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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

 
FOLLOW THE LIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 08 2017 00:00

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.’”  Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)

On a particular night a particular star rose to mark a particular birth.

The question (at least to me) is, “Why do you suppose that it was left to these Gentiles to recognize the significance of this moment and then act upon it?”  Did they see the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy proclaimed by a forerunner of their ilk many centuries before?  Or did the Holy Spirit stir their hearts to observe, investigate and find?

Either way, the question remains: where were the godly?  Preoccupied to the point of blindness?  Or perhaps lulled into believing that nothing miraculous happened anymore?

Today may we remind ourselves to seek God’s path for our lives – to look for the light of miracles – which may lead us on a journey of biblical proportions!

Follow the light!

– Dale

 
GOD CAME DOWN PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 18 2016 00:00

Wherever I go in town lately – whether it is doctor offices, department or hardware stores, the psych ward, wherever . . . there’s something that we all have in common, the flood.  “The flood.”  The mother of all floods!

Either we ourselves were personally immersed or parts of our family were. It could have been our home, a family member or our work.  Most of us have this in common – and all the unique headaches that have come along with this tragic event.  We speak the same language.

To be honest, I’m not sure if a day has gone by since the waters have receded that I haven’t spoken of or thought of this event.  That day is a reference point that we all share.

As Christians we share a much more important reference point.  One that since it’s happening, imprinted itself upon our entire world . . .

“For unto you is born this day . . .”

On a specific day . . . God came down!  This is without a doubt the most significant of days.  For without the incarnation there is no resurrection.  If God does not become our lamb, we have no hope for life.  This is the day that should be on the tip of our heart, brain, and tongue.

My prayer is that we will find joy in pouring loving energy into building our permanent dwelling!  Never let the passion fade! 

Merry Christmas!

– Dale

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 01 2017 00:00

Well, it doesn't really matter whether you’re making them or not . . . people all around you are making New Year’s resolutions and you’ll have to listen them go on about theirs . . . at least for a day or so.  So why not be well informed?

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinions released its findings on what Americans have decided as their top resolution for the New Year.  “Being a better person” topped the list at 16 percent, knocking “weight loss” from the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2014, according to the Poll.  That’s a big statement!  May I make some suggestions on how this feat can be accomplished?  Here’s but a few:

• Resolve to become a doer of the word of God, not merely a student!
James 1:22

• Resolve to labor intensely for the Lord, handling the word of God properly.
2 Timothy 2:15

• Resolve to consistently meet for worship and study!
Hebrews 10:25

• Resolve to faithfully keep the Lord’s commandments.
John 14:15

• Resolve to share the love . . . make disciples.
Matthew 28:19

When it comes to becoming more . . . God’s word has you covered!  Love it, learn it and live it!

– Dale

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 11 2016 00:00

Merry Birthday?  No, that’s not right.  Merry Easter?  Wrong.  Merry Anniversary?  That’s not quite how we express that sentiment, is it?

Interesting that word “merry” seems to be solely married to the remembrance of our Lord’s birth?

Merry Christmas!!!


The meaning of the word “merry” is joyful, jubilant, jolly, cheerful – and how could we be otherwise when reveling within this gift of life found in Jesus? 

We, the undeserving, are overwhelmed by the love of the unstained, receiving what was once unthinkable and unreachable . . . abundant life!

May Christ’s presence make you marvelously merry today and everyday until His appearing.  Merry Christmas!

– Dale

 
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