replied, ‘We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.’  ‘Interpreting dreams is God’s business,’ Joseph replied.  ‘Go ahead and tell me your dreams.’”   Genesis 40:8 (NLT)

This Spirit-led act of mercy started a chain of events that resulted in Joseph being lifted up to a position greater than all in Egypt – save Pharaoh.  As he interpreted the cupbearer’s dream, he would do the same for the great Pharaoh.

“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit.  And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.”  Genesis 41:14 (ESV)

Just a reminder that no obstacle is to great for our God – nor do they take Him by surprise.  On the contrary, He uses them for His glory!  Look at Joseph . . . One day he’s in the pit the next the palace.

One day we may feel broken but the next day God brings victory.

One day we’re hopelessly lost – the next we’re gloriously found.

God has not forgotten you!  Especially those who are the sheep of His pasture.

“And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’”  Genesis 41:41 (ESV)

A prisoner one day – in charge of the kingdom the next!

Never forget that God holds all things – and that means you – in the hollow of His hand!

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, October 30 2017 13:56
 
DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 22 2017 00:00

Are you fond of conversing about your faith?

Seems that so many find this a drudgery or danger (unless they know the crowd is with them).  Most believers actually do enjoy discussing deep spiritual truths when the location and environment are safe – a place where our conclusions and perhaps our leaps will not be seriously challenged.  But it gets dicey when others seriously question or even adamantly oppose our presuppositions and conclusions.

I’ve noticed over the years that many long-time Christians are much too quick to use well-worn cliches that sound great to the cheerleaders but may actually do more harm than good for those not familiar with our jargon.  Here’s the thing, nothing firms up your point of view like God’s word.  Being able to say, “Sacred scripture teaches this . . .” rather than, “well this is what I think.”  Because in the end our clever use of glib speech will never usher in the desired change that only Sacred Script can accomplish.

So . . .

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

– Dale

 
HARMONY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 08 2017 00:00

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”   Romans 15:5-7 ESV

Harmony is an understandable term but an elusive concept to live out.  Knowing how the word is defined is meaningless if the idea is not fleshed out in our daily walk.

Look around today as you travel within your own community.  The number of church buildings and their diversity are a glaring testimony to our inability to experience true harmony. 

Too many see themselves as the center of God’s universe – so anything that disrupts that self-absorbed orbit, is not of God and needs to be dealt with . . . Not!  Please don’t misunderstand me – heresy must be exposed so that the gospel may be allowed to flourish.  But too often this so-called heresy is only our own worldly traditions that are fixed in stone and if broken, demands that the perpetrator be stoned.

Harmony includes the receptivity to truth, but also includes a desire to extend that truth in gentleness, mercy and humility.

Here’s the crux of the matter:  every soul is precious, every person worthy of divine healing in Jesus Christ.  We must remember that even though we cannot compromise the word of God – so much of what disrupts harmony – can be.  How many sacred cows are roaming about within our churches creating wounds that need not be?

May all that we do, O Lord, bring glory to your Holy name!

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, October 09 2017 10:30
 
TUG-OF-WAR? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 15 2017 00:00

Is there a secular versus sacred tug-of-war in your life?

The idea of an environment that is completely secular – in other words being devoid of God’s teaching – is embraced and desired by many in our culture today.  Those who would suggest that such atmospheres could and do exist are those who are more likely to reject the actual presence of God in any space.  Being convinced of the idea that mankind is the result of an extremely old step-by-step evolutionary process the secularist seeks to ridicule and hamper those who may hold views to the contrary.

Anyone with even a modicum of understanding regarding the Christian faith would understand the absurdity with which the believer would view this concept of secularism.  In their minds (the disciple) –  there exists no space from our Lord’s divine presence.

A believer in Jesus Christ, cannot move to and from a divine presence to a profane plot of ground at a whim.  Even though this is what our post-modern world demands.  We, as disciples, recognize the design that Christ has upon our minds and hearts along with the entire spectrum of our lives and brings that faith and practice into every realm of our existence.

Chosen by Christ we leave the debate behind and acknowledge that every decision made is done so under the tutelage of God’s divine Spirit.  There is no tug-of-war because we as followers, have let go of the rope.  Whether the world will accept this decision and the subsequent path is another question.  But we who know Christ can do nothing else – so here we stand.  May that stance never falter!

– Dale

 
JESUS - THE PERFECT LAMB PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 01 2017 00:00

“And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you.  You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.”     Leviticus 16:29–30 ESV

Yesterday, on the tenth day of the seventh month called Tishrei, Israel celebrated that mysterious moment . . . Yom Kippur.

This day was set aside on Israel’s calendar as a day of forgiveness for the entire nation.  The High Priest would first prepare himself and then make his annual, solemn journey into the “Holy of Holies.”  This was a continuous cycle that expressed to this nation of “would be priests” that final and effectual forgiveness could never be accomplished with mere blood from bulls and rams. 

Something else must take place . . .  Someone else must intervene . . .

That something else was the coming of Messiah.  Jesus became the propitiation or mercy seat for Israel’s sins – and praise God – ours as well!

The blood of endless sacrifices are no longer required – for the perfect Lamb was slain!

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”  Revelation 13:8 NIV

Our God’s intent has always been – from the very beginning – to save!

– Dale

 
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